Horror Flicks Are Having a Moment, But Here’s When Other Movie Genres Peaked

Westerns had their heyday in the 1920s. Find out which eras animated movies, biographies, film noir, and more dominated.
July 17, 2019, 10:30 AM UTC

As much as many of us love to bash Hollywood, moviemakers do tell us something about our collective psyche—if not with their specific films, then with the types of movies they keep putting into production. That’s what Fortune discovered when we broke down each year’s crop of films by genre, as defined by IMDb. The lonesome, yearning Westerns of the 1920s gave way to musicals and war sagas in the ’40s, film noir in the ’50s, skin flicks in the ’80s, and high-power action movies in the ’90s. So what does Tinseltown’s output say about us now? Both thrillers and horror flicks reached their production peak during the past two years. Something out there, it seems, has got us running scared.

A version of this article appears in the July 2019 issue of Fortune with the headline “Screen Shots.”

More must-read stories from Fortune:

—Female-led series will likely dominate Emmy’s comedy contenders

Friends is officially leaving Netflix for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max

Classic rock is reanimating Summer 2019’s movies

—Jay-Z is a cannabis brand strategist now

—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 Daily

Follow Fortune on Flipboard to stay up-to-date on the latest news and analysis.