Movies And Personality: What Your Favorite Movie Genre Says About You?

Last Update on May 8, 2024 : Published on May 8, 2024

Is it for real, research shows that our personalities are based on our favorite movie genre! During childhood, I enjoyed comedy movies. Now I enjoy watching movies that serve some sense of purpose to mankind which might reveal that I am the kind of a personality who is willing to watch movies to understand others! But that’s not it, our favorite genre tells a lot about our personalities.

0.Want to know about yours, comment down your favorite movie or genre and we will tell you about your personality type based on research and psychological facts.

In this blog, I have enlisted different movie genres and different types of personalities based on research and big five personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness).

So, let’s get started!

Film Preferences and Personality: What Does the Research Say?

Gender or age group can have a direct impact on movie choices. According to the research and studies, when a certain group of people (including children, adults, and the elderly) is exposed to different genres of movies they reveal different preferences. Research states that if there are variations in movie choices, it is quite reasonable to have a variation in traits as well.

The fact is that such media-based personality quizzes can be useful in determining someone’s personality accurately, especially in the digital age wherein everyone is continually consuming and sharing media preferences through social media platforms. The other important fact is that the type of media we consume has a direct impact on our values and personality.

Different Media Genres and Personality Traits

1. Action/Adventure

I thought action movies were loved by males until I researched and found that action or adventurous movies are loved by kids, and the elderly as well. Do you know the action/adventure genre is one of the most studied movie genres after horror?

Below are some of the common characteristics or traits of people who love watching action movies:

  • High sensation seekers
  • Low neuroticism
  • Anxious
  • Aggressive or affiliative issues
  • Enjoys thrill
  • Productive
  • Reliable
  • Dependable
  • Hard-working

2. Animation

There was a time when animated movies were associated with children, well not anymore, adults especially males enjoy animated movies. Research shows that people who enjoy watching animation are neurotic and prefer doing the opposite of the crowd.

Below listed are some other traits of people who love watching animated movies:

  • High agreeable
  • Values familial and relationship bonds
  • Neurotic
  • More empathetic
  • Appreciative
  • Charming
  • Simple
  • Unique
  • Quirky
  • Creative
  • Adventurous

3. Biopic

We all love biopics, they are one of the most inspiring movies based on real experiences. Biopics always leave us awestruck and do you know people who love biopics have strong character traits according to psychologists?

Below are some of the traits of people who enjoy watching biopics:

  • Respect values
  • Tends to have a positive mindset and principles based on the learnings from such films
  • Endless pursuit of purpose and passion
  • easily inspired by true stories
  • Tries to seek lessons from such films
  • People personality
  • Ideal mentorship abilities

4. Comedy

Which movies come to your mind when we talk about comedy? Well, I think about Hangover, Borat, Bridesmaids, and Step Brothers. Comedy movies are undoubtedly loved by everyone regardless of age, gender, culture, and other factors. This shows that people who love comedy movies are agreeable but at the same time they are not so keen towards real-time experiences, according to studies.

Below listed are some other important traits of people who love comedy movies:

  • Agreeable
  • Amenable
  • Enjoys hedonism
  • Enjoys dose of pleasure
  • Low openness
  • Less engagement in challenging situations
  • Upbeat personality
  • Creative
  • Open towards experiences

5. Documentary

The Nightmare, Hollywood on Trial, A Decade Under the Influence, The Fabulous Allan Carr, and The Alpinist are some of the best documentaries of all time. Research shows that people who love watching documentaries are complicated people. They often reflect on long educational experiences that might lead them to unusual actions.

Below listed are some other traits of people who love watching documentaries:

  • Pretentious personality
  • Interesting
  • Educated
  • Creative
  • Information seeking personality

6. Drama

Drama films such as May December, Good Will Hunting, and The Shawshank Redemption are known to be timeless movies because they always leave a strong message and a personal thought about the human experience.

According to the psychologists, people who like Drama movies tend to have characters such as:

  • Agreeableness
  • Extroversion
  • Likability
  • Eudemonic
  • Sympathetic
  • Warm
  • Understanding
  • Concerned about human experience
  • Forces emotions

7. Fantasy

When we talk about fantasy, Harry Potter will always be our priority, no matter what! There’s no other like Harry Potter…right? Well, if you think so, you might be missing out on some amazing content such as The Hobbit, Narnia, Kung Fu Panda, and Dungeons and Dragons. Do you know that people who love watching fantasy movies tend to have magical thinking in their minds?

Below listed are some other traits of people who love watching fantasy movies:

  • Fanatic personality
  • High sensation-seeking personality
  • Open to experiences
  • Less extroverted
  • Imaginative
  • Reflective
  • Not outgoing
  • Less expressive

8. Foreign/Mandarin Movies

A person who loves watching foreign movies tends to have an artistic or aesthetic eye, study shows. Such people love watching other cultures.

Below listed are some of the common traits of people who love watching foreign movies:

  • Highly empathetic
  • Keen to understand other’s cultures and emotions
  • Love for learning other ideas
  • Artistic and aesthetic personality

9. Horror

Horror is one of the most studied movie genres. It takes a lot of spirit to be able to watch horror movies. According to the studies, men mostly prefer horror movies, and such people are less bothered by violent scenes as they don’t relate much with victims on-screen.

If you’re a horror movie fan, note down your personality traits:

  • Neuroticism
  • Less agreeableness
  • Less extroversion
  • Less outgoing
  • Compliant
  • Anxious
  • Sensation-seekers
  • Low empathy

10. Independent

Independent movies are well-researched and creative movies that take years to implement. These movies are deep and meaningful to a larger audience. If you’re someone who loves watching independent movies, you might love:

  • Sharing your visions
  • Using your creativity
  • Aesthetic
  • Understanding others emotions
  • Listening to stories or past
  • Spontaneity
  • Planning things prior
  • Being the free spirit of the group
  • Idolize people who belong to art or music

11. Musical

Well, who doesn’t love watching musical movies; indeed, they are classic and timeless! The hair, makeup, movements, language, everything remains on point in such movies. It makes me feel nostalgic.

Below listed are some traits of people who love watching musical movies:

  • Keen to understand emotions
  • Expressive personality
  • Not temperamental
  • Highly emotional
  • Spotlight hogging personality

12.  Romance

Whenever someone talks about romance, we often think about Titanic, Pride and Prejudice, La La Land, The Fault in our Stars, and others. Research shows that people who are drawn towards romantic movies like pleasurable moments and easy experiences.

Below listed are some of the other traits of people who like romantic movies in psychology:

  • Extroversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Not open to harsh experiences
  • Outgoing
  • Easy going
  • Less receptive toward a variety of situations or experiences
  • Warm
  • Understanding

13.  The Classics

“The Night of the Hunter, Lawrence of Arabia, Some Like It Hot, The Godfather, and Rebel without a Cause” are some timeless classic movies. Such movies are known to be cognitively challenging. I was not able to find a lot of research on the classics and psychology.

However, I could find some relatable studies that revealed the traits of people who love watching classics as:

  • Highly creative people
  • Eudemonic
  • Challenging people
  • Cognitively strong people

14.  Sci-Fi Movies

We all loved it when we indulged ourselves in the concepts of Interstellar. Remember, those days when we used to discuss each and every scene of Interstellar with our friends? The new concepts of species inspire us and provide an opportunity to learn about new experiences.

Well, it’s a fact that sci-fi movies are not loved by all, it takes a lot to engage in sci-fi movies and be involved in intellectual stimulation. According to the research, here are some common traits of people who love watching sci-fi movies:

  • Loves aesthetic experiences
  • Involves in intellectual stimulation
  • Open to challenging experiences
  • High sensation-seeking personality
  • Loves watching incredible things

15.  Sport Movies

Hoosiers, Ranging Bull, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Invictus are some of the best sports movies in Hollywood. Study shows that people who love sports movies are people who love physical activity. Additionally, such people maintain the same emotions as an athlete and start relating them with their lives.

Below are some of the common traits of people who enjoy watching sports movies:

  • Agreeableness
  • Less openness
  • Less neuroticism
  • Less open toward real experiences
  • High conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Less anxious
  • Does not enjoy a lot of stimulation and other emotions
  • Outgoing
  • Affable
  • More responsible

I hope this blog helps you understand what your favorite movie genre says about you. Comment down and share your favorite movie genre to know more about your personality. For more such content, connect with us through all social media platforms.

Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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