What you need:

Citing a film can be complicated. Films are frequently collaborative projects, with many different people contributing to their creation.  It can be difficult to identify a single author or creator.  Because of this, different style guides have defined which how many roles you should define in your citation, and in what order.  

We will be using the 1941 film The Lady Eve as an example:


TITLE:  The Lady Eve

DIRECTOR:  Preston Sturges

WRITERS: Monckton Hoffe and Preston Sturges

PERFORMERS:  Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda

MEDIUM: Motion Picture


DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Pictures

PRODUCER: Paul Jones





MLA The Lady Eve. Dir. Preston Sturges. Perf. Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. Paramount Pictures, 1941. DVD.
APA Jones, P. (Producer), & Sturges, P. (Director). (1941). The Lady Eve [Motion picture]. United States: Paramount Pictures.


For more information

For more information about these citation styles, and citing different types of films, use the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):

MLA Style: Film or Movies

APA Style: Motion Pictures

Chicago Manual of Style: Film and Television