Over the years, plenty of things transitioned to their electronic version. Paperbacks made way for ebooks, snail mails changed to emails, and even movies are now available through streaming services. Also, a lot of people are now ripping DVDs and Blu-rays that they own for personal use.
With no physical copies in a collection, it’s rather a difficult task to keep track of the movies and films that we have watched so far.
Last week one of my friends convinced me to watch a film over the weekend. After watching a few minutes, I realised that I had already watched it a couple of years ago but had forgotten about that — all thanks to its weak storyline. So I had to redo my weekend watch list over again. After all, not every movie is a Thor: Ragnarok (check Thor wallpapers).
That led me to think of ways to keep track of the movies that we’ve already watched to save time and also to get new recommendations.
In this post today, we have compiled a list of the best apps (both iOS and Android) and websites to keep track of movies.
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1. Letterboxd (Website)
Letterboxed is an online tool that helps you keep a tab on all the movies you have watched till date. To add to it, you can also add a film to a watchlist or create a custom list of your own. What makes it even better is that you can also leave a review or go through the reviews of other users.
When it comes to the interface, it’s straightforward. All you have to do is click on the Eye icon to add a movie to your already watched list. Clicking on a title will give you all the details like the popularity, the number of times it has been watched, and the option to play the trailer.
And in case you do not trust the in-house ratings, you can also see the IMDB ratings in Letterboxed. That tool requires a sign-in to save your choices.
As soon as you launch Trakt.tv, the tool will ask you to choose the movie categories that interest you to help you build a better recommendation system. Once you have gone through the introduction slides, you can add your watched movie to the list.
This tool has most of the popular titles onboard, so you needn’t worry about having a half-done list. Plus, the terrific recommendation system makes sure that the movies suiting your taste are on the home page.
Similar to the tool above, you can mark movies as a favorite, add them to lists and watchlists and rate them. It'll also show you the services where you can watch that specific movie.
Trakt has a huge database of both movies and TV shows, which makes it a better bargain to track both TV shows and movies. For $2.50 a month, you can upgrade to the VIP version, through which you can receive calendar notifications about the schedules of your favorite TV shows.
Trakt powers CineTrak, and that’s the reason you will find many similarities between the app and the website. For one, you can star your favorite shows, add films to a watchlist, and create custom lists. The best thing about CineTrak is that the interface is simple, beautiful and easy to understand.
Once you’ve spotted a movie, you can add it to your already watched list along with the time and date. Discovering new content is a walk in the park, thanks to the similar movies displayed at the bottom.
Last but not least, you can create reminders for upcoming movies and shows, based on your likings. My favorite part about CineTrak is that you can discover new movies through the Discover tab.
SeriesGuide lets you track both TV shows and movies from your phone. Unlike the apps above, it doesn’t have many options. It just lets you add movies to your watchlist and your collection, and that's about it.
What I loved about SeriesGuide is that you can backup all your settings, if you give it the required access. If you have a Trakt account, you can sign in using that.
Next on our list is Moviebase. I loved the app for its simplicity and ease of use. Plus, the discovery tabs at the bottom adds to the experience.
MovieBase has neat little tabs at the bottom each displaying the anticipated movies, popular titles, top-rated movies, among others. So all you have to do is swipe through these tabs to discover new movies.
Tracking titles is quite effortless. Just tap on a title and all the options will be displayed.
You can star a movie or add it to your personalized collection. Along with it, you can browse through related movies either through the Genre tab or the Related tab.
Another iOS app which you can check out is Action! TV & Movies Tracker. This app works similar to the ones above and lists all the popular movies and TV shows. However, it doesn't have a side menu. Both the options are displayed at the bottom of the home page.
Other than adding a movie to your Already Seen list, you can rate a movie or share the title with your buddies, thus making it a solid recommendation system.
Even this app shows similar titles at the bottom of the page.
With smart apps and tools, now you can track all the movies that you have watched till date. No more business of jotting down names and titles on Excel sheets or Google Sheets. With streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime becoming the sole means of watching movies these days, this type of tracking is now the only way forward.
Up next: Looking for ways to discover new titles or how to navigate through the endless list of Netflix movies and TV shows? Here are some of the best Android apps for Netflix users.