An online poll of more than 4,000 Chinese consumers found that films with more than 100 million views were the most popular, with films starring actors such as Jiang Zemin, Zhang Yimou and Zhang Ziyi topping the charts.
In fact, only five films topped the chart.
But while these films may have captured the hearts and minds of the Chinese audience, there are some other reasons why people are watching them more than usual.
Chinese film makers, especially those who make films with a foreign cast, have faced increased pressure over the past few years.
Last year, a Beijing court ordered the film industry to stop releasing foreign films, with some studios reportedly having to halt work due to protests over the ban.
In December, the Chinese government announced it would cut foreign film industry revenues by 80 per cent in 2016 and the film market in the country is expected to lose about $5 billion (Dh5.3bn) in the year ending March 2018.
In response to the growing number of films made by Chinese companies, China Film Group has launched the Chinese Film Industry Index, which tracks foreign films released in China, the top films by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, and the top five films released by a particular company.
The index also tracks the number of foreign films that have made the top 100 lists of most popular overseas films in China.
It is unclear how much influence Chinese film producers are exerting in shaping what is being watched and seen online.
In the past, some foreign film makers have also used the index to target local audiences.
The Chinese government has recently banned films that portray violence against women, although some local media still regularly publish violent scenes.
Despite the recent crackdown, Chinese film industry figures show that films released domestically in the past year continue to be seen more often than overseas films.
In 2015, for example, the domestic movie industry saw a record 3.9 million films sold, and there were 1.9 billion overseas films watched.
In China, films with foreign casts have become a popular way to connect with the public.
A 2014 poll by the National Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (NAFAS) found that 50 per cent of respondents said they watched foreign films at least once a month.
However, the number watching more than 50 films a month dropped to 27 per cent last year, according to a NAFAS survey of more 200,000 people conducted in September.
The rise in the number watched overseas also has been linked to the introduction of new censors in 2015, which removed films deemed to have “disrespectful” content.
But these new rules are not always effective, and new movies have been released which contain violent scenes, which have made many Chinese people feel uneasy.
As a result, many Chinese have become more conscious of the film industries’ stance on censorship and the rise of internet-based content.
However it is not just Chinese audiences who are turning to the internet for entertainment, as more people are taking part in online forums to vent their frustration over censorship and political correctness.
Some people are also venting their anger at the censorship policies of the government, such as those from the government-owned China Film Insider, which has been banned for allegedly spreading “unethical” information about the Communist Party.
“This is a problem which has always existed in China,” said Li Guoqiang, a 24-year-old Beijing resident.
“They are all doing things they are supposed to do but they are doing it too much,” Li said.
“I don’t know if they will ever go back to the days when they had so much freedom, but it will probably take a long time for them to go back.”
The government has no right to censor,” he added.