2013 has been a great year for movies, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As Cinema Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in film, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 10 lists of the best movies of 2013. This is Sean’s list, which begins with a tenderhearted teen romance.

10. The Spectacular Now
It was a spectacular year for the coming-of-age genre. Jordan Vogt-Roberts followed frustrated teenagers into the woods for The Kings of Summer, where a clubhouse built for escape only led to more problems. And The Way Way Back, co-directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, recreated the perfect summer getaway… sandwiched within an excruciating summer vacation for teenager Liam James.

Those films didn’t strike as accurate a note as The Spectacular Now, a vibrant, tearful and commendably honest relationship story lifted from the dog-eared pages of John Hughes’ playbook. Shailene Woodley is fearlessly ordinary as the wallflower who attracts the eye of sarcastic Miles Teller. Their journey has bumps and twists, though screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber root them all in the credible wisps of our own teenage memories. This is Some Kind of Wonderful, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club for the next generation.

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