Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

     January 1, 2014


Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

gravity-posterWright shared the following “Top 20” list of films on his personal blog, noting that there are still a number of films that he has yet to see.  The following reflect movies that Wright “thoroughly enjoyed, was moved, or completely dazzled by”:



Spring Breakers

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Blue Jasmine

Behind The Candelabra (A cinema release in the UK)

Inside Llewyn Davis

Before Midnight

Short Term 12


The Spectacular Now


12 Years A Slave

Iron Man 3

The Bling Ring

Captain Phillips

Enough Said


Pacific Rim

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Wright also noted the future cult status of The Counselor and Stoker, and added the few documentaries that he did see and enjoy include The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, 20 Feet from Stardom, and Sound City.


  • AdeoAdversary

    Lot of good movies here, really like Edgar Wright, agree with most of his choices except Spring Breakers–definitely the worst movie I remember seeing in recent memory. Can anybody tell me why people keep insisting it is a good movie?? Am I missing something here??

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Because of Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson’s boobs.

    • Brandon

      There’s a lot of cool imagery and things to read into. Lots and lots of symbols in the film. Things like the pink unicorn ski masks, the dancing with the guns, the gun blowjob scene. I have had more than one occasion where I have sat down with a buddy and just discussed the imagery of the film. I thought that the cinematography was pretty cool and the direction was well done as well. In addition, thought Franco killed it.

    • Travis Gowen

      Spring Breakers was one of the dumbest movies I saw last year. Zero plot other than crybaby girls who want to get drunk and get involved in the most absurd story lines and endings I have ever seen.

      I get it if people didn’t like MOS, but somehow that movie has a higher RT rating than MOS does. I guess I’m just not hipster enough to get the “art” behind it all.

      • GrimReaper07

        Cause to get art you have to be a hipster. I hate how often people throw around the word “pretentious” and “hipster” when they see things they don’t get or that are too artsy.

      • Travis Gowen

        I hate when people include words like “pretentious” that I don’t understand, which causes me to Google it, only to find a definition that I still don’t understand, all because I used the word “hipster” in a joking reference about movie critics.

      • GrimReaper07

        It’s not an uncommon word at all. People use it as an insult as much as “hipster”. Anyway, haven’t seen Spring Breakers (though I’m planning to) and hated Man of Steel.

      • Travis Gowen

        Hope you like it. I didn’t, but that means nothing as everyone has a different taste in movies. Have a good one, the hipster stuff was all in good fun.

    • randommale7

      Spring Breakers was basically a satire of the american dream; almost in a way how the Godfather is though not on the same level of course. I didn’t love it but I also din’t mind it either.

    • Mingie Noriega

      spring breakers was amazing, shut up

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  • Ryan DiBenedetto

    Glad somebody else appreciates The Counselor

  • Liderc

    He lost me at Iron Man 3.

    • Doug_101

      Well, he’s gotta keep the new bosses happy.

      • Nino

        Or he honestly enjoys some popcorn flicks as well.

      • Armond White is my master now

        He could choose Saving Mr. Banks instead. Iron Man 3 is the worst movie based on a comic book since Mistery Men. Shane Black left the rehab too soon. Same goes for Robert Downey, Jr…

      • dguvnorspecial1

        exactly.never forgive him for that mandarin shit

      • Armond White is my master now


        Just imagine a X-Men movie in which Magneto is in fact some jacko called Joe Schmuck and the real villain is one of his henchmen! Seriously, I can’t believe Marvel tarnished his major franchise this way…

      • Who Dat

        That’s actually an amazing idea. Got to keep your audience guessing

    • Brandon Davis

      There was some really good dialogue in Iron Man 3, other than the plot twist it wasn’t terrible.

      • lordjim

        the dialogue was okay, the plot twist was fun, the third act was horrible – seems to be the major problem with most contemporary blockbusters, they just dissolve into a stupid cgi orgy.most directors are just lazy hacks when it comes to action.

      • Brandon Davis

        Yeah, I agree, I kind of forgot about the Third act… or at least I forgot about it in detail.

    • Kevin

      Maybe he chose it for being one of the best movies this year.

    • GrimReaper07

      Yeah, if you’re not a purist and wasn’t appalled by the plot twist then its an enjoyable movie. I don’t give two ****s about faithfulness to source material, so I enjoyed it. On par with the first movie.

      • Liderc

        I don’t care about the mandarin plot twist, I don’t even read comics. The movie was bad, it sucked, it was poorly made and the actors did a bad job. They had incredible actors in the movie and didn’t use them (Rebecca Hall), it was bad.

      • Liderc

        I don’t care about the mandarin plot twist, I don’t even read comics. The movie was bad, it sucked, it was poorly made and the actors did a bad job. They had incredible actors in the movie and didn’t use them (Rebecca Hall), it was bad.

  • Well

    Iron Man 3, Captain Phillips, and Prisons were all among the worst I had the misfortune of watching this year.

    • Brandon

      Oh Prisons! Good… I thought for a second you were going to say PRISONERS, which is one of my top 3 of the year.

      • mattinacan

        not top 3 but i liked it!

    • Tom

      “Captain Phillips”? It’s definetly one of the best picture of 2013. I still have

      shivers when I remember one of the final scene where Hanks cries and shakes.

      • lordjim

        the crew hated it.apparently the true captain phillips was not the hero but the problem.i don´t think anybody of these men is ever going to work with that guy again.

  • Colin Christian

    I loved Spring Breakers,thought it was pretty amazing,an acid nightmare,but then,I liked Only God Forgives too,seems like I am in the minority on that one….

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  • J

    “The Counselor” is indeed destined for cult status. The vastly underrated and misunderstood film of 2013.

  • The Flobbit

    An eclectic list showing talent and taste. Edgar Wright is one of the coolest, most fearless, and diverse guys making movies out there. Hugely anticipating his Ant-Man, and anything this guy cooks up in future.

    • lordjim

      one of the most fearless??how is that?wright makes british mainstream comedies.i did enjoy his movies, especially shaun of the dead, but his jokes aren´t exactly original.and hot fuzz was really nothing compared to the other guys, i even enjoyed this is the end a lot more than the world´s end.wright makes great first halves, but fearless he is not.

      • The Flobbit

        Well, that’s just like…your opinion, man. He’s not afraid to add blood and gore to comedy and drama, which is pretty fearless. Oh, PS: Hot Fuzz > Other Guys.

      • lordjim

        drama, i don´t know, can´t take his characters seriously enough to worry about them.i prefer martin mcdonagh in this and every other way – that guy is fearless.

      • The Flobbit

        Martin McDonaugh is great, but I feel that In Bruges was overrated. Nor actually that funny. As a crime film, it totally delivered, but not as a comedy.

  • https://www.facebook.com/dgirwin1 Handyman003

    I would have traded “Spring Breakers” for “American Hustle”.

  • lordjim

    the future cult status of stoker???are you kidding me?that movie was so mediocre i don´t even remember it enough to hate it.

  • Thatguy

    Spring Breakers was a piece of sh** and Edgar Wright including it on his list has made me lose respect for him!

    But seriously, I’m not surprised Edgar Wright liked the movie he is into some off-the-wall stuff, I could only barely enjoy Spaced anymore underground and I would’ve given up. But the rest of his work is great. Honestly though his top 20 list isn’t all that impressive, there isn’t anything here all that mind-blowing or insightful I almost feel like he didn’t even write the list himself.

    Spring Breakers was a terrible excuse to make a movie people high on ecstasy can sit through without taking their clothing off.