Most Popular Movie Genre Combinations

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Genre is crucial to the storytelling process.

Especially in today’s competitive marketplace. So many films are made each year but only a portion make it to theaters or online streaming. That’s why filmmakers need to understand different genres to reach the right audience. Those lining up at a midnight screening for the latest horror film might not be the same ones crowding around their TV to watch “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Next time you log into your favorite streaming service, take note of all the genre combinations and subcategorized films.

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Now imagine an interactive diagram that makes sense of these categories. Dr. Shahin Rostami created an infographic to visualize the co-occurrence of movie genres. Using data from the TMDB 5000 Movie Dataset, he was able to build a chord diagram of the most popular movie genre combinations.

Before visualizing the data, Rostami had to do some data wrangling. Data wrangling is the process of cleaning, restructuring, and enriching raw data into a more usable format. Organizing the data for analysis allowed him to construct the diagram.

The infographic made its way to reddit amongst film fanatics. Is Cats a musical horror? Is “foreign” really considered a genre? Join the discussion and play with the infographic yourself. You can even get instructions on how to remake your own diagram.


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