The year 2023 has brought a captivating array of young adult movies, each offering unique narratives that resonate with teens and young adults alike. Here is list of Top 10 Young adult Movies of 2023 that are a testament to the evolving landscape of young adult cinema.
Top 10 Young adult Movies of 2023
This thriller is a standalone sequel to “Searching” (2018). It stars Storm Reid as June Allen, an 18-year-old who lives with her single mother Grace in Los Angeles. When Grace disappears during a vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June undertakes a desperate digital quest to find her. The story unfolds with June uncovering shocking truths, including a fabricated kidnapping and deep-seated secrets, leading to a dramatic and dangerous confrontation
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Set in 1970, this film follows Margaret Simon, an eleven-year-old girl who moves from New York City to a New Jersey suburb. Struggling with her new environment and the complexities of adolescence, Margaret turns to God for guidance. She navigates friendships, puberty, and religious identity, with her family’s mixed religious background posing unique challenges. The film captures Margaret’s journey towards self-acceptance and understanding, culminating in her first period and a reaffirmation of her faith
The Little Mermaid
A live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film, this romantic fantasy musical stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, a mermaid princess fascinated with the human world. After saving Prince Eric from a shipwreck, Ariel strikes a deal with Ursula, the sea witch, to become human. The story unfolds with Ariel navigating the human world, falling in love with Eric, and ultimately facing Ursula’s treachery. The movie ends with Ariel choosing to permanently live as a human with Eric, supported by both their families
This movie is about Barbie, played by Margot Robbie, who goes through a crisis and travels to the human world to find out who she really is and what her purpose in life is. She gets kicked out of her perfect world, Barbie Land, because she’s not seen as perfect. The movie follows her journey of self-discovery with Ken, discussing modern themes that many people can relate to.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
In this movie, we see a young Coriolanus Snow, who later becomes the tyrannical leader of Panem in the original Hunger Games series. He starts as a mentor to the female tribute from District 12 during the 10th Hunger Games. As the story unfolds, Snow develops feelings for the tribute he’s mentoring. This prequel to The Hunger Games series explores the early life of Snow and the events that shaped him.
Chang Can Dunk
This is a sports-drama movie about a high school student named Chang, who loves basketball. It’s an underdog story, showing Chang’s determination to overcome the low expectations people have of him. He faces challenges and learns important life lessons, especially about himself, his friends, and his family. The movie is about his journey to achieve his goal of dunking in basketball, which symbolizes his struggle to be recognized and respected.
The movie “Fallen Leaves” is about two lonely people, played by Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen, who meet by chance in Helsinki during the night. They are both searching for love – the kind that is the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. The movie explores their journey as they try to find this love and understand what it means to them.
The film “Rye Lane” is a romantic-comedy movie set in London, airing on Hulu. It tells the story of a man and a woman, both in their 20s, who are trying to get over their recent breakups. The movie focuses on a day in their lives as they talk about their past relationships and explore what love means to them. It’s a story about healing from heartbreak and understanding love in a new light.
In “The Holdovers,” Paul Giamatti plays a grumpy teacher who has to stay on campus during the Christmas holidays to look after the few students who have nowhere else to go. As time passes, only one student, a 15-year-old troublemaker named Angus, remains. Angus is a bright student but often behaves badly, risking expulsion. The movie also features Mary, the head cook, played by Randolph, an African American woman serving privileged students while grieving the loss of her own son in Vietnam. The story unfolds around these characters and their interactions during this isolated holiday period.
The movie “Mutt” (2023) follows Feña, a young transgender man in New York City. Directed by Vuk Lungulov-Klotz, the story unfolds over one intense day. Feña reconnects with three key people from his past: his father, his ex-boyfriend, and his half-sister, whom he lost contact with after transitioning. He faces prejudice and everyday challenges. The film portrays his struggle to balance past, present, and future amidst the city’s chaos, highlighting his journey through transitions in life and relationships.
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