The Best Movies of 2023 (So Far)

Here are Complex's choices for the best movies of 2023 so far, including 'Creed III,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,' 'Air,' plus more.


We’re now halfway into 2023, and so far, it’s been an impressive year for movies. 

The biggest and best films in the first six months of the year have ranged from drama to suspense to action to superhero films to remakes of Disney classics that drove people to the theaters. The box office saw some major triumphs with The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Creed III, while critically acclaimed films like Air, The Little Mermaid, and Beau Is Afraid have all the makings of becoming award-show darlings. 

Movie fans have been well-fed so far this year, but ranking the best releases at the halfway point can have its challenges. The earlier months tend to be slower in terms of new releases as the action-packed blockbusters usually drop at the peak of summer, while the Oscar-fodder titles arrive later in the year, closer to award szn. But movie studios delivered, already giving us three massive franchises that became trilogies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Creed, and Ant-Man, while directors M. Night Shyamalan and Ben Affleck delivered some quality entertainment. 

10. The Super Mario Bros. Movie

9. Knock at the Cabin

8. Beau is Afraid

7. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

6. The Little Mermaid

​​5. John Wick: Chapter 4

4. Creed III

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

2. Air

1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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