10 Most Popular Movies of 2023 and Where to Stream Them

As 2023 draws to a close, the Indian streaming space records high numbers for some of the year’s biggest blockbusters and audience favourites from last year. Prime Video emerged as the ultimate winner this time, with five of the top ten titles available on the platform, while Netflix and Hotstar secured two spots each.

From two Shah Rukh Khan-led action dramas to Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s resounding comeback and even the long-awaited Avatar sequel, here are the most popular titles of 2023 on streaming services.

How did we rank the Top 10 Movies of 2023? 

This year-ender is based on the JustWatch India popularity score, which considers user activity such as clicking on a streaming offer, adding a title to a watchlist, and marking a title as 'seen'. Obviously, not all of 2023’s movies could make it to the list if they still haven’t been released on Indian OTT platforms. So, don’t expect Barbie and Oppenheimer on this list!

Shah Rukh Khan dominates the 2023 streaming charts with Pathaan and Jawan 

Be it in terms of box-office records or streaming trends, Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan enjoyed a good year. Both Pathaan and Jawan have been acknowledged as some of Shah Rukh Khan’s best movies, rebranding him as a full-fledged action hero.

Pathaan, which dropped on Prime Video over two months after the theatrical release with some additional footage, takes the #1 spot on 2023’s streaming charts. Ranking in second place is the extended cut of Jawan which premiered on Netflix on Khan’s birthday, two months after the theatrical release.

Gadar 2 and Jailer: the year of comebacks 

This year’s charts highlight that some of the country’s biggest stars had some remarkable comebacks in 2023. The aforementioned Khan himself returned as a lead actor after a five-year sabbatical. The same can be said for Sunny Deol, who resurfaced gloriously with Gadar 2, the sequel to his 2001 blockbuster Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. When the sequel was made available on ZEE 5, the Indian streaming platform recorded a remarkable upsurge.

This was also a good year for the Deol family as Dharmendra won over critics and audiences for his delightful turn as an aging family patriarch in the romantic comedy Rocky Aur Ranii Ki Prem Kahaani. Streaming on Prime Video, the movie reestablished director Karan Johar’s supremacy in Bollywood while offering memorable leading turns by Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.

The comebacks of 2023 weren’t just limited to Bollywood, as Tamil cinema titan Rajinikanth played the titular character in Jailer. The title is now streaming on Prime Video and Sun NXT. Jailer marks a watershed moment in Rajinikanth’s career after recent disasters like Darbar and Annaatthe.

Bhediya to Avatar 2: 2022 hits resurge

Numerous popular 2022 releases found a streaming home in India only this year, which would explain the presence of the Varun Dhawan-led supernatural comedy Bhediya and James Cameron’s marine epic Avatar: The Way of Water. Bhediya’s popularity, in particular, can be explained by how it was made free to watch on Jio Cinema. The Avatar sequel could be accessed with bonus behind-the-scenes footage on Disney+ Hotstar.

Pan-Indian hits also continued to dominate, including the 2021 Telugu-language Allu Arjun-starrer Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1 (perhaps due to the hype for its upcoming 2024 sequel) and the 2022 Yash-led Kannada blockbuster K.G.F: Chapter 2. Both period crime dramas benefited greatly from the multilingual dubs on Prime Video. And of course, RRR held its relevance this year after its viral song “Naatu Naatu” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song this year.

You can find the entire top 10 most popular movies below, along with where to watch them online.

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Crunchyroll
Hotstar
Voot
Jio Cinema
Zee5
Eros Now
Google Play Movies
MUBI
Sony Liv
YouTube
GuideDoc
Netflix Kids
Tubi TV
Yupp TV
Sun Nxt
Hungama Play
Alt Balaji
Hoichoi
Curiosity Stream
EPIC ON
ShemarooMe
DOCSVILLE
Tata Play
Discovery+
ManoramaMax
Rooster Teeth
FILMRISE
MX Player
Spamflix
aha
Spuul
Plex
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
Filmzie
Lionsgate Play
MovieSaints
Dekkoo
True Story
DocAlliance Films
VI movies and tv
Eventive
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Amazon Video
Cultpix
FilmBox+
AMC+ Amazon Channel
AcornTV Amazon Channel
Takflix
Classix
AMC Plus Apple TV Channel
Amazon miniTV
AD tv
Shahid VIP
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  1. Pathaan

    Pathaan

    2023

    IMDB 5.8 (155k)

    #1

    A soldier caught by enemies and presumed dead comes back to complete his mission, accompanied by old companions and foes.

  2. Jawan

    Jawan

    2023

    IMDB 7.0 (91k)

    #2

    An emotional journey of a prison warden, driven by a personal vendetta while keeping up to a promise made years ago, recruits inmates to commit outrageous crimes that shed light on corruption and injustice, in an attempt to get even with his past, and that leads him to an unexpected reunion.

  3. Gadar 2

    Gadar 2

    2023

    IMDB 5.2 (22k)

    #3

    When Tara Singh goes missing during a skirmish and is believed to be captured in Pakistan, his son Jeete sets out to rescue him and enters a labyrinth from which they both must escape at all costs.

  4. Jailer

    Jailer

    2023

    IMDB 7.1 (33k)

    #4

    Muthuvel Pandian, a retired, stern yet compassionate jailer lives a peaceful life with his family, but trouble knocks his door when his cop son’s tryst with an antique mafia gang goes awry and forces Muthu to step back into a dark world he had voluntarily took a break from.

  5. Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1

    #5

    Pushpa Raj is a coolie who rises in the world of red sandalwood smuggling. Along the way, he doesn’t shy from making an enemy or two.

  6. Avatar: The Way of Water

    #6

    Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, learn the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

  7. Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

    #7

    Flamboyant Punjabi Rocky and intellectual Bengali journalist Rani fall in love despite their differences. After facing family opposition, they decide to live with each other's families for three months before getting married.

  8. K.G.F: Chapter 2

    K.G.F: Chapter 2

    2022

    IMDB 8.3 (149k)

    #8

    In the blood-soaked Kolar Gold Fields, Rocky's name strikes fear into his foes, while the government sees him as a threat to law and order. Rocky must battle threats from all sides for unchallenged supremacy.

  9. Bhediya

    Bhediya

    2022

    IMDB 6.8 (24k)

    #9

    Set in the forests of Arunachal, Bhediya is a story of Bhaskar, a man who gets bitten by a wolf, and begins to transform into the creature. As Bhaskar and his buddies try to find answers, a bunch of twists, turns, and laughs ensue.

  10. RRR

    RRR

    2022

    IMDB 7.8 (165k)

    #10

    A fictional history of two legendary revolutionaries' journey away from home before they began fighting for their country in the 1920s.