Flickchart: On this site, you can rank every movie you've EVER seen!

About ten years ago, as a bored teenager, I came across this awesome website called Flickchart.

The jist of the site is pretty straightforward- you rank movies. The process is as follows: two movies will come up, and you pick which one you like more. If you’ve seen both of them, you will pick which one you liked most. If you haven’t seen one or the other, or either, you can click “I haven’t seen this one” and you will be given a new option.

I was hooked. The first few times I used the site I must have ranked a couple hundred movies. Sometimes I would even seek out movies I knew were not on my list yet just to make it bigger. Like a good video game or a well written book, it’s pretty easy for you get lost in Flickchart for hours at a time.

Once some of the films have been ranked on your list, the site will put them head to head so an overall “best-of” list can be compiled.

Everybody knows that Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory is better than 13 Going on 30, but is Beetlejuice better than There Will Be Blood? It’s a tough choice you’ll most likely never ever be asked again in your life.

Additionally, it may surprise users to see just how many movies they have seen over the years. It’s a fun game to see how big of a list one can compile. I haven’t cracked 1,000 yet.

There’s also a social aspect of the site, if you so choose to use it. Users are able to leave comments on match-ups explaining their rationale for a certain decision. The site doesn’t lend itself to thread based discussion, but honestly, based on youtube, that’s the right call.

The site also allows users to sort their lists in a number of ways- by year, genre, franchise, actor, director, etc. Want to see a list of all the Gene Wilder movies you’ve seen that came out in the 1970’s? Mine was Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. A short but beautiful list.

On the flip side, you can also see a list of the best (based on an average of user ratings) movies you haven’t seen yet. One could use this to create a movie “bucket list,” so they never have to be asked why they’ve never seen The Godfather ever again. (I still haven’t, and it’s because I’m watching Parks and Rec again right now. I’ll watch it when I’m done, okay?)

While I was revisiting Flickchart and getting a hearty dose of nostalgia, I discovered that Flickchart is currently going through some renovations. The site is still up, but I found this message from the founders:

Flickchart is a website started way back in 2006, and opened to the public in 2009 by two guys (Jeremy & Nathan) who loved movies, loved arguing about which movie is better, and also just so happened to be in the business of building websites. In our spare time (in other words, when we weren’t at our day jobs), we crafted what became an optimized tool for film fans to form their very own ranked charts of their favorite films, a way to filter those charts in every imaginable way, a place to debate online over any two movies that you can think of, and a home on the internet to form friendships with other cinema-obsessed, like-minded list-makers.

Almost a decade later(!), we’re still running strong and working on a complete overhaul of the site - from top to bottom - on an entirely new stack of tech. This is what all of the Flickcharters (the most die-hard, loyal users our site could ever ask for) have dubbed: “V2”. Not only will this newer technology provide more for Flickchart, but also the long-awaited expansions into other mediums: games, television, music, and more!

If you’re into movies, give the site a try. It’s a great way to waste time on the internet that isn’t quite as toxic as social media.