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 of a Netflix and chill type.

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 is a good Valentine’s Day movie?” Even if you haven’t wondered this, we have, which is why we combed 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, then you’re going to want to find a place to stream or pick up a copy of The Fault in Our Stars (2014) as it was the most popular Valentine’s Day movie of 2019. It was closely followed by 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
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
18Notting Hill
19Gone with the Wind
20Doctor Zhivago
21One Day
23La La Land
25Sleepless in Seattle
25Crazy Rich Asians
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Most popular film in each country

If you’re not interested in the top movie overall, you may be curious about which Valentine’s Day film had 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.

8United Kingdom
9United States
15New Zealand

When were these films made?

Before you go 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 being released that year. Next up was 2007, with five films. Tied in third place with four films were 1985, 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2014.

Most films by decade

At face value, you might think that the 90s was the peak for rom-coms, but it was actually the noughties (00s) that produced the most films on our list with 27 of the 100 films. It was followed by the 90s and the decade that just closed, the twenty-tens.

RankDecadeNumber of films
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The stars of rom-coms

If someone was to say the word “rom-com” to you, what’s the first actor’s name that jumps to mind? If you thought “Hugh Grant”, then you’ve picked the actor that appeared in the most flicks. 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 the leading lady? Well, that honour goes to Meg Ryan, who has 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 were 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 have the most Valentine’s Day interest?

Maybe the stars aren’t the draw for you and you prefer what’s going on behind the camera. If that’s the case, then you may want to pick up something by Woody Allen, who had four films on the top 100 list. Those films were, 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 included 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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