As 2013 draws to a close, we looked through some of the country's top film-loving publications' lists of the Best Films of 2013. 'Lo and behold, some EIFF favourites made the cut, so here's our annual round up!

Digital Spy

Kicking off with a documentary, at number 18 on Digital Spy's list is Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Their critic said that, "The range of Gibney's subjects, the rigour of his research and the complexity of his questions make We Steal Secrets breathlessly compelling, but it's the moments of psychological probing that haunt the most."

Read or watch our interview with director Alex Gibney here.



Robbie Collin cited EIFF hit The Bling Ring as one of his films of the year alongside blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the critically acclaimed The Act of Killing – which has topped lists by the Guardian and Sight and Sound.

He says 2013 has been the greatest year of cinema since 1999.


Sight & Sound

Speaking of the BFI mag Sight and Sound, Frances Ha hit number 5 on its Art House-focussed list. Noah Baumbach's much-loved Millenial tale had its UK Premiere here at the Festival and was selected as one of our Best of the Fest.

Production Editor Isabel Stevens also listed Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Pavavel's winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at EIFF 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter

Incidentally, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Quentin Tarantino also made room for Frances Ha and The Conjuring on his list of favourite for 2013.


Empire will always go big or go home. Not to be outdone, they've opted for their 50 Best Films of the Year. Let's take stock…

At 45, The Conjuring, one of our critics' favourites, is the first to feature on the Top 50. At number 39, Empire writers say that The Bling Ring is "Best for... like, totally showing us, y'know, the kids of today at their worst. Or whatever."

EIFF 2013's Surprise Movie, About Time, also sneaks in at 31 as the father and son movie of the year. Unsurprisingly, it's quickly followed by Frances Ha at number 30. Evidently, the critics and audiences loved it!

Urban Pundit

Our friend Matthew Turner of found room for 2 EIFF movies in his Top 10 of 2013: the "utterly delightful, warm-hearted and very funny" Frances Ha and "genuinely scary" paranormal horror-thriller The Conjuring.

New York Times

Across the pond, the top New York critics have also been pondering the top films of 2013. A.O. Scott included the remarkable Stories We Tell in his documentary top 5, stating that, "Sarah Polley’s sly, sensational investigation of family secrets and the camera’s ability to reveal and invent the truth." It also made Manohla Dargis' honour roll, alongside EIFF sleeper hit, the American indie This is Martin Bonner, which had its International Premiere here in Edinburgh.

EIFF Student Critics Jury

Our Student Critics have also picked their Best of EIFF 2013 – check out their list and reviews over on the EIFF blog.


What are your top films of 2013? Tell us in a comment or over on Twitter @edfilmfest.

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