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General questions about the classification of movies into different genres and their respective meanings and origins.

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Does David Lynch consider his own films to be science fiction / fantasy?

I have just seen both Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive for the first time. Both films contain elements that would be traditionally classified as "science fiction" or "fantasy", but these elements are ...
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What makes a comedy series a sitcom?

What exactly is a sitcom? In particular: what distinguishes sitcoms among the (presumably) broader category of comedy series? It's easy enough to give classical examples of sitcoms. They tend to have ...
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How do people differentiate an art film from a commercial one [closed]

As the title says,i want to know on the basis of which criteria is a film categorized as an art film or a commercial film.Are there any movies which fall under the category of both?
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Does a horror movie have to have supernatural elements?

I was reading another Stack Exchange post that was trying to suss out the difference between the horror and thriller genres. Some people were saying that horror movies typically have supernatural ...
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Contemporary European exploitation cinema; immigration theme?

Exploitation cinema is often associated with the idea of exploiting themes and subject-matters that the mainstream and art cinema don't regard decent (naziploitation, body horror, etc.). I wonder if ...
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Was The Nightmare Before Christmas meant to be a Halloween or Christmas Movie?

When I first saw The Nightmare Before Christmas it was around during December when most series on free-to-air TV in Australia start to end for the year and take a break until near the end of January ...
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What genre is The Shining?

I've heard people categorize it as a horror film, art film, thriller, even a black comedy. Which is it? Even my Film Studies professor was unsure.
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What does 'Drama' actually mean?

I saw the definition on Wikipedia page and found it too complex to understand being a layman and knowing nothing about film-making. From what I could understand, it looks like it refers to the ...
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Why are “audience decides what happens”-movies not a thing? [closed]

When I was a kid, I used to read those books where, at certain points in the book, you'd be given a choice, essentially control over what the characters should do, or what should happen to them, and ...
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What's with all the swords? [closed]

There seems to be a romantic fascination with swords in the movies. For example, the current posters for Transformers and Wonder Woman show both with a sword. I mean, come on, the guy is a futuristic ...
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What is the genre of movies in which the main characters don't have names?

In the movie Maanagaram (2017), most of the main characters don't have names. Is there a name for this genre of movies in which the main characters don't have names?
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What is the difference between the horror and thriller genres? [duplicate]

In the comments for Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?, there was a lot of discussion over whether or not a thriller should be considered to be a horror movie. IMDb ...
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How long is an epic?

My dictionary had the following definitions for the word "epic": epic: telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures and epic: a long book, movie, etc., that usually tells ...
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Why was “The Big Short” shot in the comedy genre?

The Big Short movie is all about serious things: The 2008 financial crisis (which banks blamed the bad things on immigrants, the poor, and even teachers) mortgage-backed securities ISDA agreement ...
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Is Banksy's movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” a new (sub)genre?

When looking at the film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and possibly disregarding if the main character is fictitious or not, then it's not entirely clear what genre or subgenre this film would be ...
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Is there a given name for “fake documentaries” posing as educational programming?

In recent years, networks such as The Discovery Channel have been airing so-called documentaries that have people believing that what they are seeing is not only educational, but that the events ...
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Is there a criterion to differentiate “thriller” from “horror”?

The genres, in my opinion, have a very slim boundary separating one from another. I see a lot of movies being categorized as thriller or horror almost interchangeably, which might seem like lack of ...
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“Buddy cop show” without two cops?

"Buddy cop show" is a common trope; but so is a partnering of a cop and a civilian, and especially a cop and an extraordinary civilian (a mentalist in The Mentalist, an immortal in Forever, a fallen ...
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Is this a genre, a plot template or something else?

I've stumbled upon (and watched) a number of films that share many things: Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver and so on (I will add as I recall othrs that I've seen and from comments). These ...
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Why there is no genre name for sad or crying movies?

For comedy there is a genre, for horror there is a genre, for action there is a genre. Then why is there no genre name for sad or crying movies?
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Is HBO's Generation Kill a musical?

Is Generation Kill a musical? I know, I know first answer to come to mind is no, but they are telling the story of a real event and place, and frequently the characters break into song. If I'm wrong ...
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Comparative Profitability of Genres in Movie History

I'd like to see a list of genres based in order of profitability throughout movie history. I suspect the horror genre is the most profitable genre going back all the way to the early days of movies, ...
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What does Bromantic comedy genre mean?

I heard that writing a bromantic comedy is the trendy business in many parts of the world including India. But what is Bromantic?
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Genre of Banshee

Does Banshee have a genre? To list some of the more wide and loose: Wikipedia: Action Drama, Crime Thriller IMDb: Action, Crime, Drama Rotten Tomatoes: Drama … For some reason it reminds me of a ...
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Is there a specific style or genre name for Jackie Chan's movies?

Aside from the obvious Action or Martial Arts, Jackie Chan's movies are filled with very angular fight scenes (i.e. Punch, Hesitation, Retraction, Counter, etc...). There is a deliberateness to it, ...
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What are considered the major film genres? [closed]

I understand this is a little subjective, but I'm trying to categorize all of my movies using an app called Plex, and it's got so many genres listed that it's making things difficult. So, I'm trying ...
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Have any TV shows spawned spin-offs of a different genre?

Spin-offs are a long-standing tradition in television, but generally the new shows stick quite closely to the aesthetics of the old. The Flash is much lighter in tone than Arrow, but it's still ...
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Has this plot ever been done?

Is there a movie where the hero protagonist has an obvious advantage in terms of strength or technology, but against all the odds, ultimately succumbs to the under dog villain? I can't think of a ...
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Revisionist westerns of the 70's

Why are many movies of the 70's called revisionist? If I look up many of Eastwood's westerns, they would be found in a search of 'revisionist westerns'. Why are they called that? Edit: By asking this,...
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Is there any term for the following subgenres of horror movies?

Horror movies can be basically divided into two broad categories: Where the 'villain' is a supernatural being. As in Exorcist, Conjuring etc.. Where the 'villain' is a human, usually a serial killer. ...
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Who decides the genre of a movie?

I've been so confused by the genres of movies for a long time, for instance take Robert Rodriguez's movies like Planet Terror and Machete, even though these movies are funny why comedy is not added as ...
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What is the difference between science fiction and horror?

I know that not all science fiction is scary and not all horror has unrealistic monsters or super powerful psycho killers, but at what point do these genres cross and what criteria separates a scifi ...
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Is Person of Interest sci-fi?

I've always classified Person of Interest as sci-fi, however most sites (such as wikipedia) never mention this and just call it crime and/or drama. My opinion is based on the following in-universe ...
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What are movies called that are recorded at the same place?

I wonder what is the specific term used or what are those movies like 127 Hours called that are recorded at the same place?
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What is the main genre of “hacking” films?

What is the main genre of "hacking" films which have hackers as characters in the film, e.g., "Die Hard 4" or "Nikita"? I tried to look up the genre of them but they are just Action | Crime | ...
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What is a “Spaghetti Western”?

I've seen numerous films being described as a Spaghetti Western. What exactly makes a film a Spaghetti Western?
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How exactly is the movie a comedy?

Considering that both Wikipedia and IMDb have classified Spring Breakers as a comedy-drama, I'd like to know what exactly are the comic elements of the movie? The Britney Spears references? James ...
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What makes a movie a “cult classic”?

As the title says, what actually defines a cult classic film? As an example, the Cube series (Cube, Cube 2 Hypbercube, and Cube Zero) are labeled as Cult Classics, but it does not seem like it is ...
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How come films like American Psycho, Fight club, In Bruges are black comedy?

Internet says "Black comedy is a form of comedy in which serious issues such as cannibalism, rape, genocide, terminal illnesses, etc. are treated humorously". But I don't see any comedy scenes in ...
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Is B Movie a genre?

Is B Movie a genre of it's own? Are there requirements that get a movie thrown into that category or do the producers specifically set out to make it a B movie? Netflex will list B horror as one of ...
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What is the genre of movies with multiple interrelated plots called?

There are a lot of movies these days with multiple interrelated plots. There are huge number of examples like Crash, Amores Perros, Babel and many others. Is there a specific name given or ...