2023 was a newsworthy year for film. After three years of pandemic-induced cratering, the box office came roaring back thanks in part to the marketing and artistic triumph that was Barbenheimer. The year saw a slew of notable releases from directing legends and bold new voices that will make it one of the most competitive Oscar seasons in years. And after grueling months-long strikes, both the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA won major concessions from the studios, a good step for creators in the film industry going into the future. 

There was clearly lots to celebrate when it came to movies this year. So join us as Great Pop Culture Debate panelists Brendan Hay, Eric Rezsnyak, Karissa Kloss, and Kevin Dillon share their favorite movies, as the Great Pop Culture Debate presents the Best Films of 2023!

Brendan Hay Pick #1: A Thousand and One

Eric Rezsnyak Pick #1: Bottoms

Karissa Kloss Pick #1: You Hurt My Feelings

Kevin Dillon Pick #1: All of Us Strangers

Brendan Hay Pick #2: Killers of the Flower Moon

Eric Rezsnyak Pick #2: Saltburn

Karissa Koss Pick #2: Asteroid City

Kevin Dillon Pick #2: May December

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! For each panelist’s No. 1 picks, listen to the episode now! We absolutely saved the best for last. For our panelists’ honorable mentions for the year in film, become a Patreon supporter of the podcast.

Did we miss your favorite movies? Do you disagree with some of our picks? Leave a comment below.

Then come back every Monday in December for our Best Of 2023 episodes, including our final special: Books! Our episodes devoted to the Best TV and Music of 2023 are already available by clicking here.

Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best of 2020: Film

Best of 2021: Film

Best of 2022: Film

Also make sure to check out Kevin Dillon’s Top 10 list of acting performances in 2023 films.

Have a say in future episodes!

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Brendan Hay, Karissa Kloss, Kevin Dillon

Editor: Eric Rezsnyak

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