In an insightful infographic, Reddit user Bo McCready gives us a simple look into the history of film genre popularity over the last 100+ years, based on data-pulled IMDB tags.
Using the IMDb data as a basis, he compiled 12 graphs from 1910 to 2018, which show how many films were produced in each genre during this time frame in a percentage ratio.
It's fascinating to see the spikes in genres like War and Action over time, as well as the gradual climb of Documentaries and the decline of Westerns.
Here is what Reddit users are saying about how genres have developed - some rising, some falling - over the year:
"Western’s fall makes me sad. 3:10 to Yuma, Shane, The Magnificent Seven, Tombstone were all such great and timeless movies."
"Good riddance to Musicals and Romance. If ever there was a fake and disingenuous genre it’s those two. And nice to see documentaries going. Could humanity really be going towards realism? Hopefully. The gives me hope for the planet."
"I am so happy Netflix started producing some really nice documentaries. I love the genre but wasn't watching much of it because there is so much sh*t out there. I have watched some nice ones from Netflix tho."
"Didn't expect war movies to be this unpopular. A decline in quality of films is apparent looking at the rise of horror titles. Really sad."
"Seeing the significant increase of documentary popularity made me happy for a few seconds until I realized that the popularity rise is due to all those newer clickbait documentaries about sex, money and conspiracies which have almost no information."
"It actually looks to me like the fantasy genre really dropped right around the time of the Great Depression. Then didn't recover until after the end of the 2nd World War. Interesting."
"Arguably people loved horror more nowadays but the quality compared to previous films are better. Just my opinion."
"There's nothing better than a historically accurate war movie. Sad that we'll be seeing less and less of them."
"Did people just hate musicals in the roaring twenties? I would have thought that would have been a peak time for theatre and performances, not the great depression."
"That huge dip in fantasy films during the world wars period is kind of chilling. Paired with the spike in comedies during the same period it seems like we wanted to feel better but were far too aware of hard realities."
"I wonder if documentary popularity boom has something to do with people generally interested in extending their knowledge or simply by them being interested in conspiracy theories and basically watching pseudo-documentaries created by other conspiracy theorists... I'm afraid the latter is true..."
"I’m seriously disappointed that there aren’t more alien/space type movies. If they have a high budget, they’re the best type of movie imo."
"The death of the Western is so, so unfortunate."