You’ve probably gotten into a good movie and then found yourself wondering what genre (or category) it belonged to halfway through. Or you’re trying to figure out what genre of movie you like best and discover that you don’t even know what genre your favourite movie belongs to? You will be guided through the process of determining the genre of a film in this article.
Method 1 Drama
1. Distinguish between drama and comedy. Drama movies are typically about characters who face realistic challenges in their lives, and they do not typically contain a lot of violence.
2. Take note if the majority of the action takes place in a courtroom. If it does, it’s most likely going to be a courtroom drama. A Few Good Men and Anatomy of a Murder are two films that come to mind.
3. It’s important to note that if the film is about the trials of nurses, doctors, surgeons, and/or their patients, it’s likely to be a medical drama. House M.D. and Grey’s Anatomy are two examples of medical dramas that can be found on television. Medical dramas are perhaps less common in film, but films like Philadelphia and Lorenzo’s Oil are good examples of dramas that deal with serious medical and social issues.
4. If the film is about legal issues, such as lawyers or civil litigation, take note of that fact. If this occurs, it will almost certainly result in a legal drama. In this sub-genre, films such as Presumed Innocent and To Kill a Mockingbird have been produced.
5. Determine whether or not the film is about political issues; it may be a political drama, for example. The films Bridge of Spies and Thirteen Days are both considered to be in this genre.
6. Determine whether the film is about the characters’ psyches or their physical well-being. This is a psychodrama in the traditional sense. As an illustration, consider films such as Vertigo and A Streetcar Named Desire.
7. Take note of whether the drama is intended to elicit strong emotional responses from you. This is a melodrama in the classic sense. Make Way For Tomorrow and Rain Man are examples of films that fall into this category.
8. Determine whether the article is historical and whether it is doomed to a tragic conclusion. Films such as Titanic and Schindler’s List are examples of this sub-genre.
Method 2 Action
1. Identify the genre of action movies. There is little plot in these films, but there are plenty of explosions, car chases, gun fights, and other forms of violence.
2. Identify action films involving martial arts. These films typically include a large number of fights, ninjas, and actors who are real-life martial artists who portray the characters. Karate Kid and Mortal Kombat are two examples of martial arts films.
3. If the film contains elements of science fiction, such as futuristic weapons or space battles, keep an eye out for them. This is the category for sci-fi action movies. The Terminator and Matrix franchises are just a couple of examples of films that fall into this sub-genre.
4. Check to see if the film contains elements of escape, stylized fights, cool cars, and, of course, spies. If it does, it’s almost certainly going to be a spy film. Among the franchises that fall into this category are the Bond, Bourne, and Mission: Impossible series.
5. Keep an eye out for a flamboyant villain and a race against the clock in the film. In some cases, this is just a standard element of the action genre, but if the film as a whole revolves around the ticking clock and includes elements of suspense and anxiety, such as in Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, you may be watching an action-thriller film.
6. Take note if the film contains a lot of action, but the tension is built up slowly and dramatically throughout the film. This is a suspenseful action film. These elements can be found in films such as Dirty Harry, The Dark Knight, and the Bourne franchise.
7. Take note if the plot revolves around a chase, whether it’s involving cars or people on foot. This is a film about a chase or a race. Bullitt and the Fast and Furious franchise are examples of films that fall into this sub-category.
Remember to consider the film’s setting when evaluating it. In contrast to the cityscapes of the Fast and Furious movies, some films, such as the Mad Max movies and The Matrix films, are chase films that take place in more exotic and special locations. As a result, Mad Max would be classified as an adventure film rather than an action film.
8. Determine whether or not the action and plot take place on a grand or grandiose level. This is a truly magnificent film. Consider the films Braveheart and Gladiator, to name a couple.
9. Determine whether or not the film is centred on a grand escapist adventure. As the name implies, this is an escape film, and films such as Escape From Alcatraz and The Count of Monte Cristo can serve as inspiration.
Escape films are sometimes regarded as a subgenre of adventure films rather than action films. It is entirely up to you to decide.
10. Determine whether the film is a heroic bloodshed film or not. This is a sub-genre of the Hong Kong action film genre, and while it contains a great deal of violence, it also incorporates themes of redemption, brotherhood, duty, and honour into the narrative. Make use of films such as A Better Tomorrow and The Killer as inspiration.
11. The superheroes are a major theme in the film, which garnered a lot of attention. This is the massive superhero sub-genre that exists. Doctor Strange, the Captain America franchise, and Black Panther are examples of films that fall into this category.
12. Determine whether or not the film is primarily about antiheroes. Counterfeit vigilantes who blur the lines between good and evil and commit atrocities in the name of doing good are known as antiheroes. For example, antiheroes are prominently featured in American History X, Watchmen, and Dredd, to name a few series.
Method 3 Crime
1. Identify crime films. Crime films usually center either on the perpetrator or investigator of a crime.
You could consider crime a sub-genre of the action movie.
2. Determine whether or not the film makes fun of the tropes of crime films or if the entire experience is made light of. This is a crime comedy, after all. Use movies like Mafia! and Pain & Gain as examples of what not to do.
3. Take note of any themes of suspense or surprise that appear in the film. This is a psychological thriller. Silence Of The Lambs, Heat, and The Call are examples of films that fall into this bleak, often terrifying sub-genre.
4. Determining whether or not the movie is a film noir is important. A film noir is a black and white film in which the main plot is usually about a criminal investigation. Film noirs include classics such as The Maltese Falcon and Kiss Me Deadly, as well as more recent releases.
More information on this intriguing genre can be found further down the page.
5. Take note if a heist is a major plot point in the storey. This is, after all, a heist movie. This sub-genre includes films such as Oceans 11 and Reservoir Dogs, to name a couple of examples.
6. Take note if the film is a hood film or not. Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society are examples of movies that are centred on African American urban crime, and they both fall into this category.
7. Determine whether or not the film is a gangster film. These films are centred on gangs/gangsters, the mafia, and the mob, among other things. Scarface, GoodFellas, and The Godfather are examples of films that fall into this category.
8. Determine whether the film is a crime drama set in Mumbai. Crime in India is depicted in Mumbai crime films. Laal Rang and Thari are examples of characters who fall into this category.
The likelihood is that you will not be exposed to a Mumbai crime film without your knowledge, because it is a much more popular genre in Indian cinema than it is in Hollywood.
1. Keep an eye out for whether the film is a mystery. Does it revolve around the trials and tribulations of a detective as he attempts to solve a mystery? If that’s the case, it’s almost certainly a mystery film. Make use of films such as The Big Sleep and The Thin Man as inspiration.
2. Examine whether the film is about the police and their (realistic) activities and make a determination. This is the police investigation procedure. M, The French Connection, and Fargo are all examples of films that fall into this category.
3. Take note of whether, in contrast to a mystery film, the identity of the criminal is not revealed until the very end of the film. This is a mystery-thriller film. When you play a whodunit, you are put in the shoes of the detective and given clues along the way, giving you a chance to solve the mystery as well as the detectives. Make use of films such as Murder By Death and Gosford Park as models for your own.
Method 4 Adventure
1. Identify action-adventure films. It is common for them to take place in exotic locations where the protagonist has either been stranded or has travelled. These so-called exotic locations are typically islands, jungles, or some sort of frozen wasteland.
2. Identify the films that are swashbucklers. This type of storey is typically comprised of witty banter, numerous sword fights, a flamboyant protagonist attempting to save a damsel in distress, and a Western European setting. The Zorro franchise and The Princess Bride are two examples of swashbuckler films that are well-known.
3. Make a note of whether the protagonist has become stranded in the wilderness, usually by himself or herself. This is a film about surviving. Deliverance, The Revenant, and 127 Hours are examples of films that fall into this classification.
4. Take note if the film is centred on pirates or not. If the answer is yes, the film is almost certainly a pirate production. Pirates of the Caribbean and Treasure Island are examples of films that fall into this category.
5. Take note if the film revolves around a massive natural disaster that causes widespread devastation. This is a disaster film in the traditional sense. Disaster movies such as The Towering Inferno and Cloverfield are popular today.
Method 5 Western
1. Identify films from the Western genre. These films are typically set in the American Midwest and have a 95 percent chance of featuring Clint Eastwood as the main character.
2. Check to see if the film has an Italian director on the credit list. If this is the case, it is referred to as a spaghetti western. Spaghetti westerns include films such as For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, among others.
Despite the fact that “spaghetti western” is a somewhat derogatory term, it is important to remember that some of the most famous films of all time were directed by Italians.
3. Find out how big or small the movie will be on a scale of 1 to 10. The likelihood is that it will be an epic western if the film is quite large. You can take inspiration from films such as The Magnificent Seven and Once Upon a Time in the West.
4. Take note of whether or not any of the main characters are outlaws (typically the protagonist). This is a film about outlaws. Take inspiration from films such as The Last Outlaw and Tombstone for your next project.
5. Determine whether the film is centred on a Marshal or a police officer. If this is the case, it is almost certainly a marshall western. True Grit and Hang ‘Em High are examples of films that fall into this sub-genre.
6. It’s important to note whether the main motivation of the protagonist (or antagonist) is vengeance. This is a revenge western, and it is set in the American West. Look to films such as Unforgiven, Django, and Django Unchained for inspiration and guidance.
7. Keep an eye out for neo-westerns. These are contemporary films that have been inspired by classic works of literature and film history, and they contain many of the elements that define a classic western. No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James, and other films fall into this category. Based on the Coward Robert Ford novel True Grit and the Coen brothers’ True Grit movie.
8. Look for comedy westerns on television. Obviously, these are westerns with comedic elements in them, or even satires of typical western films. Consider films such as Mel Brook’s hysterical Blazing Saddles, McLintock!, or Back to the Future Part III for inspiration.
Method 6 War
1. Identify war films by their titles. It goes without saying that they are concerned with war and draw attention to certain aspects of it, such as the horrors of combat and the tenacity of soldiers.
2. Documentary and biographical war films should be recognised. These are extremely popular because war frequently brings to light some of the most interesting characters. Famous films such as Schindler’s List, Patton, Glory, and American Sniper are all included in this category.
3. Propaganda films should be identified. Partisan propaganda films present subjective viewpoints in an attempt to persuade the viewer to feel a particular way about a specific war, or about war in general. Consider the films The Birth of a Nation (1915), Casablanca (1915), and Battleship Potemkin (1915).
4. Identify the films about the submarine war. Submarines appear in numerous films, including the cult classic Yellow Submarine and Wes Anderson’s divisive The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. However, movies such as Dass Boot, The Hunt for Red October, and Crimson Tide all depict war from an underwater perspective.
5. Keep an eye out for films about prisoners of war. These are concerned with POWs and their plight. Look to films such as Bridge on the River Kwai and The Deer Hunter for inspiration.
6. Look for war comedies on television. Because war is such a contentious and heavy subject, many filmmakers have attempted to lighten the mood by making comedic films about it, such as War Dogs, Dr. Strangelove, Good Morning, Vietnam, and Charlie Chaplin’s beloved classic, The Great Dictator, among others.
7. Keep an eye out for animated war movies. These aren’t as common as they once were, but they do exist. Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir are examples of works in this underappreciated genre.
8. Learn to identify anti-war films and documentaries. The vast majority of people will agree that war is a terrible thing, and as a result, most films depict war in a derogatory light. Some films, on the other hand, go out of their way to depict the traumatic effects of war. Because of their disturbing themes, some of these films could even be classified as psychological horrors. All Quiet On The Western Front, Platoon, and, above all, Francis Ford Coppola’s disturbing Apocalypse Now are examples of films that fall into this classification.
9. Examine the type of war that is depicted in the film. After you’ve identified the film’s subgenre, pay attention to the period of time during which the film takes place. It will be obvious most of the time, but some films take place during a war, but the war is only a backdrop to the action.
World War I: Wonder Woman (2017), Paths of Glory, All Quiet On the Western Front
World War II: Dunkirk, Saving Private Ryan, Inglorious Basterds
Civil War: Glory, Shenandoah
Revolutionary War: The Patriot, Revolution
Iraq War: The Hurt Locker, Thank You For Your Service, Jarhead
Vietnam War: M*A*S*H, The Deer Hunter, Platoon, First Blood
Afghanistan War: Charlie Wilson’s War, Lone Survivor
Method 7 Fantasy
1. Identify the genre of fantasy films. Fantasy films can be difficult to categorise because they often cross over into other genres. Typically, however, they include supernatural forces, extraterrestrial species, magic, and entities capable of wielding said magic.
2. Identify films that are of a high fantasy nature. These types of films feature a large number of different characters and frequently take place in vast worlds that the characters must navigate. This category includes popular films such as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hobbit franchises, among others.
3. Fairy tales should be identified. These are typically characterised by a whimsical setting, unambiguously moral characters, and the well-known happily ever after epilogue or ending. Shrek is a film based on a fairy tale.
4. Determine whether the film contains elements of fantasy but takes place in the present day. This is referred to as a modern-day fantasy. One such example is the Harry Potter series, which is set in England.
5. Take note of whether the fantastical elements take place in a city, whether in the future, in the past, or in the present day. This is a film about urban fantasy. This sub-genre includes films such as Nightbreed and Nightwatch, among others.
Because it is technically a sub-genre of contemporary fantasy, the urban fantasy sub-genre is analogous to the term “genreception.”
6. Take note of any dark themes that appear in the fantasy film. The likelihood is that you’re watching a dark fantasy movie, if you notice any. Films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Edward Scissorhands are examples of this type of storytelling.
7. Take note if the movie is a sword and sorcery production. Make use of movies such as Conan the Barbarian and Deathstalker as inspiration.
Method 8 Horror
1. Make a distinction between the infamous horror genre and other genres. This type of film is clearly intended to terrify audiences and elicit negative emotions from them.
2. Determine the intensity of the action in the film in order to determine whether it is an action horror or not. Aliens and Predator, for example, are known for featuring intense gunfights and frantic chases.
3. Determine whether or not the film is a comedy or a horror film. It is a sub-genre that combines humour with frightening situations, thus blurring the lines between dark comedy and comedy horror a little bit. Teeth and Slither are examples of films that fall into this category.
4. Determining whether or not the film focuses on the graphic deterioration of a character’s physical appearance is important. This is a sub-genre of the horror film known as body horror. Consider films such as The Fly and Starry Eyes as examples.
5. Take note of whether the film contains elements of horror while also portraying realistic emotional struggles for the characters. This is a drama-thriller film. The Babadook and Dark Water are both psychological thrillers.
6. Determine whether or not the film plays on the character’s fears, beliefs, guilt, or other emotions. If it does, it’s almost certainly a psychological thriller or drama. This category includes films such as The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby.
7. Recognize the slasher horror film. Serial killers are frequently featured in this genre of film, with the main character being killed one by one by a masked serial killer. This category includes well-known films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th.
8. Take note of the amount of blood and guts that are shown in the film. The likelihood of a splatter horror film is high if the gore is excessive and over the top. Saw and Maniac, to name a couple of examples of this type of film.
9. The threat in the horror film should be identified; if the threat appears to be supernatural or otherwise not human, it belongs, without a doubt, to the supernatural horror genre. The paranormal thrillers Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project both fall into this classification.
10. Keep an eye out to see if the threat is coming from an animal. If this occurs, the film is classified as a natural horror film. Jaws and Bats are examples of creatures that fall into this category.
11. Determine whether or not the film contains any zombies. Typically, zombies are reanimated corpses that feed on the brains and corpses of the living, though there have been many different interpretations of this horror film staple over time. The horror films 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and REC are examples of this sub-genre of filmmaking.
Method 9 Science Fiction
1. Identify science fiction (or sci-fi for short) films that have been released. Future-oriented concepts, such as futuristic technology, apocalyptic worlds, and interplanetary travel, are frequently featured in these types of films.
2. Take note if the film is dystopian in nature. To put it another way, does it depict the disintegration of society? If it does, the film is referred to as a sci-fi cyberpunk film. This is the case with the film Blade Runner.
3. If there is any use of time travel in the film, keep an eye out for it. If the plot revolves around that concept, the film is classified as a time travel film. This sub-genre includes the Back to the Future and Terminator film franchises, among others.
4. Take note if the film takes place in a different timeline or history from the one we are familiar with. Is it possible that World War II never occurred, for example? Is it true that the South won the Civil War? If the film does contain these types of elements, it will be classified as an alternate history film. Alternative history films include Inglorious Basterds and Watchmen, to name a few examples.
If the plot of the film revolves around alternate history, the film is considered alternate history. Examples include Marty McFly briefly travelling to an alternate 2015 where he has never lived in his house and has never met Doc Brown, as seen in Back to the Future: Part II. Nonetheless, because this only takes up about five minutes of the film, the film is not classified as an alternate history film.
5. Identify whether or not the plot revolves around interplanetary battles. This is a sci-fi military film set in the future. This sub-genre contains films such as Starship Troopers and other similar titles.
6. Make a determination as to whether the film depicts the end of the world. This is a film about the apocalypse. Apocalyptic films such as This Is the End and World War Z are popular choices for moviegoers.
7. Determine whether or not the film is a space opera. If this is the case, it is likely to include sprawling worlds in the outer solar system. Space operas such as Star Wars and Star Trek are popular today.
Method 10 Comedy
1. Identify comedic films by their titles. Comedy films are fairly easy to distinguish from other types of films. The main emphasis of a comedy film is on humour, and these types of films are intended to make audiences laugh and generally generate positive feelings in the audience.
2. Determine whether the film has a good balance of action and humour. If that’s the case, the film is an action comedy. Beverly Hills Cop and other films in this sub-genre are examples of what I’m talking about.
If the film does combine action and comedy, make sure that the humour is more slapstick than intense violence, or you may be watching a dark comedy instead of an action film.
3. Take note if the movie appears to be filmed in the style of a documentary but has comedic themes. If it does, you’re watching a parody of a news broadcast. This sub-genre is frequently used to make light of global issues and cultural differences. As a starting point, consider films such as Borat and This Is Spinal Tap.
4. Take note of whether or not there are any themes of romance woven into the comedy. If this is the case, you’re most likely watching a rom-com, or romantic comedy. This sub-genre includes films such as Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Pretty Woman, among others.
5. Assess the film’s ability to make light of culture, societal issues, political leaders and/or their positions, or other film genres. This is a satirical film in the traditional sense. Satirical films such as Airplane! and The Interview are examples of this.
6. Decide whether the humour is morbid or not by looking at the pictures. If this is the case, you are almost certainly watching a dark comedy. Dark comedies attempt to bring light to subjects that are normally considered to be dark, such as death, terrorism, or crime. Movies like American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, and Fight Club are examples of how dark subject matter can be combined with comedic elements.
7. Take note if there are any elements of tragedy incorporated. This is a tragicomic or tragicomedy, as the case may be. This category includes films such as American Beauty, Life Is Beautiful, and About Schmidt, amongst others.
8. Identify whether the film is a comedy-drama or a dramedy by identifying the genre. Dramedies are comedic films that can also tell a dramatic storey in addition to being funny. Take, for example, films like Last Flag Flying, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Birdman as examples.
Method 11 Thriller
1. Identify thrillers and suspense novels. Suspense, mild fear, surprise, and anxiety are all elements of a thriller’s plot. They will frequently be extremely intense in nature.
2. Be on the lookout for any witty asides that have been thrown in for comic relief. These are comedy-thrillers in the traditional sense. This sub-genre includes films such as Silver Streak and The Lady Vanishes, among others.
3. Determine whether or not the protagonist and/or his/her allies are pitted against a powerful organisation that, in most cases, only they and their allies are aware of. This is a film about a conspiracy. As a starting point, consider JFK and Edge of Darkness.
4. Determine whether the suspense is psychological in nature, or if it is based on the character’s own fears. This is a psychological suspense novel. Suspicion and Panic Room are both psychological thrillers that can be classified as such.
5. Take note of whether the film is about a spy and his efforts to bring down a government agency. This is a spy movie, after all. This category includes timeless classics such as the James Bond franchise and Spy Game, among others.
Keep in mind that spy films can be considered sub-genres of the action/adventure genre. Make a distinction between them by assessing their setting, mood, and storyline.
6. Determine whether the suspense is being generated by a supernatural force or by a human being. This is a supernatural thriller of the first order. The films The Sixth Sense and Jacob’s Ladder both fall into this enthralling subgenre.
7. Determine whether or not robots or computers are involved in the process. This is the storey of the techno-thriller. eXistenZ, The Thirteenth Floor, and I, Robot are examples of films that fall into the category of techno thriller.
Method 12 Other Genres
1. Determine whether the film is a prequel or a sequel. Movies that take place before other well-known films, such as Prometheus and X-Men: First Class, are referred to as prequels.
2. Determine if the film is a sequel or a stand-alone production. As a starting point, consider films such as The Matrix Reloaded and Jaws 2.
3. Determine whether or not the film is considered a classic. Classic films have a broad audience and are extremely popular, despite the fact that they were produced as early as the twenties. Several films, including Citizen Kane, Psycho, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Singin’ in the Rain, Metropolis, North By Northwest, The Birds, Fantasia, and The Maltese Falcon, are considered classics, and they continue to be watched and enjoyed by audiences today. Classic films come in a variety of forms and from a variety of genres.
and to truly appreciate film, try to watch a few classics from each category. Here are a few examples.
1. Drama: Gone With the Wind, Ben-Hur, 12 Angry Men
Action: Goldfinger, Die Hard, Dirty Harry
Crime: The Godfather, Scarface (1932), The Big Sleep, Dog Day Afternoon
Adventure: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Ran, The Third Man
Western: Shane, Stagecoach, The Searchers, High Noon
War: Schindler’s List, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Longest Day, Paths of Glory
Fantasy: Fantasia, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Thief of Bagdad
Horror: Frankenstein (1931), The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho
Science Fiction: Solaris (1972), 2001: A Space Odyssey, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Comedy: Modern Times, City Lights, Ninotchka, Bringing Up Baby
Thriller: Notorious, Touch of Evil, Rear Window
1. Recognize contemporary classics. Modern classics are generally defined as films released between the years 2000 and the present that were or are so successful that they will almost certainly become classics in the future. Modern classics such as the Marvel franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Departed could be considered among the best films of the last few decades. Some examples from various genres are provided below.
Drama: There Will Be Blood, Boyhood, Warrior
Action Kill Bill, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Sin City
Crime: Zodiac, The Departed, City of God, Killing Them Softly
Adventure: Mad Max: Fury Road, Gladiator, Skyfall
Western: No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
War: Argo, Inglorious Basterds, The Hurt Locker
Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Tree of Life, Pan’s Labyrinth
Horror: Get Out, It Follows, The Babadook
Science Fiction: Primer, Gravity, Moon, Interstellar
Comedy: Superbad, Punch-Drunk Love, Hot Fuzz, Zoolander
Thriller: Donnie Darko, Drive (2011)
1. Determine whether or not the film is considered a cult classic by looking at the reviews. Cult classics are films that received mediocre to negative reviews when they were first released, but have gained a devoted fanbase or cult following as a result of repeated viewings over time. Cult classics are often bizarre, sometimes controversial, and aimed at an older audience of adults. Cult classics include films such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pulp Fiction, Enter the Void, They Live, Dazed and Confused, the 1968 Planet of the Apes, This Is the End, and Friday the 13th, among others. The following are examples of cult classics, and you may want to watch each one in its entirety:
Drama: Clerks, The Warriors, Fight Club
Action: Escape From New York, The Boondock Saints, Mad Max, The Road Warrior
Crime: Scarface, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs
Adventure: Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, Galaxy Quest
Western: El Topo, Blazing Saddles
War: Deathdream , Apocalypse Now, Starship Troopers
Fantasy: Repo Man, Edward Scissorhands, Spirited Away
Horror: The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, REC, The Room (2003)
Science Fiction: The Thing, Alien, Predator, Brazil, THX 1138
Comedy: Trainspotting, Fargo, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Big Lebowski
Thriller: Battle Royale, Oldboy, 12 Monkeys
1. Determine whether or not the film has the potential to be a family film. Generally speaking, family films are well received films that are usually rated PG or lower and can be enjoyed as part of a fun “family movie night” activity. Consider animated films such as Toy Story, The Jungle Book, and Big Hero 6.
2. Take note of whether or not the film is silent. These films are, well, silent, and there are no lines of dialogue to be found in them. Some later silent films, on the other hand, may have lines printed on the screen. Silent films such as A Trip to the Moon and Metropolis are available.
3. Identify non-linear films by their structure. It is not necessary to watch these films in chronological order because they are told in a non-linear fashion. Non-linear storylines can be found in films such as Cloud Atlas, Pulp Fiction, and Memento.
4. Investigate whether the movie was adapted from a graphic novel in the first place. Graphic novels like Watchmen and Hellboy were the inspiration for films like Watchmen and Hellboy.
5. Check to see if the movie was based on a comic book, as was the case with the Captain America, Batman, Superman, and X-Men franchises. In that case, it would be classified as a comic book movie.
6. Identify which films, such as No Country for Old Men, American Psycho and Unbroken, as well as books such as “The Giver” and the “Divergent” trilogy, were adapted from a book. After that, it’s a film adaptation of a book.
7. Investigate whether or not the film was based on a play, such as Waiting For Godot or Doubt, before seeing it. After that, it’s time for a play movie.
8. Determine whether or not the film was inspired by a poem. You might be pleasantly surprised! Poems served as inspiration for films such as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Mulan, and Braveheart, among others.
9. Check to see if the film was inspired by a video game in the first place. A few of the more well-known video game movies include Warcraft, Silent Hill, and Final Fantasy, to name a few examples. And, of course, there’s the legendary Super Mario Bros.
10. Determine whether the movie is based on or derived from a television show. Many popular films, including the Mission: Impossible franchise, Serenity, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., that you may not have realised were based on television shows, such as the Mission: Impossible franchise, Serenity, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
11. Determine whether the film is animated or live-action. This could be accomplished in a variety of ways, including traditional animation (Snow White), computer-generated imagery (Up), or rotoscoping (A Scanner Darkly).
12. Find out if the movie uses puppets. Think movies like Team America: World Police.
13. Find out if the movie is a stop motion. This includes movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, “Coraline”, or The Corpse Bride.
14. Determine whether or not the film is meta. This means that the characters within the film either repeatedly break the fourth wall, make significant contributions to the production of the film, reference other films in a way that suggests they are aware that they are themselves in a film, or express awareness that they are in a film. Deadpool, Scream, Birdman, and This Is the End are just a few examples of popular media that incorporate meta themes.
15. Determine whether or not the film is erotic. Heterosexual films, in particular, are often highly controversial because they centre on the sexual experiences of the main characters. This category includes films such as Eyes Wide Shut, American Pie, and American Beauty, among others.
16. Determine whether or not the film is appropriate for the holiday season. A number of films, including Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, It’s a Wonderful Life, and the original Halloween, are clearly set during the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Halloween, and the holiday is a major plot point in each of these films. Some films, however, such as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, L.A. Confidential, and Gremlins, have been called into question. These films all take place around Christmas time and feature Christmas-related themes, but the holiday season is not a major plot point in any of them. It is entirely up to you whether the film should be considered a holiday film or not.
Whether or not certain films, such as The Godfather, Boogie Nights, and Rocky, should be considered holiday films is even more contentious, with some critics arguing that they should not be. All of these are definitely out of the question.
Some movies have sparked debate over which holiday is being depicted in the film. The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Tim Burton animated classic, is still the subject of heated debate today. The movie is set either at Halloween or during the holidays.
17. Take note of whether or not the film attempts to elicit feelings of extreme anxiety or if the plot is based on a conspiracy theory. This is a film about paranoia. Several films, including the recent Disturbia and The Machinist, are based on this “conspiracy theory,” while others explore themes of unrest and/or paranoia, including Inception (what if your life is a dream you refuse to wake up from? ), The Matrix (what if your life is a simulation of reality? ), The Truman Show (what if your life is a reality television show? ), and Donnie Darko (what if you live in
18. Determine whether the film is an allegory, which means it has a deeper meaning that is often hidden. This hidden meaning is frequently of a moral, political, or social nature. It is up to you, however, to determine whether or not the film is allegorical in nature. Although some of the film’s directors have confirmed the symbolism (such as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier), others are ambiguous (such as in American Beauty), or the symbolism has been revealed by third parties (like Jaws).
19. It’s important to note whether or not the film is a comedy with African or African American characters. This is a dark comedy in the traditional sense. Cool Runnings and White Men Can’t Jump are examples of films that fall into this category.
Black comedy should not be confused with dark comedy (see above), which is sometimes referred to as a black comedy as well as a black comedy.
20. Check to see if the movie is an ultraviolent film or not. Blood and gore can be found in large quantities in ultraviolent films. Ultraviolent films include The Hills Have Eyes, Hostel, A Clockwork Orange, and, to a lesser extent, all of Quentin Tarantino’s films, most notably Pulp Fiction, which is a classic example of the genre.
21. Determine whether or not the film is gothic. Gothic films are frequently characterised by strong emotional cues and a great deal of angst. Think of films such as The City Of The Dead and The Innocents as examples.
22. Determine whether or not the film is a noir. Noir films are characterised by the presence of crime and mysterious themes, as well as the use of black and white film. This category includes films such as Sunset Boulevard and The Spiral Staircase, both of which are well-known.
23. Determine whether or not the film is a neo-noir. This means that it incorporates the themes of a noir film while presenting them in a more contemporary visual style. Dark City, Chinatown, Brick, and Blade Runner are examples of films that fall into this category.
24. Check to see if the movie is a television movie. This indicates that the film is being distributed by a television network (i.e., a Netflix Original). Television companies produced films such as Who Is The Black Dahlia? and World On A Wire, which were later released on the big screen.
25. Check to see if the film is a remake of a previously released film. Remakes simply imply that the basic plot has been retained, but that the actors and actresses have been changed, and that all of the visual effects have been updated. Films such as RoboCop (2014), American Oldboy (2013), and Total Recall (2012) are examples of this.
26. Take note of whether or not the film is a coming-of-age storey. Coming of age films are typically about young characters who grow and change throughout the course of the film. Take, for example, films such as Boyhood, The Breakfast Club, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Easy Rider, and The Spectacular NOW.
27. Determine whether or not the film is a musical. Musicals contain a large number of songs and musical numbers that the characters perform throughout the film. This category includes films such as The Sound of Music and Grease, among others.
28. Determine whether or not the film is jiangishi. Vampires or zombies are similar to vampires or zombies in the West, and the protagonist in this Japanese type of film must fight against monsters that are similar to them. Mr. Vampire and Encounters Of A Spooky Kind are both jiangishi (Japanese horror films).
29. Determine whether or not the film is a sports film. This implies that it is centred around a specific type of sporting activity. Sports films such as Rocky, its sequel Creed, Raging Bull, and 42 are all examples of this genre.
30. Take note of whether the film is a biopic or a biographical picture. Biopics are films that are centred around characters who either lived or are heavily based on real-life individuals. Consider films such as American Splendor and A Beautiful Mind, to name a couple.
31. Determine whether or not the film is a kaiju film. This is a Japanese-inspired film style in which the protagonist(s) must contend with a massive creature. Kaiju movies include films such as Pacific Rim and the Godzilla franchise, which should have been brought to a close years ago.
32. Determine whether or not the film is a teen drama. Teen films are films that revolve around teenagers and their lives. Pretty in Pink, American Pie, Mean Girls, and The Breakfast Club are examples of films that fall into this category.
33. Take note if the film is a parody of something. Parody films are usually intended to make fun of a well-known film or its tropes. They can also make light of other film genres. If you’re still not sure, look to films like Scary Movie, Galaxy Quest, and Spaceballs for guidance.
34. Check to see if the film is an independent production. Indie is an abbreviation for independent, and indie films are those that were primarily produced outside of a major film studio and were also distributed by smaller, less well-known production companies. Movies like Lost In Translation and Requiem For A Dream are examples of independent filmmaking.
35. Make the determination as to whether or not the movie is an experimental film. Experimental films are films in which the director, rather than attempting to appeal to a large, mainstream audience, creates a generally short and bizarre film in order to test a specific concept. The films are generally short and bizarre. Look to films such as mother!, Koyaanisqatsi,, The Holy Mountain, and nearly all of David Lynch’s work for inspiration. ” (The Elephant Man, Eraserhead, Inland Empire, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive).
36. Determine whether your film is a “art” or a “art house” film before you begin. Certainly, films such as Russian Ark, Woman in Gold, or Loving Vincent fall into this category; however, we’re talking about a different kind of art film. A typical example of an art house film is an independent film that is serious and aimed at a small, intellectual audience rather than a mass audience. They are also frequently considered to be somewhat experimental. Look to films such as The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Man with a Movie Camera, Kieslowski’s 3 Colours trilogy, Wings of Desire, and The Square for inspiration and guidance.
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