Here at Letterboxd, we not only love movies, we love the love of movies. It’s why we exist, and we’re extremely proud of how our platform has provided a space for that love to be expressed, shared and discovered.
When we started this film-tracking party ten years ago, we had no idea what the data might show a decade on. As it turns out, we are especially proud to have made a space for you to foster your love of movies that have struggled to get their due. This can happen for a variety of reasons…
Sometimes when a film is released, it isn’t considered ‘cool’ to like it. We believe that nobody is ever wrong for loving something.
Sometimes when a film is released, monocultural critics from gatekeeper organizations dictate a particular sentiment that overwhelms the film, regardless of its intended audience. A film’s critical response shouldn’t be solely determined by a bunch of white cis males (full disclosure: I am one).
And sometimes when a film is released, the marketing completely misses the target audience.
But it appears that time plus Letterboxd provides some perspective. Knowing that our membership has grown and widened over the years, we’ve used our tenth birthday as an excuse to dive deep into the stats and produce a list of the top 50 “High Risers”. These are the narrative feature films that have experienced the biggest upward trend in average ratings over the course of Letterboxd history.
These are not the highest-rated films. Nowhere near. The highest-rated title on the list hasn’t even cracked four out of five stars, while most are still chasing that elusive three. But our statistics department got all nerdy with linear regression and we can definitively say that these are the 50 films that have experienced the greatest upward ratings gradient throughout our existence.
Though many more films have slowly increased their ratings over time, we are generally talking about not much more than a modest half-star rise in most cases. But these 50 films have seen their Letterboxd standings organically (and in a few cases, dramatically) increase over time, thanks to unfiltered appreciation from Letterboxd members.
The results are fascinating, and demonstrate how certain types of films suffer more than others from a traditionally monolithic critical culture.