Today’s article is in response to a question from Jack Malvern at The Times. He got in touch to ask if fewer romantic comedies were being made.
There has been press speculation that the “rom-com” genre is moving away from the big screen and onto subscription VOD platforms such as Netflix. So I agreed to take a look.
For today’s research, I am referring to “rom-coms” as films with both the genres of “Romance” and “Comedy”. There’s more on that classification in the Notes section at the end of the article.
I built datasets of all movies made between 1980 and 2017 (190,544 movies), identified which had grossed at least $1 at the US box office (13,159 movies) and out of those I included any which …