2016 Year in Review

2016 Letterboxd Year in Review



Highest Rated Films


Barry Jenkins’ masterpiece of the 21st century male is about the state of a country’s stance on identification. A boy whose bloody grip on the thorns of virility is made more riveting by the crucial drops of nectar that is love. This is a masterclass on perspective, told with a dizzying camera and ethereal aesthetic… This is the movie of the year. andres andres


At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you’re going to be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.



La La Land

Highest Rated Films

La La Land

A movie that somehow manages to be an old-school musical that romanticizes following your dreams in Hollywood, while simultaneously telling hard truths about the sacrifices one has to make to achieve them. It felt completely nostalgic and original at the same time. Mr. DuLac Mr. DuLac

La La Land

You could just write your own rules. You know, write something that’s as interesting as you are.



Manchester by the Sea

Highest Rated Films

Manchester by the Sea

Rarely do you find a film as raw as this … lacking any and all bombastic sensibilities. Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea is a quiet earthquake, a subdued wave of emotion presented with grace, naturalism and patience that resonates deeper than I like to admit.Account removed

Manchester by the Sea

You’re a janitor in Quincy. What the hell do you care where you live?


More Highly Rated Films

Here are the next ten highest rated films by our members for 2016. See the full list.

  1. Arrival
  2. The Handmaiden
  3. Your Name.
  4. Aquarius
  5. Toni Erdmann
  6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  7. Sing Street
  8. Kubo and the Two Strings
  9. Embrace of the Serpent
  10. Moana
Kubo and the Two Strings

If you must blink, do it now.


I had a Liam Neeson nightmare. I kidnapped his daughter and he just wasn’t having it.

Wade Wilson

Highest Rated Foreign Language

The Handmaiden

I cannot stop thinking about this wonderful, pervy, three-tiered layer cake of bawdy sapphic brilliance. One of the best films of the year. — Account removed

  1. The Handmaiden
  2. Aquarius
  3. Toni Erdmann
  4. The Wailing
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then
  6. Elle
  7. Our Little Sister
  8. Train to Busan
  9. Under the Shadow
  10. The Club

Highest Rated Documentary

One More Time with Feeling

I cried in the cinema. In front of a full house of people. Probably the first time I’ve done that. It was worth it. … See this in 3D, there’s no other experience quite like it. Dan Dan

  1. One More Time with Feeling
  2. 13th
  3. I Am Not Your Negro
  4. Cameraperson
  5. Tower
  6. Weiner
  7. Before the Flood
  8. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
  9. Supersonic
  10. Life, Animated

Highest Rated Animation

Your Name.

This is one of the most original, frustrating, and fucking brilliant films I’ve ever seen. If this doesn’t get a best animated film nomination I truly will give up on the academy. Please find and watch Your Name. #1 gizmo fan #1 gizmo fan

  1. Your Name.
  2. Kubo and the Two Strings
  3. Moana
  4. Zootopia
  5. The Red Turtle

Highest Rated Sci-Fi


This is such a timely film and so perfectly executed in its pacing, acting, writing, even its sound, it’s almost like a whisper. It has such grace and care for its characters and message that I can’t wait to revisit it again and again. Cooptacular Cooptacular

  1. Arrival
  2. The Lobster
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  5. Shin Godzilla

Highest Rated Horror

Green Room

The technical mastery within the film is undeniable. Director Jeremy Saulnier’s backwoods slasher might be one of the most well crafted horror-thrillers of the millennium. … Not one minute feels wasteful, and not one scene of visceral brutality feels unearned. Jason Ooi Jason Ooi

  1. Green Room
  2. The Wailing
  3. The Witch
  4. Train to Busan
  5. 10 Cloverfield Lane

Highest Rated Action

The Nice Guys

A comedy that is distinguished by extremely witty dialogue, against-the-grain choices and an eye for great characterization. Crowe and Gosling breathe so much life into their characters it’s impossible not to get involved in their shenanigans. DirkH DirkH

  1. The Nice Guys
  2. Captain America: Civil War
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Train to Busan
  5. Deadpool
The Nice Guys

How much would you charge to beat up my friend Janet?

Holly March

The Year in Numbers


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During 2016 we logged 10,901,685 hours watching films

And we wrote 147,253,997 words about them!

Of all films watched, 21.6% were 2016 releases

Doctor Strange

It’s the wi-fi password. We’re not savages.

Baron Mordo
Hell or High Water

Maybe one of these bank robbers is gonna want a gunfight and I can dodge my retirement in a blaze of glory.

Marcus Hamilton
10 Cloverfield Lane

Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come.

Howard Stambler
Captain America: Civil War

Okay, anybody on our side hiding any shocking and fantastic abilities they’d like to disclose?

Tony Stark

I guess he’s going to Queens. He’s going to be the third-scariest thing on that train.

Patty Tolan

You can understand communication and still end up single.

Dr. Louise Banks

In Memoriam

Alan Rickman

Alan is one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say “if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”. Daniel Radcliffe

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A tribute to Alan Rickman by AllTimeMovies


Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.

Chesley Sullenburger

Highest Rated / Women Directors


This might just be the most relevant and important piece of filmmaking this year—a well researched affirmation of America’s institutionalised racism and the generational trauma of black people. Warren Bradley Warren Bradley

  1. 13th
  2. Toni Erdmann
  3. Cameraperson
  4. The Edge of Seventeen
  5. American Honey
The Witch

We will conquer this wilderness. It will not consume us.


Q & A

Jeremy Saulnier

Earlier this year, we asked Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier if he’d mind answering a few of your questions. He was gracious and generous, and his lengthy, thoughtful replies are thoroughly deserving of your eyes if you’ve not already read them.

In Memoriam

Anton Yelchin

Anton was a dream. He was kind and sharp and as sincere as anyone I’ve ever known. In an industry governed by Excel sheets and foreign sales estimates, Anton reminded me that there’s nothing more valuable than good people. He put me back in the comfort zone I knew growing up, making backyard films with best friends, and created a protective bubble where creativity could thrive. Jeremy Saulnier

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A tribute to Anton Yelchin by Tomos Surrey

Green Room

Things have gone south… no doubt.

Midnight Special

I’ll always worry about you Alton. That’s the deal.

Roy Tomlin

Most Obsessively Rewatched

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams’ re-launch of the most cherished, and likely most valuable, franchise was just what everyone wanted. Fun, well paced, action-filled, and full of the familiar. It was an enjoyable ride that any sci-fi action fan could like without even knowing its heritage. Jonathan White Jonathan White

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  3. Carol
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Deadpool

In Memoriam

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher was perfectly cast to portray Princess Leia. Carrie, like her character, was smart, funny, strong and independent. She wasn’t afraid to say what was on her mind and stand up for what she believed. She was also a huge advocate for mental health awareness and did so much to support others. She loved life and made every interview or TV appearance full of fun and humour. Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, it’s hard not to find Carrie Fisher a truly inspiring human with such an infectious outlook on life. Dan Pendleton

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The BBC Orchestra plays tribute to Carrie Fisher

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I’m one with the Force, and the Force is with me.

Chirrut Îmwe

Most Divisive Film

The Greasy Strangler

Full of hauntingly unforgettable scenes … this is a calculated two-fingered broadside to the mainstream. Motoko Motoko

  1. The Greasy Strangler
  2. Nine Lives
  3. Mother's Day
  4. Knight of Cups
  5. Dirty Grandpa
  6. 31
  7. The Neon Demon
  8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  9. Gods of Egypt
  10. Suicide Squad

Film we Most Loved to Hate

Suicide Squad

Borderline incoherent, seemingly edited by test audience, wildly stupid, and totally weird. Anyone with any actual taste will probably rightly hate this, but perhaps tragically I still found it amusing. At least it’s funny, and Viola Davis shoots a machine gun. matt lynch matt lynch

  1. Suicide Squad
  2. Gods of Egypt
  3. Nine Lives
  4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  5. London Has Fallen

Lowest Rated Film

Norm of the North

Boring, juvenile and poorly animated, Norm of the North is so insultingly bad, it’s not even worthy of being in the bargain bin at Walmart. NickyD316 NickyD316

  1. Norm of the North
  2. Fifty Shades of Black
  3. Cabin Fever
  4. The Darkness
  5. Cell
  6. Nine Lives
  7. Martyrs
  8. The Forest
  9. Gods of Egypt
  10. Zoolander 2
The Neon Demon

Sweetie, plastics is just good grooming. Imagine going a year without brushing your teeth.


Video Countdown

25 Best of 2016

Letterboxd member and IndieWire senior critic David Ehrlich’s annual love letter to cinema, including his picks for the best 25 films of 2016.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

You’re more like Sarah Connor, and in the first movie too, before she could do chin-ups.

Paula Hall

In Memoriam

Gene Wilder

Wilder’s characters were less loose cannons than untethered hosepipes, that could uncoil at any given moment, flail neurotically and spritz everyone in sight. That he seldom actually did this was the best part of the joke, and the cause of much ecstatically tense laughter throughout his career. But when they came, the explosions themselves were always worth waiting for. Robbie Collin

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A tribute to Gene Wilder by audiomachine


When you use a bird to write with, it’s called tweeting.


Ones to Watch

20th Century Women

  1. 20th Century Women
  2. My Life as a Zucchini
  3. And Then There Were None
  4. Raw
  5. Sieranevada
  6. Silence
  7. Don't Be Bad
  8. After the Storm
  9. Land of Mine
  10. Kaili Blues

The hardest I’ve cried this season. Annette Bening communicates more with a single eyebrow than I have with my mouth my entire life. Matt Clark Matt Clark

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Most Anticipated in 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  3. Alien: Covenant
  4. Thor: Ragnarok
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Justice League
  8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  9. Blade Runner 2049
  10. Logan

See the full list for 2017 and beyond…


The whole kingdom Snow White.

Gabriel Sol

Thank you!

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