Keep this page handy as we celebrate and list what is deemed to be the Best and Highest Rated Movies on Netflix in 2023.
Netflix has produced over 600 original films since they officially released content in 2015. Each year has seen a progressively higher number, with 2022 making over 172 original feature films. Throughout 2023, we will use Rotten Tomatoes scores to share with you the best and highest-rated Netflix Original movies of 2023 that you can stream right now.
That said, Netflix only released nine films in the month of January 2023, highlighted by the comedy You People starring Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy and Dog Gone starring Rob Lowe. However, most of them either not having a score generated on Rotten Tomatoes or the ratings on the film have been bad. Therefore, I will be adding to this list on a monthly basis, and below, I share the two films that have caught the attention of their viewers.
Last Update: September 9th, 2023
Best and Highest Rated Movies On Netflix in 2023
17. The Pale Blue Eye (2023)
The Pale Blue Eye is the third collaboration between director Scott Cooper and Christian Bale. Critic M.N. Miller says that the film, The Pale Blue Eye, is a breathtaking-looking gothic picture that’s uneven because of how horrendously overacted the entire experience can be.
Official Premise: A world-weary detective is hired to investigate the murder of a West Point cadet. Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case – a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Simon McBurney
Rotten Tomatoes: 63.00%
16. The Magician’s Elephant (2023)
Audiences have raved about The Magician’s Elephant giving it an 86% score on Rotten Tomatoes. RSC Critic M.N. Miller said about the film, The Magician’s Elephant is an enchanting animated feature that’s good for families and fans of the genre alike.
Official Premise: An orphaned boy is told by a fortune teller that an elephant will help him find his lost sister.
Cast: Noah Jupe, Brian Tyree Henry, Mandy Patikin
Rotten Tomatoes: 67.00%
15. All The Places (2023)
Critic Amanda Guarragi said, “All the Places has a sweet sibling dynamic and shows that everyone can learn something new from their siblings because of different perspectives.”
Official Premise: After their father’s death, two siblings who haven’t seen each other in 15 years try to heal their relationship while fulfilling a childhood dream: a motorcycle road trip through Mexico.
Cast: Anna Serradilla, Maruicio Ochmann, Ana Claudia Talancón, Diana Bovio
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
14. Luther: The Fallen Sun (2023)
Ready Steady Cut Critic M.N.MIller said the film is a tense, intriguing thriller that leans toward the horror genre. Luther: The Fallen Sun is a wicked crime novel that comes to life.
Official Premise: Brilliant but disgraced detective John Luther breaks out of prison to hunt down a sadistic serial killer who is terrorizing London.
Cast: Idris Elba, Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis
Rotten Tomatoes: 69.00%
13. Chupa (2023)
Ready Steady Cut Critic Lori C said about Chupa (2023), “Even if you take the mythical away, this is a touching story about family, the importance of heritage, and the bonds that matter most to us.”
Official Premise: Shy 13-year-old Alex flies from Kansas City to Mexico to meet his extended family for the first time. There he meets his grandfather and former lucha libre champion Chava, energetic, wrestling-obsessed cousin Memo, and fearless, hip cousin Luna. But just as Alex begins to get his bearings, he discovers a mythical creature living under his grandfather’s shed: a young chupacabra cub, which he recognizes from stories of the feared, full-grown chupacabra, fabled to feed on farmers’ livestock.
Cast: Demian Bichir, Evan Whitten, Christian Slater
Rotten Tomatoes: 68.00%
12. The Perfect Find (2023)
Numa Perrier makes her feature film directorial debut with this steamy, romantic drama that sees Gabrielle Union in the lead role of Jenna.
Official Premise: After a high-profile firing, Jenna’s fashion career comeback hits a snag when she falls for a charming, much younger coworker – who happens to be her boss’s son. As sparks fly, Jenna must decide if she’ll risk it all on a secret romance.
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Keith Powers, La La Anthony
Rotten Tomatoes: 71.00%
11. Unlocked (2023)
Ready Steady Cut Critic Lori C said the premise for Unlocked(2023) is fantastic, but the result is a mediocre yet entertaining thriller.
Official Premise: A woman’s life is turned upside-down when a dangerous man gets a hold of her lost cell phone and uses it to track her every move.
Cast: Si-wan Yim, Woo-hee Chun, Kim Hee-won
Rotten Tomatoes: 71.00%
10. A Tourist’s Guide to Love (2023)
Critic M.N. Miller said, “A Tourist’s Guide to Love is a flawed but quietly charming romance film for fans of the genre and a slightly entertaining diversion for others.”
Official Premise: Work brings an American travel executive to Vietnam, where a free-spirited tour guide helps open her eyes to a beautifully adventurous way of life.
Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Ly, Missi Pyle, Ben Feldman
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
9. Extraction 2 (2023)
Critic Ricky Valero said, “Extraction 2 is one of the best action movies of this decade, featuring a bonafide action star performance from Chris Hemsworth.”
Official Premise: After barely surviving his grievous wounds from his mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tyler Rake is back, and his team is ready to take on their next mission.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Idris Elba
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
8. True Spirit (2023)
Nicole Ackman said while True Spirit might not be a masterpiece of film-making, it is an inspirational depiction of the massive accomplishment of young sailor Jessica Watson.
Official Premise: The story of Australian teenager Jessica Watson, the youngest person ever to sail solo, non-stop around the world.
Cast: Alyla Browne, Teagan Croft, Cliff Curtis, Anna Paqui
Rotten Tomatoes: 79.00%
7. Blood & Gold (2023)
Blood & Gold is a massive hit, with audiences sitting at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. RSC Critic M.N. Miller said about the film, “Blood & Gold is an intoxicating yet sobering mix of action, satire, and thought-provoking commentary delivered in exhilarating, often frighteningly funny ways that consistently top themselves with every bloody turn.”
Official Premise: At the end of World War II, a German soldier is looking for his daughter while an SS troop is looking for a Jewish treasure.
Cast: Robert Maaser, Jördis Triebel, Marie Hacke
Rotten Tomatoes: 82.00%
6. Infiesto (2023)
Lori C said about Infiesto (2023) if a standard crime thriller with a relatively engaging story and a soothingly familiar formula are what you’re after, this movie delivers. That said, The audiences don’t have that same feeling as it sits at 44% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.
Official Premise: Two detectives are called to a small mining town in the Asturian mountains where a young woman who had been left for dead for months has suddenly appeared, leaving the detectives to question what dark forces are at work.
Cast: Isak Ferriz, Iria del Rio, Antonio Buil
Rotten Tomatoes: 83.00%
5. Hunger (2023)
RSC Critic Emma Vine said, “Hunger is a captivating drama, saturated with tension while exploring humans’ cravings for perfection.”
Official Premise: Aoy, a woman in her twenties, runs her family’s local stir-fried noodles restaurant in the old quarter of Bangkok. One day, she receives an invitation to leave the family business and join team ‘Hunger’, Thailand’s number one luxury Chef’s table team led by the famously ingenious and infamously nasty Chef Paul.
Cast: Nopachai Chaiyanam, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Gunn Svasti Na Ayudhya, Bhumibhat Thavornsiri.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85.00%
4. Furies (2023)
RSC Critic Lori C said, “There’s enough gratuitous violence flooded by neon lights to satisfy the pickiest fans of the genre. But the story and the relationship between the leads is where Furies’ heart lies.”
Official Premise: A mysterious woman trains a trio of girls to take revenge on a criminal gang that abuses females. The three lady warriors risk everything to challenge this corrupt empire.
Cast: Veronica Ngo, Song Luan, Thuan Nguyen
Rotten Tomatoes: 87.00%
3. They Cloned Tyrone (2023)
Critic Lori C. said, “The Cloned Tyrone is a stylish satire that mixes several genres and will likely remind you of 70s Blaxploitation movies with a touch of Tarantino thrown in for good measure.”
Official Premise: A series of eerie events thrust an unlikely trio onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper.
Cast: John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
2. You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah (2023)
Critic Romney Norton said about You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah, “Mazel Tov — this coming-of-age classic comedy starring the Sandler family is the coolest teen rom-com of the year. A must-watch.”
Official Premise: It follows Stacey Friedman as she prepares for her Bat Mitzvah, but her plans comedically unravel and threaten to ruin the event.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jackie Sandler, Idina Menzel, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sadler
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
1. Noise (2023)
Lori C. loved Noise (2023) and says during its one-hour and 45-minute run times, the movie paints a hauntingly realistic picture of what too many families across the globe are forced to endure when someone they love vanishes. It’s uncomfortable to watch, and that’s what makes it crucial viewing.
Official Premise: A mother desperately searching for her daughter who’s been missing for two years.
Cast: Julieta Egurrola, Teresa Ruiz, Erick Israel Consuelo
Rotten Tomatoes: 100.00%
And that completes our Best and Highest Rated Movies on Netflix in 2023 list. What’s your favorite movie on Netflix in 2023 so far? Comment below.
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