One of the defining traits of this particular character is their movie lore. This character will compare nearly ''everything'' to a scene from a movie. While this character might be GenreSavvy (or WrongGenreSavvy), it's not a requirement.

Additionally, TheMovieBuff usually knows all about Oscar nominees, Oscars won, actors, directors, Emmy awards, how a movie was received, etc.

This is usually a source of pride for said character but can sometimes be a source of chagrin for the rest of the cast.

Their knowledge is likely to be used for humor more often than it is used as a plot point. See TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson for characters that know ''our'' movies while living in a fantasy setting.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Rabbit Team from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''
* Togata from ''Manga/FirePunch'' is one. She was born before the Ice Witch froze over the world and really loved movies during that time. Due to her mutation she was born with, she has become long lived and now lives in a world that rarely has electricity, much less any movies. Now, her ultimate goal in life is to turn the conflict between Agni and his targets into one final movie, playing both sides to film the most interesting story she can, even if no one will ever watch it. She is also very knowledgeable about western movies, name dropping films such as ''Film/VanillaSky''.
** The mysterious girl [[spoiler:who looks like Agni's dead sister]] is also a film fan as well. In fact, her whole motivation is to [[spoiler:reset the human race and get it back to the point right before the world froze over, just so she can finally watch the final ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie, which got canceled.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Film Freak from the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics.
* Nightcrawler of the ''ComicBook/XMen''. He learned swordfighting largely because of his love of Errol Flynn.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Randy in the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films.
* One of the unnamed main characters in ''Film/GoodDick''. He even works in a video store and brags about his ability to pick out films for others.
* Scotty the main character of ''Film/FilmGeek'', obviously.
* In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', Juno and Mark bond over their shared interest in B-movies, including shout-outs to some old-time {{giallo}} directors.

* In the novel ''Literature/GoneGirl'' Nick Dunn, one of the main characters is a former movie and TV critic, refers to himself as a "film geek," and bonds with another guy over ''Film/TheGodfather.''
* The extremely GenreSavvy Klingon communication officer in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/HowMuchForJustThePlanet'' specializes in [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] movies, and is pretty much a walking encyclopedia of same.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Oddly Sheriff Buck from ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' seems to be this. He makes a movie reference in nearly every episode.
* Sammy Feathers of the short-lived Paul Haggis series ''Series/{{EZ Streets}}'' makes multiple classic movie references.
* Dean from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. He has a fondness for westerns and horror films. And ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* Tony [=DiNozzo=] on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (though not so much in the first episodes). He actually knows enough that he goes undercover at one point as a cinema history teacher.
* Series/RemingtonSteele. Every case he and Laura had could be solved by his remembering the plot of an old movie.
* Abed, the MetaGuy from ''Series/{{Community}}''. Naturally, he's a film student. Jeff can also hold his own against Abed's ramblings, but doesn't show it off as much.
* In ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'', Merton J. Dingle makes movie references pretty much OnceAnEpisode.
* Dawson, the title character in ''Series/DawsonsCreek''. He even has a theory that the answers to all of life's questions can be found in Spielberg films.
* Shawn Spencer from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' to a ridiculous degree. He is [[ReferenceOverdosed constantly comparing situations]] to movies and TV shows (mostly from TheEighties) and casting himself and his friends in the various roles.
* Ed Chigliak on ''Series/NorthernExposure''.
* Pike on ''Series/DadsArmy''
* Obligatory ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' example in Xander and his compulsion for pop culture, Willow gets in on the action, even Buffy and Faith have more knowledge of films and [[ClosetGeek geek culture]] than they should. But the trio of dim take the cake, obsessed with films, games, Star Trek, girls, ect to the point they put off everyone.
* The eponymous brooding hero of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is quite the cinema aficionado himself. He's a fan of Creator/CharltonHeston movies, particularly ''Film/TheOmegaMan''. What a surprise. He's also seen enough vampire flicks to formulate opinions on which ones are more accurate. (Creator/FrankLangella nailed it.) Wesley and Gunn also share a love of movies to the point imagining they are some character in some film when a crisis hits, and in a case of HypocriticalHumor so does Cordelia.
* Both Harvey and Mike on ''Series/{{Suits}}'' often quote movie lines to each other and in the first season finale, oblique references to ''Film/MississippiBurning'' is a minor plot point. Their boss Jessica isn't far behind. Louis tries to get in on the action once but Mike sort of...ignores him.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'''s Cisco Ramon is the go-to guy for nerdy movie references, using them mostly for humour but occasionally for things like explaining time travel theories to Joe West (who starts getting exasperated when he keeps doing it even in serious situations). Dr Wells, who is NotSoAboveItAll and apparently has regular movie nights with him, is usually the one who finds it the most entertaining, and can often be seen smiling in the background whenever Cisco makes references, or even making his own in response.
* Jimmy [=McGill=] from ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' makes movie references in almost every episode of his show.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** Paramedic of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' fame loves trashy B-Movies, and describes their plots to Snake in ways appropriate for the setting at that point.
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 Raiden]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance himself]] is just as big of a cinema buff, though arguably inclined more towards quality films. This has a somewhat darker connotation when it turns out that one of his tortures as a child was to watch 'Hollywood movies every night... the kind with macho guys and big guns. They called it "image training".'
** Solid Snake has displayed an interest in Creator/JohnCarpenter movies as well as making a joke about ''Film/StarWars''.
** Strangelove in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' is a huge fan of Creator/StanleyKubrick and frequently references his films in her dialogue and scientific work, even to the extent of naming her own child after a character from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** We are repeatedly told that Ocelot is a massive fan of {{Spaghetti Western}}s, though the timeline is a little wobbly on this. WordOfGod says he specifically imported ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' from Italy to see it before its release elsewhere.
* The main character in ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore''.
* Agent Francis York Morgan of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' will go off on tangents discussing his favorite movies while driving around in game. It ranges from reminiscing about ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' to referencing some seriously obscure B-horror movies.
* Michael [=DeSanta=] from ''Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV'', who is a self-described fan of "Classic [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Vinewood]]" and can be seen nerding out over movie quotes whenever he interacts with his directing idol Solomon Richards torwards the end of the game. Also, his [[CatchPhrase signature phrase]] [[YouDidntSeeThat "You forget a thousand things every day. Make sure this is one of them."]] being from an old movie becomes a minor plot.
* You can select from a number of voices for your avatar in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird.'' While most all of them will make references to films and other culture Female Voice 1 (Caucasian Crator/LauraBailey) has by far the most of them, rattling off one reference to a movie or game after another.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Both John Egbert and his [[EvilCounterpart Troll counterpart]], Karkat enjoy bad movies and rom-coms as a guilty pleasure (or in John's case, out of really bad taste), and John especially makes loads of references to them throughout the series.
** In Act 6, Jake English, who loves all movies indiscriminately, to the point that you can't see his bedroom walls under the posters. Must run in the family, given that Jake is [[spoiler:an AlternateUniverse version of Jade's grandfather, who is actually hers (and John's) genetic father.]]
* ''Webcomic/InhumanRelations'': Maureen is this, at least when [[ incredibly bad movies]] are concerned.
* Tyler Dawn from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphe]]''. It's implied that he is only able to cast magic by relating reality to things that he has seen or read in movies or books. When given a death collar he directly referred to it as a "Battle Royale" collar and when their host prepared a magical training class he asked if they would be doing a [[Film/HarryPotterandthePrisonerofAzkaban "Musical training montage against the cupboard spirit".]]
* Joe of ''Webcomic/JoeLovesCrappyMovies'' loves crappy movies.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob is a parody of this type of character. He prefers classic movies and art films though. His actor, Creator/BradJones, is this for exploitation cinema, and over time the Snob has started to reflect this more and more (with LampshadeHanging, as the Snob would prefer not to have such detailed knowledge of [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ET]] pornography).
* Oancitizen of ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'', who specializes in the arthouse but otherwise is quite the [[{{Nerd}} enthusiast of pop culture esoterica]].
* WebVideo/OnCinema: Gregg thinks of himself as this as he collects a large number of films on VHS and considers himself an expert on film though he is prone to mess up on certain movie facts such as which Star trek film took place in San Francisco (it was the fourth but Gregg insists it was the second)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s Carl specializes in action movies and/or hot actresses, and can quote the exact second you need to see.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' Bobby Hill, much to the ire of his father.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' Jay Sherman is one and a film critic.
* Comes into play in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode... er... "Episode 257-494" where Control Freak traps the group inside a TV dimension and Beast Boy uses his knowledge of entertainment to help save the day.
* Wayne from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' is a parody of Creator/JackBlack's character in ''Literature/HighFidelity'', just with his obsession switched from music to movies.
* Principal Skinner from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is revealed to be one in "Any Given Sundance".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama describes himself as such. During his 2008 campaign for the White House, Creator/KatieCouric asked Obama what were his favorite movies. He listed ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' ("Who doesn't like ''Casablanca''?" he added), ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', ''Film/TheGodfather'' Parts One and Two, and ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''. "I can rattle off a bunch of movies," said Obama, "I'm a movie guy." Has also quoted movies in speeches and debates.
* UsefulNotes/BillClinton Loves movies so much that he regularly had screenings in the White House and even agreed to be interviewed by Creator/RogerEbert to talk about movies. His favorite is ''{{High Noon}}''.
* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy This might be common among presidents. Kennedy was known to be a huge film buff. He famously saw ''Spartacus'' in theatres during his presidency because he was excited about it. On learning this, Hollywood started a tradition of sending movie prints directly to the White House, including building a screening room.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was also a huge fan of ''Film/{{Patton}}'', he also personally presented Creator/JohnFord with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. Indeed, the Nixon administration [[ signed into law a series of tax breaks, including tax shelters, that amounted to a government subsidy for the movie business]] which ironically led to the highly liberal and politically charged era of the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood, with many films critical of his administration, including Film/AllThePresidentsMen.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino, oh so much. He has a love of Blaxploitation, Westerns, Revenge Flicks. They've all, one way or another, [[AuthorAppeal found a way into influence his work.]]
* Many influential directors, particularly those who [[DoingItForTheArt do it for the art]], are known to be this, including Creator/EdgarWright, Creator/RichardAyoade, Creator/WesAnderson, Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, Creator/GuillermoDelToro, Creator/WoodyAllen, Creator/RichardLinklater and many more.
* Creator/MartinScorsese, according to most film historians, [[SeenItAll has seen every film ever made]] - Russian, Japanese, Italian, African, Egyptian - from ''every'' era and different genres - experimental, documentary, genre, mainstream. He started the Film Foundation and World Cinema Foundation, organizations run by ProudScholarRaceGuy(s) and girls who make sure [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes that films are preserved]] in old and new media for future organizations.
* The directors of the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave were all enormous movie buffs, something that would go on to be a big influence on that movement's particular style. The most prominent among them, such as Creator/FrancoisTruffaut, Creator/JeanLucGodard and Creator/ClaudeChabrol, began their careers as film critics for the film journal ''Cahiers du Cinéma'', and their films were filled with references to other movies. In particular, they shared a love of rebellious American films, such as those by Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller, misunderstood masters such as Creator/AlfredHitchcock and Creator/HowardHawks, and international standouts, most prominently Creator/JeanRenoir.
* On a darker note, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was also a huge movie buff. He had a private screening room which he regularly attended and obsessed over the national film industry (after his racist policies chased away all the great talent to America and France). His favorites were ''Film/KingKong1933'', ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' and ''Broadway Melody of 1940''. He also liked Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' much to [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame the latter's displeasure]].
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill also saw movies during the Blitz. His favorite was the wartime romance, ''That Hamilton Woman'' about the Nelson and Emma Hamilton romance, starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/VivienLeigh. Whenever people came to present him urgent war bulletins, Churchill told them that he was watching a movie.