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100 Greatest Films
Provides extremely detailed synopses of the "100 Greatest Films"--those that repeatedly appear on all-time best film lists and are often noted in the collective responses of film viewers.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Academy Awards)
The official site of the Academy Awards includes a database of all nominees and winners since 1927. Other information about the history of the Awards and the Academy is also available on this site.
AllMovie Guide
A nicely arranged site that permits searching by title or person; supplies a "Quick Browse" link to films by genre, country, or decade; and even has a glossary and collection of brief essays on selected film topics.
Box Office Mojo
Box Office Mojo is an online movie box office reporting service that provides daily, weekly, and yearly grosses for current movies. There are also listings for all-time box office champions, and earnings for over 9,000 popular films, actors, and directors. Includes links to international box office earnings--useful for finding out which American movies are most popular abroad.
DVDBeaver
Offers a variety of information for the discerning cinema fan, including reviews of  foreign, independent and classic films; articles; a film/DVD release date calendar; and comparisons covering all DVD Regions. DVDBeaver's detailed comparisons are especially valuable for film lovers who want to evaluate the different versions and features of available DVDs.
Internet Movie Database
The most extensive film database on the Internet covers over 150,000 movies with over 2,000,000 filmography entries. The IMDb provides links to reviews, images, credits, and other pertinent information, as well as to Amazon.com for purchase information. Allows title, name, keyword, and advanced searching.
Movie Review Query Engine
A gateway to reviews of movies past and present. The reviews come from a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times and Roger Ebert, and occasionally include foreign press sources.
Moving Image Archive
The Moving Images Archive is part of the larger Internet Archive site. This free, open-source collection provides easy access to thousands of digitized archival films ranging from classic full-length movies to daily alternative news broadcasts and user-uploaded videos of every genre. The site encourages widespread use of moving images in new contexts by people who might not have used them before. Of particular value are the collection's ephemeral films,  which are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.
National Film Registry
The Library of Congress, in consultation with a panel of experts, selects up to 25 “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” each year for the National Film Registry. While not meant to be a “best of” list, the Registry showcases the richness of American film and reminds the public of the need to preserve its cinematic heritage.
VideoETA
An excellent source for finding the release dates of upcoming theatrical films, games and DVDs.

Books

International Motion Picture Almanac 
   
New York: Quigley Publishing. Co., 2009

A comprehensive source for information on nearly every aspect of filmmaking, distribution, and exhibition. Includes listings (with contact information) for production services from advertising to talent scouts, for producers and distributors (both major studios and independents), and for professional organizations and government offices dealing with film. Hard-to-find information on theatre circuits, exhibitors, and even concession suppliers is also included.    
Call Number: XPN1993.3.I55 2009

The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States

The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States 
   
New York: R. R. Bowker, 1971-1999; future volumes pending

The multi-volume AFI Catalog, divided by decade, provides (according to the AFI Web site) “authenticated information on every feature-length film produced in America or financed by American production companies” from 1893–1950 and 1961–1970. Details on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres, and historical notes are included for each film. Also included is the accompanying index volume for each decade, which lists films by subject.
Call Number: XPN1998.A57Q
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The Complete Film Dictionary (2nd ed.)

The Complete Film Dictionary (2nd ed.) 
   
New York: Penguin Reference, 1997
Konigsberg, Ira

So what exactly is a gaffer? Filmmakers and compulsive end-credits readers can find the answer to their question from among the nearly 4,000 entries treating all aspects of filmmaking, with a useful focus on technical terms. (Hint: check page 161.)
Call Number: XPN1993.45.K66 1997
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The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume (5th ed.)

The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume (5th ed.) 
   
New York: Collins, 2005
Katz, Ephraim

Fun to read as well as a great research tool, this exhaustive reference work covers nearly all facets of filmmaking in America and abroad. Entries range from brief biographical sketches to country-by-country overviews of the major film industries. Important film-related organizations and events are covered; inventions, techniques, processes, equipment, and technical terms are clearly defined and explained.
Call Number: XPN1993.45.K34 2005
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The Motion Picture Guide 
   
Chicago, IL: Cinebooks, Inc., 1985–

Before the Internet Movie Database, The Motion Picture Guide was THE source to look up information about your favorite film. The alphabetically listed entries in volumes 1-9 cover American and important foreign films released between 1927 and 1983; supplemental volumes go through 1999. Separate index volumes list alternative titles, series, awards, and credits by personal name (including pseudonyms).
Call Number: XPN1993.M4334Q


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