2023 Directorial Debut Movies

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Boy Kills World(2024)

When his family is murdered, a deaf-mute named Boy escapes to the jungle and is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childish imagination and become an instrument of death.

My Fault(2023)

1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 961 votes)

Noah must leave her city, boyfriend, and friends to move into William Leister's mansion, the flashy and wealthy husband of her mother Rafaela. As a proud and independent 17 year old, Noah resists living in a mansion surrounded by luxury. However, it is there where she meets Nick, her new stepbrother, and the clash of their strong personalities becomes evident from the very beginning.

Directed by Domingo González - With Gabriel Guevara, Marta Hazas, Iván Massagué, Pablo Riguero, Nicole Wallace, Iván Sánchez, ...

The Super Mario Bros. Movie(2023)

3.9/5 (with 3,597 votes)

While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers—and brothers—Mario and Luigi are transported down a mysterious pipe and wander into a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi.

Directed by Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic


3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force – a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe - the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico - to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Directed by Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn

Creed III(2023)

| 2h 45min | Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 1,043 votes)

After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed has thrived in his career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian Anderson, resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is 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 with nothing to lose.


| 1h 27min | Drama
4.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Over the course of a single hectic day in New York City, three people from Feña's past are thrust back into his life: his foreign father, his straight ex-boyfriend, and his 13-year old half-sister. Having lost touch since transitioning from female to male, Feña must navigate the new dynamics of these old relationships while tackling the day-to-day challenges that come with living a life in-between.

Directed by Vuk Lungulov-Klotz - With Cole Doman, Alejandro Goic, Jari Jones


1h 46min | Horror
3.7/5 (with 40 votes)

Kaleb is about to turn 30 and has never been lonelier. He’s fighting with his sister over their inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Passionate about exotic animals, he comes home one day with an unusual spider and accidentally lets it slip away. Soon his underprivileged suburb is thrown into chaos as the deadly arachnids multiply. Ordered to be placed under quarantine, the project's inhabitants are forced to live in lockdown alongside terrifying spiders that are becoming bigger and bigger.

Directed by Sébastien Vaniček - With Théo Christine, Jérôme Niel, Sofia Lesaffre, Finnegan Oldfield, Marie-Philomène Nga, Emmanuel Bonami, ...

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken(2023)

3.7/5 (with 377 votes)

Ruby Gillman, a sweet and awkward high school student, discovers she's a direct descendant of the warrior kraken queens. The kraken are sworn to protect the oceans of the world against the vain, power-hungry mermaids. Destined to inherit the throne from her commanding grandmother, Ruby must use her newfound powers to protect those she loves most.

Directed by Kirk DeMicco

Bad Behaviour(2023)

1h 49min | Drama, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Lucy, a former child actor, seeks enlightenment at a retreat led by spiritual leader Elon while she navigates her close yet turbulent relationship with her stunt-performer daughter, Dylan.

Directed by Alice Englert - With Jennifer Connelly, Ben Whishaw, Alice Englert, Dasha Nekrasova, Marlon Williams, Ana Scotney, ...

Past Lives(2023)

| 1h 46min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 288 votes)

Nora and Hae Sung, two childhood friends, are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life.

Directed by Celine Song - With Greta Lee, Yoo Teo, John Magaro, Choi Won-young, Jonica T. Gibbs

Insidious: The Red Door(2023)

| 1h 47min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 660 votes)

To put their demons to rest once and for all, Josh Lambert and a college-aged Dalton Lambert must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family's dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the red door.

Directed by Patrick Wilson - With Ty Simpkins, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Sinclair Daniel, Hiam Abbass, ...

Red, White & Royal Blue(2023)

4.1/5 (with 446 votes)

After an altercation between Alex, the president's son, and Britain's Prince Henry at a royal event becomes tabloid fodder, their long-running feud now threatens to drive a wedge in U.S./British relations. When the rivals are forced into a staged truce, their icy relationship begins to thaw and the friction between them sparks something deeper than they ever expected.

Directed by Matthew López - With Taylor Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Clifton Collins, Sarah Shahi, Stephen Fry, Rachel Hilson, ...
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| 1h 37min | Comedy
2.6/5 (with 6 votes)

When a doctor visit reveals her fertility may be in jeopardy, thirty-something Nellie Robinson stares down the barrel of a future without options and decides to freeze her eggs.

Directed by Leah McKendrick


1h 35min | Horror, Mystery
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A young couple's life is turned upside down when the husband sleepwalks and turns into someone else after dark. His wife, overwhelmed by the fear that he will harm their newborn baby, can no longer sleep.

Directed by Jason Yu - With Jung Yu-mi, Lee Sun-kyun


2h 14min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 38 votes)

A sunbaked Sicilian town in the summer of 1982 provides the vivid backdrop to this tender romantic drama about two teenagers who fall in love, but much to the disapproval of those around them. Gianni is a handsome but shy teen who works as a car mechanic at his stepfather’s garage but is mercilessly taunted by the macho townsmen for being a homosexual. With his family life no better, Gianni withdraws into himself until one day he meets Nino, a curly-haired boy with an infectious smile. As the two become close and fall in love, the moral rumblings from their families and neighbors begin to erupt. With all against them, the boys decide to make a stand.

Directed by Giuseppe Fiorello - With Samuele Segreto, Fabrizia Sacchi

Flamin' Hot(2023)

1h 39min | Comedy, Drama
4.1/5 (with 216 votes)

The inspiring true story of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn the iconic Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global pop culture phenomenon.

Directed by Eva Longoria - With Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez, Emilio Rivera, Vanessa Martinez, Dennis Haysbert, Tony Shalhoub, ...

American Fiction(2023)

| 1h 57min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

Thelonious “Monk” Ellison's writing career has stalled because his work isn’t deemed “Black enough.” Monk, a writer and English professor, writes a satirical novel under a pseudonym, aiming to expose the publishing world's hypocrisies. The book’s immediate success forces him to get deeper enmeshed in his assumed identity and challenges his closely-held worldviews.

Fancy Dance(2023)

1h 30min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax has cared for her niece Roki by scraping by on the Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma. Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. At the risk of losing custody to Jax’s grandfather, Frank, the pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow. What begins as a search gradually turns into a far deeper investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Indigenous women moving through a colonized world and at the mercy of a failed justice system.

Directed by Erica Tremblay - With Lily Gladstone, Shea Whigham, Audrey Wasilewski

The Locksmith(2023)

2.9/5 (with 20 votes)

A thief fresh out of prison, tries to work his way back into the life of his daughter and ex-fiancé. Determined, he is forced to use the skills he has as a gifted locksmith. Things take a tumultuous turn after an unexpected disappearance.

The Strays(2023)

1h 40min | Thriller
2.7/5 (with 154 votes)

A Black woman's meticulously crafted life of privilege starts to unravel when two strangers show up in her quaint suburban town.

Directed by Nathaniel Martello-White - With Ashley Madekwe, Bukky Bakray, Justin Salinger

Love at First Sight(2023)

1h 30min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 163 votes)

Hadley and Oliver begin falling in love on a flight from New York to London, but when they lose each other at customs, can they defy all odds to reunite?


| 2h 14min | Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 248 votes)

Following the brutal murder of a young real estate agent, a hardened detective attempts to uncover the truth in a case where nothing is as it seems, and by doing so dismantles the illusions in his own life.

Mob Land(2023)

| 1h 51min | Action, Crime, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 21 votes)

A sheriff tries to keep the peace when a desperate family man violently robs a pill mill with his brother-in-law, alerting an enforcer for the New Orleans mafia.


| 1h 38min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 17 votes)

A single mother and a childless morgue technician are bound together by their relationship to a little girl they have reanimated from the dead.

Directed by Laura Moss - With Marin Ireland, Judy Reyes, A.J. Lister, Breeda Wool, LaChanze

Self Reliance(2024)

| 1h 25min | Comedy, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 26 votes)

When a man is offered a million dollars to play a game in which hunters try to kill him, he thinks he has found the perfect loophole: they can only attack when he’s alone. His only problem is that none of his friends or family believe the game is real.


| 1h 56min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 183 votes)

A small, wealthy family in New York City gets progressively torn apart by secrets, lies, and the theft that orchestrates all of it.

Directed by Benjamin Caron - With Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, Briana Middleton, John Lithgow, David Pittu, ...


| 1h 38min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Alejandro is an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador, struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As time on his work visa runs out, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast becomes his only hope to stay in the country and realize his dream.

The Black Book(2023)

2h 4min | Mystery, Thriller, Action
3.3/5 (with 29 votes)

After his son is wrongly accused of kidnapping, a deacon who has just lost his wife takes matters into his own hands and fights a crooked police gang to clear him.

Directed by Editi Effiong - With Richard Mofe Damijo, Ade Laoye, Sam Dede, Iretiola Doyle, Shafy Bello


1h 57min | Thriller, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 126 votes)

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.

Directed by Kim Tae-joon - With Chun Woo-hee, Yim Si-wan, Kim Hee-won, Park Ho-san, Kim Ye-won, Jeon Jin-oh, ...

Janet Planet(2023)

1h 53min | Drama

In rural Western Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet. As the months pass, three visitors enter their orbit, all captivated by Janet and her spellbinding nature. In her solitary moments, Lacy inhabits an inner world so extraordinarily detailed that it begins to seep into the outside world.

Directed by Annie Baker - With Julianne Nicholson, Elias Koteas, Sophie Okonedo, Will Patton
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