Most popular Valentine’s Day movies around the world

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It’s February, which means that love is in the air and Cupid is on the hunt with his arrow. But perhaps chocolate and flowers aren’t your thing. Maybe you’re more Netflix-and-chill.

If your way of celebrating this season is to kick back at home watching a romantic movie with one person (or more), you may have asked yourself, “What’s a good Valentine’s Day movie?” Regardless, we have — which is why we combed through a list of 100 romantic films for Valentine’s Day and ranked them based on their popularity around the world.

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List of the top 25 Valentine’s Day films

If you’re looking to watch the most popular Valentine’s Day film, find a place to stream The Fault in Our Stars (2014), as it was the most popular movie of Valentine’s Day 2019. Closely following is Love, Rose (2014), with Titanic (1997), Me Before You (2016) and 500 Days of Summer (2009) rounding out the top five most popular Valentine’s Day films.

RankFilm title
1The Fault in Our Stars
2Love, Rosie
3Titanic
4Me Before You
4500 Days of Summer
6The Notebook
7P.S. I Love You
8Pretty Woman
9When Harry Met Sally
10The Proposal
10My Big Fat Greek Wedding
12The English Patient
13Letters to Juliet
14What Women Want
15The Age of Adaline
16Sense and Sensibility
17Amélie
18Notting Hill
19Gone with the Wind
20Doctor Zhivago
21Chocolat
21One Day
23La La Land
24Ghost
25Sleepless in Seattle
25Crazy Rich Asians
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Most popular film in each country

You may be curious about which Valentine’s Day film piqued the highest interest in your own country. From Albania to Zimbabwe, here are the top films for 133 countries around the world.

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Which countries are most into Valentine’s Day movies?

Topping the list for Valentine’s Day film search volume is Hungary, followed by Ukraine, Ireland, Australia, Serbia and Russia.

RankCountry
1Hungary
2Ukraine
3Ireland
4Australia
5Serbia
6Russia
7Canada
8United Kingdom
9United States
10Kazakhstan
11Poland
12Spain
13Belarus
14Georgia
15New Zealand
16Croatia
17Italy
18Denmark
19Bulgaria
20Switzerland

When were these films made?

Before reaching for that old classic, you might be interested to know that the most prolific year for rom-coms was 1999, with 7 of the top 100 films on our list released that year. Next up is 2007, with five films. Tied in third place with four films are 1985, 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2014.

Most films by decade

While the year with the highest peak for rom-coms was 1999, the noughties (’00s) actually produced the most films on our list, followed by the ’90s and the 2010s.

RankDecadeNumber of films
12000s27
21990s23
32010s22
41980s10
51970s7
61930s4
71960s4
81950s3
91940s0
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The stars of rom-coms

When you hear the word “rom-com,” what’s the first actor’s name that jumps to mind? If Hugh Grant, then you’re correct. Hugh Grant was the star in 7 of the top 100 films on the list, making him the most prolific Valentine’s Day actor. Grant starred in Notting Hill (1999), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Two Weeks Notice (2002), Music and Lyrics (2007), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Nine Months (1995).

But what about leading lady? That honor goes to Meg Ryan, who starred in five of the films on the list, including Kate & Leopold (2001), You’ve Got Mail (1998), When Harry Met Sally (1989), IQ (1994) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

Other notable actors with three entries on the list are Peter O’Toole, Ralph Fiennes, Julia Roberts, Vanessa Redgrave, Hugh Jackman and Diane Keaton.

Actors who appeared in more than one Valentine’s Day film

Actor’s nameNumber of films
Hugh Grant7
Meg Ryan5
Peter O’Toole3
Ralph Fiennes3
Julia Roberts3
Vanessa Redgrave3
Hugh Jackman3
Diane Keaton3
Tom Hanks2
Ryan Gosling2
Audrey Hepburn2
Pierce Brosnan2
Juliette Binoche2
Colin Farrell2
Rhys Ifans2
Sandra Bullock2
Omar Sharif2
Colin Firth2
John Cusack2
Meryl Streep2
Patrick Swayze2
Emma Thompson2
Richard Gere2
Clark Gable2
Woody Allen2
Cary Grant2
Uma Thurman2
Kathy Baker2
Mel Gibson2
Sam Claflin2
Emma Stone2
Rachel McAdams2
Kate Winslet2
James Fleet2
Joan Cusack2
Tom Wilkinson2
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Which director’s films stir up the most Valentine’s Day interest?

If you prefer what’s going on behind the camera, then you may want to pick up something by Woody Allen, who has four films on the top 100. Those films are Magic in the Moonlight (2014), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Love and Death (1975) and Annie Hall (1977). Other directors with more than one film on the list include John Carney, Nora Ephron and William Wyler.

Directors with more than one film on the list

Director’s nameNumber of films
Woody Allen4
John Carney2
Nora Ephron2
William Wyler2
Lasse Hallström2
James Ivory2
Marc Lawrence2
George Cukor2
Anthony Minghella2
Garry Marshall2
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Methodology

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