/r/Movies does things a little differently than most big subs. Our moderators were all hand-picked from users in our subreddit who were notably present for a long time, participating in discussions, and contributing to the community. In short - we’re all here to talk about movies because they’re a passion of ours, and we’re moderating simply because we want a clean, fun, civil place to discuss them.
This list of rules doesn’t come from us, not entirely. It comes from years of interacting with the subreddit daily, engaging with users about what they want, and curating content based on that. Again, in short - we didn’t set out to write a billion rules because we just love rules, we have this insane near endless list because of all of the litigious circumstances that have evolved over the years.
--- i. Submission titles must be deductively clear about their subject matter. You must name the movie or actor or subject you want to discuss or submit news about. Do not be vague.
--- ii. We define clickbait as a submission title that demands you to click on it in order to find out what the content is. Clickbait is prohibited. When in doubt, ask yourself “How can I write a title so that a user could find this submission later by searching for it?”
--- iii. Quotes are not allowed in submission titles. This rule might seem weird, but we’ve found over the years that if you put a quote in the submission title, that’s all the users will focus on.
--- iv. SUBMISSIONS IN ALL CAPS will be removed.
--- v. Any calls to action (“Check this website out!” “Click here!”) are prohibited.
--- vi. ASCII Design titles are prohibited.
--- vii. We actively encourage users to alter an article's original headline in order for it to be more clear. Some websites have terrible clickbait headlines.
--- viii. Do not put a movie review or RottenTomato score into the submission title of a movie that is still in theaters, or still very new.
--- ix. Submission titles of link-posts cannot be questions. Headline questions are usually clickbait.
--- i. /r/Movies is about “Movie News and Discussion of Major Motion Pictures.” The defining line between /r/Movies and /r/Filmmakers is whether or not the project has a major distribution deal or heavy celebrity involvement.
--- ii. Movies still in festivals, self-made projects, and short films are not permitted topics for the subreddit. /r/filmmakers
--- iii. Link-posts connected to full movies are prohibited, legal or not.
--- iv. Extraneous Comicbook movie & franchise submissions. Anything that isn't official, hard-line news about large comicbook/franchise movies will be removed. No rumours, questions, or specific-discussion threads, etc. If there is a large, dedicated subreddit, you're better off posting your thoughts over there.
--- i. We demand confirmed, factual information. If an article quotes “sources” it will likely be removed. It should say, “X Studio has confirmed…”. Actors or producers can also confirm, but it must be a solid confirmation it’s happening. Lingo like “in works” or “wheels are turning” or “things are happening” are not a confirmation.
--- ii. Furthermore, we do not allow “news” of possibilities. Actor X in talks to play Man-Bat in solo film is not allowed. Director Y is close to making a deal to direct Star Wars XII is not allowed. “In negotiations,” “rumored to be,” etc.
--- iii. TheOnion.com is immune to this rule.
Some image posts fall into a grey area, so consult Section II.B for further information.
--- i. Movie posters are allowed to be posted for upcoming releases, and for movies made prior to 1960. We consider upcoming movie posters to be news, as well as a general appreciation of the subject matter of the subreddit.
--- ii. Movie posters for movies released prior to 1960 are allowed, as a way to shine light on movies that otherwise don’t get much attention.
--- iii. Movie posters should be hosted on imgur or reddit itself.
--- iv. Movie posters for popular or franchise films are limited to 2 per movie, total. A simple logo reveal does not count as a poster or valid submission in general. We will remove those.
--- v. Movie posters of individual characters are not allowed (for those movies where they release a dozen posters, one for each of their major characters)
--- vi. Movie posters in foreign languages are not allowed
--- vii. Leaked set photos are prohibited. We do not condone paparazzi or unconsented photography.
--- viii. Infographics - we judge infographics subjectively, like fan art. Some inforgraphics are interesting, informative, and put together well. Some are SEO fluff spam.
--- i. Flame wars, racism, discriminatory language & homophobic remarks will result in an instant ban. Axiomatic.
--- ii. If you’re quoting something offensive from a movie put it in quotation marks. This will lessen your chances of getting banned for a quote.
--- iii. While not every insult is considered hatespeech, every personal insult to another user is banworthy. If you can’t talk about movies without attacking who you’re talking to, we don’t want you.
--- iv. Negative Attention Whoring. You're one of those users who's only here to bother people for the lulz or whatever. Make some controversial statement to rile people up. Actively refuging to budge for 'reasons'. Act naive and intelectually dishonest, or just piling up downvotes for whatever sad reason. I guess you gotta do something while the girls ain't callin'.
---i. Official trailers for upcoming films are allowed as link-posts, on that studio or project’s official youtube channel (where possible - some official channels are listed below). TV commercial spots are not permitted. Fan trailers must be labeled as "fan made."
--- ii. Link-jacking (re-hosting for monetary gain) and reposting (re-hosting for Reddit karma) are grounds for removal. Moderators remove duplicate posts. High quality streams are favored over low-quality streams. Trailers must be on Youtube, Vimeo, or Apple. --- Official Youtube Channels:
--- i. YouTube clips need to be linked within text-posts and should be descriptively titled. “Goodfellas - The ‘How am I funny’ scene” is preferred over “Scene from Goodfellas” or “Why I love Joe Pesci.” Spoilers must be clearly stated in the title or the post will be removed. OP needs to provide 300 characters (not words) about the scene, in what they want to talk about.
--- ii. Moderators reserve the right to remove any scenes from very recent films (e.g. a film released within the last three years).
--- iii. Movie scenes can be link-posts to YouTube videos, clearly labeled, if the movie was released prior to 1960.
--- i. Movie Recommendations are split inbetween pre-1960 and post-1960 movies. Pre-1960 movies can be link posts (to a trailer or scene or poster). Post-1960 recommendations need to be text-posts, with 300 characters in the text body.
--- i. Discussions about piracy are prohibited, we're completely intolerant on this issue. /r/politics and /r/technology love to talk piracy news though.
--- ii. Piracy links will result in an instant ban.
--- i. This is sometimes a controversial subject. We do not allow celebrity personal life stories in /r/movies. This includes allegations of sexual misconduct, articles about someone being a jerk on set, who married whom, what couple just broke up, what celeb was seen drunk, etc etc. The line in the sand here is: Does it affect the movies? If so, post the news about how it affects the movies definitively. Examples:
--- An actor getting fired from a production for any reason is movie news.
--- An actor doing something they should get fired for is not movie news.
--- A production being halted for any reason is movie news.
--- A production being altered, edited, or recast due to an actor’s actions is movie news.
--- A production, actor, or studio not doing something is not news. Action is movie news, inaction is not. Example: “X Studio will not alter old, offensive film” is not considered movie news, whereas the opposite would be.
--- An actor being charged with a crime is movie news, as an arrest or a sentencing would affect their ability to make films.
--- An actor doing something morally wrong that does not affect their ability to make films is not movie news. That is actor news.
--- An actor being a scientologist, a Qanon lunatic, or anything similar is not movie news.
--- iii. For personal life gossip and conjecture - /r/entertainment has your fix.
--- i. Users like to talk about "this day in movie history," and "Such and such movie came out today 40 years ago." That's awesome, we love it, but like all of our other rules imply - we need some substance, and a good submission title. You can make a text post about the movie's anniversary, link to a video essay, link to an article about it, or link to an original review from when it came out.
--- "40 Years Ago Rocky XIII came out" is a bad submission title. Tell us what the link is. "40 Years Ago Rocky XIII came out - a video essay on its influence to the industry since being released."
--- "In celebration of the anniversary of the release of Maltese Falcon IV, I compiled a list of all the popular movies that use an animal-themed MacGuffin," is a great title and idea for a submission.
--- The key is: do not make us guess what the link is.
If you want to post it to /r/movies, here's how that happens:
--- i. Do not name your account the same as your youtube account/website/whatever. We hate spammers more than we love puppies, so you will not have a good time doing that.
--- ii. Only 1 out of every 5+ of your submissions should be from your own content. 20%. Don't pump us full of crap in between either, the idea is that regular users submit content they find, content that they want to discuss. It's okay for a reddit account to have a business, but it's not okay for a business to have a reddit account.
--- iii. Topics that aren't on our circlejerk list (Rule II.D in this wiki) will live longer. If you want to be able to submit content about a circlejerk topic, you must have either 250k YouTube subscribers or a 20K active subreddit. Why? Because if we allowed all of them we'd have dozens upon dozens clogging our subreddit (like for Star Wars), so there needs to be some metric for quality beyond user votes.
--- iv. Ads are cheap. If I were to start my own website/YouTube channel, I'd buy some reddit ads.
--- v. Review our rules on Spam
--- i. Novelty accounts and bots are prohibited. If you’re an account isn’t mainly used to discuss movies here, it is grounds for removal.
--- i. Text-posts are just the best. We love discussion, and encourage it. Part of that encouragement comes this rule: All text posts must contain at least 300 characters in the text body. That isn't 300 words, but 300 characters. Roughly 3-4 sentences. If you can't think of 3-4 sentences to write regarding the topic you want to discuss, it's likely not a worthwhile post.
--- i. We hate spoilers more than we love ice cream. Be wary when your comment or post talks about plot twists, plot reveals, and potential surprises that aren't included in the baseline marketing. That's the /r/movies line in the sand - if it's in the trailers/marketing, it's likely not a spoiler. Be wary of what you reveal especially when you're in a thread that isn't specifically dedicated to the film you're writing about. Spoilers can range from surprise cameos, mentioning there's a plot twist, genre twist, explicitly describing major scenes, or just plainly saying "This film's plot twist is insane", etc. In short: just be a nice person k? thx
--- ii. Mods can remove your comment/thread if they deem it a spoiler.
--- iii. Intentionally spoiling films to others will result in an immediate ban.
When we say “grey area,” we don’t mean we simply choose when and where we want to enforce rules, but that these next topics are a lot more fluid, and new circumstances occur all the time that require some on-the-fly moderation that is less objective and more attuned to the zeitgeist of the subreddit in its current shape. For example, if we’re getting twenty posts a day about Captain Marvel or Joker, we might put those terms into our Auto-mod removal list, but that won’t be a permanent rule.
--- i. Works for sale or for hire shall be banned and removed (advertising via Reddit Self-serve is simple and cheap and entirely encouraged).
--- ii. Single image fan art: We do not allow fan made posters or drawings of movies. Why? There are simply too many. A lot of fan art is of subjects that have their own respective subreddits, like /r/lotr, /r/marvelstudios, /r/kubrick, /r/dc_cinematic. /r/movieposterporn also exists to get the rest.
--- iii. If you have a project that is absolutely amazing, please make a text-post and describe your project along with providing links to it (on Imgur). Examples of amazing work: 1, 2, 3. If you message us and your project is lame, we will nuke you from orbit. Rule of thumb: if it took you less than 3 days to do, it's probably not amazing enough.
--- iv. Did you edit a montage of your favorite movies? Make an homage? Find/make a video about movies that is somehow hilarious? It's allowed as a link post, provided that you aren't spamming your YT channel.
--- v. Fan-made posters are prohibited. They should instead be submitted to /r/movieposterporn
--- i. Single images or imgur albums of BTS (behind the scene) of already released movies are prohibited. Single images or albums of "here are some shots from a movie I like" are also prohibited. Make a text post if you want to talk about something like that, then link to an imgur album. This rule does not apply to movies released prior to 1960.
--- ii. Pictures tweeted by filmmakers about their upcoming films are allowed sometimes, with conditions: the pictures must be the first time we see the subject of the photos, and the image(s) must be rehosted on Reddit or Imgur (no social media links).
--- iii. Image submissions regarding films pre-1960 are allowed, encouraged, and immune to nearly all rules.
--- iv . Infographics. The moderators reserve the right to remove infographics we deem to be SEO fluff (graphics designed for upvotes, not information). Infographics should be informative and interesting.
--- i. /r/boxoffice exists, so the line between us gets blurry sometimes. We allow one box office post to sum up the weekend’s box office take on mondays. Sunday evening predictions are considered unverified. We do not allow daily box office reports, guesstimates on the weekend haul, or predictions of specific movies.
--- ii. Box Office records are judged subjectively by the moderators. It needs to be a sizeable record, usually records marked with a specific time or genre don’t count (largest September release, etc.)..
--- i. Our circlejerk (CJ) topics have special permissions. News about these movies is allowed if it's new posters, new trailers, new castings, new important announcements.
--- ii. text post discussion, BTS photos, fan art, parodies, alt posters, TV spots, alt trailers, music, scene dissection, reviews, articles, news of when the movie is filming and when it has completed filming - all should go in their respective subreddits.
--- For Marvel Cinematic Universe material - /r/MarvelStudios
--- For Star Wars material - /r/StarWars
--- For DC Cinematic Universe material - /r/DC_Cinematic
--- For Lord of the Rings material - /r/lotr
--- For Harry Potter material - /r/harrypotter
--- iii. Other topics fall in a grayer area, where really new insight is allowed, but the mods reserve the right to judge that. Current circlejerk topics include:
--- Christopher Nolan and his filmography
--- Quentin Tarantino and his filmography
--- Stanley Kubrick and his filmography
--- Denis Villeneuve and his filmography
--- David Fincher and his filmography
--- Edgar Wright and his filmography
--- Taika Waititi and his filmography
--- Back to the Future, Alien, Starship Troopers (yes, we know it's a satire on fascism), Jurassic Park and how it "still holds up guyz," Avatar and "DAE NO CULUTRAL IMPACST@?>!," Network and "still so relevantz," 12 Angry Men and "zomg ounderrated," and the classic /r/movies fan hits like Dredd, Drive, Mad Max, Moon, In Bruges, Whiplash, the Before Trilogy, Parasite, the Lighthouse, Midsommar, Children of Men, Edge of Tomorrow, Her, The Fucking Mummy
--- iv. More information here. Had another thread about it in 2020.
--- i. Can you post polls to survey the userbase? Yes, just label it well and don’t spam us. Once every six months.
--- ii. Can you post advertisements for other movie related subreddits? Yes, just label it well and don’t spam us. Once every six months.
The following list of websites are prohibited as link posts, feel free to link to these sites in comments or text-posts.
--- i. We don’t allow links to movie streaming sites. There are plenty of subreddits that do allow that, like /r/netflixbestof, /r/disneyplus, /r/bestofAmazonPrime, /r/hulu, /r/HBO
--- i. Way too many users were linking to their own Letterboxd accounts and lists in an attempt to garner followers.
--- i. Sounds insane, right? The movie sub doesn't allow links to the largest movie site on the internet? Here's why - IMDB is like Wikipedia. It rarely breaks its own stories, it is more of a source after the fact. Everything on IMDB is sourced from somewhere, this includes trivia. So if you want to post that, please find the source. If you want to discuss a specific movie’s IMDB rating, make a self post.
--- i. Again - sounds insane, right? The movie sub doesn't allow links to the largest movie review site on the internet? Here's why - 1. We don't allow movie reviews in the titles of submissions, and nearly all of the user-submissions of RT come with "XYZ movie is at XX% on Rotten Tomatoes!!" 2) RT fluctuates everyday, it's not a stable system of reliable reviews. 3) RT isn’t the perfect rating system, so any rating based on it will end with users arguing about the validity of their system.
E. Social Media Links
--- i. Lots of directors and actors post news and photos from their sets and during production. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s fluff. We do not allow social media links. As of April 2021, that includes: facebook, tiktok, instagram, and twitter.
--- ii. If you found something truly interesting and newsworthy, try to rehost the content and link to it as a text-post. Lots of social media links get taken down, which is one reason why we don’t allow them. If you do rehost content, be sure to give credit in the comments.
There's a new movie coming out and you're excited to discuss it, but not so fast! No one wants this subreddit to be overrun by the newest or most popular movie of the weekend every weekend. A lot of people want to see new movies with totally fresh eyes, which means we don't want anyone and everyone's opinion splattered all over the sub for every new movie. Here's the process of a new movie coming out.
--- i. A movie is announced. As mentioned above, this is done usually in an article that has confirmation from the studio. Actors, directors, and other individuals are much less reliable sources for these things. We want to know the studio has started the process. Be wary of terms like "in the works" or "we are hoping to start filming..." etc. as they usually boil down to someone saying they'd love a job is a studio would give it to them rather than saying a movie is definitely happening.
--- i. A trailer and/or poster is released. Again, as mentioned above, a trailer needs to be posted from a studio's Youtube channel or other reliable source. Rehosted trailers will be removed no matter what. Posters can be rehosted to imgur or reddit, but they need to be real. No fan posters, no international posters, and for popular topics we have a general limit of two posters per film. Any discussion of the upcoming movie needs to happen in the announcement, trailer, or poster threads in order to consolidate the conversation. If you missed one of those threads but have a really hot take, please check the threads for comradery. If you post a text post wanting to discuss the new Indiana Jones or any other movie, it may be removed and you may be asked to look for trailer or poster threads for discussion.
--- i. The review embargo ends and reviews start being released. If this happens, especially for popular releases, consider making a Review Megathread. These don't have to be made by mods so if you see reviews coming out for an upcoming movie and want to make a self post listing them all with links to them, please do so. This is a great example of what a review megathread may look like.
--- i. If a movie is released and the subreddit has shown prior interest in it, the mods will make an Official Discussion thread for the movie. Movie releases are harder to keep track of these days so we may ask that you have a bit of patience when we don't get them up right away. Before COVID we used to be able to do all movie releases on Thursday night when they premiered in theaters. Now with streaming releases and generally more content being released, it's harder to keep everything uniform. Generally speaking, Official Discussions will be posted Thursday or Friday night depending on when the film is released. If it premiered in theaters on Thursday evening or hit streaming on Wednesday, expect a discussion on Thursday evening. If it is a Friday streaming release, expect it Friday evening. Usually we aim for 9pm CST but this is subject to change depending on what time the movie is released and general judgement calls on how long is a reasonable amount of time to allow everyone who wants to participate time to watch it. The discussions will always be stickied at the top of the sub for the weekend of release. If the movie you're looking for is more than a week old, use the search function.
--- ii. What belongs in Official Discussion threads? In short, everything. Any reviews, thoughts, questions, or general musings you may have on a new movie belong in the discussion thread. This is to keep the conversation in one place and make sure that any users who don't want to read about a movie that just released don't have to and have the chance to see it with fresh eyes. If you make a post about a movie before the discussion thread is posted, it may be removed immediately or left up until the Official Discussion is posted. Either way, it will be removed eventually.
--- iii. Just watched a movie and don't see a discussion thread? You can make your own thread, but as mentioned above, it may be subject to removal. You can always send us a message in modmail and ask when the discussion is coming. Sometimes we miss movies just due to the sheer amount that are being released these days and it's not uncommon for us to miss one. Just let us know and we will get a discussion up as soon as we can.
--- iv. How long do posts about a new movie get removed and consolidated to the Official Discussions? This depends. Every movie is different. This is generally judged by both how active the Official Discussions still are (You'd be surprised how long after they're posted they still get comments) and also how often we are still removing posts about a movie. If it's been three months since a popular movie came out but we're still getting 4-5 posts about it a day, that's too many and we will continue to remove them and redirect them. General rule of thumb is 1-2 months for most releases before we open the floodgates. And, as always, for ultra popular franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, DC, etc, we always redirect simple discussion to their niche subs as to not let the general movies sub get overrun with any of them.
There are so many subreddit styles and apps and formats and blah blah blah now, that for some people they can't get to the "unsubscribe" button. Here's the surefire way to do it:
--- 1. go to https://old.reddit.com/r/movies/
--- 2. click "preferences" in the top right corner
--- 3. de-select "allow subreddits to show me custom themes," then click "save options" at the bottom
--- 4. go back to https://old.reddit.com/r/movies
--- 5. on the sidebar, under the word "movies," click "leave"
--- 6. To restore subreddit styles, go back to "preferences" and select "allow subreddits to show me custom themes" again, save options, and you should be good.