113 Best and Worst Movie Genres


Listen as a group of people talk about the style of movies that they love and hate.

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Hoa / Vietnam
speakerI love comedy because, you know, whenever you watch a movie you want to have fun and you want to relax so comedies, most of the time, they always they bring us laughter and they bring the joy for you, so I like it. For the genre of movie that I don't like is horror movies because there is a lot of blood and there is a lot of killing and there is a lot of like devils in the movies and I just don't like that.

Jeff / Canada
speakerA movie genre that I love is documentary style. I don't like wasting my time in these crazy Hollywood movies. I like to learn a little bit and extend my knowledge. I find that documentary style does this. The genre that I hate is probably romantic comedy. I'm already married, I don't have to go dating so I don't have to see these movies. Thank goodness!

Cheryl / Guam
speakerWhat is the movie genre I love and hate. Well I can tell you that I love the horror genre. More the silent, creepy, psychological horror type but not the gross blood vampires, monsters, spattering everywhere type. I really love the Japanese horror movies because it's very silent and slow and the scariness is in your brain. It's not visible like in a monster or in a vampire or something. I don't think I hate any movie genre.

Mike / United States
speakerI really love serious movies. I love dramas. Most people like action movies or comedies, maybe animation, and many people find dramas boring, but I really like them. I think they're more interesting. Not the same old car chase. Not the same old plot. What can I say? They're great.

Mauro / Brazil
speakerMy favorite movie genre? Let me see. I like a lot of romantic movies. I like love stories. They're really pretty amazing but on the other hand, what really makes me go to the theaters, what makes me rush to the theaters, would be the horror movies because it's something like brings s very big emotion when you're there, so horror movies, not my favorite, but it's what makes me go to the theaters.

Jonathan / Canada
speakerA genre of movie that I like. I can't say that there is only one genre I like. I usually like movies which go against the grain and maybe combine different genres. It's a drama at one point and then all of a sudden there is comedy. There's a little romance, some suspense, some violence and you are always kept on your toes. You don't know what is coming next. A movie for example like "Momento" or "The Usual Suspects" where you weren't sure which direction the movie was taking.

 

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

Thank goodness!

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I don't have to go dating so I don't have to see these movies. Thank goodness!

Thank goodness is a slightly softer way to say Thank God. It is usually to express happiness about a situation. Note the samples.

  1. I finally graduated. Thank goodness!
  2. Thank goodness we won't have to do that again.

gross

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I like scary movies, but not the gross blood vampires, monsters, spattering everywhere type.

Gross is another word for disgusting. Things that look bad, smell bad, or taste bad are gross. Here are two samples.

  1. I know worms are harmless, but they are so slimy and gross.
  2. He doesn't wash his hands after he used the bathroom. That's so gross!

plot

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Action movies often have the same old plot.

The plot of a movie or a book is the story or the action. Notice the following.

  1. The plot of this movie is so boring.
  2. Whoever wrote this plot must be a genius. It is so unique!

go against the grain

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I usually like movies which go against the grain and maybe combine different genres.

When something goes against the grain, it means that it does the opposite of what you expect. Here are a couple of examples.

  1. When rock and roll started in the 1950s, it really when against the grain of the other popular genres of the time.
  2. I like to go against the grain and not wear what is in fashion at the time.

on your toes

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There's a little romance, some suspense, some violence and you are always kept on your toes.

If something keeps you on your toes, it means that it is full of surprises and you have to be ready for anything. Notice the following.

  1. She keeps me on my toes because she is always joking.
  2. Young children keep you on your toes because you always have to watch them.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
Thank goodness • gross • plot
against the grain • on my toes
  1. When I take my son to work, I need to be and watch him always.
  2. Having a child, then getting married goes of family tradition.
  3. it will rain soon. We need the water.
  4. I saw a cat kill a bird. It was .
  5. The was diffucult to follow so I stopped reading the book.