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Film & Cinema Research: Watch Online

Intro guide to film & cinema research; library resources; online resources; collections; etc.

Stream Films Now!

Check out the trailers and links below to a sample of the films currently streaming online





 Watch Maiden   



Watch Call Me By Your Name


  Watch John Lewis: Good Trouble


 Watch The Farewell


Watch Austenland


Watch BBC Shakespeare Plays Online

Want more? Check out our streaming platforms.

Feature Films and Documentaries to Stream

AVON -  70,000+ titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more; primarily documentaries and educational film. search by title, subject, or related-

Docuseek - a collection of documentaries and educational films geared toward a wide range of disciplines

Swank Digital Campus - feature films and documentaries requested for specific course reserves

NC Live - Films On Demand - a wide collection of documentary, educational and news or speech related media on a wide range of subject areas. you can search for content by title in Films on Demand.

Kanopy - specific course reserves for classes - includes educational shorts and documentaries

Filmmakers Library Online - a small collection of documentaries dealing with a wide range of social, historical issues & cultures

Film Platform - a collection of leading documentary films

Ethnographic Video Online - an important collection of ethnographic educational and documentary films

BBC Shakespeare Plays - classic productions of all of Shakespeare's plays

Additional Streaming Media

Health Sciences

Counseling and Therapy in Video - Videos for the study of counseling and social work

Health and Society in Video - Exploring medical progress in health and wellness issues

Nursing Education in Video - Educational and training videos for nurses

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video - Videos focused on the physical therapy of patients


Arts & Design

Opera in Video - The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history

PBS - Great Performances - Classical performance documentaries

Shakespeare Performance in Asia - Videos, photos and text from performances in Asia

Silent Animation - From the UCLA Film and Television archive

UbuWeb - Media dedicated to avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts with over 2,500 full length films


Culture, Ethnography, & Folklife

American Indian Film Gallery - Over 450 films by and about America's First Nation people

Civil Rights Digital Library - Streaming media related to the Civil Rights Movement

Folkstreams  - Full length documentaries about America's Roots Cultures

Library of Congress American Memory Project - Records of the American experience

PBS - POV - Acclaimed series, a variety of full-length and short films

Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Films - Streaming documentary projects

WNET Thirteen - SOUL! - Episodes from the 1970s all black variety show

World Digital Library - Provides access to digitized items from around the world



Open Culture Film - site curating links to 1000+ global films available streaming for free

Top Documentary Film - collection of documentary films; while primarily made in the US, many offer worldview

Vimeo - collection of narrative, doc, shorts, animation, etc made worldwide and offered via vimeo; this is a hybrid service of free and pay-per-view

Fandor - a pay-per-view/subscription streaming database offering a uniquely curated world cinema and indie cinema collection

NFBC - National Film Board of Canada site with features, docs, animated, interactive and emerging media

and for more info on Global film: check out Screenville's World Cinema Resource



Education in Video - The collection covers a broad range of education topics

PBS - LearningMedia - Public media content produced specifically for PreK - 16 teachers

TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design - Collection of short presentations and speeches on a variety of topics


Film Archives

Internet Archives - Over 100,000 free videos and films online

Sloan Science and Film Award winning short films by students from leading film schools

Thanhouser Films Online - Over 50 streaming films from the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation

Korean Film Archive - via Youtube

Mosfilm playlist - via Youtube (Mosfilm, one of Russia's largest and oldest film studios)


Television & Documentary News

AdViews - Thousands of historic commercials created from the 1950s - 1980s

BBC Online - BBC archive home to themed collections of radio and television programs

Frontline - Video of select Frontline programming

Media That Matters - Short films that showcase topics of interest from around the world

PBS - NOVA - Acclaimed series of selected films and programs available online

WGBH Open Vault Selected video excerpts and transcripts from public television's WGBH

Media Librarian

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Winifred Metz
Media & Design Center,
Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099

Can't Find it @ UNC

Can't find the film you're looking for at the MDC?  Here's a list of sites online that might offer it free or for a fee

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Can I is a free service that searches the most popular streaming websites to help you find movies and TV shows your wanting to screen right away online. 

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  • Netflix 
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  • Hitbliss
  • Crackle
  • Redbox instant
  • YouTube
  • Epix
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