In this blog entry, I’ve decided to explain which MBTI types like certain movie genres, and I’ve also tried to explain why. I’ve done this after writing many blogs trying to characterize characters into MBTI types, as you can see from my Hunger Games, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of The Ring blog entries.
Alright, here we go, if your behind in your film watching, then this may be useful as a guide! Please remember that I had to put each type with one category, which was hard to do since some categories suit many different types and vice versa!
Action/Adventure: ESTP’s- (Se Ti) living in the moment, get bored easily, want to see some fast moving scenes! Less focused on the personal side of things, more focused on what can be seen. (James Bond and Indiana Jones)
Horror: ISTP’s- (Ti Ne) ISTP’s love facing the unknown, and love to experience things that will challenge their minds. They are also a type that is likely to be able to sit through many horror movies in a row, and progress onto darker and darker themes. (Nightmare on Elm Street, The Conjuring and The Exorcist)
Western: ESTJ’s- (Te Si) they love the power hierarchy/confrontations that come with these types of films. They just watching the main character overcome their struggles usually as well, and imagining themselves in the same situation. (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and any spaghetti Westerns)
Crime: ENTJ’s- (Te Ni) much like ESTJ’s, they enjoy these power confrontations as well. Movies such as the Godfather allow them to see how smart people outsmart other smart people, and they like watching the structured world of crime unfold. (The Godfather, Reservoir Dogs and Goodfellas)
Fantasy: INFP (Fi Ne) INFP’s love the internal world, a world where anything is possible, and what makes them enjoy fantasy slightly more than J’s is their ability to allow implausible things to slide/increased enjoyment in spontaneous moments (Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of The Rings)
Sci-Fi: INTP (Ti Ne) Much like INFP’s, however since they prefer the facts over the fiction, it is no surprise they prefer that their movies make more logical sense- hence they are more likely to enjoy Sci-fi films! They also enjoy the endless possibilities about the future with their Ne (Star Wars, The Hunger Games and Back To The Future)
Comedy: ENTP (Ne Ti) They enjoy the witty jokes, the creative dialogue, and the way most comedy movies create a unique outlook on our way of life. (American Pie and The Hangover)
Romantic Comedies: ESFP (Se Fi) Combining the emotional romantic moments with the funny moments of comedy films, romantic comedies are perfects for ESFP’s. (When Harry Met Sally, 50 First Dates and 1000’s of Chick Flicks)
Musicals: ESFJ (Fe Si) Most ESFJ’s can appreciate the emotion and the effort in the production involved in musicals. (Grease, Sweeney Todd and Mamma Mia!)
Thriller: INTJ (Ni Te) Most Ni types enjoy being tested for their curiosity and enjoy trying to predict the ending, trying to outsmart the screenwriter! The Ni paranoia also plays a big part! (The Sixth Sense, Inception and Memento)
Romance: ENFJ (Fe Ni) ENFJ’s appreciate the emotional depth and symbolism in romance films. You might find an ENFJ crying next time you watch one of these films😉 (Titanic and The Notebook)
Drama: INFJ (Ni Fe) Like ENFJ’s, INFJ’s love films that play with the audience’s emotions. However, they will be more likely to focus for longer viewing sessions and appreciate the depth and complexity in some of the 3 hour dramas😛 (The Shawshank Redemption, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Schlinder’s List)
Animated Films: ENFP (Ne Fi) I really think only ENFP’s can truly appreciate animated films because they have the imagination to create such films, how spontaneous the films are and the emotional element of them. (Toy Story, Shrek and A Bug’s Life)
So at this point, it’s hard to find a category for the last three… But bear with me…
Mystery: ISFJ (Si Fe) No type prefers a mystery to be solved more than the ISFJ. They want things to be normal and structured, hence they enjoy watching how this happens in mystery films as it takes them out of what they are used to. The excitement comes from the mystery of not knowing why things are the way they are. (The Butterfly Effect and The Usual Suspects)
War: ISTJ (Si Te) ISTJ’s appreciate the realism and the nobility of certain characters, as well as the scenery and the attention to detail in war films. (Saving Private Ryan and Apocalypse Now)
Family: ISFP (Fi Se) ISFP’s can appreciate the fun mood of a family movie (Se) mixed with the good morals present for their Fi
There you have it, the movie genres for each MBTI type!
What do you think about this typing? It’s not as easy as it looks to put a list together in which each type must relate to a category! Do you have a better list? Post it below!🙂