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  • Action films usually include chases and fights, high energy, big-budget physical stunts, battles, escapes, races against time and crises featuring non-stop motion, break-neck rhythm and pacing. Sub-Genres: •Spy •Espionage •Political Thrillers •Martial Arts Films •Races against time Typical villain and hero Guns or other weapons Cars Police
  • Adventure films are exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales, very similar to or often paired with the Action film genre. Sub-Genres: •Swashbucklers •Serialized films •Historical epics •Expedition films •Treasure hunts •Disaster films •Strange mysteries
  • Comedies are light- hearted plots deliberately designed to amuse and provoke laughter by exaggerating the situation, language, action, relationshi ps and characters Sub-Genre: •Slapstick •Screwball •Spoofs •Parodies •Romantic Comedies •Black Comedy •Satirical Comedy
  • Crime films features the sinister actions of criminals, mobsters, bank robbers, underworld figures and ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law, stealing and murdering their way through life. Sub-Genres: •Gangster films •Detective films •Film noir •Mysteries •Serial killer films •Suspense films •Thrillers •Courtroom dramas
  • Dramas are serious, plot driven films, portraying realistic characters, settings, life situations, and stories involving intense character development and interaction. Sub-Genres: • Melodramas • Romance • Biographical films • ‘Adult’ films • Sports films • Road movies • ‘Guy’ films
  • Epics take an historical or imagined event, mythic, legendary, or heroic figure, and add an extravagant setting and lavish costumes, accompanied by grandeur and spectacle, dramatic scope, high production values, and a sweeping musical score. Sub-Genres: • Historical dramas • Costume dramas • War film • Medieval romps • Period pictures • Adventure films • Religious films
  • Horror films are designed to frighten and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. Sub-Genres: • Slasher • Science Fiction • Supernatural • Teen Terror • Serial killers • Satanic • Monsters
  • 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 centred on combinations of music, dance, a song or choreography. Sub-Genre: • Broadway musicals • Musical comedy • Concert films • Performance films • Music biographies
  • Sci-fi films are often quasi-scientific, visionary and imaginative – complete with heroes, aliens, distant planets, quests, fantastic places, new technology, and extraordinary monsters. Sci-fi films often feature multiple genres. Sub-Genre: • Futuristic film • Visionary • Horrific • Graphic novels • Medical miseries • Devil machines • Mad science • Space invaders
  • War films acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting (against nations or humankind) on land, sea, or in the air provide the primary plot or background action for the film. Sub-Genre: • War dramas • Military operations • Anti-war films • POW stories • Military stories
  • Westerns are the major defining genre of the American film Industry – a eulogy to the early days of the expansive American frontier. They are one of the oldest, most enduring genres with very recognizable plots, elements and characters. Sub-Genre: • Epic western • The “singing cowboy” • The “spaghetti” western • Contemporary Western • Revisionist western • Comedy western • Post-apocalyptic