The 20 Best Movies of 2023 (So Far)

With the year almost half over, 2023 has already seen a wide variety of excellent new films. Here are 20 that you can see right now.
Stills from the Best Movies of 2023, So Far
The Best Movies of 2023, So Far
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2023 is only five months old and many of the year’s most anticipated films are still waiting in the wings for their summer or fall debuts, but the year has already provided an absolute smörgåsbord of cinematic delights for those who know where to look (or are lucky enough to live in the kind of place where AMC isn’t the only game in town). 

Many of the early highlights — including heartstopping immigration dramas “R.M.N.” and “Tori and Lokita,” as well as the more narcotized likes of “Godland” and “Pacification” — are inevitable holdovers from last year’s Cannes lineup, while more recent festival breakouts like “Rye Lane” and “A Thousand and One” have already made their way down the mountain from Sundance. But the most pleasant surprise of the movie year so far is that several of this winter and spring’s new releases have wildly over-delivered on expectations (e.g. “M3GAN,” “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”), while auteur-driven fare like Ari Aster’s “Beau Is Afraid” and Makoto Shinkai’s “Suzume” have taken such great pleasure in confounding them. 

With new work from masters like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson on the immediate horizon — and staggering instant classics like Celine Song’s “Past Lives” set to open in theaters in just a few weeks’ time — there’s reason to hope that our already excellent year in film is only just starting to heat up. 

Here are our picks for the 20 best movies of 2023 (so far). We will be updating and refining this list throughout the year as new films are released.

This article includes contributions from Siddhant Adlakha, Carlos Aguilar, Christian Blauvelt, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steph Green, Ella Kemp, Ryan Lattanzio, Marisa Mirabal, Rafael Motomayor, Christian Zilko, and Esther Zuckerman.

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