- (countable) A film that was produced with the intent of fitting into a specific genre (such as science fiction, romantic comedy, horror, or film noir) with an existing audience.
- 1991, Marcia Landy, Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama, →ISBN, page 473:
But the general characteristics of the genre set limits on the individual genre film, which renders it simpler for the audience to follow.
- 2004, Thomas Schatz, Hollywood: Formal-aesthetic dimensions: authorship, genre and stardom, →ISBN:
Genre films may therefore contain a more accurate description and a more radical critique of the values of the society that produced them than can the serious film, which is so self-contemplative, so obsessed with its own aesthetic status, that it neglects its connection to the audience.
- 2015, Liam Burke, The Comic Book Film Adaptation, →ISBN:
A similar response is elicited by the genre film, with Langford suggesting that the “combination of sameness and variety is the linchpin of the generic contract”.
- (uncountable) All such films, collectively.
- 1998, Monique Guillory & Richard Green, Soul: Black Power, Politics, and Pleasure, →ISBN, page 241:
While genre film tends to treat things as they are and avoids the trap of advocating them, exploitation film sensationalizes them.
- 2009, Lincoln Geraghty, American Science Fiction Film and Television, →ISBN:
While Dixon's views on the audience may not be to everybody's liking, it is hard not to agree with his assessment of genre film; science fiction film was most definitely entering a period of predictability.
- 2003, Barry Keith Grant, Film Genre Reader III - Volume 3, →ISBN, page 472:
Nevertheless, I offer a tentative description of the representation of “race” and “blacks” in genre film.
- 2012, John Sundholm, Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema, →ISBN, page 213:
During the occupation, Johan directed many influential films with a high technical quality and pronounced sense of working in genre film, like the screwball comedy Mine Kære Koner (My Dear Wives, 1943) and the episodic Otte Akkorder (Eight Cords, 1944).