Arts & Entertainment

How to Identify Film Genres: Beginner’s Guide to 13 Film Genres

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 5 min read

Film genres are categories that define a movie based on its narrative elements. Each genre is unique in the types of stories they tell. Genres have changed and evolved over time, creating several subgenres that further define the filmmaking styles.