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12 of the Most Popular Movie Genres By Country

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Whether you aspire to make movies of your own or simply enjoy watching them, a love for great films is something people all across the world share.

As a cinematography student, even comparing a country’s favorite genre to their culture can prove to be an educational experience. Below we’ve provided a list of several countries followed by the top movie genre there, including some interesting info.

The Most Popular Movie Genres By Country

1. Brazil – Action

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Not only do Brazilians love Hollywood action movies, but they also can’t get enough of their own. Distributed by Brazil’s own Zazen Produções, “Elite Squad 2” became the top domestic film in 2010.

2. Argentina – Comedy

With movies like “Minions” (2015) and two Ice Age movies serving as the highest grossing films, it’s clear that people in Argentina prefer family-friendly comedy movies.

3. United States / Canada / Mexico – Comedy

Box office revenue from 1995 to 2016 shows that comedy has been the most popular movie genre in North America, with adventure a very close second.

4. Japan – Fantasy

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Of the 10 highest grossing films in Japan, seven of them fall into the fantasy category. Aside from “Frozen” (2013) and two Harry Potter films, the rest are anime fantasy films made by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and his studio, Studio Ghibli.

5. Germany – Action/Adventure

Among the top grossing films of 2016 are “The Revenant,” “Deadpool,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Warcraft.”

6. India – Adventure

Action comedy is the genre that has seen the most success in the last few years. Bollywood filmmakers have also found box office success with drama films as well as romance.

7. Italy – Comedy

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Although the two highest grossing films in Italy are “Avatar” (2009) and “Titanic” (1997), the rest of the list is dominated by comedy films made in Italy.

8. France – Comedy

The two highest grossing 2016 films so far are “Camping 3” and “Les Tuche 2,” two comedy films distributed by French-owned Pathé. Disney’s “Zootopia” sits in third place at the time of this writing.

9. Sweden – Drama/Comedy/Action

Swedish moviegoers tend to prefer a variety of genres. Along with “Deadpool,” “The Revenant,” and “Zootopia,” one of the highest grossing films of 2016 is “En man som heter Ove,” even though it released the year before.

10. Australia – Action

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Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy films have kept their throne as some of the highest grossing movies of all time in Australia. So far, half of the top 10 most successful 2016 films are also action titles.

11. New Zealand – Action/Comedy

It looks like Kiwis can’t get enough action but also enjoy a few laughs during their film experiences. Recent top grossers include “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Finding Dory,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

12. England – Comedy

Polls have shown that cinema-goers in England prefer comedy movies over anything else. The second most popular genre was action/adventure.

Top 5 Action Movies Every Actor Should Watch

Action films are the bread and butter of Hollywood, grossing billions of dollars and spurning franchises that last decades. For actors, action movies present an interesting challenge. Plots that are unrealistic, stunts that push the limits of safety, and high public expectations are only the beginning of the pressure. To truly nail a role as an action hero, an actor must be cool, confident, and committed. Take it from these guys and gals who crushed their performances in some of the best action movies ever made.

1. James Bond, 1962-Present

Even the most interesting man in the world has a keen interest in James Bond. He is quite possibly the greatest and most successful action hero ever created by a mortal man and he doesn’t even wear a cape. From Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig, the role of James Bond has made careers since the first film, Dr. No, was released in the early 60’s. Pay particular attention to the blonde Bond’s gritty performances in Casino Royale and Skyfall for a real lesson on how to shake (not stir) an action performance. And amongst the many actresses that filled the requisite “Bond girl” role, there are countless performances that perfectly marry strength and sensuality, although Grace Jones as the villain May Day in A View to a Kill is a favorite.

2. The Matrix, 1999-2003 

The Matrix single handedly changed the way people watch movies and how Hollywood produces them. With a plot so complex and ridiculous, it was up to the actors to ground their characters in reality to give the audience something to connect with. And the above clip is a perfect example of this grounding in reality as Keanu Reeves is tasked with delivering a breathtaking performance as his mundane “reality” is invaded by agents of The Matrix. Of course, everyone is great, but Laurence Fishburne is otherworldly as Morpheus. If you can only see one of the films, go with the first, simply titled The Matrix.

3. Indiana Jones, 1981-1989

Forget the 2008 franchise entry for a minute. The truly golden Indy films were released in the 80’s, back when Harrison Ford’s stubble ruled the film world. Ford had a lot on his shoulders and completely delivers across the first three films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. At once comical, exciting, campy, and thrilling, the Indiana Jones franchise of action films is a testament to the power of film. Again, the first is the best but all three are worth a look for any aspiring action film actor.

4. The Dark Knight, 2008

Every once in a while a movie comes along that changes the landscape of the art of filmmaking. The Dark Knight was one such film. Before Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, the Oscar’s only nominated five films for Best Picture. Since the snub of Nolan’s second Batman installment, the Academy nominates 10 movies for Best Picture each year. Dark Knight is special both cinematically and performance-wise. Heath Ledger’s Joker is a villain that redefined the art of acting evil, and was recognized with a Best Supporting Actor statue.

5. Ironman, 2008

The eighth year of this millennium was a good year for action film performances and for Robert Downey Jr. He took a bit of a hiatus from acting to get himself right but returned with a vengeance as the quick-witted genius Tony Stark. Downey’s unapologetic arrogance and soft heart as the titular character are constantly at odds, making everything that Stark does on screen moving. Many superhero films have followed, but no one quite hits the mark like Downey does with Tony.

And once you’ve devoured the action films above, delve into our guides on the top comedic performances, TV shows, films, and plays every actor should see.

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