Top films of 2023

As we come to the end of a tumultuous year at the cinema, the struggle to define the year’s best films was more complicated than expected. Between the actors/writers strike, the challenges at Marvel and Disney and the COVID hangover remaining, this was a challenging list to put together.

Yet, some of the highlights occurred in the arthouse atmosphere. So here we go: our favourite films of 2023.

Top films of 2023

In no particular order:

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The Killer

One Life

Elemental

Past Lives

Oppenheimer

The Holdovers

Wonka

“Wonka offers families the very thing they have been looking for in holiday entertainment, with terrific characters, fantastic writing and beautiful musical numbers.Wonka is the best film this holiday season and may be one of the year’s best films too.”

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part 1

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant

Air

Still: A Michael J Fox Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

The New Boy

Marcel the Shell Wearing Shoes

Guilty pleasures

These films may not have been on the top, but they were too much fun to ignore:

Opération Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

John Wick: Chapter 4

Love at First Sight

Bank of Dave

Best Family Films of 2023

In no particular order:

Wonka

Leo

The Velveteen Rabbit

Elemental

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Spider-man: Across the Spiderverse

The Little Mermaid

The Magician’s Elephant

Blue Beetle

Eternity’s Honourable Mentions

Christmas film of the year: Spirited

Pleasant surprise: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Charming story: Journey to Bethlehem

Making waves for God: Jesus Revolution

Jesus Revolution is one of the top Christian films of 2023

Jonathan Roumie as Lonnie Frisbee in Jesus Revolution Lions Gate Entertainment

Wild ride: Barbie

Inspiring cause: Sound of Freedom

Retelling a beloved life: The Hiding Place

The bulk of this article (not including Eternity’s honourable mentions) first appeared on Third Space with Reel Dialogue, and is republished here with permission.

Russ Matthews works for City Bible Forum as Product Manager for The Edge and Reel Dialogue. He has a passion for film and getting conversations started on themes from these visual creations.

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