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MLA Citation Style, 8th Edition

This guide will provide rules and examples for using MLA citation style.

Films (Movies & Documentaries) - General Guidelines

Citing films will not always be uniform, depending on your focus.

For example, a film you discuss generally will be cited like so (Netflix example):

Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Directed by George Lucas, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977. Netflix, www.netflix.com/bq/title/60010932. 

You may also list actors and actresses, if relevant:

Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Directed by George Lucas, performances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977. Netflix, www.netflix.com/bq/title/60010932.

To emphasize a specific performer or director, you will place them as the author:

Hammill, Mark, performer. Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977. Netflix, www.netflix.com/bq/title/60010932.

Film from a Streaming Service

Example:

Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Directed by George Lucas. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977. Netflix, www.netflix.com/bq/title/60010932.

Film from a DVD

Example:

Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Directed by George Lucas. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977.