Letterboxd 2018

Letterboxing: The Highest-Rated Movie of 2018 is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

The results are in – at least according to Letterboxd’s near-one million movie-loving members.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been crowned the site’s most-popular movie of 2018, edging out foreign-language favourites Roma and Shoplifters, which sit in second and third place, respectively. The animated superhero film was also named the highest-rated animated film on the site.

Based on the Letterboxd’s community’s ratings as of January 1, 2019, the list of the most popular movies of the year are based on ratings for feature-length, narrative and documentary films that have been watched by at least 1000 members and had a theatrical or streaming release in the US during 2018.

If you feel like everyone you know loved Paddington 2, you’re not wrong. The charming live-action/animation hybrid comedy that looks like an offspring of Wes Anderson comes in at number four on the Letterboxd list, ahead of Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’ female-led period comedy The Favourite, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and the critically acclaimed Blindspotting from first-time feature film director Carlos Lopez Estrada.


Rounding out the top 10 are Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, Lee Chang-Dong’s Burning, and the anime Night Is Short, Walk On Girl.

Just missing the top 10 cut are Ethan Hawke’s stellar turn in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Tom Cruise’s latest outing as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The latest Mission: Impossible movie also claims the site’s top spot as the highest-rated action film of the year.

The majority of the highest-rated films of 2018 also feature on the list of top-rated dramas. Roma, Shoplifters, The Favourite, Beale Street, Blindspotting, Eighth Grade, Burning and First Reformed are joined by Pawel Pawlikowski’s black and white drama Cold War and Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman on the drama list.

Notably absent from the list of the highest-rated films of the year is Black Panther. Though it failed to make the cut in terms of ratings, it does reign supreme as the highest-rated sci-fi movie of the year and the most popular overall which bases the list on the number of people who watched it, regardless of their rating of the film.


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