This is a simple resource for writers or filmmakers. A good way to start developing your idea for your story is to decide on the genre. This list is a work in progress and is free for anyone to use.

Classic Greek Genres

Drama
Comedy
Melodrama
Farce

Modern Genres

Action & Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Horror
Sci-Fi
Fantasy

Sub-Genres

Alien Invasion
Animation / Anime
Art Film
Avant-Garde
Biography
Black Comedy
Blaxploitation
Buddy Movie
Caper / Heist
Cinéma du look
Chick Flick
Christmas / Holiday
Cinéma Vérité
Coming of Age
Courtroom / Trial
Creature Feature
Crime
Cult
Cyberpunk
Documentary
Detective & Mystery
Disaster
Epic / Myth
Experimental / Expressionist
Exploitation
Family
Film de Femme
Film-Noir
Found Footage
Futuristic
Gangster
Giallo (Italian Thriller)
Ghost / Haunting
Heist
Historical
Historical Fiction
Holiday Film
Martial Arts
Melodrama
Mockumentary
Monster
Mumblecore
Music
Musicals / Dance
Mystery
Occult
Parody
Period
Picaresque
Pirate / Swashbucklers
Police / Cop
Political
Prehistoric
Prison
Propaganda
Post Apocalyptic
Psycho
Psychological
Road Film
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Satire
Screwball
Silent Film
Spoof
Slapstick
Slasher
Spaghetti Western
Sports
Spy Film
Superhero
Supernatural Thriller
Surrealism
Survival
Suspense
Sword and Sandal
Sword and Sorcery
Thriller
Tragedy
War
Western
Whodunnit
Vampire
Werewolf
Zombie

Director’s  styles (-esque)

Alfonso Cuarón – Narrative Drama
Bryan Singer – Sci-Fi; Fantasy Action
Burt Kennedy – Western
Christopher Nolan – Action
David O. Russell – Action-Comedy
Edgar Wright – Action-Comedy
Guillermo del Toro – Sci-Fi Fantasy
J. J. Abrams – Sci-Fi Action
John Carpenter – Horror; Sci-Fi / Fantasy
John Ford – Western
John Hughes – Coming of Age / teen
John Waters – Absurd Comedy
Joss Whedon – Sci-Fi; Fantasy
Luc Besson – Sci-Fi Fantasy; Narrative Drama
Michael Bay – Action
Miyazaki – Anime
Peter Jackson – Fantasy
Quentin Tarantino – Action-Drama
Robert Zemeckis – Fantasy
Sergio Leone – Spaghetti Western
Spierig Brothers – Horror
Stanley Kubrick – Sci-Fi Fantasy
Terrence Malick – Drama
Terry Gilliam – Fantasy
Tim Burton – Fantasy
Wachowski Siblings – Sci-Fi Action
Wes Anderson – Quirky Comedy
Zack Snyder – Action

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