Movie Genres: Melodrama–Genre and Gender

Most critics and viewers have regarded Hollywood melodrama as a femme-centric genre.

But a closer look reveals that there are at three types of melodramas:

Male-Centric

Rebel Without a Cause

East of Eden

Not as a Stranger

Some Came Running

 

Female-Centric

Magnificent Obsession (1934, 1954)

All That Heaven Allows

Picnic

Peyton Place

 

Family-Centric (Dynasty at Center)

Giant

Written on the Wind

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Long Hot Summer

God’s Little Acre