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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.

10 Popular Scenes in Movie History

Combing through cinema history, we thought we’d list ten unforgettable and well executed scenes that have stood the test of time. While we’re not listing these as the top ten best scenes of all time, they’re arguably some of the most memorable. Let us know which scene is your favorite whether it’s on this list or not.

On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando delivers his famous line in the back of a car with his brother. Unhappy with his current position as a “bum,” Brando lets his brother know his disappointment for having to take dives—back when he was a boxer—in order for his brother to make a few extra bucks. He could’a had class.

Casablanca

“Here’s looking at you, kid” Humphrey Bogart is forced to selflessly let go of his former love portrayed by Ingrid Bergman. At least they’ll always have Paris.

The Godfather

In this final scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Michael Corleone has officially taken over all family business as he’s crowned the new Don. His business affairs are now officially off limits for Kay.

Manhattan

Such a breathtaking shot from Gordon Willis of the Queensboro Bridge as Woody Allen professes his love for New York City while having a romantic evening with his best friend’s mistress.

Jaws

Epic monologue from Robert Shaw as he recounts horror tales of the sea from his time in World War 2.

8 ½

Federico Fellini delivers masterful filmmaking in this scene where his main character, Guido, falls into a fantasy where he’s surrounded by all the women from his past.

Duck Soup

This scene is remarkable on several levels. Just consider the time and commitment it must’ve taken Groucho Marx.

The Shining

At the height of his cabin fever, Jack Nicholson chases down his wife and son with an axe. “Here’s Johnny!”

Rocky II

After finally defeating Apollo Creed to become the world champion, Rocky Balboa wastes no time in telling the love of his life, “Yo, Adrian, I did it.”

The Deer Hunter

The harsh reality of Vietnam POW prisoners forced to play Russian Roulette. Some incredible acting chops displayed from Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. “Mao!”