Ten Best Movies of 2013

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:00 am.

(Photos: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures; The Weinstein Company)

Some say 2013 was a great year for Black film — but every year there are several stellar African-American films that hit the big screen.  However, this year, these films were easier to find and didn’t require endless searching at your local indie theater.  Regardless of race or ethnicity , check out my fifth annual list for the best films of 2013, which covered HIV/AIDS, slavery, police brutality, civil rights icons, zombies, animal cruelty and more.

10. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

(Photo: State Street Pictures)

There is a bold joy in the film, which can be credited to Mister and Pete, played wonderfully by Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. Their childlike innocence but adult sensitivities gave the flick an undeniable heart.

9. Fruitvale Station (2013)

(Photo: The Weinstein Company)

Raw, real and memorable.

8. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

(Photo: The Weinstein Company)

A phenomenal continuation of the director’s visionary eye for storytelling, imagery and reality.

7. Blackfish (2013)

(Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Blackfish proves in our pseudo-reality, entertainment-hungry world that the art of documenting is not lost. Docs can still create change — and for SeaWorld, the perception of the theme park is forever changed.

6. World War Z (2013)

(Photo: Plan B Entertainment)

Zombies in Philly, zombies in Jerusalem — even zombies in the projects of Newark! Innovative and terrifying — World War Z is arguably the best zombie film since 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.

5. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

(Photo: Focus Features)

The film shows homophobia, racism and sexism indirectly affects all of us — even when you believe you’re not one of ‘those people.’ You never know the circumstances in life that might make you one of ‘them.’ One of the best films of the year.

4. Call Me Kuchu (2013)

(Photo: Cinedigm)

Simultaneously difficult to watch and a must-see.

3. Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2013)

(Photo: Overbrook Entertainment)

After watching Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, audiences will walk away rejuvenated, thankful and, surprisingly, even more proud to be an American.

2. 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

(Photo: Gil Friesen Productions)

(Photo: Gil Friesen Productions)

2. 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
The unforgettable 20 Feet From Stardom highlights the stories of gifted people praying their time is going to come, which transcends music. Isn’t that what most of us hope for?

1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

(Photo: Jaap Buitendijk/FOX Searchlight)

Equally grisly and beautiful, 12 Years is the reason why films are made. A movie you must-see, no matter how gory or violent. Steve McQueen strangles the psychosis of racism, forcing the viewer to witness ugliness with no escape. A modern day masterpiece.

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