Actors reborn. Smart scripts. Tense action. High-risk hilarity. Turns out that 2013 was a very good year in film. Here are 16 reasons to be happy about the state of the movies.

1. Robert Redford's stoic, near-silent yet riveting performance as a besieged yachtsman in "All Is Lost."

2. The invisible raven of doom that perches on bad-luck balladeer Oscar Isaac's shoulder in every scene of "Inside Llewyn Davis."

3. Barkhad Abdi's electrifying debut as an intelligent, desperate Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips." The Somali-born nonprofessional consistently upstages Tom Hanks.

4. The breathtakingly cheesy 1970s costume design and hair disasters of "American Hustle." Christian Bale's laboriously constructed comb-over gives us a backstage look at what Donald Trump does every morning in the mirror.

5. The supremely delightful story of a spunky Saudi girl and her bicycle, "Wadjda."

6. Every screen moment from Jennifer Lawrence ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "American Hustle"), a performer put on this Earth to make all other actresses try harder.

7. The smiling, sweet-spirited grace of James Gandolfini in the midlife romantic comedy "Enough Said," reminding us that there was more to this multifaceted performer than his signature role as a TV thug.

8. Midwestern life onscreen in all its buffalo plaid, Bud-swigging, passive-aggressive glory in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."

9. Duo of the year: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan as an unlikely comic-dramatic dream team in the reality-based heartwarmer "Philomena."

10. Reunion of the year: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater for the third chapter of their ongoing relationship drama "Before Midnight."

11. Ensemble of the year: Drake, Sacha, Liam, Kanye, Harrison, Tina & Amy, and all the other cameo players in "Anchorman 2."

12. Comeback of the year (tie): Matthew McConaughey ("Mud," "Dallas Buyers Club") and Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle," "The Place Beyond the Pines") continue their glorious career reboots.

13. The near-universal critical acclaim and wide audience support for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." This harrowing, important film could have disappeared into the art-house obscurity. We're lucky it didn't. Now go seek out "Mother of George," "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete," "Fruitvale Station" and "Blue Caprice," four superb, underseen portraits of 21st-century African-American life.

14. The bruising, painfully funny physical comedy of Johnny Knoxville's "Bad Grandpa."

15. The stunning, world-creating production design of posthuman Earth in "Oblivion" and the lived-in fairylands of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

16. Stockbroker Leo DiCaprio's buddy-buddy venality, Jonah Hill's fluorescent white teeth, the uproarious "Titanic" reprise and the instant-classic Quaaludes scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street."