The top 10 most pirated movies of 2013

Movies are very important to me and to society overall. Seeing popular films gives the moviegoer a shared experience with other members of the community. This in turn allows you to understand references to the film in jokes and documentaries. For example, if you've never seen a film such as Star Wars, you would not understand the Family Guy and Robot Chicken parodies of it.

Sadly, for many people, a trip to the movie theater is not achievable due to extremely high prices. Where I live, New York, a couple going on a date to the movies can easily spend over $30.00 when drinks and snacks are factored in. Those same people may not be able to afford the premium movie channels. I am one of these people -- I typically wait years for a film to hit FX, USA or something similar, so I can see it in all its censored, commercial-riddled glory. The alternative is movie piracy -- something I do not condone nor take part of, for more reasons than one.

Internet aside, every barbershop I have been in over the last decade has someone selling bootleg DVD movies. Typically, the DVDs cost about $5.00 and the quality may be passable (they often carry a portable player to show you). However, to truly enjoy a film, I must have both pristine quality and a good conscience. I do not want to steal a movie now and lead to the downfall of the movie industry later. Quite frankly, I also don't want anything less than 1080p.

According to TorrentFreak, the below list is the top 10 most downloaded films of 2013 -- by way of BitTorrent. Of course, barbershop and street-corner sales are not included.

Rank Film Number of Downloads
1 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 8,400,000
2 Django Unchained 8,100,000
3 Fast And Furious 6 7,900,000
4 Iron Man 3 7,600,000
5 Silver Linings Playbook 7,500,000
6 Star Trek Into Darkness 7,400,000
7 Gangster Squad 7,200,000
8 Now You See Me 7,000,000
9 The Hangover Part 3 6,900,000
10 World War Z 6,700,000

Believe it or not, I have seen only one film on that list, The Hangover 3, which I hated. The other nine films I will catch on TBS or TNT in a few years. For now, I will have to forgo knowing the references to the films. I hope the movie industry appreciates it when I don't get one of SNL's jokes about The Hobbit.

Have you seen any of these films? Did you illegally download them? Tell me in the comments below.

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