The Highest Grossing Films By Genre

The Highest Grossing Films By Genre

Here is a list of the films with the highest worldwide gross per genre, unadjusted for inflation.

Note: There are arguably hundreds of different film genres to list so we are just listing the broad genre groups. Sorting films into genres may also require subjective judgement which can understandably be contested. 

Action

  • Furious 7 (2015) directed by James Wan.
  • Worldwide gross of $1.52 billion.
  • Currently the 6th highest grossing film of all time. 

Animation

  • Frozen (2013) directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.
  • Worldwide gross of $1.29 billion.
  • Currently the 11th highest grossing film of all time. 

Comedy

  • The Hangover Part II (2011) directed by Todd Phillips.
  • Worldwide gross of $586 million.
  • Currently the 143rd highest grossing film of all time. 
  • This excludes several films which are comedies in part but would better fit into another genre e.g. Shrek 2 (2004) which would primarily fall into animation.

Comic/Superhero 

  • The Avengers (2012) directed by Joss Whedon.
  • Worldwide gross of $1.52 billion.
  • Currently the 5th highest grossing film of all time. 
  • A very competitive genre, with 7 films having grossed over $1 billion. 

Documentary

  • Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) directed by Kenny Ortega.
  • Worldwide gross of $252 million.
  • Currently the 544th highest grossing film of all time. 

Fantasy

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) directed by David Yates.
  • Worldwide gross of $1.34 billion.
  • Currently the 8th highest grossing film of all time.

Horror

  • It (2017) directed by Andy Muschietti.
  • Worldwide gross of $697 million.
  • Currently the 101st highest grossing film of all time. 

Musical

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) directed by Bill Condon.
  • Worldwide gross of $1.26 billion.
  • Currently the 12th highest grossing film of all time. 
  • This excludes Frozen (2013) which has already been listed under animation. 

Romance

  • Titanic (1997) directed by James Cameron.
  • Worldwide gross of $2.19 billion.
  • Currently the 2nd highest grossing film of all time. 
  • First film to gross $1 billion worldwide. 

Science Fiction 

  • Avatar (2009) directed by James Cameron.
  • Worldwide gross of $2.79 billion.
  • Currently the highest grossing film of all time. 
  • First film to gross $2 billion worldwide.

Sports

  • The Blind Side (2009) directed by John Lee Hancock.
  • Worldwide gross of $306 million.
  • Currently the 417th highest grossing film of all time.

War

  • American Sniper (2014) directed by Clint Eastwood.
  • Worldwide gross of $547 million.
  • Currently the 164th highest grossing film of all time.

Western

  • Django Unchained (2012) directed by Quentin Tarantino.
  • Worldwide gross of $450 million.
  • Currently the 223rd highest grossing film of all time.

 

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