Kanopy’s Most Watched Films of 2023

Check out Kanopy’s Most Watched Films of 2023 collection for movies and shows that will transport you to stunning landscapes, introduce you to fantastical creatures, and bring your favorite characters to life. Go to kanopy.com/category/75561.

Jason Tyrrell
Kanopy General Manager
Carmen (2022) on IMDb


Inspired by true events, Carmen is a charming story set in a village in the Mediterranean island Malta. Carmen (Natascha McElhone) has looked after her brother, the priest at the local church, since she was sixteen years old. Now almost fifty, she is suddenly left to start a new life. Facing her past, Carmen brings color to the lives of the villagers in this compelling story about a woman finding her voice.

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy (2022) on IMDb

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy

A half century after its release, Midnight Cowboy remains one of the most original and groundbreaking movies of the modern era. But this is not a documentary about the making of Midnight Cowboy; it is about the deeply gifted and flawed people behind a dark and difficult masterpiece; New York City in a troubled time of cultural ferment; and the era that made a movie and the movie that made an era. Featuring extensive archival material and compelling new interviews, director Nancy Buirski illuminates how one film captured the essence of a time and a place, reflecting a rapidly changing society with striking clarity.

EO (2022) on IMDb


With his first film in seven years, legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski directs one of his most free and visually inventive films yet, following the travels of a nomadic gray donkey named EO. After being removed from the traveling circus, which is the only life he’s ever known, EO begins a trek across the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness in equal measure, all the while observing the follies and triumphs of humankind. During his travels, EO is both helped and hindered by a cast of characters including a young Italian priest (Lorenzo Zurzolo), a Countess (Isabelle Huppert), and a rowdy Polish soccer team.

Kubrick by Kubrick (2020) on IMDb

Kubrick by Kubrick

This unique documentary is composed entirely of archival footage and photographs, accompanied by the voice of Stanley Kubrick. Taken from a series of rare interviews, the film provides an opportunity to understand the work of a master filmmaker, giving voice to one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, as well as one of the most controversial and enigmatic.

The YouTube Effect (2022) on IMDb

The YouTube Effect

In this eye-opening documentary, Alex Winter explores the ascension and acceleration of YouTube, a video-sharing website that started with humble origins and has gone on to change how we experience the world. With exclusive access to some of YouTube’s biggest stars, the film presents an eye-opening and troubling look at the platform now so powerfully embedded in our lives.

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