AVClub's The Best Films of 2023

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[By Sam Barsanti, Mary Kate Carr, Murtada Elfadl, Saloni Gajjar, Drew Gillis, Courtney Howard, Jen Lennon, Tim Lowery, and Cindy White]

Was 2023 the year that the movie theater finally made a comeback? Maybe, but it was definitely the year that brought film to the forefront of the cultural conversation again. The Barbenheimer phenomenon is largely to thank for that; it’s been years since we’ve had such a big cinema-going event. It helped, too, that both Barbie and Oppenheimer were uncommonly good, especially for blockbusters. But there were other cinematic successes: A24 continued to dominate the indie space with films like Past Lives and Anatomy Of A Fall, animation came to play with a new entry in the Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse franchise and a surprisingly good Ninja Turtles movie and, of course, Martin Scorsese brought us another mega-sized American epic in Killers Of The Flower Moon. It was a triumphant year for film, and we’ve done our best to sort through everything that was on offer. Here are our picks for the best films of 2023.

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    Past Lives

    2023, in 5 top lists
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    Poor Things

    2023, in 7 top lists
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    Oppenheimer

    2023, in 12 top lists
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    Killers of the Flower Moon

    2023, in 6 top lists
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    Barbie

    2023, in 3 top lists
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    May December

    2023, in 1 top list
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    Anatomie d'une chute

    2023 — a.k.a. Anatomy of a Fall, in 9 top lists
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    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    2023, in 9 top lists
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    The Holdovers

    2023, in 4 top lists
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    Asteroid City

    2023, in 1 top list
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    Bottoms

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    All of Us Strangers

    2023, in 3 top lists
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    The Zone of Interest

    2023, in 8 top lists
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    The Killer

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    BlackBerry

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    La passion de Dodin Bouffant

    2023 — a.k.a. The Taste of Things, in 0 top lists
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    Passages

    2023, in 1 top list
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    John Wick: Chapter 4

    2023, in 2 top lists
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    Nimona

    2023, in 1 top list
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    Priscilla

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    Polite Society

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    Rye Lane

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    A Thousand and One

    2023, in 1 top list
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    Perfect Days

    2023, in 4 top lists
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    Last Stop Larrimah

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    Kokomo City

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    Ferrari

    2023, in 0 top lists
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    Aku wa sonzai shinai

    2023 — a.k.a. Evil Does Not Exist, in 0 top lists
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    Beau Is Afraid

    2023, in 0 top lists
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