Film Genres

Lecture prepared 11/16/08

by John M. Grace, film worker and instructor D.A.T.A. Charter High School Albuquerque, NM
© 2008, John M. Grace All Rights Reserved for use availability, email Newestprod@aol.com

Film Genres
Film genres are identifiable types, categories, classifications or groups of films that have similar techniques or conventions such as:  content  recurring icons  subject matter  stock characters  structures  narrative events  themes  situations  mood  motifs  period  styles  plot  props  settings  stars

Film Genres
Primary film genres include the following:  Action Films  Adventure Films  Comedy Films  Crime Films  Dramas  Epics  Horror Films  Musicals  Science Fiction  War Films  Westerns

Sub-genres
Are identifiable sub-classes within the larger film genre, with their own distinctive subject matter, style, formulas, and iconography.

races against time and crises featuring non-stop motion. . fights. break-neck rhythm and pacing. possibly with rescues. escapes.Film Genres ACTION: Action films usually include high energy. big-budget physical stunts and chases. battles.

Action Sub-genres  spy  espionage  political thrillers  martial arts films  races against time .

Action Sub-genres  spy  espionage  political thrillers  martial arts films  races against time .

Action Sub-genres  spy  espionage  political thrillers  martial arts films  races against time .

Action Sub-genres  spy  espionage  political thrillers  martial arts films  races against time .

Action Sub-genres  spy  espionage  political thrillers  martial arts films  races against time .

very similar to or often paired with the Action film genre. . with new experiences or exotic locales.Film Genres ADVENTURE: Adventure films are exciting stories.

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

Adventure Sub-genres  swashbucklers  serialized films  historical epics  expedition films  treasure hunts  disaster films  strange mysteries .

action.Film Genres COMEDY: Comedies are lighthearted plots deliberately designed to amuse and provoke laughter by exaggerating the situation. relationships and characters. . language.

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

Comedy Sub-genres  slapstick  screwball  spoofs  parodies  romantic comedies  black comedy  satirical comedy .

stealing and murdering their way through life. and ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law. bank robbers. underworld figures. . mobsters.Film Genres CRIME: Crime films feature the sinister actions of criminals.

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

Crime Sub-genres  gangster films  detective films  film noir  mysteries  serial killer films  suspense films  thrillers  courtroom dramas .

settings.Film Genres DRAMA: Dramas are serious. plotdriven films. life situations. portraying realistic characters. . and stories involving intense character development and interaction.

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

Drama Sub-genres  melodramas  romance  biographical films  'adult' films  sports films  road movies  “guy” films .

or heroic figure. high production values. legendary. dramatic scope. .Film Genres EPICS: Epics take an historical or imagined event. and add an extravagant setting and lavish costumes. mythic. and a sweeping musical score. accompanied by grandeur and spectacle.

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

Epic Sub-genres  historical dramas  costume dramas  war films  medieval romps  period pictures  adventure films  religious films .

shocking finale.Film Genres HORROR: Horror films are designed to frighten and to invoke our hidden worst fears. often in a terrifying. while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Horror Sub-genres  slasher  science fiction  supernatural  teen terror  serial killers  satanic  monsters .

Film Genres MUSICALS: Musicals/dance films are cinematic forms that emphasize full-scale scores or song and dance routines in a significant way. . or they are films that are centered on combinations of music. dance. song or choreography.

Musicals Sub-genres  Broadway musicals  musical comedy  concert films  performance films  music biographies .

Musicals Sub-genres  Broadway musicals  musical comedy  concert films  performance films  music biographies .

Musicals Sub-genres  Broadway musicals  musical comedy  concert films  performance films  music biographies .

Musicals Sub-genres  Broadway musicals  musical comedy  concert films  performance films  music biographies .

Musicals Sub-genres  Broadway musicals  musical comedy  concert films  performance films  music biographies .

fantastic places. distant planets. and extraordinary monsters. Sci-fi films often feature multiple genres.complete with heroes.Film Genres SCIENCE FICTION: Sci-fi films are often quasiscientific. aliens. new technology. . visionary and imaginative . quests.

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

Sci-Fi Sub-genres  futuristic films  visionary  horrific  graphic novels  medical miseries  devil machines  mad science  space invaders .

or in the air provide the primary plot or background action for the of the film. sea. letting the actual combat fighting (against nations or humankind) on land.Film Genres WAR MOVIES: War films acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war. .

War Sub-genres  war dramas  military operations  anti-war films  POW stories  military training .

War Sub-genres  war dramas  military operations  anti-war films  POW stories  military training .

War Sub-genres  war dramas  military operations  anti-war films  POW stories  military training .

War Sub-genres  war dramas  military operations  anti-war films  POW stories  military training .

War Sub-genres  war dramas  military operations  anti-war films  POW stories  military training .

.a eulogy to the early days of the expansive American frontier. and characters. most enduring genres with very recognizable plots. elements. They are one of the oldest.Film Genres WESTERNS: Westerns are the major defining genre of the American film industry .

Western Sub-genres  epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic" .

Western Sub-genres

 epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic"

Western Sub-genres

 epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic"

Western Sub-genres

 epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic"

Western Sub-genres

 epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic"

Western Sub-genres  epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic" .

Western Sub-genres  epic Western  the 'singing cowboy'  the "spaghetti" Western  contemporary Western  revisionist Western  comedy Western  "post-apocalyptic" .

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