Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound’s Top 10 Movies of 2013


It’s that time of year again! The Best of 2013 lists are slowly starting to come out of the woodwork, and getting a head start on the proceedings this year we have two very respected journals for film criticism: the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine and the iconic French journal Cahiers du Cinema. There is actually a fair bit of overlap between both lists with Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, Jia Zhang Ke’s A Touch of Sin and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour all getting nods. There are also a few surprises including Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which apparently did not get released in France until this year. Still, there are bound to be a few movies here that weren’t on your radar previously. Check out both lists after the jump and let us know what you think.

Sight & Sound’s Best Films of 2013
1. The Act of Killing (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
2. Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)
3. Blue is the Warmest Colour (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
4. The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino?)
5. Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach)
6. A Touch of Sin (dir. Jia Zhang Ke)
7. Upstream Color (dir. Shane Carruth)
8. The Selfish Giant (dir. Clio Barnard)
9. Norte, the End of History (dir. Lav Diaz)
9. Stranger by the Lake (dir. Alain Guiraudie)

Cahiers du Cinema’s Top 10 of 2013
1. Stranger by the Lake (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
2. Spring Breakers (dir. Harmony Korine)
3. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
4. Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)
5. A Touch of Sin (dir. Jia Zhang Ke)
6. Lincoln (dir. Steven Spielberg)
7. Jealousy (dir. Philippe Garrel)
8. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (dir. Hong Sang-soo)
9. You and the Night (dir. Yann Gonzalez)
10. La Bataille de Solferino (dir. Justine Triet)

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  • Crazyx

    The cahiers list is laughable. Having a piece of shit like Spring Breakers in your top 10 is shameful. WATCH BETTER FILMS!

  • Boris the Blade

    Very good list, I like this.

  • patrik

    Too early with these lists for me. There’s an entire month left of the year, one which usually produces some great movies. Maybe they simply want to get ahead of the end of the year list storm.

  • Julian Carrington

    Meh. Get better taste.

  • Sancar Seckiner

    2013 is terrible year for cinema. 2012 was much better.

  • Anthony

    Or opinions.

  • matteo bagnato

    uhm. get better criticism. Spring Breakers is a masterpiece and and a devstating critique to spectacle. If you want to enjoy yourself watching a moovie go see Tarantino. If you want to think, Korine is the man.

  • Sam

    Completely disagree. Directly comparing both and looking back at the last few years, I’d say 2013 is among the stronger years going back to 2007.