30 Sept 2016


Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?

Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)

  • Courtroom drama - A film based around a trial, often a murder but not always.  [Anything based on a Grisham novel.]
  • Detective films - A film based around a cop, private detective or amateur detective solving a crime.  [Dirty Harry]
  • Gangster - A film based around the mob.  [The Godfather]
  • Heist - A film based around a group of people committing a complex crime.  [Ocean's Eleven]
  • Heist Gone Wrong - A film based around a group of people after a crime goes horribly wrong.  [Reservoir Dogs]
  • Murder Mysteries - A type of detective film, but more in the Agatha Christie style, usually a murder solved like a puzzle.  [Any adaptation of Christie]
  • Noir - A stylish type of detective film usually from the 40s or 50s.  [The Maltese Falcon]
  • Serial Killer Films - A type of detective film where a series of murders by a single killer is investigated.  [Silence of the Lambs]
  • Sherlock Holmes films - Films based on the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  [Sherlock Holmes]
  • Vigilante films - A film in which an ordinary citizen takes the law into their own hands.  [Death Wish]

There may be a lot of crossover between these sub-genres, Noir and Sherlock Holmes films are types of Detective films.  Films may be tested in multiple genres.

There are crime sub-genres not included here that appeared on previous polls.
There are crime sub-genres not included here that will appear on later polls
  • Exploitation films - will include: Rape/Revenge (connected to the vigilante sub-genre).
  • Thriller & Suspense films - probably most of.
Any sub-genres of comedy or musical films you feel are missing and need to be added to the list?  Any films that need to be tested?  Please comment below.

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