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Most popular Valentine’s Day movies around the world

What will you be Netflix and chilling to?

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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.

Rank Film title
1 The Fault in Our Stars
2 Love, Rosie
3 Titanic
4 Me Before You
4 500 Days of Summer
6 The Notebook
7 P.S. I Love You
8 Pretty Woman
9 When Harry Met Sally
10 The Proposal
10 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
12 The English Patient
13 Letters to Juliet
14 What Women Want
15 The Age of Adaline
16 Sense and Sensibility
17 Amélie
18 Notting Hill
19 Gone with the Wind
20 Doctor Zhivago
21 Chocolat
21 One Day
23 La La Land
24 Ghost
25 Sleepless in Seattle
25 Crazy 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.

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

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.

Rank Decade Number of films
1 2000s 27
2 1990s 23
3 2010s 22
4 1980s 10
5 1970s 7
6 1930s 4
7 1960s 4
8 1950s 3
9 1940s 0
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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 name Number of films
Hugh Grant 7
Meg Ryan 5
Peter O’Toole 3
Ralph Fiennes 3
Julia Roberts 3
Vanessa Redgrave 3
Hugh Jackman 3
Diane Keaton 3
Tom Hanks 2
Ryan Gosling 2
Audrey Hepburn 2
Pierce Brosnan 2
Juliette Binoche 2
Colin Farrell 2
Rhys Ifans 2
Sandra Bullock 2
Omar Sharif 2
Colin Firth 2
John Cusack 2
Meryl Streep 2
Patrick Swayze 2
Emma Thompson 2
Richard Gere 2
Clark Gable 2
Woody Allen 2
Cary Grant 2
Uma Thurman 2
Kathy Baker 2
Mel Gibson 2
Sam Claflin 2
Emma Stone 2
Rachel McAdams 2
Kate Winslet 2
James Fleet 2
Joan Cusack 2
Tom Wilkinson 2
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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 name Number of films
Woody Allen 4
John Carney 2
Nora Ephron 2
William Wyler 2
Lasse Hallström 2
James Ivory 2
Marc Lawrence 2
George Cukor 2
Anthony Minghella 2
Garry Marshall 2
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