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Citing Films, Movies, and YouTube

based on the MLA Handbook, 9th edition

Locate the following information about the film/video:

  • Creator of the film or video
  • Title of the film or video
  • Title of the site that the video was found on
  • Names of any contributors, such as a director or performer
  • Version (if applicable; can include uncut version, unrated version, widescreen, etc.)
  • Any numbers associated with the video
  • Publisher
  • Publication date
  • Name of the database (if applicable)
  • Location (usually a URL or a database name and a URL)

Structure of Citation:

Creator(s). “Title.” Title of Website, Contributor(s), Version (if applicable), Numbers (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL.


Rhett & Link. "Graduation Song." YouTube, 24 May 2013,

Kindergarten Cop. Directed by Ivan Reitman, performance by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Universal Pictures, 21 Dec. 1990. Amazon Prime,

Pocohantas. Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, Walt Disney Pictures, 23 June 1995.

The Crown. Netflix app, Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television Production UK, 2016.



Sanctuary. Directed by Tony Kind, screenplay by James Poe, performance by Lee Remick and Yves Montand, Twentieth Century Fox, 1961. YouTube, uploaded by LostCinemaChannel, 17 July 2014,


Information adapted from EasyBib and