Everyone enjoys a good movie, right? Movies are extremely popular in the English-speaking world. They are a great conversational topic because people usually have strong opinions or theories about different movies.

In this article we've collected lots of phrases that will be useful for when you go to the movies or for talking about movies in general. Take a look and improve your English!

Entering the Movie Theater

Before you enter a movie theater you will most likely have to buy tickets at the ticket counter first. This is usually located right by the front entrance to the theater. The phrases in this table will be useful for when you are buying your tickets and snacks.
Two tickets for the evening showing of Signs of Mars.
 
I'd like three tickets for Flower of Autumn.
 
Which showing would you like?
 
Sorry, but the showing is sold out.
 
Can I see some ID, please?
 
Snacks and beverages can be purchased at the front counter.
 
Enjoy the movie!
 
Please silence your phones.
 
 

Asking about Movies

In the table below, you'll find lots of phrases that you can use to ask questions about movies. Use them to find out what movies others enjoy or to discuss what kind of movie you and your friends are going to watch.
What kind of movies do you like?
 
Do you have a favorite movie?
 
Who was your favorite character in the movie?
 
What was your favorite part?
 
What kind of movie are we going to watch?
 
Who is in the movie?
 
Who's starring in it?
 
How long is the movie?
 
What is the movie about?
 
What do critics say about it?
 
What kind of reviews did the movie get?
 
 

Talking about Movies

Here we've collected phrases for you that you can use to talk about and describe movies. Learn how to say what your favorite movie is, describe what happens, and more!
My favorite movie is Flower of Autumn.
 
I love romcoms.
 
The movie is an action film.
 
The movie stars Owen Carter.
 
The movie's about 2 hours long.
 
The movie is about a man rescuing his daughter.
 
The main character is named Elizabeth.
 
The movie didn't get good reviews.
 
Critics found the movie too long.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases for talking about movies?
  • I'd like three tickets for Flower of Autumn.
  • What kind of movies do you like?
  • Who was your favorite character in the movie?
  • I love romcoms.
  • What is the movie about?
  • What kind of reviews did the movie get?
  • The movie is an action film.
  • The movie is about a man rescuing his daughter.
What are some of the most popular movie genres in the English-speaking world?
Movies are extremely popular in the English-speaking world, and hundreds are produced each year. Some of the most popular genres are comedies, dramas, action films, romantic comedies (or romcoms as they're usually called), as well as thrillers.
What are movies and movie theaters called in other English-speaking countries?
The terms movies and movie theaters are used mainly in the United States. In other English-speaking countries like the United Kingdom, movies are usually called films and the movie theater is a cinema. English speakers will understand what you mean though regardless of the terms you decide to use.