There are many films genres, styles and categories; this page provides guidance on how to find analyses and examples of them, selected reference and web resources for many genres.
The following are examples of Orbis subject headings for books about (and sometimes examples of) films of various genres and types.
A film genre isn't its theme or topic, but there may be overlap. SEE ALSO Themes, Subjects & Characters.
There is (alas) no genre called "Cult films."
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Films by Genre: 775 categories, styles, trends, and movements defined, with a filmography for each. Daniel Lopez. Jefferson, N.C. ; London: McFarland & Co., 1993.
SML Reference, PN1998 L63X 1993
The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus. Christopher Case. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1996.
SML Reference, PN1998 C323X 1996
Consists of two major sections. The first is a list of films by title, providing a one-sentence synopsis, its genre(s), and its topics or themes. The second section lists the genres and topics, and the films that provide examples.
A source for bibliographies on many movie genres.
The following list only includes selected printed materials available at the Yale University Library.
Contemporary action cinema. Lisa Purse. SML Stacks, PN1995.9.A3 P87 2011
Encyclopedia of the documentary film. Ian Aitken, editor. SML Reference, PN1995.9.D6 E53X 2006+
Historical dictionary of film noir. Andrew Spicer. SML Reference, PN1995.9.F54 S685X 2010
Film noir: the encyclopedia. Edited by Alain Silver. SML Stacks, PN1995.9.F54 F656 2010 Oversize
Encyclopedia of film noir. Geoff Mayer and Brian McDonnell. SML Reference, PN1995.9.F54 M39X 2007
A-Z of horror films. Howard Maxford. SML Reference, PN1995.9 H6 M3245X 1997
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Historical dictionary of science fiction cinema. M. Keith Booker. SML Stacks, PN1995.9.S26 B566X 2010.
Encyclopedia of science fiction movies. C.J. Henderson. SML Reference, PN1995.9 S26 H38X 2001+
Silent films, 1877-1996: a critical guide to 646 movies. Robert K. Klepper. SML Reference, PN1995.75 K57X 1999
Brassey's guide to war films. Alun Evans. SML, Reference PN1995.9 W3 E78 2000+
Encyclopedia of westerns. Herb Fagen. SML, Reference PN1995.9.W4 F27 2003+