My 10 Favorite Movies of 2023

Adrian Todd Zuniga
6 min readFeb 3, 2024

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For the last three years (2020, 2021 and 2022), I’ve published my list of favorite films for the year, and this year I’m adding what month I watched them (which will be relevant to this list).

In 2023, I watched 94 movies with a real contemporary and film festival focus (the oldest film I saw was a Czech sci-fi/comedy from 1977 called Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea, which I did love).

Now for my 10 favorite movies for 2023:

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is great, but Harrison Ford just brings it all the way home.

#10. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

Watched in June. I’m laughing that I’ve included this, but we love what we love! And as I wrote about back in July I love watching a film that calls a Nazi a Nazi, and a film that then lets our hero punch said Nazis. I can’t defend the ending scene which is ridiculous, but I will defend the rest! It’s so fun, and a true ROMP. And if you didn’t like it, and tell me, it only further fuels my love for it. A real catch-winnety-win.

That look! The scenes that follow! Third act bliss.

#9. Of An Age (2023)

Watched in March. I’m a sucker for intimate, indie love stories that feel small, but are the whole world (Moonlight is my favorite film of all-time). This one quakes your chest with the profoundness of ever having loved, at all. Writer/director Goran Stolevski veers this one into a story of long-term longing with a brilliant third act that that ultimately boils down to gratefulness in the face of unrequitable love. Oof.

The patience of the first 15 minutes: thank you, David Fincher.

#8. The Killer (2023)

Watched in October. A movie about a hired assassin that opens with 15 minutes of him being meticulous, explaining the philosophy behind his meticulousness, and how vital his meticulousness is to his work and well-being. Then all hell breaks loose. It’s a masterwork of…

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Adrian Todd Zuniga

is an award-nominated author (Collision Theory), award-winning director/screenwriter (HOLD ME, DON'T TOUCH ME) and the creator and host of Literary Death Match.