What kinds of films do you like?

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Joanne: Hi there, everyone. I'm here with some of the members of the LearnEnglish team, and we're talking about films and series today. So, I'd just like to know what type of films and series you enjoy watching. What about you, Jo?

Jo: It's difficult to say. I watch all sorts of different films and things. I really like science fiction. I love a true crime, a good true crime documentary. That tends to be more series. Um, anything. Anything that's good and interesting.

Joanne: I'm not a big science fiction fan really myself.

Jo: Are you not?

Joanne: No, science fiction, horror and fantasy a little bit. But I tend to like more the kind of real-life stories with real people. 

Jo: I think horror, if it's kind of more of a psychological thriller. I hate it when you know it's going to make you jump. And you're just waiting for that, like …! 

Joanne: What about you, Kirk? What kind of films or series are you into? 

Kirk: Well, similar to you two. Really, I mean, if it's something with a story, with characters that are facing some problem or working on something together. You know, I like science fiction, but I have to admit I think there's few science fiction films that do a good job of that. But, um, like Jo, anything where there's something real happening that you can relate to in some way. Um, and yeah, I don't really like horror films. I used to watch them a bit more, but especially now, like a slasher film, I have no interest whatsoever.

Joanne: It's not your cup of tea any more.

Kirk: No.

Joanne: What about you, Joanna? Do you agree with us? Or have you got a different type of film or series that you like watching?

Joanna: Um, I really don't like horror films, I'm with you all in that. I like films with a really good storyline and really nice, good characters that you can believe in. Like real-life-type stories that you can get into. And biographical films, documentaries, yep, all the real, a good story, told in …

Joanne: OK, I think we all agree, then, that we like to have a good story when we watch a film or series. So, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know what type of films and series do you like watching? Are there types that you don't like at all? And, yep, we're looking forward to reading your comments. See you later. 


In this video, the LearnEnglish team talk about the type of films and series they enjoy watching, and some types they don't like at all.

Here are some of the things they said.

  • I really like science fiction.
  • I love a good true crime documentary.
  • I like anything that's good and interesting.
  • I like films with a really good storyline and characters that you can believe in.
  • I'm not a big science fiction fan.
  • I hate it when you know it’s going to make you jump!
  • I don't really like horror films.

Over to you

  • What kind of films and series do you enjoy watching?
  • Do you like the same kind of films and series as someone else? Reply and let them know.

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Submitted by WinMyint Phyo on Wed, 22/03/2023 - 05:12


Dear ,
As for me, I hardly used to watch films or series. But sometimes, whenever I feel bored, depression or something that we felt seriously, I watch some films. Actually I prefer to watch the films that motivate to me.

Submitted by henriquespedro on Sat, 18/03/2023 - 22:38


I really like science fiction. i like suspense movies or series too. I like when there is some mystery to discover the truth too.

In fact, I prefer series instead movies.

My wife likes romantic comedy movies. Then I have watched this kind of movie with her.

Hi Niloya,

Thanks for your recording. I'm happy to hear that you like the topic!
Have you got a favourite animation or biographical film?

Best wishes,
LearnEnglish team

Hi Juanrojos,

Thanks for your recording. I watched The Shining many years ago and I still remember being really scared!

Best wishes,
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Roocio on Fri, 17/03/2023 - 19:20


Hi! My favourite kind of series and movies are thriller or romantic. It is funny because this two do not have nothing similar. I have the same kind of films and series with my siblings. We always watch films together.

Hi udvikas! Thank you for your very interesting comment. I like watching documentaries too. They say real life is stranger than fiction, and it's often true. I know exactly what you mean about finding inspiration from real life people. Do you have any recommendations for good documentaries that people can watch in English?

Best wishes


LearnEnglish team

Hi Jo,
You wrote: "They say real life is stranger than fiction, and it's often true".
What do you think about this?
It is a pleasure to read your comments, and I would like to get some feedback from you on mine as well. Thank you.
Best wishes

Hi User_1! Thanks so much for joining in the conversation. You've asked a really interesting question – I love it!

Is real life stranger than fiction?  What do people think?

Please keep replying to other people's comments and encouraging conversation between learners. That's exactly what we want here! 

Have a good weekend!


LearnEnglish team

Submitted by merw1 on Thu, 16/03/2023 - 16:56


Hello everyone! This is my first time in this website. I’m Merve from Turkey.
I’d like to talk about topic. I love watching strong women for example The Old Guard. You can watch it on Netflix. The film is about an immortal fighter and her name is Andy. I think it is the most fascinating movie I have ever seen.

Hi Kyaw Khaing Hein! Thank you for your comment. I found it really interesting. I agree that the world of medicine is a fascinating topic for drama – the science of it, the human stories and the moral and emotional questions. I'm not sure I fully understand your connection to medicine in real life. Are you working in the medical profession? Or are you interested as a patient? I'm interested to know more! 

Thanks and best wishes


LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Kyaw Khaing Hein on Tue, 14/03/2023 - 15:23


I really like watching all kind of movie, basically on my mood. If I have to choose one, I'm into drama base on the medical related story line such as Grey' Anatomy, New Amsterdam, A Good Doctor. I'm fascinating to the operation, examine the diseases and cure. It so excited and interesting to me. Beside that it is useful in the real life, if we face about medical condition.

Hi Thinzar Hlaing,

Nice to hear your audio message! I am not a horror fan either. Have you watched any good movies recently?


LearnEnglish team

I watched K-dramas too. I watched boys over flowers, W etc. I don’t like horror films too. I saw nightmares when I watch them. That’s awful!

Submitted by Syer on Mon, 13/03/2023 - 08:02


My favourite film is Miracle, which main actor is Kurt Russel. This film shows the dramatic story between USA and URSS in hockey Ice at winter olimpic from 1980. In this ocasion, the USA manager faces with a lot courage the public opinion firing the top players of team and composing an other with youngers players. It's a great exemple of leadership.

Hi Syer,

I haven't seen this film but it sounds interesting. So does the real-life hockey match that the film was based on. Do you like sports films in general?


LearnEnglish team

Hi Jonathan!

Thank you so much for your reply! I really like films based in real-life, even that show another themes. I mean, I enjoy watching documentaries.

Submitted by DariaMur on Sun, 12/03/2023 - 19:06


Hi everyone! I like comedies, not all, but many, especially with satire. My favorite recent ones are Don't Look Up, The Death of Stalin, Wrong Cops, Borat. I don't really like serieses because they are long and take a lot of time away from real life.

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Submitted by qusay hussein on Sun, 12/03/2023 - 10:59


I really love romantic and detective movies.

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Submitted by qusay hussein on Sun, 12/03/2023 - 10:58


In fact, I love romantic, detective films. There is always the sense factor which makes me very moving. I also watch documentaries from time to time. I can't stand science fiction films as they are far awaybfrim reality.

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Submitted by Ciralu_1 on Sun, 12/03/2023 - 01:54


I like funny movies, since I enjoy having a good time after work, forget about my daily routine and just relax. Additionally, I love documentaries and history films, having in mind what the British statesman Winston Churchill wrote, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Finally, I consider an inspiration to know about other people´s lives and stories based on true events in order to learn from them and encourage myself to reach my own goals.

Submitted by archana_languagegeek on Sat, 11/03/2023 - 10:09


I enjoy watching various films but my first preference is geographical documentaries because I love to know it. I also prefer to watch films based on real stories as it inspires me and I would like to entertain myself with Bollywood movies just for fun. However, I don't like over loaded romantic movies.

Hello archana_languagegeek,

Are there any geographical documentaries you can recommend? I tend not to watch documentaries very much, but when I do, I always think I'd like to watch more of them. It would be great to have some suggestions if you have any.

LearnEnglish team


I can't watch horror films either. They're too scary for me, and sometimes even the suspenseful films that you mentioned are also too tense for me! Instead I usually go for funny or light-hearted films. Have you seen any good films lately?


LearnEnglish team

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Submitted by Andres Felipe … on Sat, 11/03/2023 - 03:34


Hello! Talking about favorite movies, my favorite movie genre is comedy movies, because I can have a fun time with my family or friends, but I also like to watch them alone.
In aeries, I enjoy watching docuseries because they show us real things and i can learn about histories and what is going on around the world in our everyday lives.

Submitted by mahameme on Fri, 10/03/2023 - 21:10


For me I love romantic films and light comedy films mixed together ..I love films which separate me from the real life for awhile i don't like films which exhaust me in thinking like science fiction ,action ,horror ,drama also make me cry and it cause me bad mood so i don't prefer it very much

Submitted by User_1 on Fri, 10/03/2023 - 13:55


In general, I am involved by movies with a great storyline and reliable characters.
In particular, I am keen on the autobiographical and biographical genre: true plots of real facts. Not historical novels, but real lives.
I am interested to find out the behaviour of the people in the story trying to put myself in their shoes.
What do the LearnEnglish team think about it?

Hi User_1,

Me too. I have read a few autobiographies of football players and they always have interesting stories to tell about what goes on behind the scenes.

I like biographical dramas too but I am never sure how historically accurate they are, and how much is fictionalised. Recently I watched a film of the musical Hamilton and it was very interesting to learn about the man's extraordinary life – but I still ought to do some research to find out how historically accurate it was!

Have you watched any biographical films/series lately?


LearnEnglish team

Hi Jonathan,
thanks for your reply and sorry for my grammatical mistakes.
The film of the musical Hamilton sounds like really interesting for his extraordinary life, as you said.
Lately, I have not watched a biography, but a strange French film "Mal de Pierres", set in the 1950s.
Could anyone of the team like it?

Hi User_1,

I had never heard of that one, but it looks good. I'll have to see if I can find it. 

The last French film I saw is called Une histoire d'amour et de désir, which was really very good.

LearnEnglish team

Hi Jsambia,

Me too. I like the combination as well - action films that are also funny!


LearnEnglish team