The most popular rom-coms for Valentine’s day

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It’s February, which means that love is in the air and Cupid is on the hunt with his arrow on Valentine’s Day. But, perhaps chocolate, flowers and cheesy jokes 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 the 100 most popular rom-coms for Valentine’s Day and ranked them based on their popularity around the world.

Most popular rom-coms in the UK

Tamarind Seed had the highest search interest of all the films in the study, making it the surprise top Valentine’s Day film in the UK. Another classic, Educating Rita, comes in second, followed by the smash-hit Notting Hill. See below for the full list of Brits’ most popular Valentine’s Day films.

UK Popularity
The Tamarind Seed 100
Educating Rita 81
Notting Hill 76
Youve Got Mail 56
Harold and Maude 56
La La Land 48
Hampstead 47
A Room with a View 45
Pretty Woman 41
P.S. I Love You 40
Dirty Dancing 40
Sense and Sensibility 39
Four Weddings and a Funeral 35
What Women Want 35
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 34
Juliet, Naked 33
The Thomas Crown Affair 32
Truly, Madly, Deeply 31
The Tall Guy 26
Music and Lyrics 25
It Happened One Night 25
Me Before You 24
The Notebook 24
Danny Deckchair 23
Gone with the Wind 23
Titanic 21
Bridget Jones's Diary 20
Amélie 20
Crazy Rich Asians 20
Love, Rosie 19
Sleepless in Seattle 19
Nine Months 19
The Quiet Man 18
The Fault in Our Stars 15
Strictly Ballroom 15
Isn't It Romantic 15
When Harry Met Sally... 14
Annie Hall 14
The Thomas Crown Affair 13
500 Days of Summer 13
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 11
Doctor Zhivago 11
The Decoy Bride 11
Ghost 10
Indiscreet 10
Sing Street 9
Two Weeks Notice 9
Must Love Dogs 9
Out of Africa 9
The White Countess 9
The English Patient 9
About Time 8
Love and Death 8
Letters to Juliet 8
Mickey Blue Eyes 7
Shakespeare in Love 7
Leap Year 7
The Truth About Cats & Dogs 7
The Jane Austen Book Club 7
The Fountain 6
Love Is All You Need 5
Ruby Sparks 5
The Proposal 5
Roman Holiday 5
Made of Honor 5
Holiday 4
At First Sight 4
Magic in the Moonlight 4
The Purple Rose of Cairo 4
Chocolat 3
Winter's Tale "A New York Winter's Tale" 3
One Day 3
Casanova 3
Love Story 3
Ondine 3
Butterflies Are Free 2
The Age of Adaline 2
Serendipity 2
Kate & Leopold 1
How to Steal a Million 1
Tristan & Isolde 1
The Bridges of Madison County 1

Most popular film in each country

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, everyone loves a good motion picture. If your date is from a different part of the world, you could surprise your special someone with a movie experience they might already be familiar with. From Albania to Zimbabwe, here are the top rom-coms for 133 countries around the world.

Country Most popular movie
Albania Tristan & Isolde
Algeria The Fault in Our Stars
Austria La La Land
Angola Leap Year
Argentina The Notebook
Armenia Amélie
Australia Strictly Ballroom
Azerbaijan Tristan & Isolde
Bahrain Doctor Zhivago
Bangladesh Titanic
Belarus Must Love Dogs
Belgium The Tall Guy
Bolivia Music and Lyrics
Bosnia and Herzegovina P.S. I Love You
Brazil Love, Rosie
Brunei 500 Days of Summer
Bulgaria Pretty Woman
Canada The Tamarind Seed
Chile The Notebook
China Sing Street
Colombia Love, Rosie
Costa Rica The Bridges of Madison County
Croatia Bridget Jones's Diary
Cuba Love Story
Cyprus Love Is All You Need
Czech Republic What Women Want
Denmark Notting Hill
Dominican Republic The Notebook
Ecuador Love, Rosie
Egypt Love Story
Estonia Station for Two
El Salvador Casanova
Ethiopia The Proposal
Finland Harold and Maude
France The Thomas Crown Affair
French Polynesia About Time
Germany Harold and Maude
Georgia Roman Holiday
Ghana Music and Lyrics
Greece Shakespeare in Love
Guadeloupe Doctor Zhivago
Guatemala The Notebook
Haiti Chocolat
Honduras 500 Days of Summer
Hong Kong Me Before You
Hungary Juliet, Naked
Iceland Four Weddings and a Funeral
India Juliet, Naked
Indonesia Titanic
Iran Gone with the Wind
Iraq Titanic
Ireland You've Got Mail
Israel Butterflies Are Free
Italy Danny Deckchair
Jamaica My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Japan A Room with a View
Jordan 500 Days of Summer
Kazakhstan The Age of Adaline
Kenya Out of Africa
South Korea The Notebook
Kyrgyzstan Pretty Woman
Kuwait What Women Want
Latvia The Thomas Crown Affair
Lebanon Annie Hall
Libya The Fault in Our Stars
Lithuania Populaire
Luxembourg My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Macao 500 Days of Summer
Macedonia Kate & Leopold
Madagascar Ghost
Malaysia Nine Months
Malta When Harry Met Sally...
Mauritius My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Moldova How to Steal a Million
Mongolia Ruby Sparks
Mexico Love, Rosie
Morocco 500 Days of Summer
Mozambique Leap Year
Montenegro Serendipity
Myanmar Letters to Juliet
Nepal Titanic
Netherlands The Decoy Bride
New Zealand One Day
Nicaragua Me Before You
Nigeria Music and Lyrics
Norway Me Before You
Oman Doctor Zhivago
Pakistan Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Palestine The Fault in Our Stars
Panama The Notebook
Paraguay Love, Rosie
Philippines The Decoy Bride
Poland Winter's Tale
Peru 500 Days of Summer
Portugal Harold and Maude
Puerto Rico Love, Rosie
Qatar Casanova
Réunion Made of Honor
Romania Titanic
Russia Pretty Woman
Saint Helena The Quiet Man
Saudi Arabia The Decoy Bride
Senegal Ghost
Serbia P.S. I Love You
Singapore Crazy Rich Asians
Slovakia Must Love Dogs
Slovenia Doctor Zhivago
South Africa Truly, Madly, Deeply
Spain The Tamarind Seed
Sri Lanka Titanic
Sudan Ruby Sparks
Sweden Nine Months
Switzerland Nine Months
Syria The Fault in Our Stars
Taiwan Crazy Rich Asians
Tajikistan The Proposal
Tanzania Love Story
Thailand Titanic
Trinidad and Tobago Notting Hill
Tunisia 500 Days of Summer
Turkey Amélie
Turkmenistan The Proposal
Uganda Love Story
Ukraine Magic in the Moonlight
United Arab Emirates The White Countess
United Kingdom The Tamarind Seed
United States Isn't It Romantic
Uruguay The Purple Rose of Cairo
Uzbekistan Casanova
Venezuela The Notebook
Vietnam Love, Rosie
Yemen Love Story
Zimbabwe Out of Africa

Cheesy, romantic films have been around for a while. Actually, the most prolific year for rom-coms was 21 years ago, 1999, with 7 of the top 100 films being released that year. Next up was 2007 with 5 films. Tied in third place with 4 films were 1985, 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2014.

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 actress? Well, that honour goes to Meg Ryan, who has starred in 5 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 each 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 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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