Letterboxd 2017 Year in Review

This is it. The moment when all your ratings throughout the year elevate a select few films above all others. The moment when our half-million-strong global community’s passionate, unbridled enjoyment of movies coalesces into a list of the very best cinematic experiences of the year.

We’re proud of you. It’s a sublime selection of films, as diverse and clever and funny and entertaining as you are. Thanks for another wonderful year. You’re the reason Letterboxd exists.

And now, the envelope please. No, wrong envelope. Yes, that one. Here goes…

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Highest Rated

The highest rated films overall, and by genre, based on 30 million ratings cast by Letterboxd members in 2017. These are the films you ranked the best of the best. And the highest rated film is…

All results are as at 1 January 2018.


Call Me by Your Name

Highest Rated Overall

Call Me by Your Name

Unequivocal sensory pleasure. Many will bask in Guadagnino’s sybaritic paintings of brief and intense sexual/emotional satisfaction—practically entirely made up of peeks and scans, caresses and grazes—and gentle familial dynamics, and while it’s an endless lake to swim in, its primary thrill for me was the depiction of meticulous surface: what bubbles up and blends into nature’s constitution. SilentDawn SilentDawn

Call Me by Your Name

Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.

Mr Perlman


Lady Bird

Highest Rated Overall

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a film beyond itself. I wish it didn’t sound hyperbolic to write that this film is a manifestation of faith, the good kind, the whole kind, the kind I wanted but never found in a church or in prayer. But I felt that absolution, that deliverance, that salvation. There is something so whole about this film, even though it cruxes on the very moment when the world you’ve always known has been splintered into pieces. Tay Tay

Lady Bird

I hate California… I want to go to the east coast. I want to go where culture is, like New York. Or at least Connecticut or New Hampshire.

Christine McPherson


Phantom Thread

Highest Rated Overall

Phantom Thread

Every square inch of this film is meticulously constructed to such an extent that you’re just waiting for something to disrupt it. At times, it’s somehow dull and beautiful in equal measure, probably because each tiny, repetitive movement is shrouded in mystery but is simultaneously dangling at some type of palpable precipice. The bare-bones setup allows Anderson to slowly but surely tinker with expectations … as he works in and out of gothic romance, dark comedy, and impassioned drama. kevinyang kevinyang

Phantom Thread

Kiss me, my girl, before I’m sick.

Reynolds Woodcock

Highest Rated Overall — Next Ten

Here are the next ten highest rated films by our members in 2017. See the full list.

  1. Coco
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. The Florida Project
  4. Get Out
  5. The Shape of Water
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Logan
  8. Good Time
  9. My Life as a Zucchini
  10. Baby Driver
The Shape of Water

This may very well be the most sensitive asset ever to be housed in this facility.


Highest Rated Action


Nolan fascinates over the hysteria behind the promise of certain death and his intelligence produces a scepticism for male gallantry that is undercut solely by the heroism of his closing chapter. While streams of men crumple with their hands above their heads, Dunkirk crafts heroes out of scarce individuals whose experience goes entirely unmatched by those thrown into the belly of the beast. — Account removed

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Logan
  3. Baby Driver
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. Wind River

Wars are not won by evacuation.


Highest Rated Animation


A beautiful tribute to one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Mexico made with great respect and sensitivity, Coco is a story about the importance of family and its role in the shaping of individuals, as well as a story about oblivion, death and the particular way in which it is perceived and part of the Mexican idiosyncrasy. … Vibrant colours and great attention to detail. Enfant du Siècle Enfant du Siècle

  1. Coco
  2. My Life as a Zucchini
  3. A Silent Voice
  4. In This Corner of the World
  5. The Breadwinner

I have to sing. It’s not just in me… It is me.

Ernesto de la Cruz

Highest Rated Horror

Get Out

Sharp, intelligent satire seamlessly woven into a hilarious and scary surface narrative. Peele’s insights on contemporary race relations are eerily realistic … even as the stakes inevitably escalate to absurdism. Fulfills what is arguably the most valuable function of horror; that being its ability to embrace the hideous, disdainful parts of society and have a sort of deranged laugh at it. urban_sombrero urban_sombrero

  1. Get Out
  2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  3. It
  4. Raw
  5. mother!
Get Out

I mean, I told you not to go in that house.

Rod Williams

Highest Rated Sci-Fi

Blade Runner 2049

Every impeccably composed shot—a surreal six-handed love scene; a shimmering hologram of Elvis, hip-swiveling into eternity; a ‘newborn’ replicant, slick with amniotic goo—feels like such a ravishing visual feast. I could have sat through three hours of this thing with the sound off, just staring at the works of art on the screen. … A credit to Roger Deakins, who should finally get his goddamn Oscar. Nima Jamali Nima Jamali

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Logan
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Thor: Ragnarok
  5. War for the Planet of the Apes
Blade Runner 2049

I had your job once. I was good at it.

Rick Deckard

Highest Rated Documentary

LA 92

A condensed, collage paste-up of the events surrounding the Rodney King verdict, the 24-hour news cycle condensed and deepened with research. … Powerful and evocative. Lee Lee

  1. LA 92
  2. The Work
  3. Faces Places
  4. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
  5. Jane
  6. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
  7. The Farthest
  8. Icarus

Highest Rated Foreign Language

The Salesman

The immense power of this movie is Farhadi’s courage and wisdom to question the hard belief in his culture that shame is the deserved consequence and most effective deterrent for crime. Glen Grunau Glen Grunau

  1. The Salesman
  2. Loveless
  3. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
  4. A Taxi Driver
  5. Sieranevada
  6. Nise: The Heart of Madness
  7. The Woman Who Left
  8. After the Storm
  9. Endless Poetry
  10. A Fantastic Woman
Logan Lucky

I know everything there is to know about computers, okay? All the Twitters, I know ’em.

Fish Bang
Baby Driver

The moment you catch feelings is the moment you catch a bullet.


Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.

Wonder Woman

The sword doesn’t go with the outfit.

Etta Candy

Hiya Georgie. What a nice boat. Do you want it back?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you are meant to be.

Kylo Ren

The Year in Numbers


Films Marked Watched




Diary Entries







More Numbers

During 2017 we logged 18,085,620 hours watching films

And we wrote 201,714,273 words about them!

Of all films watched, 21.5% were 2017 releases

And 0.85% had the word ‘Wonder’ in the title!

My Life as a Zucchini

Sometimes we cry when we’re happy. Isn’t that right?

The Big Sick

So, if I yelled out, like, “you’re amazing in bed”, that’d be a heckle?

Emily Gordon

Letterboxd Crew’s Favorite Reviews

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

I got a backpack on! You don’t get in water with a backpack, everybody knows that.

Moose Finbar


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David Ehrlich’s 25 Best

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich counts down his picks for the best films of 2017. Post your best of the year list with this tag.

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Jonas Callegari’s 25 Best

We also loved Jonas Callegari’s countdown of his 25 favorites of the year. Post your best of the year list with this tag.

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A Ghost Story

[Eats pie in silence for four minutes.]


In Memoriam

John Hurt

Hurt saw himself as a character actor, much like one of his heroes Alec Guinness. His admiration for Guinness, who was well known for vanishing completely into a character, perhaps explains why in so many of his performances Hurt is almost unrecognizable. … And then there was the voice, an extraordinarily rich and versatile tool, used most famously in the mid-to-late ’80s when Hurt provided the doom-laden narration for the earliest UK television campaign against Aids, accompanied by apocalyptic images of icebergs and falling monoliths. Robert Sellers

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A tribute to John Hurt by Inkwell Arts Media

Associated Press

In Memoriam

Bill Paxton

[Ours] was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect. Bill wrote beautiful heartfelt and thoughtful letters, an anachronism in this age of digital shorthand. He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others. He was a good man, a great actor, and a creative dynamo. … The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him. James Cameron

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A tribute to Bill Paxton by Newman Films

Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP

In Memoriam

Roger Moore

Though Moore was rarely regarded as the best or most definitive Bond, his inimitable humor and panache made him many viewers’ favorite. His tally of seven films equalled that of Connery, though Moore occupied the role for a longer consecutive period. He was eloquent on the distinction between their portrayals. “Sean played Bond as a killer and I played Bond as a lover,” he said. Ryan Gilbey

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A tribute to Roger Moore by Mojo Risin

Associated Press

In Memoriam

George A. Romero

Universal screened Shaun of the Dead for him while he was on vacation. … Later that night, George called us in London. I remember standing in my flat in Islington when I got the call from him and he couldn’t have been warmer and kinder about the movie. I remember him saying that it was ‘an absolute blast’. That indeed became the sole poster quote for the movie in the US. I frequently think back to this moment of standing in my house as the moment my life truly changed and the world got smaller. Edgar Wright

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Remembering Romero by Dread Central (NSFW)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

It’s called flirting when you’re young. I’m not sure what it’s called when you’re over 70.

Harold Meyerowitz


A Wonder-ful Year

As Khoi Vinh notes, it’s been a wonder-ful year at the cinema.

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Wonder
  3. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  4. Wonder Wheel
  5. Wonderstruck

You give, and you give, and you give. It’s just never enough.


Women Directors

The highest rated and most popular films by women directors, including our second-highest rated film for the year overall.

Alongside Greta Gerwig, three other women directors feature in our 50 highest rated films: Naoko Yamada, Dee Rees and Nora Twomey. For documentaries: Agnès Varda, Alexis Bloom, Emer Reynolds, Amanda Lipitz, Ceyda Torun, Mélanie Laurent and Sabaah Folayan.

Two years ago, NY Times critic Manohla Dargis called the lack of female film directors “immoral, maybe illegal”. Now, she’s asking “is it time for quotas?”.

Highest Rated — Women Directors

Lady Bird

We can reach to the ends of our minds and pull out the most convoluted and revolutionary ideas to make movies out of, or to write books about in order to feel like we’re doing something new. But sometimes a film doesn’t need to be far away from reality to amaze us. Sometimes covering the visceral parts of our lives can give us the same shock, anticipation, emotion. issy 🥝 issy 🥝

  1. Lady Bird
  2. Faces Places
  3. A Silent Voice
  4. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
  5. The Farthest
The Killing of a Sacred Deer

If you’re going to dig a hole in the yard, better make it a big one.



The Silence Breakers

Following twelve months of sexual harassment revelations—many involving Hollywood power brokers—Time magazine named The Silence Breakers as its person of the year for 2017. Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal explains why in this editorial.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.

Tony Stark

The Mosts

And finally, the actors, directors and films that took your fancy (or otherwise) the most in 2017, and some that might in 2018.

All results are as at 1 January 2018.

The Beguiled

We can show ’em some really Southern hospitality.


Most Obsessively Rewatched

La La Land

They say third time’s a charm, and in this case that might be true. I needed three viewings of La La Land to fully come to terms with it. The more I think about the film, the more it comes together both purely as an experience and in its themes. It’s ambitious, and it actually delivers on those ambitions with a spectacular finale that perfectly rounds it off on both those prior levels. — Account removed

  1. La La Land
  2. Baby Driver
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Most Divisive

The Shack

May offer some fine performances but its incoherent plot, lack of authenticity, underdeveloped characters, … grating melodrama, and terrible pacing make it painful to watch. Dawson Joyce Dawson Joyce

  1. The Shack
  2. The Book of Henry
  3. We Are the Flesh
  4. Fifty Shades Darker
  5. mother!
  6. Kidnap
  7. A Dog's Purpose
  8. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  9. Transformers: The Last Knight
  10. Song to Song

Most Loved to Hate

The Book of Henry

The Book of Henry is such a fascinating failure of a film. Its problems are innumerable, but in Colin Trevorrow’s defense, I guess it could all [be] attributed to Gregg Hurwitz’s cuckoo screenplay. Still, you have to question what made Trevorrow read this thing and think, “That’s my next masterpiece”. … Worth checking out unless you have anything better to do. Steven Cohen Steven Cohen

  1. The Book of Henry
  2. The Bye Bye Man
  3. The Emoji Movie
  4. Transformers: The Last Knight
  5. Fifty Shades Darker

Lowest Rated Overall

The Emoji Movie

Honestly, I can’t even get mad about it—this is exactly the kind of crass, formulaic, commercialized nonsense we as a nation deserve. Alan Gunn Alan Gunn

  1. The Emoji Movie
  2. The Bye Bye Man
  3. 9/11
  4. Rings
  5. Temple
  6. You Get Me
  7. The Last Face
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  9. The Snowman
  10. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
The Disaster Artist

No, no! Very necessary. I need to show my ass to sell this picture.

Tommy Wiseau

Q & A

Sean Baker

Sean Baker (pictured left in green tee), director of our sixth-highest rated film of 2017, took time to answer your questions about The Florida Project, the male gaze, his scriptwriting process, falling in love on set, and much more. Baker also tracks his film-watching at Letterboxd.

The Florida Project

I can always tell when adults are about to cry.


Most Anticipated in 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Black Panther
  3. Incredibles 2
  4. Annihilation
  5. Isle of Dogs
  6. Ready Player One
  7. The Death & Life of John F. Donovan
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Aquaman

See the full list for 2018 and beyond…

Ones to Watch

Night is Short, Walk on Girl

  1. Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
  2. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
  3. Nise: The Heart of Madness
  4. A Date for Mad Mary
  5. Foxtrot
  6. Ethel & Ernest
  7. The Breadwinner
  8. In Between
  9. Heartstone
  10. Sami Blood

A 93-minute ode to youth and its boundless potential. Bem Bem

Good Time

Are you feeling this? Are you feeling as good as I’m feeling right now?

Connie Nikas

Roll credits!

Thanks to everyone who contributed—you make it all worthwhile. ♥

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