10 Best Movies That Launched A Genre


In the fiercely competitive film industry, filmmakers often strive to create something new and unique. This has led to the birth of new genres and sub-genres in the movie world. Some films have paved the way for these genres by incorporating diverse elements from other movies, while others have simply dared to be different. Here are 10 films that have opened the door for new genres and sub-genres.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) laid the foundation for the zombie sub-genre, showcasing flesh-eating creatures and proving horror plots don't have to be complicated. Enter the Dragon (1973) introduced Bruce Lee's unique fighting style and led to the birth of the Bruceploitation sub-genre after his death.


Spies (1928) established the spy genre with its special agent protagonist, a female sidekick, and a criminal mastermind. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) became the first found footage film, inspiring the documentary-style format adopted by other directors.

Peeping Tom (1960) can be credited as the first slasher movie, featuring a cameraman villain who records his victims. Metropolis (1927) is considered one of the earliest cyberpunk movies, exploring themes of capitalism and class warfare.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (1937) was the first full-length animated film, setting a precedent for future animated movies. The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a classic film noir that showcases clever dialogue and morally questionable characters.

Frankenstein (1931) brought the monster genre to the big screen, depicting a monster capable of human-like emotions. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) pioneered the Blaxploitation genre by blending racial empowerment with stereotypes.

These films have all played a significant role in shaping their respective genres and have inspired countless filmmakers to push the boundaries of creativity.