From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmoviemov‧ie /ˈmuːvi/ ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] especially American English 1 AMFa film made to be shown at the cinema or on television It was like one of those old John Wayne movies.in a movie She once played the innocent victim in a horror movie.movie about a movie about two gay teenagers who fall in love2 → the moviesCOLLOCATIONSverbswatch/see a movieWe watched the movie and ate popcorn.go to a movieHow about going to a movie?take in a movie American English (=go to see a movie)Maybe we could go out to dinner and take in a movie.appear in/be in a movieShe’s also appeared in ten movies.star in a movie (=play one of the main characters)Depp will star in director Tim Burton’s next movie.a movie stars/features somebodya movie starring Will Smithmake/shoot a movieThe children have made their own movies for the contest.direct a movieHe wrote and directed the movie.show/screen a movieWhat movies are they showing this weekend?a movie is released (=becomes available for the public to see)The movie has already been released in the US.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + moviean old movieShe was watching an old movie on television.a classic movie (=an old movie that is very good)a scene from the classic movie ‘Casablanca’a hit movie (=a successful movie)He has directed a string of hit movies.a cult movie (=one that a small group of people like very much and watch often)a showing of the cult movie ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’a big-budget/low-budget movie (=one that cost a lot of money to make, or very little money to make)He won a role in a big-budget movie.movie + NOUNthe movie industryHow did you get started in the movie industry?a movie starShe looked like a movie star.a movie directorHe and his wife are both movie directors.a movie producerHe started out as an actor, then became a movie producer.a movie premiere (=the first showing of a movie)She wore the dress to a movie premiere.a movie cameraDo you know how to operate a movie camera?a movie screenIt was strange to see herself up there on the movie screen.THESAURUSfilm especially British English, movie especially American English a series of images that tell a story and are shown in a cinema or on televisionWhat’s your favourite movie?It won the award for best foreign film.a made-for-TV moviemotion picture formal (also picture) a film – used especially by people who make films or by criticsa major Hollywood motion pictureTell us about your latest picture.blockbuster informal a very successful filmSteven Spielberg’s latest Hollywood blockbusterflick informal a film – a very informal usean action flickdocumentary a film that gives detailed information and facts about a particular subjecta documentary on the rain forestfeature film a film made to be shown in cinemasThe book was later made into a full-length feature film starring Sean Penn. comedy a film intended to make people laughMonroe appeared in a number of comedies.romantic comedy (also romcom British English informal) a film about two people who are in love, which is intended to make the people who watch it feel happy‘Notting Hill’ is a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. thriller an exciting film, especially about murder or serious crimes‘The Birds’ is a classic Hitchcock thriller.film noir a film that shows strong feelings of fear or evil and whose characters are often immoral, or these films in general‘The Big Sleep’ is a classic Hollywood film noir.action film/movie a film that has lots of fighting, explosions etcStallone’s latest action moviehorror film/movie a frightening film about ghosts, murders etcShe loves watching old horror movies.western a film with cowboys in itJohn Wayne is famous for making westerns.science fiction film/movie (also sci-fi film/movie informal) a film about imaginary events in the future or in outer space‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is probably the most famous sci-fi movie ever made.gangster film/movie a film about violent criminalssilent film/movie an old film without any soundThe 1920s were the golden age of silent movies.an independent film/movie a film made by a small film companyanimated film/movie/cartoon a film with characters that are drawn or made using a computerOne of his first animated films was ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. anime /ˈænɪmeɪ, -mə/ a type of Japanese animated film, which often has a science fiction storyMiyazaki’s anime film ‘Spirited Away’ became an international success. an anime characterCGI the use of computers to create characters and images in a filmThe film uses CGI.Disney’s latest CGI movieshort a short film, usually shown before a longer movie in the cinemaan animated shorttrailer a series of short scenes from a film or programme, shown in order to advertise it in a cinema, on television etcWe had to sit through all the trailers.the people who make filmactor a man or woman who acts in a filma previously unknown actorBrando was one of Hollywood’s greatest actors.actress a woman who acts in a film. Women who appear in films or plays usually prefer to be called actorsShe was the actress who played Scarlet O'Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’.star a famous actor or actressHe looked liked a movie star.a hotel which was used by the stars director the person who tells the actors and actresses in a film what to doThe director of the film is Quentin Tarantino. producer the person who makes the arrangements for a film to be made and controls the budgetfilm/movie crew the people operating the camera, lights etc who help the director make a film
Examples from the Corpusmovie• Like any movie scientist worthy of his white coat, Bridges goes slowly mad.• The definitive movie on these two men whose courage reshaped a nation remains to be made.• It was the first movie we ever saw alone without our parents.• People should never assume they know anyone even vaguely from movies and television.• a Hollywood movie• All bedrooms are of a high standard offering private facilities, satellite colour television, in-house movies and hospitality tray.• The other went on to film school and a career in the movie business.• The movie succeeds to a modest extent by taking full advantage of the romantic screen personas of its two stars.