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Top 10 Films of 2023 that stole the Spotlight

Top 10 Films of 2023 that stole the Spotlight

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In the realm of cinema, 2023 unfolded as a captivating chapter for enthusiasts, offering a diverse tapestry of genres, narratives, and cinematic approaches. From compelling biographical dramas to whimsical comedies set in fantastical realms, the silver screen delivered a rich array of experiences for audiences. Dhanush Kumar now compiles a curated list of the year’s top 10 movies, showcasing the multifaceted brilliance that graced theatres throughout 2023.

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1. Oppenheimer

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Oppenheimer is a biographical thriller directed by the famous Christopher Nolan, based on the book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. It stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist who led the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. The film chronicles his scientific achievements, moral dilemmas, and eventual downfall due to political persecution. Oppenheimer is a masterpiece of filmmaking, with stunning visuals, brilliant performances, and a gripping story that explores the human cost of scientific progress.

2. Barbie

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Barbie is a fantasy comedy film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the fashion dolls by Mattel. It stars Margot Robbie as Barbie, a doll who suffers an identity crisis and leaves Barbieland to explore the real world. Along the way, she meets Ken (Ryan Gosling), a beach bum who becomes her love interest, and other versions of herself, played by Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and others. Barbie is a hilarious and heart-warming film that breaks the stereotypes and expectations associated with the iconic toy.

3. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is an animated superhero film directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson and a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). It features the voice of Shameik Moore as Mile Morales, a teenager who becomes Spider-Man after being bitten by a radioactive spider. In this film, he teams up with Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), another Spider-Person from a parallel universe, to stop a new threat that endangers the multiverse. The film is a visual feast with a unique animation style blends different comic book aesthetics. It also has a thrilling story, diverse characters, and a lot of humour and heart.

4. John Wick: Chapter – 4

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John Wick: Chapter 4 is an action thriller directed by Chad Stahelski. It stars Keanu Reeves as John Wick, a former assassin on the run from the High Table, a global organisation of crime lords. In this film, he teams up with old allies and new enemies to fight out of a deadly situation. John Wick: Chapter 4 is a non-stop adrenaline rush with spectacular stunts, choreography, and cinematography. It also expands the John Wick universe’s mythology and lore, introducing new locations, characters, and factions.

5. Pathan

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Pathan is an action spy film directed by Siddharth Anand and the fourth film in the YRF Spy Universe. It stars Shah Rukh Khan as Pathan, an exiled RAW agent who works with Rubina Mohsin (Deepika Padukone), an ISI agent, to take down Jim (John Abraham), a rogue RAW agent who plans to unleash a deadly virus on India. Pathan is a high-octane film with breath-taking action sequences, exotic locations, and a riveting plot. It also features a cameo appearance by Salman Khan as Tiger, another spy from the same universe.

6. Jawan

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Jawan is an action drama directed by Atlee and the second film of Shah Rukh Khan in 2023. It stars Khan as Jawan, a prison warden who recruits inmates to commit outrageous crimes that expose societal corruption and injustice. He also has a personal motive, as he seeks revenge for a wrong done to him in the past. Jawan is a powerful film with a strong message, a compelling story, and a stellar performance by Khan. It also has a star-studded supporting cast, including Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, and Deepika Padukone.

7. Bhagavanth Kesari

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Bhagavanth Kesari is an action drama directed by Anil Ravipudi, starring Nandamuri Balakrishna in the titular role. It is based on the true story of Nelakonda Bhagavanth Kesari, a gallant circle inspector who fought against the atrocities of a corrupt politician and his son in a tribal area of Andhra Pradesh. The film showcases the bravery, patriotism, and sacrifice of Kesari, who became a legend among the people. It also features Sreeleela, Arjun Rampal, and Kajal Aggarwal in pivotal roles.

8. Virupaksha

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Virupaksha is a horror film directed by Karthik Varma Dandu, starring Sai Dharam Tej and Samyuktha Menon. It is set in a village named Rudravanam, where a series of mysterious deaths occur due to ancient superstitions. Tej plays Surya, a man who visits his ancestral village and discovers paranormal activities. He also falls in love with Viji (Menon), a local girl connected to the mystery. Virupaksha is a spine-chilling film with a gripping story, a haunting atmosphere, and a surprising twist

9. Baby

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Baby is a Telugu romantic drama film starring Anand Devarakonda and Vaishnavi Chaitanya. It is directed by Sai Rjaesh Neelam and produced by Mass Movie Makers. It is a coming-of-age story about two childhood friends who fall in love but face challenges when they go to college and meet new people. This movie got many excellent reviews from the audience and the critics and collected a lot of money at the box office. Anand Devarakonda performed his heart out in the movie.

10. Killers of the Flower Moon

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Killers of the Flower Moon is a historical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book of the same name by David Grann. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone. It is set in 1920s Oklahoma, where the Osage Nation, a Native American tribe, became wealthy due to oil discoveries on their land. However, they also became the targets of a series of murders, known as the Reign of Terror that the FBI investigated. The film follows the lives of Ernest Burkhart (DiCaprio), a white man who marries Mollie Kyle (Gladstone), an Osage woman, and William Hale (De Niro), a powerful rancher who is behind the killings. Killers of the Flower Moon is a riveting film with a captivating story, a stellar cast, and a masterful direction by Scorsese.


In 2023, cinema treated the audience to a remarkable assortment of films across various genres. The year, they had something for everyone, from biographical thrillers to imaginative comedies and action-packed dramas to dramas. These top movies have left a lasting impact on cinema and viewers’ hearts.


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