Find the following information in the movie credits or on the back of the DVD or VHS case of the movie: movie title, director, key performers, distributor, year of release and medium (film). As instructed in the 7th edition of the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers," include this information as a minimum in your movie citation.
Start your citation with the movie title, italicized. Place a period after the title. For films adapted from a language other than English or subtitled in English, write the English title followed by the original title. Place the original title, italicized, in square brackets.
Write the director's name. Abbreviate "director" to "Dir.," followed by the director's name and a period. Separate each director with "and" for two directors or with a comma for more than two directors, for example: Dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.
Write the names of relevant performers in the movie. Abbreviate "performers" to "Perf.," followed by the performers' names. Separate performers' names from each other with a comma, and place a period after the list of performers' names, for example: Perf. Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
Write the name of the film's distributor, followed by a comma and the year of release. Place a period after the release year, for example: MGM, 1952.
Write the medium consulted at the end of the citation, followed by a period, for example: Film.
Align the first line of the movie citation to the left, and indent any ensuing lines. The final movie citation should look as follows (remember to italicize the movie title):
Singin' in the Rain. Dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Perf. Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. MGM, 1952. Film.