The movie also wins best screenplay and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
American Hustle was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle on Tuesday.
The movie also topped all other winners with a total of three awards, including best screenplay for David O. Russell, who also directed, and Eric Singer. In addition, Jennifer Lawrence was named best supporting actress.
Last year, the NYFCC chose Zero Dark Thirty as its winner for best picture.
Other 2013 winners included best actress Cate Blanchett(Blue Jasmine), best actor Robert Redford (All Is Lost), best supporting actor Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and best director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).
A complete list of winners follows:
Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Eric Singer & David O. Russell, American Hustle
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best First Film: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
Best Foreign Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Nonfiction Film (Documentary): Stories We Tell
Special Award: Frederick Wiseman
Founded in 1935, the organization’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and qualifying online general-interest publications. Every year in December, the group meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year’s films.
In addition to the regular categories, which include best picture, director, actor and actress, special stand-alone awards are given to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the art of cinema, including producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, historians, film restorers and service organizations.
Source: Hollywood Reporter