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A Star Is Born
Roma
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
The Favourite
Black Panther
Eighth Grade
Paddington 2
Mandy
Avengers: Infinity War
First Reformed
First Man

Letterboxd is where diverse, clever and funny film lovers gather to share their passion for film. The contemplative, the melo­dramatic, the cheesy; the genre-exploders, the spectacular failures, the heart-stopping life-changers. You loved ’em all in 2018.

Once again, the Letterboxd community—almost a million of you—has chosen a brilliant selection of films as the year’s best. Your ratings don’t lie, and for the data nerds at Letterboxd HQ, it’s our favorite time: when math and art combine to celebrate cinematic excellence. Thank you for another sublime year. Wakanda forever!

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The Categories

To be included, films must be: narrative (except in the documentary category); feature-length; watched by at least 1,000 members; and with a theatrical or streaming release in the US during 2018.

Highest Rated

The highest rated films overall, and by genre, based on all 49 million ratings cast by Letterboxd members in 2018. These are the films you ranked the best of the best.

And our highest rated film is…

All results are as at 1 January 2019.

#1

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Highest Rated Overall

Spider-Man: Into the Spider‑Verse

It’s absolutely astonishing how not only does this not miss a single beat in regards to how much it’s juggling—in terms of ideas, themes, and characters—but how it always comes back to Miles… I’m just amazed this movie exists, and what it does to push the medium forward with such care and passion is truly inspiring. Arielrocks5 Arielrocks5

#2

Roma

Highest Rated Overall

Roma

It’s a quiet and contemplative masterwork—devoid of a soundtrack, choosing instead to let the sounds of the city speak for the film… Cars on a busy street, or a passing marching band, or the hustle and bustle at a city market overrun with shady street merchants—all of these and more come together to tell a story of this country that requires no words, but rather succeeds in its own visual poetry. Wesley R. Ball Wesley R. Ball

#3

Shoplifters

Highest Rated Overall

Shoplifters

Yes this family right here officer! There I was just minding my own business when they came in, caught me COMPLETELY off guard, stole my heart and left without even paying! I don’t think I can ever recover from this … the pain is just too great. ˗ˏˋ Liam ˊˎ˗ ˗ˏˋ Liam ˊˎ˗

Highest Rated Overall — Next Ten

Here are the next ten highest rated films by our members in 2018. See the full list.

  1. Paddington 2
  2. The Favourite
  3. If Beale Street Could Talk
  4. Blindspotting
  5. Eighth Grade
  6. Burning
  7. Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
  8. First Reformed
  9. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  10. Avengers: Infinity War

Highest Rated Action

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

A breathless riptide of raw spectacle. Not since Fury Road have such viscerally practical effects been put to better use by such deliriously impractical people. davidehrlich davidehrlich

  1. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Black Panther
  4. Creed II
  5. Mandy
  6. Upgrade
  7. Deadpool 2
  8. A Prayer Before Dawn
  9. Revenge
  10. Bumblebee

Highest Rated Animation

Spider-Man: Into the Spider‑Verse

Bursts through with tremendous exuberance, utilising the medium like no other superhero film I’ve seen—a bolstering desire to invigorate audiences through its psychedelic and orgasmic visuals. george george

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  2. Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
  3. Isle of Dogs
  4. Incredibles 2
  5. Mirai
  6. Lu Over the Wall
  7. Ralph Breaks the Internet
  8. Big Fish & Begonia
  9. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  10. Mary and the Witch's Flower

Highest Rated Drama

Roma

Roma is a love letter to women, to their resilience, to their love and to their strength… As a lover of black and white photography, this was a constant gift to my eyes. Asun Asun

  1. Roma
  2. Shoplifters
  3. The Favourite
  4. If Beale Street Could Talk
  5. Blindspotting
  6. Eighth Grade
  7. Burning
  8. First Reformed
  9. Cold War
  10. BlacKkKlansman

Highest Rated Horror

Hereditary

Hereditary doesn’t let the genre define what it can be. Hereditary takes your head and slams it into the goddamn wall, and will not apologize… let it ruin your life. Katie Katie

  1. Hereditary
  2. A Quiet Place
  3. Suspiria
  4. Annihilation
  5. Good Manners
  6. November
  7. Mandy
  8. The House That Jack Built
  9. Upgrade
  10. Revenge

Highest Rated Sci-Fi

Black Panther

The sheer amount of character and life communicated through the use of colors and body language ALONE in this film are enough to send me over the edge. The industry NEEDED this. Adam Adam

  1. Black Panther
  2. A Quiet Place
  3. Sorry to Bother You
  4. Annihilation
  5. Upgrade
  6. Bumblebee
  7. Overlord
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  9. The Endless
  10. Ready Player One

Highest Rated Documentary

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

The legendary humanitarian and his revolutionary little show deserved a proper film and Morgan Neville’s filmmaking style fits this subject perfectly.  Jacob Hollis Jacob Hollis

  1. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  2. Minding the Gap
  3. Free Solo
  4. Shirkers
  5. Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
  6. Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
  8. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
  9. RBG
  10. McQueen

Highest Rated Non-English Language

Roma

All the trademark Cuarón… sex/sexual moments-that-aren’t-actually-about-sex, political background, art history references, even a beach… but he knows what works and he utilizes it well. Ana Maria Ana Maria

  1. Roma
  2. Shoplifters
  3. Burning
  4. Cold War
  5. Andhadhun
  6. On My Skin
  7. The Great Buddha+
  8. Happy as Lazzaro
  9. Custody
  10. Araby

The Year in Numbers

86.02m

Films Marked Watched

48.98m

Ratings

15.93m

Diary Entries

4.67m

Reviews

986k

Comments

699k

Lists

More Numbers

During 2018 we logged 29,502,950 hours watching films

And we wrote 311,052,039 words about them!

Of all films watched, 22.7% were 2018 releases

On average, we’re 63.75% up on last year!

Letterboxd Crew’s Favorite Reviews

Intermission

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Countdown

David Ehrlich’s 25 Best

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich counts down his picks for the best films of 2018.

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Hiram Calymayor’s 25 Best

Hiram Calymayor counts down his picks for favorite films of 2018.

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Jonas Callegari’s 25 Best

Jonas Callegari counts down his picks for favorite films of 2018.

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Countdown

Loose Canons’ 25 Best

Reuben Clay edits the combined 2018 picks of the Loose Canons podcast.

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Trends

Nic Cage still gainfully employed

Nicolas Cage had a very productive year with—by our count—eight films that opened in the US during 2018. A couple of them were superb, and some … were decidedly not.

  1. Mandy
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  3. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  4. Mom and Dad
  5. Between Worlds
  6. Looking Glass
  7. The Humanity Bureau
  8. 211

Trends

Letitia Wright rules the box office

$1.55 billion. That’s the combined 2018 box office take for Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One and The Commuter. The common denominator in those films? Letitia “What are those?” Wright. Fandango has named her 2018’s highest box office earner—ahead of her co-stars, and other high earners Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Pratt. Now, show her the money.

  1. Black Panther
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Ready Player One
  4. The Commuter

Trends

Tom Cruise hates motion smoothing

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie take time off from Top Gun: Maverick to explain why you should turn off video interpolation on your TV set. Roma’s filmmakers also published their own viewing guide. Bonus content.

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Women Directors

The highest rated and most popular films by women directors.

Eleven women directors feature in our 50 highest rated films, up from just three last year: Chloé Zhao, Jennifer FoxAlice Rohrwacher, Nadine Labaki, Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay, Tamara Jenkins, Carla Simón, Marielle Heller, René Liu and Crystal Moselle. Our documentaries list is also full of talented female filmmakers.

Highest Rated — Women Directors

Free Solo

I love how the film crew become characters in the film, and the dilemma they face about potentially filming their friend die—or worse, inadvertently causing his death—is discussed in some depth. But the film is all Honnold’s; his sense of drive to achieve the unthinkable, his bluntness regarding the stakes, and his remarkable preparation and sustained focus in the moment are nothing less than superhuman. Matthew Buchanan Matthew Buchanan

  1. Free Solo
  2. Shirkers
  3. The Tale
  4. The Rider
  5. Happy as Lazzaro

In Memoriam

Stan Lee

Stan Lee had been at Marvel for years and became frustrated with the Comics Code. He planned to quit his job but his wife convinced him to write one more comic book, but this time write it the way he wanted. And in November 1961, that comic book became The Fantastic Four #1. It was a big hit and paved the way for Stan and other writers at Marvel such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to come together and create new and exciting characters. And thus, the Marvel Universe was born. If it weren’t for Stan Lee, Marvel most likely wouldn’t have become what it is today. You gave us a whole world. —MovieBuFF1138

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In Memoriam

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall was a rarity: a successful female filmmaker in Hollywood. Her delightful comedy Big, starring Tom Hanks, became the first film by a female director to gross more than $100m. Though it was the fifth body-swap movie to emerge in the space of a year, its success was richly deserved. The plot, about a boy whose wish to be a grown-up comes true, could have been tasteless in other hands. There is, after all, a tentative romance between this child in an adult’s body (Hanks) and his colleague (Elizabeth Perkins) at the toy company where his natural naivety has landed him a job—though when she stays the night and he announces “I get to be on top!”, he is referring only to the bunk-bed arrangements. … Marshall’s light touch, and the appealingly puppyish performance she coaxed from Hanks, ensured the charm rarely waned. —Ryan Gilbey

Associated Press

In Memoriam

Burt Reynolds

Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you, Dolly. —Dolly Parton

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A tribute edited by Billy Crammer

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The Mosts

And finally, the actors, directors and films that took your fancy (or otherwise) the most in 2018, and some that might in 2019.

All results are as at 1 January 2019.

Most Obsessively Rewatched

Avengers: Infinity War

Do you know the feeling after having met a random, but really cute girl/guy at a party and you end up sleeping together, and you just can’t get her/him out of your head, the day after? … Well, I guess it’s kind of obvious where I’m going with this, but I’m gonna say it anyway. That’s the best comparison I can make, with how I feel about Avengers: Infinity War at the current moment. Kenned Lehmann Kenned Lehmann

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Call Me by Your Name
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Love, Simon
  5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Most Loved to Hate

Gotti

Gotti is one of the funniest goddamn movies of the decade… Every actor looks like they’ve spent the last eight hours pounding anisette and GHB… John Travolta, under the hilariously mistaken impression that this is his Oscar role, summons all available gravitas to spend an hour and forty-five minutes reading fortune cookies out loud and occasionally get riled up enough to call someone a ‘muddafucka’. bybowes bybowes

  1. Gotti
  2. Venom
  3. Truth or Dare
  4. Slender Man
  5. The Hurricane Heist

Most Divisive

Life Itself

I’d sort-of recommend seeing it. I’m not saying it is good. To be clear it is in places—a lot of places—excruciating. But it is an experience. Totally unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Friend 2 Pudding Friend 2 Pudding

  1. Life Itself
  2. Fifty Shades Freed
  3. Midnight Sun
  4. Forever My Girl
  5. Acrimony
  6. Assassination Nation
  7. The Darkest Minds
  8. I Can Only Imagine
  9. The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
  10. Show Dogs

Lowest Rated Overall

Slender Man

Slender Man could never rise above its juvenile source material. The only part I enjoyed was seeing Javier Botet in a non-prosthetic role and I hope he will appear on screen without FX more in the future. Eithne Eithne

  1. Slender Man
  2. Day of the Dead: Bloodline
  3. Gotti
  4. Show Dogs
  5. Jeepers Creepers 3
  6. Holmes & Watson
  7. The Possession of Hannah Grace
  8. Dark Crimes
  9. Fifty Shades Freed
  10. Action Point

Most Anticipated in 2019

Captain Marvel

  1. Captain Marvel
  2. Avengers: Endgame
  3. Star Wars: Episode IX
  4. Toy Story 4
  5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  6. Glass
  7. Dark Phoenix
  8. The Irishman
  9. The New Mutants
  10. Spider-Man: Far from Home

See the full list for 2019 and beyond…

Crew Picks for 2019

Us

  1. Us
  2. The Goldfinch
  3. Jojo Rabbit
  4. The Beach Bum
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  6. Triple Frontier
  7. The Son
  8. The Modern Ocean
  9. Terminator
  10. The Dead Don't Die

Ones to Watch

Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

  1. Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu
  2. The Great Buddha+
  3. A Twelve-Year Night
  4. The Wolf House
  5. Ayla: The Daughter of War
  6. Aruna and Her Palate
  7. The Realm
  8. Tigers Are Not Afraid
  9. Balloon
  10. Close-Knit

I laughed, I cried, I felt embarrassed and turned on… All I could ever truly ask for. BuddingFilmWeeb BuddingFilmWeeb

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And that’s it for our biggest year yet. Thanks to every single person who contributed—you make it all worthwhile. ♥

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