American Film Institute Catalog

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AFI Catalog is a national filmography documenting the history of American cinema. An essential film studies database, the AFI Catalog is a unique filmographic resource providing an unmatched level of comprehensiveness and detail on every feature-length film produced in America or financed by American production companies. Detailed information on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres and historical notes are included for each film. Cataloging currently covers the years 1893-1974 comprehensively, with additional records covering selected major films from 1975 onwards. 

A catalog of every American motion picture either produced in the United States or sponsored and financed by American companies serving as an aid to the preservation of the American national film heritage. AFI Catalog includes only those films that are 40 minutes or longer in duration, or 4 reels or longer in length. To date, the Catalog has comprehensive coverage of feature films of this length from 1911-1974; in addition, over 17,000 short films (those less than 40 minutes or 4 reels) have also been included from the first era of filmmaking, 1893–1910.

Subjects covered:

  • Film history
  • Movie industry
  • Cinema studies
  • Hollywood
Coverage Dates:
1893 - present