Screen One’s Top Films of 2023 Part I (20 – 11)

Screen One's Top 20 Films of 2023 Part I (20 - 11)

Screen One unveils its annual countdown of the top films is here, heralding a celebration of cinematic brilliance that defined the year 2023. With an unparalleled blend of storytelling mastery, visual spectacle, and emotional resonance, these films have captivated audiences worldwide. Part I of our countdown unveils the thrilling start to this cinematic journey, showcasing films ranked from 20 to 11 that have left an indelible mark on the landscape of contemporary cinema. Join us as we delve into this cinematic treasure trove, exploring the diverse narratives, groundbreaking performances, and visionary direction that have solidified these films as the standout gems of 2023.*

Screen One's Top 20 Films of 2023 Part I (20 - 11)

20. Air Director: Ben Affleck Cast: Matt Damon, Jason Bateman (Prime Video)

Ben Affleck takes the directorial reins in “Air,” a gripping thriller that soars with Matt Damon and Jason Bateman at its helm. This intense narrative explores the complexities of human nature within the high-stakes realm of trainers/sneakers, promising an exhilarating cinematic experience.

19. Creed III Director: Michael B. Jordan Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson (Prime Video)

“Creed III” continues the adrenaline-pumping saga of Adonis Creed, this time without the shadow of Sylvester Stallone which still manages to loom large over proceedings. The film co-stars Jonathan Majors as Creed’s foil as a seemingly unstoppable boxer form his past.

18. Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie Director: Davis Guggenheim Cast: Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan (Apple TV+)

Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” offers an intimate portrayal of the esteemed actor’s life, enriched by the presence of Tracy Pollan. Delving into Fox’s journey, this documentary promises an insightful and heartfelt exploration of resilience, love, and the pursuit of passion despite adversity.

17. Bottoms Director: Emma Seligman Cast: Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri

Emma Seligman’s “Bottoms” navigates the complexities of relationships and identity with a blend of humor and depth. Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri deliver captivating performances, anchoring the narrative in a poignant exploration of self-discovery and societal expectations in a choatic fashion. Think Fight Club meets Means Girls.

16. Saw X Director: Kevin Greutert Cast: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith (Buy & Rent here)

The tenth installment of the horror franchise, “Saw X,” helmed by Kevin Greutert, resurrects the spine-chilling legacy of Jigsaw, portrayed by Tobin Bell. Shawnee Smith’s return adds an electrifying element to this blood-curdling narrative, promising a relentless plunge into terror and psychological thrills. It’s a lot better than you expect and the traps are once again what you come for and they dont dissappoint!

15. A Man Called Otto Director: Marc Forster Cast: Tom Hanks (NOWTV)

Marc Forster’s “A Man Called Otto” presents a reimagining with Tom Hanks at the forefront. This US remake explores the intricacies of identity and self-discovery, offering a compelling narrative that is both introspective and emotionally resonant. A brillaint perfomance from the multi award winning Hanks, anchors what could have been a schmaltzy mess, but manages to really invoke oyur emotions throughout.

14. The Killer Director: David Fincher Cast: Michael Fassbender (Netflix)

David Fincher’s “The Killer” unveils Michael Fassbender as the enigmatic titular hitman, weaving a web of intrigue and suspense. With Fincher’s signature visual style, this thriller promises to captivate audiences, delving into the darker aspects of the human psyche.

Read the Screen One review HERE

13. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part I Director: Christopher McQuarrie Cast: Tom Cruise (Buy & Rent Here)

Christopher McQuarrie returns with “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part I,” the initial chapter in the final installment of this action-packed series. Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role as Ethan Hunt, propelling audiences into a world of relentless espionage and breathtaking stunts. Cruise manages to raise the bar with the stunts once again leading to that age old question… How isn’t he dead yet from these over the top specatcles?

12. Abigail Director: Melissa Vitello Cast: Ava Cantrell

Melissa Vitello’s “Abigail” showcases Ava Cantrell in a breakout role, offering a compelling narrative that intertwines coming-of-age themes with elements of mystery and self-discovery. Cantrell’s performance promises to captivate audiences, marking her ascent in the cinematic landscape.

And you can watch our interview with the films star Ava Cantrell below. Read our Abigail review HERE

11. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume III Director: James Gunn Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana (Disney+)

James Gunn returns with the third volume of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” yet specific cast details remain under wraps, teasing fans with anticipation for another cosmic adventure in this beloved Marvel franchise.

Screen One’s lineup for the top films of 2023 showcases an eclectic mix of genres, directors, and performances, setting the stage for a cinematic journey that captivates, challenges, and entertains audiences worldwide.

Join us for the second part of the Top 10 countdown on Screen One’s Top 20 Movies of 2023 when we reveal our number one film of the year! So join us then.

Screen One's Top 20 Films of 2023 Part I (20 - 11)
  • * At time of publishing, we are yet to see Killers of the Flower Moon, Napoleon and The Boy and the Heron. The list will possible be updated to reflect this at a later date

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