Top 10 Nollywood Movies of 2023

Top 10 Nollywood Movies of 2023

This post informs you about the top 10 Nollywood movies of 2023 that are still causing stir up until now. From captivating dramas to rib-tickling comedies, Nollywood always churns out a diverse genre of films that resonate with audiences worldwide. 2023 was a banner year for Nollywood, the ever-evolving Nigerian film industry. We’ve made our top 10 picks from the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies. Let’s go.

1. Jagun Jagun (Thriller, Action)

Jagun Jagun

The Nollywood box office king, Femi Adebayo, reaffirmed his status as one of Nigeria’s top directors with the release of Jagun Jagun. After its August premiere on Netflix, his film Jagun Jagun remained popular for weeks and months.

Within less than 48 hours of its publication, it trended in the UK and 17 other nations. What’s more? In less than 30 days of the film’s release, Femi Adebayo’s film Jagun Jagun made more than $ 1.4million.

This puts it at the top of our list of the top 10 Nollywood movies of 2023. It’s still recognized as one of the best fighting, drama, and epic movies at this moment.

2. A Tribe Called Judah (Family Drama)

A Tribe Called Judah

The crown for the queen of Nollywood movies goes to Funke Akindele, a Nigerian actress and filmmaker. With a series of blockbuster movies in 2022 and 2023, she has demonstrated that she isn’t about to give that crown up anytime soon.

Her latest film, A Tribe Called Judah, which debuted a few days ago, has become the talk of the town these days. Based on the Nairametrics report, it grossed a remarkable N400 million within 12 days of release.

The amount of money the film generated in the first week of January 2024 is unbelievable and perplexing. Funke’s A Tribe Called Judah ranks second among the top 10 2023 Nollywood movies.


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3. Orisa (Fantasy)

Orisa

Orisa is one of this year’s indigenous language films to break even. The film, directed by Odunlade Adekola, who also stars in it, is set in an epic pre-colonial Yoruba historical period. 

After a king’s actions impose a curse on his realm, he has a choice to make! He’s to either choose to give up his pride and do the ideal thing or maintain his crooked ways, which would lead to certain death.

For months this year, Orisa, which starred Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo, Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Muyiwa Ademola, and Eniola Ajao, ruled the box office. Orisa’s box office earnings have so far exceeded $100 million.

4. Gangs of Lagos (Thriller, Crime)

Gangs of Lagos

Gangs of Lagos, directed by two table shakers, Jadesola Osiberu and Kemi Lala Akindoju, is one of the biggest movies released in 2023. It had a massive impact on the industry when it came out.

This action-packed crime thriller delves into the dark underbelly of Lagos, following the story of a young man caught between two rival gangs. The film’s gritty realism, fast-paced action, and strong female lead performance resonated with many viewers.

It isn’t Jadesola Osiberu’s first rodeo, but it is for Kemi Lala Akindoju. According to Hollywood Reporters, this movie received an astonishing 15,000 views within the first 20 days of release. Above all, it generated a mouth-watering N230 million during that time and later in the year.

5. Merry Men 3 (Action, Drama)

Merry Men 3

Merrymen 3, was directed by AY Comedian and Ramsey Nouah, two consistent box-office merchants of Nigerian comics.

The Merry Men series follows the adventures of a group of charismatic and stylish men. These men are skilled in various aspects of life, including crime-fighting, entrepreneurship, and romance.

Following a successful run of Merrymen 1, which grossed over $ 235 million, and Merrymen 2, which achieved similar proportions, Merrymen 3 debuted with a bang, earning an outstanding N100 million within the first four weeks of release.

According to CEAN, the cinema exhibitors, as of December 3, 2023, the criminal comedy had grossed a whopping N117 million.

6. Mami Wata (Drama, Fantasy)

Mami Wata

This movie was worth the wait! According to the producer, Oge Obasi, it took him almost seven years to make the film “Mami Wata.” Mami Wata swept the AMAA awards, winning five distinct gongs.

Also, it was nominated for Best African Movie of 2023 at the Sundance Awards. Mami Wata is the first Nigerian film to receive an Oscar nomination. This makes it rank in the top 6 on our list of Nollywood movies of 2023.

Mami Wata had a disappointing debut weekend at the theater, grossing only N2.4 million. However, it has reached tremendous heights, with a current summit of N108m.

7. The Black Book (Horror)

The Blak Book

Adebayo Tijani is the director of the Black Book. After his son is wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murder by police, a deacon takes matters into his own hands to prove his son’s innocence.

The Black Book is an action-packed thriller that questions the concept of militancy in Nigeria, asking for more complexity in the discussion. Sam Dede, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Shafy Bello, Alex Usifo, and other well-known actors appear in The Black Book.

This movie, which had a million-dollar budget, retained the number-one slot on Netflix worldwide just five days after its premiere. It’s the first Nigerian movie to achieve that feat.

8. Afamefuna (Drama)

Afamefuna

Afamefuna is an Igbo-language film that delves into the apprenticeship system that has grown iconic in Nigeria’s southeast. The film follows the journey of Afamefuna, a young boy entrusted to a successful businessman named Chief Okeke. 

Afamefuna” receivedĀ a lot of reviews, with an astonishing 8.8 rating on IMDb. Critics praised its portrayal of the apprenticeship system, its strong performances, and its ability to spark conversations about cultural preservation and economic empowerment.

The film was directed by Kayode Kasum and starred Alex Ekubo, Segun Arinze, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Stan Nze, and many others. Afamefuna grossed over $33 million in Nigeria’s box office within two weeks of its premiere.

9. The Trade (Drama)

The Trade

After a captive escape from her captor, the police force finds themselves investigating the circumstances surrounding the case. The Trade, directed by Jadesola Osiberu, was one of Prime Video’s most popular Nigerian films in 2023.

Based on a true story, this movie stars Charles Inojie, Rita Dominic, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Stan Nze, Shawn Faqua, Gideon Okeke, Chiwetalu Agu, and many more.

The cat-and-mouse drama delves inside a network of kidnappers. These kidnappings have made Lagos their base of operations for decades. Thus exacerbating security concerns in one of Africa’s most populated cities.

10. Love in a Pandemic (Romance, Comedy)

Love in a Pandemic

COVID-19 kept us at home in 2020, yet it didn’t prevent some people from discovering true love. In an attempt to apologize to her boyfriend, Bolanle (Nancy Isime) called the wrong number for Alex (Deyemi Okanlawon).

This call to a stranger becomes habitual, and sentiments arise, but the epidemic stands in their way. If you need something to persuade you that having a partner shouldn’t keep you from finding your true love watch Love in a Pandemic.

Akay Ilozobhie directed Love in a Pandemic, while Amaka Chidioka and Abosi Ogba are the writers. This heartwarming movie starred Nancy Isime, Deyemi Okanlawon, Harriet Akinola, Femi Ajase, Teniola Aladese, Eso Dike, Taiwo Familoni, and many others.

Conclusion

As we conclude our exploration of the top 10 Nollywood movies of 2023, one thing is sure: Nigerian cinema continues to impress with its captivating stories and ever-expanding horizons. From historical epics to heartwarming comedies and thought-provoking social dramas, Nollywood offers something for everyone. However, don’t forget to visit our homepage for more captivating movies available in other streaming platforms.

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