The MLA film citation is the standardized editorial style developed by the Modern Language Association, or MLA, to cite electronic sources such as motion pictures, which include film, DVD, and other video formats, in writing research papers. Typically, MLA film citations consist of important elements such as the title of the film or movie (in italics), the full name of the film or movie director, the main actors, the company, studio or publisher, and the year of film’s release.
You can start formatting your MLA film citation by typing the title of the movie in italics and followed by a period. Type in the abbreviation “Dir.” before typing in the director’s full name, including his first and last name. Then, add the abbreviation “Perf.” followed by the first and last names of at least two main actors and actresses featured in the film. Each name should be separated with a comma. Type in the company or studio name and the year of the film’s release. Finally, type “Film” to classify your source. End the entire list with a period.
In citing your film sources, please take note of the format of following MLA citation examples:
Amistad. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Djimon Hounsou. DreamWorks SKG, 1997. Film.
Gone with the Wind. Dir. George Cukor and Victor Fleming. Perf. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Warner Brothers, 1939. Film.
The Mummy. Dir. Stephen Sommers. Perf. Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. MCA Universal Home Video, 1999. Film.
The Silence of the Lambs. Dir. Jonathan Demme. Perf. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Orion Pictures, 1991. Film.
Titanic. Dir. James Cameron. Perf. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 1997. Film.
Remember to list your MLA citations alphabetically in your MLA works cited page. Should you require any further assistance in formatting your MLA film citations and references, you are welcome to use our works cited generator. When using our utility make sure that all required data is entered correctly in order for our program to generate your MLA citations accurately.