Watching movies can be a enjoyable and relaxing activity that can provide a temporary escape from the stresses of daily life. Some research suggests that engaging in leisure activities like watching movies can have a number of potential health benefits.

There are many great movies to choose from, and the best ones for you will depend on your interests and preferences. Here are a few examples of highly-acclaimed 2023 movies in a variety of genres:

1.) John Wick 4

With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hit man John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin.

Release date: March 24, 2023 (USA)
Director: Chad Stahelski

2.) Transformers 7 Rise Of The Beasts

During the 1990s, the Maximals, Predacons and Terrorcons join the existing battle on Earth between Autobots and Decepticons.

Release date: June 9, 2023 (USA)
Director: Steven Caple Jr.

3.) Mission Impossible 7 Dead Reckoning

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is an upcoming American action spy film written, produced, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sequel to Mission: Impossible – Fallout and is the seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible film series.

Release date: July 14, 2023 (USA)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie

4.) Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Release date: May 5, 2023 (USA)
Director: James Gunn

5.) Creed 3

Still dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed is thriving in his career and family life. When Damian, a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy resurfaces after serving time in prison, he’s eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face-off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian — a fighter who has nothing to lose.

Release date: March 3, 2023 (USA)
Director: Michael B. Jordan

6.) Deadpool 3

The further adventures of wisecracking mercenary Deadpool.

Release date: November 8, 2024 (USA)
Director: Shawn Levy

7.) Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a long lost relic, but their charming adventure goes dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.

Release date: March 31, 2023 (USA)
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

8.) Shazam 2 Fury of the Gods

Shazam takes on the villainous Hespera and Kalypso, daughters of the Greek titan Atlas.

Release date: March 17, 2023 (USA)
Director: David F. Sandberg

9.) M3Gan

M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.

Release date: January 6, 2023 (USA)
Director: Gerard Johnstone

10.) Cocaine Bear

After a failed drug smuggling operation, a black bear ingests a large amount of cocaine and goes on a drug-fueled rampage.

Release date: February 24, 2023 (USA)
Director: Elizabeth Banks

11.) The Super Mario Bros Movie

A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess.

Release date: April 7, 2023 (USA)
Directors: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

12.) Puss In Boots 2 The Last Wish

Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burnt through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

Release date: December 21, 2022 (USA)
Director: Joel Crawford

13.) Ant Man and the Wasp Quantumania

Ant-Man and the Wasp find themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that pushes them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.

Release date: February 17, 2023 (USA)
Director: Peyton Reed

14.) Magic Mike 3 Last Dance

Mike Lane takes to the stage once again when a business deal that went bust leaves him broke and bartending in Florida. Hoping for one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse — and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, he soon finds himself trying to whip a hot new roster of talented dancers into shape.

Release date: February 10, 2023 (USA)
Director: Steven Soderbergh

15.) Elemental

In a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.

Release date: June 16, 2023 (USA)
Director: Peter Sohn

16.) Extraction 2

Extraction 2 is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave and written by Joe Russo, based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando León González, and Eric Skillman.

Initial release: 2023
Director: Sam Hargrave

17.) Inside

A high-end art thief becomes trapped inside a luxury, high-tech penthouse in New York’s Times Square after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive.

Initial release: March 10, 2023
Director: Vasilis Katsoupis

18.) Indiana Jones 5 And The Dial Of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is an upcoming American action adventure film starring Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones in the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones film series, following Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Release date: June 30, 2023 (USA)
Director: James Mangold

19.) Night At The Museum Kahmunrah Rises Again

Nick Daley is following in his father’s footsteps as the night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History, so he knows what happens when the sun goes down. But when Kahmunrah escapes, it is up to Nick to save the museum once and for all.

Initial release: December 9, 2022
Director: Matt Danner

20.) Plane

Pilot Brodie Torrance saves passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island — only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning. When dangerous rebels take most of the passengers hostage, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare, an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI.

Release date: January 13, 2023 (USA)
Director: Jean-François Richet

22.) Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales embarks on an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team.

Release date: June 2, 2023 (USA)
Directors: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin Thompson

23.) Strange World

The Clades are a legendary family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission into uncharted and treacherous territory.

Release date: November 23, 2022 (USA)
Director: Don Hall

24.) The Last Deal

Black market marijuana dealer Vince is living the high life in Los Angeles, but everything changes when new laws pass making cannabis legal. With limited dispensary licenses available, Vince may be squeezed out of the business. He’s desperate to make one final score, but borrows money from the wrong people.

Initial release: 2023
Director: Jonathan Salemi

25.) The Last Of Us

The Last of Us is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across a post-apocalyptic United States. The Last of Us is played from a third-person perspective.

Initial release date: June 14, 2013
Developer: Naughty Dog

26.) The Old Way

Retired gunslinger Colton Briggs faces the consequences of his past when the son of a man he murdered arrives to take his revenge. Briggs must take up arms once more after his wife is killed, and is joined by his young daughter.

Initial release: January 6, 2023
Director: Brett Donowho

27.) Troll

When an explosion in the Norwegian mountains awakens an ancient troll, officials appoint a fearless palaeontologist to stop it from wreaking deadly havoc. This fantasy-action film stars Ine Marie Wilmann (“War Sailor”) and was directed by Roar Uthaug (“Tomb Raider” and “The Wave”).

Initial release: 2023
Director: Roar Uthaug (“Tomb Raider” and “The Wave”).

28.) Avatar 2 The Way of Water

Jake Sully and Ney’tiri have formed a family and are doing everything to stay together. However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. When an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must fight a difficult war against the humans.

Release date: December 16, 2022 (USA)
Director: James Cameron