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Romantic films lose allure: Study

By Stevens Muendo | October 15th 2020


For romantic epics, nothing beats James Cameron’s Titanic, the 1998 action-packed romance surrounding an ill-fated voyage.

The RMS Titanic, which was also referred to as the Ship of Dreams, was the largest moving object and the most luxurious liner of her era.

Ironically, the 1,500-packed steamy, romantic, leisure journey that was capped with pride and joy, ended on a death plug as the ship sank in the ice-cold waters of the North Atlantic.

Back then, the romance genre was a big deal. From Dirty Dancing (1987), Before Sunrise (1995) to Shakespeare in Love (1998), love blossomed in movie theatres as the soft and sweet genre became the big shot in big screen.

That was then. Currently, romance is the least favourite genre, according to the latest research on ‘the highest-rated movie’ by Amberscript.

The study, an analysis of the best films spanning 130 countries and seven decades, also shows that people are no longer interested in western and fantasy movies.

According to the study, the drama is the favourite universal genre of film lovers with 48 of the highest-rated films worldwide being a drama, followed by comedy (19) and biography (15).

The study shows that The Dark Knight is the highest-rated film produced in the UK, with a rating of 9 stars. Interestingly, China’s highest-rated movie is Green Book, a biography film that was produced in 2018.

Mexico’s top-rated film is Pan’s Labyrinth!, a 2006 modern-day fairy-tale that was set in rural Spain as well as Germany’s Fight Club, a film that was set in America.

Despite many of the films listed winning major awards, the lower-rated films among the list were found to mainly from Africa; showing that there is still an area of film that many are yet to discover and enjoy.

Coming out in the 50s, films such as Skanderberg, Seven Samurai and The Seventh Seal are still the highest-rated films to come from Albania, Japan and Sweden, respectively. The USA, Bangladesh and Kosovo have produced some of the highest-rated films.

Taking the lead as the highest-rated movie on the list is The Shawshank Redemption, an American blockbuster movie that holds a whopping 9.2 stars.

Second is Bangladesh’s hit Mirror Game (9.1 stars) and third is Zana, a Kosovan drama with 9.1 stars. These international hits beat other popular titles favoured in the West such as The Dark Knight (9 stars), The Lord of The Rings: Return of The Ring (8.9) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (8.8).

Amongst the countries with the lowest-rated films include Angola’s Wrongs Cops (6 stars), Nigeria’s Half of A Yellow Sun (6.1) and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Viva Riva! (6.2).

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