Best Movies of 2023 So Far

From festivals, theatrical releases, and streaming services, we list the best movies of 2023. Keep this list handy throughout 2023. 

We want to try something different at Ready Steady Cut this year. Instead of waiting until the end of the year to name the top films, we thought of keeping a running list of 2023’s very best films throughout the year. This way, we can maintain the progress of movies not just around the award season blitz but during the lonely cold months.

There are some exceptions to the list we are curating. Any film that was given a limited release or eligible for the 2022 awards season – but opening in a wide release in 2023 – will not be included in this list. Also, any film released in a film festival without finding distribution, for example, at Sundance or SXSW, will be excluded until finding a release date,

Please scroll down and read the list of the Best Movies of 2023 So Far! Make sure to check back at the end of every month for updates like what has been added, dropped, and mistakes rectified in cultivating the year’s best films! Also, if you want to delve into more best movie lists, check out our Best Movies On Netflix 2023 article too.

Last updated: February 10th, 2023

Best Movies of 2023 So Far

Pamela, a Love Story

Pamela, a Love Story may be the first film that will have feminists and male chauvinist pigs unite in defense of the most celebrated blonde bomb shells since Marylyn Monroe. The documentary is now available to stream on Netflix.

Official Premise: 

“Follows the life of pop culture icon Pamela Anderson, including never-before-seen archival footage and personal journals.”

Directors: Ryan White

Cast: Pamela Anderson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (10 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Infinity Pool

Infinity Pool, per the Rotten Tomatoes consensus, is turbulent waters even for strong swimmers. Infinity Pool provides a visceral all-inclusive retreat of Cronenbergian perversion for those wanting to escape commercial sundries.

Official Premise: 

“While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero-tolerance policy for a crime: either you’ll be executed, or, if you’re rich enough to afford it, you can watch yourself die instead.”

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård. Mia Goth and Cleopatra Coleman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (120 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

You People

You People is a funny take on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner that is timely, relevant, and uncomfortable for all reasons. This comedy film is refreshingly blunt. By allowing ruminating thoughts to simmer, it can be side-splittingly funny. That’s why the script by Barris works to deconstruct the argument of the social construct of race.

Official Premise: 

“Families and cultures clash when two LA millennials from different backgrounds fall in love and face the ultimate relationship test: meeting the parents.”

Director: Kenya Barris

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (84 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10


Noise is a stunningly relevant Mexican Netflix crime film that looks at the stunning themes of a lack of oversight by supervisors that directly correlates with how women are treated.

Official Premise: 

“A search for her missing daughter leads a mother to a support network, where she bonds with other women whose lives have been destroyed by violence.”

Director: Natalia Beristain

Cast: Julieta Egurrola, Teresa Ruiz, and Erick Israel Consuelo

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (11 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10


There is nothing more than what mainstream critics like more: A Gerard Butler action spectacular. With Greenland (78{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307}) and Cop Shop (80{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307}) strumming the approval cords since the pandemic, his current film Plane has gotten the same praise. 

Official Premise: 

“In the white-knuckle action movie PLANE, pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island – only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning.”

Directors: Jean-François Richet

Cast: Gerard Butler, Mike Colter, Yoson An, and Tony Goldwyn

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (143 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10


The first big hit of 2023, M3GAN has made 146 million dollars in the first month of the year alone, on only a 12 million dollar budget. 

Official Premise: 

“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of a friend, teacher, playmate, and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.”

Director: Gerard Johnstone

Cast: Allison Williams, Jenna Davis, and Violet McGraw

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (283 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Shotgun Wedding

Shotgun Wedding is an undeniably entertaining blast with dynamic friction-filled chemistry between the leads and the reliably hilarious supporting turn by Jennifer Coolidge.

Official Premise: 

“Darcy and Tom gather their families for a destination wedding, but the ceremony gets put on hold when gunmen take everyone hostage. Now, they must do everything they can to save their loved ones — if they don’t wind up killing each other first.”

Director: Jason Moore

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Joshua Duhamel, and Jennifer Coolidge

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (79 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 5.5/10


Yeon Sang-ho’s Jung_E sometimes struggles to merge its dystopian themes with a melodramatic storyline of mothers and daughters. However, the action scenes result in a hyper-fueled science fiction film with quick shots of pure adrenaline.

Official Premise: 

“In a post-apocalyptic near-future, a researcher at an AI lab leads the effort to end a civil war by cloning the brain of a heroic soldier – her mother.”

Director: Yeon Sang-ho

Cast: Kang Soo-yeon, Kim Hyun-joo, and Ryu Kyung-soo

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (24 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10


Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Narvik is a stunning-looking war film that’s naturally gripping and does an above-average job playing up the moral dilemmas despite, at times, being frustratingly inert.

Official Premise: 

“By April 1940, Narvik, a small town in northern Norway, routinely has 85{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} of the iron ore used by Nazi Germany’s war machine transported from its port. Attempts to disrupt this process over two months of fierce winter warfare caused Hitler to be handed his first major defeat.”

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg

Cast: Kristine Hartgen, Carl Martin Eggsbø, Cristoph Gelfert Mathiesen, and Henrik Mestad

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (4 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Missing (2022)

This stand-alone sequel of the surprise smash hit Searching. Missing is an anxiety-ridden and armrest-grabbing. This is the type of old-fashioned thriller that trades star power for a good story that audiences are clamoring for.

Official Premise: 

“After her mother goes missing, a young woman tries to find her from home, using tools available to her online.”

Director: Will Merrick and Nick Johnson

Cast: Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, Amy Landecker, Daniel Henney, and Nia Long

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} (92 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

And that completes our Best Movies of 2023 list. What’s your favorite movie so far? Comment below.

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