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12th Fail Outshines Nolan’s Oppenheimer as 2023’s Best Film Worldwide

A handful of highly regarded films were released worldwide the year before. Master directors like Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan released their most recent works outside, while films like Virupaksha Part 1 and Kaathal The Core delighted audiences and critics alike in India. Nevertheless, a little-known Bollywood movie edged out all these masterpieces in a list of the highest-rated films ever made. At 9.2 out of 10, Vikrant Massey’s 12th fail receives the highest Rating. The film tells the narrative of a UPSC candidate who has been ranked number one on several domestic lists of the greatest films of the year. It’s interesting to observe that Vikrant Massey’s 12th Fail has a higher IMDb rating than a lot of major blockbusters.

The sleeper success from Bollywood was named the greatest movie of 2023

12th Fail Outshines Nolan's Oppenheimer as 2023's Best Film Worldwide

The Internet Movie Database, or IMDb for short, is a useful resource for determining a movie’s overall quality. The website generates a final grade for each film based on an algorithm that records user ratings (ranging from 1 to 10). Film enthusiasts and industry insiders have used the website to examine the best—and frequently worst—movies of the year. This year, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail has garnered the highest rating of 9.2 out of 10 out of all the global films that have garnered at least 20,000 user votes. The film, which stars Vikrant Massey and tells the success story of a UPSC candidate. It has won several awards for best domestic film of the year.

How Oppenheimer, Barbie, and Killers of the Flower Moon were defeated by 12th Fail

12th Fail Outshines Nolan's Oppenheimer as 2023's Best Film Worldwide

12th Fail tops the list of 2023’s highest-rated films. With Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse coming in second with an 8.6 rating. The other major releases of the year, Oppenheimer (8.4), Godzilla Minus One (8.4), and Kaiva (8.2), a Kannada film, complete the top 5. Other well-known films in the top 10 include Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. The Manoj Bajpayee film Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai, the Korean drama Past Lives, the Christmas comedy The Holdovers, and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.

After being released on Netflix late last week, interest in 12th Fail has increased. Currently playing in cinemas, the movie has made over Rs 70 crore in revenue worldwide. An impressive feat for a movie of this size. But what has indeed propelled it to the top of the IMDb ratings for 2023 is its OTT release and the adoration that followed from fans. The ratings for other notable Indian films are as follows. Jawan (7.0), Dunki (7.7), Animal (6.8), OMG 2 (7.6), and Salaar (6.7). The website has however a 6.9 rating for Greta Erwig’s Barbie.

All about the 12th fail of Vidhu Vinod Chopra

12th Fail Outshines Nolan's Oppenheimer as 2023's Best Film Worldwide

Based on the life of Manoj Kumar Sharma, who overcame tremendous poverty to become an Indian Police Service officer. The film is a biographical drama and success tale. Along with an ensemble cast, Vikrant Massey and Medha Shankar feature in the Vidhu Vinod Chopra-directed movie. To widespread praise, the movie was released in cinemas on October 27. Despite having only a Rs 20 crore budget, the movie became a sleeper success and amassed almost Rs 50 crore through word-of-mouth. Even though it was already available on OTT, it is still running well in cinemas after 10 weeks of release.


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