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“Movieclips” Is A Real Find!


(Update on where it’s available: As of March 1, 2010, Movieclips is available internationally”)

Movieclips has immediately become an indispensable website in my “teachers’ repertoire” of links.

It has thousands of short video clips from movies and they’re not blocked by our content filter! And they’re available without registering — except for clips that have “mature” content.

That in itself makes it a wonderful resource. But that’s only part of why I like this new site so much.

What makes it a real winner is that that clips are categorized by theme, character, setting, mood, and more. They’re incredibly detailed.

This kind of organization makes it a gold mine for English Language Learners and their teachers. A ready-made video to teach vocabulary or an academic concept is at your finger-tips. Plus, they’re easily used for an activity like “Back To The Screen,” which I explain in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

In addition, users can create questions about the clip that the site will host. That’s a nice feature, and an opportunity for students to write for an authentic audience. The only tricky part is that in order to do so you have to register for the site, which is easy enough. However, that also gives you access to the mature content clips, so you’d only want to have students use it under supervision.

I’m adding Movieclips to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Sadly only available in USA or Canada though.

  2. The same warning in Spain, we can’t access the site, what a pity. I love using films for my classes and some years ago I realized that watching a whole film is, for the most part, a waste of precious learning time. It takes too long and do offer too much information and too many issues as well. So for the sake of clarity, time saving and in order to focus on some (few)specific aims I believe it’s more convenient the use of short clips.

    Warm regards.


    • Here is what they say about their geographical availability:

      “Unfortunately, due to our agreements with the studios we can only currently show clips in the United States and Canada. However, we are looking to expand our reach into other countries and hopefully we will be available to you in one way or another soon.”

      I hope that’s true!


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  4. I think this site is great. I visited and went to the feedback section and suggested creating an Education section. Vote for it and help move it up to the most important!

  5. Well, I have been searching through the (thousands of)Delicious bookmarks and guess what? I may have a website that YOU STILL DON’T KNOW 😉 I might….Here it comes:
    Don’t tell me you already have this one in your lists. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
    This is another one:

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