10 Best Movies of 2013

Peter Travers counts down great films from a provocative year

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'American Hustle'
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6. 'American Hustle'

Only that scrappy virtuoso David O. Russell could morph a film about the Abscam political scandals of the late 1970s into a rollicking, emotionally raw human drama. Russell regulars – Christian Bale and Amy Adams from The Fighter, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook – help him turn the toxic mess of life on the edge into an exhilarating gift.

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