Most popular movie genres among adults in the United States as of December 2018, by gender
Favorite film genres in the U.S. 2018, by gender
This statistic shows the most popular movie genres among adults in the United States as of December 2018, sorted by gender. The findings reveal that favorability of certain genres varied greatly between men and women, most notably romance musicals. Comedies, thrillers, fantasy and adventure films were considered similarly favorable by each gender, with 84 percent of men saying that they had a very or somewhat favorable impression of thriller or mystery films compared to 83 percent of women.

The movie genre that has generated the most revenue at the North American box office since 1995 is the adventure genre, which has brought in 58.84 billion U.S. dollars of revenue. Second on the list is the action genre, which has box office takings of 44.15 billion U.S. dollars.
Most popular movie genres among adults in the United States as of December 2018, by gender
MaleFemale
Comedy 90%91%
Drama 80%89%
Adventure 90%89%
Action 90%86%
Romantic comedy 67%84%
Crime 79%84%
Thriller/mystery 84%83%
Romance 55%77%
Documentary 78%77%
Animated 65%75%
Live-action 77%71%
Fantasy 71%70%
Musicals 48%64%
Sci-fi 76%62%
Horror57%47%
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Release date

December 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

November 29 to December 2, 2018

Number of respondents

2,200*

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Total sample size was 2,200. Results given are reflective of respondents who had a very or somewhat favorable impression of the movie type.
Question: Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the following types of movies?

Favorite film genres in the U.S. 2018, by gender
This statistic shows the most popular movie genres among adults in the United States as of December 2018, sorted by gender. The findings reveal that favorability of certain genres varied greatly between men and women, most notably romance musicals. Comedies, thrillers, fantasy and adventure films were considered similarly favorable by each gender, with 84 percent of men saying that they had a very or somewhat favorable impression of thriller or mystery films compared to 83 percent of women.

The movie genre that has generated the most revenue at the North American box office since 1995 is the adventure genre, which has brought in 58.84 billion U.S. dollars of revenue. Second on the list is the action genre, which has box office takings of 44.15 billion U.S. dollars.
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