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How to cite a movie in APA

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To cite a movie or series according to the APA 7th Edition citation style guide, you need the following information:

  • Director or Producer of the movie or series
  • Date when the movie or series was released
  • Title of the movie or series
  • Production company(s)

Depending on whether you want to reference a movie or a TV series, follow our guide for each of the different scenarios:

How to cite a movie in APA

To cite a movie in APA Style, you must add the following in order:

  1. The director(s) of the movie as the author element of the reference, followed by the “(Director).”
  2. Date when the movie was released. Provide as specific a date as possible although the year is enough
  3. The title of the movie (italicized), followed by “[Film]” in square brackets
  4. Finally, the production company(s) in the source element of the reference. You can add multiple production companies separated with a semicolon

For example, if you want to cite the Matrix movie:

The reference would look like this:

Wachowski, L., & Wachowski, L. (Directors). (1999). The Matrix [Film]. Warner Bros.; Village Roadshow Pictures; Groucho Film Partnership

The in-text citation would look like this:

(Wachowski & Wachowski, 1999)

How to cite a series in APA

To cite a Netflix, HBO, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, or Disney series in APA Style 7th edition, you must add the following in order:

  1. The executive producer(s) of the series as the author element of the reference, followed by the “(Executive Producer).”
  2. Date during which the series aired. Provide as specific a date as possible although the year is enough. If the series is still airing at the time you are writing, replace the second year with “present”: (2017–present).
  3. The title of the series (italicized), followed by “[TV series]” in square brackets
  4. Finally, the production company(s) in the source element of the reference. You can add multiple production companies separated with a semicolon

For example, if you want to cite Friends, the TV series:

The reference would look like this:

Crane, D., & Kauffman, M. (Executive Producers). (1994-2004). Friends [TV Series]. Warner Bros. Television; Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions

The in-text citation would look like this:

(Crane & Kauffman, 1994-2004)
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