HIghest Grossing Films by Genre

Guess the films with the highest worldwide box office for each given genre or sub-genre.
Grosses are in millions of US dollars.
According to BoxOfficeMojo.
Not adjusted for inflation.
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Last updated: March 24, 2015
First submittedMarch 21, 2015
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Genre
Year
Gross
Answer
Drama
2009
2788
Avatar
/Epic
2009
2788
Avatar
/Biopic
2014
518
American Sniper
/Sexual/Erotic
2015
548
Fifty Shades of Grey
/High School/Teen
2014
307
The Fault in Our Stars
/Historical
1997
2187
Titanic
//Sword & Sandal
2004
497
Troy
//Biblical/Religious
2004
612
The Passion of the Christ
//Samurai
2003
457
The Last Samurai
 
 
 
 
Fantasy
2012
1519
Marvel's The Avengers
/Sword & Sorcery
2003
1120
The Return of the King
/"Space Opera"
1999
1027
The Phantom Menace
/Swashbuckler
2006
1066
Dead Man's Chest
/Animated
2013
1274
Frozen
 
 
 
 
Adventure
2006
1066
Dead Man's Chest
/Swashbuckler
2006
1066
Dead Man's Chest
/Road Movie
2007
254
Wild Hogs
 
 
 
 
Science Fiction
2009
2788
Avatar
/High Concept
2010
826
Inception
/Dystopian Future
2014
289
Divergent
/Post-Apocalyptic
2013
865
Catching Fire
/Robot Apocalypse
1991
520
T2: Judgment Day
/Aliens
2009
2788
Avatar
/Alien Invasion
1996
817
Independence Day
/Space Exploration
2014
673
Interstellar
/Monster
1993
1029
Jurassic Park
/Animated
2014
633
Big Hero 6
 
 
 
 
Sci-Fi/Horror
1993
1029
Jurassic Park
 
 
 
 
Horror
1993
1029
Jurassic Park
/Thriller
1999
673
The Sixth Sense
/Torture Porn
2006
165
Saw III
/Monster
1993
1029
Jurassic Park
/Slasher
1996
173
Scream
/Teen
1996
173
Scream
/Satanic
1973
441
The Exorcist
/Zombie
2013
540
World War Z
 
 
 
 
Vampire Horror
2007
76
30 Days of Night
 
 
 
 
Vampire
2012
830
Breaking Dawn Part 2
/Period/Traditional
1994
224
Interview With the Vampire
/Comedy
2012
358
Hotel Transylvania
/Romance?
2012
830
Breaking Dawn Part 2
 
 
 
 
Vampire Action
2004
300
Van Helsing
 
 
 
 
Action
2011
1124
Dark of the Moon
/Blockbuster
2011
1124
Dark of the Moon
/Shoot 'em Up
2007
384
Live Free or Die Hard
/Spy
2012
1109
Skyfall
/Car Chase
2013
789
Fast & Furious 6
/Buddy Cop
1992
322
Lethal Weapon 3
/Kung Fu
2011
666
Kung Fu Panda 2
//Wire-Fu
2003
742
The Matrix Reloaded
//Foreign Language
2000
214
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
 
 
 
 
Disaster
1997
2187
Titanic
 
 
 
 
Crime
2001
451
Ocean's Eleven
/Caper
2001
451
Ocean's Eleven
/Mafia
2006
290
The Departed
/Serial Killer
2001
352
Hannibal
/Film Noir
2005
159
Sin City
/Courtroom/Legal
1992
243
A Few Good Men
/Whodunnit
2014
368
Gone Girl
/Femme Fatale
1992
353
Basic Instinct
 
 
 
 
Suspense/Mystery
2006
758
The DaVinci Code
Genre
Year
Gross
Answer
Adaptation
2012
1519
Marvel's The Avengers
/Grown-up Fiction
1993
1029
Jurassic Park
/Children's Fiction
2011
1342
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
/Film Remake
2010
1026
Alice in Wonderland
/Musical (comedy)
2008
610
Mamma Mia!
/Musical (drama)
2012
442
Les Miserables
/Stage Play
1992
243
A Few Good Men
/Video Game
2010
336
Prince of Persia
/Fan-Fiction
2015
548
Fifty Shades of Grey
/Cartoon
2011
1124
Dark of the Moon
/TV Show (live action)
2008
415
Sex and the City
/Board Game
2012
303
Battleship
/Toy
2011
1124
Dark of the Moon
/Comic Book
2012
1519
Marvel's The Avengers
//Superhero
2012
1519
Marvel's The Avengers
//Non-Superhero
2012
624
MIB 3
//Graphic Novel
2002
181
The Road to Perdition
 
 
 
 
War
2014
518
American Sniper
/Iraq
2014
518
American Sniper
/World War 2
1998
482
Saving Private Ryan
/Vietnam
1986
139
Platoon
/Civil War
1939
400
Gone With the Wind
 
 
 
 
"Found Footage"
1999
249
The Blair Witch Project
 
 
 
 
Western
2012
425
Django Unchained
/Spaghetti
1967
25
The Good The Bad and The Ugly
 
 
 
 
Comedy
2010
1063
Toy Story 3
/Slapstick
1990
477
Home Alone
/Parody
1999
312
The Spy Who Shagged Me
/Teen Sex
2001
288
American Pie 2
/Christmas
2000
345
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
/Animated
2010
1063
Toy Story 3
 
 
 
 
Romantic Comedy
1990
463
Pretty Woman
 
 
 
 
Romance
1997
2187
Titanic
/Period
1997
2187
Titanic
Musical
2013
1274
Frozen
/Animated
2013
1274
Frozen
 
 
 
 
Sports
2006
462
Cars
/Baseball
1992
132
A League of Their Own
/Basketball
1996
230
Space Jam
/Football
2009
309
The Blind Side
/Soccer
2003
77
Bend It Like Beckham
/Rugby
2009
122
Invictus
/NASCAR
2006
462
Cars
/Formula 1
2013
90
Rush
/Horse Racing
2003
148
Seabiscuit
/Boxing
1985
300
Rocky IV
/Olympics
1993
155
Cool Runnings
/Golf
1996
54
Tin Cup
 
 
 
 
Silent Film
2011
133
The Artist
 
 
 
 
Foreign Language
2011
427
The Intouchables
/Animated
2002
275
Spirited Away
 
 
 
 
Documentary
2004
222
Fahrenheit 9/11
/Nature
2005
127
March of the Penguins
 
 
 
 
By Rating
Rated G
2010
1063
Toy Story 3
Rated PG
2013
1274
Frozen
Rated PG-13
2009
2788
Avatar
Rated R
2004
612
The Passion of the Christ
Rated NC-17
1995
20
Showgirls
Pornographic
1972
30-50?
Deep Throat
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2015
This took a considerable amount of research. It's possible I made mistakes. If you see any please point them out. Spirited discussion of what exactly defines a genre is also welcome, just know that in the case of a disagreement with the quiz maker you are wrong.
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2015
At first I had this at 12 minutes and you had to use the yellow box to answer everything, and I also didn't accept generic titles for sequels, which this quiz is full of. I decided this was too hard. Feedback welcome.

I also decided to accept Les Mis just to make this consistent with the rest of the site.
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Level 80
Mar 22, 2015
I keep fiddling with the design/format of this. I think it's pretty good now. Though I wish there was an easy way to do the categories where it was more clear and attractive when giving genres and sub-genres. There's probably some way to do the html coding for make the text left-aligned and right-aligned for example rather than all centered.
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2015
Excellent quiz! One minor correction: You have "Cars" as a 2005 movie in the Sports category, it should be 2006, just like in the NASCAR line.
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Level 80
Mar 22, 2015
Thanks!
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Level 45
Jun 17, 2015
You accept "Star Wars" for the phantom menace, so I think you should accept "lord of the rings" or even "lotr" for "the return of the king" (I actually only tried lotr, so I don't know if you accept the whole title)
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Level 80
Jun 17, 2015
Lord of the Rings is accepted.
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Level 61
Sep 28, 2015
there were so many I missed, I even knew Wild Hogs, but how is Jurassic Park a horror film, even when it came out.
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Level 80
Sep 29, 2015
JP in concept and execution is pretty classic SciFi/Horror monster movie. Some mad scientist- or in this case well-meaning but a bit obsessed wealthy person with a team of scientists- decides to toy with nature or play God to create something. The inevitable result: scary things that smash, terrorize, and kill people. Think of Frankenstein.
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Level 80
Sep 29, 2015
Also, while I never personally found the film scary, I never find any film scary, and I know plenty of people who *did* think it was scary and I remember quite a few jumps and gasps in the movie theater watching it the first time.
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Level 57
Jan 19, 2017
I think that Deadpool is now the highest grossing R-rated movie
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Level 80
Jan 20, 2017
Yes. This is badly in need of an update. But it takes a lot of research unlike some other quizzes. And I've had a lot on my plate lately. I even started doing the research once about 2 months ago and got about halfway through before I got distracted.
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Level 80
Jan 20, 2017
I'll get around to it, though. IMO this is one of the best quizzes I've made.
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Level 73
Jan 21, 2017
Love the quiz, but sad to not see hockey listed under sports. Miracle's $64 million tops Tin Cup's $53 million, according to your source.
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Level 80
Jan 23, 2017
That's definitely worth looking in to and I will whenever I get around to updating this. Thanks for pointing it out!
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2017
but... wait... Miracle was about hockey.. not golf.. as far as I know the only hockey/golf crossover film to date was Happy Gilmore. It only grossed $41 million.
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2017
okay I misunderstood. You were just saying that there should be a category for hockey. Sorry I'm slow this year... whenever I update this I will consider adding hockey.
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Level 61
Nov 13, 2017
This quiz is awesome! As others have pointed out it could stand to be updated but otherwise, it's fantastic. I'm totally bewildered at some of the movies that made the cut though. (Wild Hogs of all things??)
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2017
I started doing the research to update it once, got half way through and got distracted. I'd like to keep this up-to-date but it's a bit more maintenance-intensive than any of my other quizzes. Glad you enjoyed it, though.
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Level 62
May 18, 2020
Hey this quiz was great. I really wish you could update it though.
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Level 80
May 18, 2020
Thanks! I'd love to. Been busy lately though.
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