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Film Studies: Find Films to View

Whether you are a film student looking for research materials or just want to sit back and enjoy a classic movie, this guide will help direct you to resources to make your search easier.

The complete DVD collection at Meyer, which includes both feature films and the documentary/educational DVDs, is located in the NE corner of the Lower Level (near the microforms collection). You will need to check these out at the main level Information desk.

We have a small collection of VHS tapes in storage. If you would like to check out one of those (the call number would be N followed by a three or four digit number), please ask for assistance at the Circulation/Information desk. 

Two viewing stations for VHS and DVD are available for your use on the west side of the second level, towards Glass Hall. These have 27" flat screens.

New and Recommended!


Feature Films

The AFI Top 100

To celebrate one hundred years of American filmmaking history, the American Film Institute created a list of its "Top 100" American films. We are proud to include all of these films as a part of our video collection.

Educational and Documentary Films

B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

D, E, F - History

G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

  • G - Geography
  • GR - Folklore
  • GV - Sports & Recreation
  • GV1580 - Dance Productions

H - Social sciences

J - Political Science

K - Law

L - Education

M - Music

  • M1500 - Opera and Musical Theatre Productions

N - Fine Arts

  • NA - Architecture

P - Language and Literature

  • PN1992.77 - Television Series
  • PN1995.75 - Silent Films
  • PN1995.9.S53 - Short Films
  • PN1997.5 - Animated Films
  • PN1997.9 - International Films

Q - Mathematics/Science

R - Medicine

S - Agriculture

T - Technology

  • TR - Photography

U - Military Science

Z - Books and Libraries

Streaming Video


  • Academic Video Online NEW FOR FALL 2021!
    • This ProQuest/Alexander Street collection features over 70,000 films across a broad selection of disciplines. All titles are indexed and discoverable by using our "Discover@MSU" search box.
  • Films on Demand
    • Access over 35,000 highly interdisciplinary videos! Direct links to available films are provided through our "Discover@MSU" search box.
  • Films on Demand: Archival & Newsreels
    • Throughout modern history, cameras have recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs. This collection is a treasure trove of archival and historical films from multiple sources.
  • Ambrose Video
    • Includes over 500 streaming video programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical/life sciences. The videos typically range in length from 25-60 minutes. A number of re-mastered series are available, including: Bronowskia's Ascent of Man; Attenborough's The Living Planet; James Burke's Connections; History of Civil Rights in America; History of the U.S. Constitution; History of Western Art; and the entire BBC Shakespeare series.
  • Naxos Video Library
    • Over 2500 full-length videos of music performances, opera, ballet, master classes, and documentaries.
  • ICE Video Library
    • Provides 175 media clips geared for occupational and physical therapy programs.