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Streaming Film Collections by Subject

This guide is designed to help faculty and students identify streaming films for use in classes, projects, or even as secondary sources.

Media Studies Featured Film

Tough Guise is the first educational video to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century.  This film is part of the Gender and Race Collection from Media Education Foundation (MEF).

Streaming film collections

AVON (Alexander Street)

60 Minutes, 1997-2014

Media Studies (limited to 2010, documentary content)

Gravitas Ventures (media focused subjects)

Ethnographic Video, Foundational Films (various distributors)

DER, Documentary Educational Resources

Source for classic and contemporary ethnographic films, which explore modern cultural struggles and artistic traditions and offer a longitudinal view of changing communities, cultures and identities.

Film Platform (various quality distributors of documentary content) 


HBO 1990s to present


National Archives and Records Admin (NARA)

Great Documentaries (small but robust collection)



specific Communication and Media titles; but more content available. 


KANOPY, Media and Popular Culture

Media Education Foundation (hosted on Kanopy)


ALICE:  American Archives of Public Broadcasting

The Library of Congress and GBH in Boston have embarked on a project to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting.