Harvard Film PhD Program: Genre Films

This is a suggested viewing list of Hollywood genre films (with an emphasis on the classical studio era) for the Film and Visual Studies PhD offered by Harvard University. The films are in chronological order, divided by genre.

More information is available at the website: www.ves.fas.harvard.edu/fvs_readings.html

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NOTES
#1-12 are Comedies.
#13-25 are Epics.
#26-41 are Film Noir.
#42-55 are Gangster Films.
#56-70 are Historical and War Films.
#71-86 are Horror Films.
#87-101 are Melodramas.
#102-115 are Musicals.
#116-127 are Science Fiction Films.
#128-143 are Westerns.
#144 onwards is Independent Cinema.

  • Trouble in Paradise

    1

  • It Happened One Night

    2

  • A Night at the Opera

    3

  • My Man Godfrey

    4

  • The Awful Truth

    5

  • Bringing Up Baby

    6

  • The Philadelphia Story

    7

  • His Girl Friday

    8

  • Sullivan's Travels

    9

  • The Lady Eve

    10

  • Some Like It Hot

    11

  • Annie Hall

    12

  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    13

  • Cleopatra

    14

  • The Good Earth

    15

  • Gone with the Wind

    16

  • The Robe

    17

  • The Ten Commandments

    18

  • Giant

    19

  • Ben-Hur

    20

  • Spartacus

    21

  • El Cid

    22

  • Reds

    23

  • Titanic

    24

  • Gladiator

    25

  • The Maltese Falcon

    26

  • Double Indemnity

    27

  • Laura

    28

  • Phantom Lady

    29

  • Detour

    30

  • The Big Sleep

    31

  • Gun Crazy

    32

  • The Big Heat

    33

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    34

  • Touch of Evil

    35

  • Point Blank

    36

  • The Long Goodbye

    37

  • Chinatown

    38

  • The Conversation

    39

  • Night Moves

    40

  • Pulp Fiction

    41

  • Underworld

    42

  • Little Caesar

    43

  • The Public Enemy

    44

  • Scarface

    45

  • Angels with Dirty Faces

    46

  • The Roaring Twenties

    47

  • White Heat

    48

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    49

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    50

  • The Godfather

    51

  • The Godfather: Part II

    52

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    53

  • GoodFellas

    54

  • Reservoir Dogs

    55

  • The Big Parade

    56

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    57

  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    58

  • Mrs. Miniver

    59

  • Casablanca

    60

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    61

  • From Here to Eternity

    62

  • Paths of Glory

    63

  • Patton

    64

  • Full Metal Jacket

    65

  • Schindler's List

    66

  • The Thin Red Line

    67

  • Saving Private Ryan

    68

  • Inglourious Basterds

    69

  • The Hurt Locker

    70

  • Dracula

    71

  • King Kong

    72

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    73

  • Cat People

    74

  • The Seventh Victim

    75

  • The Thing from Another World

    76

  • The Night of the Hunter

    77

  • Psycho

    78

  • The Birds

    79

  • Rosemary's Baby

    80

  • Night of the Living Dead

    81

  • The Exorcist

    82

  • Carrie

    83

  • The Shining

    84

  • The Blair Witch Project

    85

  • Paranormal Activity

    86

  • 7th Heaven

    87

  • Blonde Venus

    88

  • The Scarlet Empress

    89

  • Stella Dallas

    90

  • Stage Door

    91

  • Dance, Girl, Dance

    92

  • Rebecca

    93

  • Now, Voyager

    94

  • Mildred Pierce

    95

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman

    96

  • All About Eve

    97

  • The Bad and the Beautiful

    98

  • All That Heaven Allows

    99

  • Imitation of Life

    100