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Best Films of 2023

The results are in for our 2023 poll of Film Comment’s contributors! On this page, you’ll find our list of the best films that were released either theatrically or virtually in 2023 in the United States, with original appreciations from our critics, as well as links to features, reviews, and interviews about these films and directors from throughout the year.

Don’t see your favorite? Check out our Best Undistributed Films of 2023 list, featuring works that premiered this year but have not yet announced stateside distribution.

Curious to see who voted and for which films? Check out our voters’ individual ballots.

Also online: critic Leo Goldsmith’s list of the Best Short Films of 2023, and filmmaker and programmer Gina Telaroli’s list of the Best Restorations of 2023.

And finally, don’t miss our Best of 2023 Countdown Podcast, featuring guest critics Amy Taubin and Bilge Ebiri.