ACT 5. MOVIE GENRES.

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Bellow you can read a list of movie genres, their definitions and some movie examples.

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GENRE:

ACTION

DEFINITION:These films usually include high energy, big-budget physical stunts and chases, possibly with rescues, battles, fights, escapes, destructive crises (floods, explosions, natural disasters, fires, etc.), non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous, often two-dimensional ‘good-guy‘ heroes or heroines battling ‘bad guys‘ – all designed for pure audience escapism.
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EXAMPLES:Sky Fall (James Bond 007), The A Team, The Expendables, Rambo, A Good Day to Hard Die, Battleship, Dredd, Thor, Batman, Spiderman, Lockout, The Fast and Furious, Die Another Day,  …

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GENRE:

ADVENTURE

DEFINITION:

These films are usually exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales, very similar to or often paired with the action film genre. They can include traditional swashbucklers, and historical spectacles (similar to the epics film genre), searches or expeditions for lost continents, “jungle” and “desert” epics, treasure hunts, disaster films, or searches for the unknown.

EXAMPLES:

Raiders of the Lost Arc, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Pirates of Caribbean, Scorpion King, The Adventures of Salomon King, Jurassic Park, …

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GENRE:

COMEDY

DEFINITION:

These films are light-hearted plots consistently and deliberately designed to amuse and provoke laughter (with one-liners, jokes, etc.) by exaggerating the situation, the language, action, relationships and characters.

EXAMPLES:Pink Panther, Mr Bean, The Mask, To Rome with Love, Somethings Gotta Give, The Campaign , Sleeper, Kick Ass, The Hangover, Anchorman, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, …

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GENRE:

CRIME

DEFINITION:

These films are developed around the sinister actions of criminals or mobsters, particularly bank-robbers, underworld figures, or ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law, stealing and murdering their way through life.

EXAMPLES:

The Godfather, Lawless, Kill Bill, Get the Gringo, Pulp Fiction, Killer Joe, The Departed, Killing them softly, Se7en, No Country for Old Men, Goodfellas, Snatch, American History X, Léon: the Professional, …

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GENRE:

DRAMA

DEFINITION:

These films are serious, plot-driven presentations, portraying realistic characters, settings, life situations, and stories involving intense character development and interaction. Usually, they are not focused on special-effects, comedy, or action, and are probably the largest film genre, with many subsets.

EXAMPLES:

Life is beautiful, Titanic, Bicycles Thief, The Pursuit of Happyness, The boy in the Striped Pajamas, …

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GENRE:

HORROR

DEFINITION:

These 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.

EXAMPLE:

Psycho, Halloween, Dracula, Frankenstein, Nightmare in Helm Street, Freddie Kruger, …

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GENRE:

MUSICAL

DEFINITION:

These films are cinematic forms that emphasize full-scale scores or song and dance routines in a significant way (usually with a musical or dance performance integrated as part of the film narrative), or they are films that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography.

EXAMPLES:Grease, Saturdays Night Live, Hairspray,  Mama Mia, High School Musical, Dirty Dancing, Cabaret. Moulin Rouge, …

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GENRE:

SCIENCE FICTION

DEFINITION:

These films are often quasi-scientific, visionary and imaginative – complete with heroes, aliens, distant planets, impossible quests, improbable settings, fantastic places, great dark and shadowy villains, futuristic technology, unknown and unknowable forces, and extraordinary monsters (‘things or creatures from space’), either created by mad scientists or by nuclear havoc.

EXAMPLESMatrix, Avatar, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Armageddon,  …

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GENRE:

WESTERN

DEFINITION:

These films are 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 (six-guns, horses, dusty towns and trails, cowboys, Indians, etc.).

EXAMPLE:Gunfight at the OK Corral, Barstool Cowboy, Stagecoach, The good, the bad and the ugly, A Fistful of dollars, The Searchers,  …

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GENRE:

WAR

DEFINITION:

These 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 for the action of the film.

EXAMPLES:

In Hostile Land, Saving Private Ryan, Admiral, City of Life and Death,  Inglorious Bastards, …

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Published by

Neus Suñer Bennasar

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