Citing A Movie Title In Mla Essay

Simply put: no.

APA's Publication Manual (2010) indicates that, in the body of your paper, you should use italics for the titles of:

  • books
  • periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)
  • films
  • videos
  • TV shows
  • Microfilm publications

Beyond APA's specific examples, know that certain types of titles are almost always written in italics. 

Use italics in a word-processed document for the types of titles you'd underline if you were writing by hand.  A general rule of thumb is that within the text of a paper, italicize the title of complete works but put quotation marks around titles of parts within a complete work. 

The table below isn't comprehensive, but it's a good starting point

Titles in ItalicsTitles Placed in "Quotation Marks"
Title of a periodical (magazine, journal, newspaper)              Title of article in a periodical
Title of a book   Title of a chapter in a book
Title of a movie or playName of an act or scene in a movie or a play
Title of a television or radio series   Title of an episode within a tv or radio series
Title of a musical album or CDTitle of a song
Title of a long poemTitle of a short poem
Names of operas or long musical composition
Names of paintings and sculptures

Title of a short story

On an APA-style reference page, the rules for titles are a little different.  In short, a title you would italicize within the body of a paper will also be italicized on a reference page.  However, a title you'd place in quotation marks within the body of the paper (such as the title of an article within a journal) will be written in normal lettering and will not be in quotation marks.

Here are some examples:

Smith (2001) research is fully described in the Journal of Higher Education.

Smith's (2001) article "College Admissions See Increase" was published in the Journal of Higher Education after his pivotal study on the admissions process.

Film – Motion picture; a movie.


How to cite a film/movie

Structure:

Title. Dir. First M. Last. Perf. First M. Last. Distributor, Year Published. Media Type.

 

Example:

Little Miss Sunshine. Dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Perf. Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin. Fox Searchlight, 2006. DVD.


How to cite a movie/film found online

Structure:

Title. Dir. First M. Last. Perf. First M. Last. Distributor, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

 

 

Example:

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Dir. Lasse Hallstrom. Perf. Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Juliette Lewis. Paramount, 1993. Hulu. Web. 2 July 2010.


How to cite a video clip found online

Structure:

Title. Dir. First M. Last. Prod. First M. Last. Distributor, Year Created. Website Title. Website Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Note: Because this video is only hosted on YouTube, but not created by the service, we do not have to include the website publisher or the date of electronic publication.

Example:

Watermelon Baby. Prod. CrazyLaughAction. YouTube. Web. 22 July 2010.


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