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The Complete List of Film Sub-Genres

The Complete List

of Film Sub-Genres



Action/Adventure



Sub-Genres



Action Suspense-Thrillers

Animal Action Films

Biker

Blockbuster

Chase Films or Thrillers

Comic-Book Action

Conspiracy Thriller

(aka Paranoid Thriller)

Costume Adventures

Desert Epics

Epic Adventure Films

Erotic Thrillers

Escape

Girls With Guns

Guy Films

Heroic Bloodshed Films

Hong Kong

James Bond Series

Jungle and Safari Epics

Man or Woman-In-Peril

Man vs. Nature

Martial Arts

Mountain

Political Conspiracies, Thrillers

Rape and Revenge Films

Sea Adventures

Searchers/Expeditions for Lost Continents

Serialized films

Space Adventures

Straight Action/ Conflict

Surfing or Surf Films

Survival

Swashbuckler

Sword and Sorcery

(or "Sword and Sandal")

Techno-Thrillers

Treasure Hunts

Undercover



Comedy



Sub-Genres



Anarchic Comedies

Animals

Black Comedies (Dark Humor)

British Humor

Classic Comedies

Clown

Comedy Thrillers

Comic Criminals

Dumb Comedies

Family Comedies

Farce

Fish-out-of-water Comedies

Gross-out Comedies

Lampoon

Meet-Cute Screwball or

Romantic Comedies

Mockumentary (Fake Documentary)

Parenthood Comedies

Parody

Political Comedies

Populist

Pre-Teen Comedies

Re-Marriage Comedies

Satire

School Days

Screwball Comedies

Sex Comedies

Slacker

Slapstick

Social-Class Comedies

Sophisticated Comedies

Spoofs

Stand-Up

Stoner Comedies

Teen/Teen Sex Comedies

Urban Comedies



Crime & Gangster



Sub-Genres



Bad Girl Movies

Cops & Robbers

Detective/Private Eye/Mysteries

Film Noir

Hard-boiled Detective

Law and Order

Lovers on the Run

Mysteries

Neo-Noir

Outlaw Biker Films

Procedurals

Suspense-Thrillers

Trial Films

Vice Films

Victim



Drama



Sub-Genres



Adaptations, Based upon True Stories

Addiction and/or Alcoholism

Adult

African-American

British Empire

Chick Flicks or Guy-Cry Films

Childhood Dramas

Christmas Films

Costume Dramas

Diary Films

Disease/Disability

Docu-dramas

Ethnic Family Saga

Euro-Spy Films

Fallen Women

Generation Gap

High School

Holocaust

Investigative Reporting

Legal/Courtroom

Life Story

Love

Medical

Melodramas

Newspaper

Nostalgia

Presidential Politics or

Political Dramas

Prostitution

Gay and Lesbian

Race Relations,

Inter-racial Themes

Sexual/Erotic

(Steamy Romantic Dramas)

Shakespearean

Showbiz Dramas

Small-town Life

Soap Opera

Social Problem Film

Social Commentaries

Teen (or Youth) Films

Tragedy

Women's Friendship

Youth Culture



Epic/Historical



Sub-Genres



Biblical

Greek Myth

Medieval (Dark Ages)

Roman Empire



Horro



Sub-Genres



B-Movie Horror

Cannibalism or Cannibal Films

Classic Horror

Creature Features

Demonic Possession

Erotic

Ghosts

Gore

Gothic

Halloween

Haunted House, other Hauntings

Macabre

Older-Woman-In-Peril Films

('Hagsploitation')

Psychic Powers

Reincarnation

Satanic Stories

Serial Killers

Slashers or "Splatter" Films

Teen Terror ("Teen Screams")

Terror

Vampires

Witchcraft

Wolves, Werewolves



Musical/Dance



Sub-Genres

Ballet

Beach Party Films

Broadway Show Musicals

Concert Films

Dance Films

Folk Musicals

Hip-Hop Films

Operettas

Rockumentary

Stage Musicals



Science Fiction



Sub-Genres



50's Sci-Fi

Action Sci-Fi

Aliens, Extra-Terrestrial Encounters

Atomic Age

Classic Sci-Fi

Cyber Punk

End of World

Fantasy Films

Lost Worlds

Other Dimensions

Outer Space

Post-Apocalyptic

Pre-historic

Robots, Cyborgs,

and Androids

Sci-Fi Thrillers

Star Trek

Time or Space Travel

Virtual Reality



War



Sub-Genres



Aerial Combat, Aviation

Anti-War

Civil War

Korean

Prisoner of War/Escape

Revolutionary War

Submarine

Vietnam



Western



Sub-Genres



Cattle Drive

Epic Westerns

Frontier

Gunfighters

Outlaws

Road-Trail Journeys

Shoot-outs

Spaghetti Westerns



Hybrid Sub-Genres



Action Combat

Action Comedies

Alien Invasion

Autobiographic/Biographies

Blaxploitation

Buddy

Buddy Cop

Caper

Comedy Musicals

Coming of Age

Crime Dramas

Crime/Caper Comedies

Disaster

Dramatic Musicals

Espionage

Fairy Tale

Frankenstein/Mad Scientist

Futuristic

Heist/Caper

Historical

Hood Films

Horror Comedies

Indian War/History

Literary Adaptation

Mafia, Organized Crime, Mob Films

Military

Monsters/Mutants

Period Pictures

Prison

Psychological

Quest

Religious

Road

Romance

Sci-Fi Action

Science-Fiction Westerns

Space Adventures

Space Opera

Space Westerns

Spoof Westerns

Sports

Super-Heroes

Supernatural

War

Western Comedies

Western Musicals

Women in Prison

World War I

World War II

Zombies

The Complete List of Film Sub-Genres

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There is a phenomenal depth to the number of film genres that exist. Fortunately, most of them can be condensed into ten unique genres. Filmsite.org has broken it down: action/adventure, comedy, crime...
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