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This guide is an introduction to the Kanopy database and its features.


8 1/2

"Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e Mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for 8 1/2 was "The Beautiful Confusion," and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act."

-Kanopy website

Beauty and the Beast

"Jean Cocteau's sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece--in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast--is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bete) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder."

-Kanopy website

Ex Machina

"A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I."

-Kanopy website


"Professor Stephen Hawking reveals our true potential in a radical new science show which challenges a selection of volunteers and the viewer to think like the greatest geniuses and answer some of humanity's toughest questions. Using large scale experiments and incredible stunts, we'll follow the volunteers' journeys as they come to grips with molecular biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics."

-Kanopy website

I am Not Your Negro

"An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I am Not Your Negro explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism...I am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for."

-Kanopy website

Lady Bird

"Directed by Greta Gerwig and nominated for five Oscars, Lady Bird is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school."

-Kanopy website

The Lobster

"A darkly comic fable from Yorgos Lanthimos (Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Favourite), this acclaimed film centers on recently-divorced David (Colin Farrell) as he searches for a new love within 45 days--at which point, if he's still single, he will be turned into a lobster."

-Kanopy website


"Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places."

-Kanopy website


"In this award-winning film, a kidnapped mother (Brie Larson) and son (Jacob Tremblay) make a daring escape and experience a dramatic homecoming. Based on the best-selling novel Room is a riveting look at the power of imagination and unstoppable force of a mother's love."

-Kanopy website

Seven Samurai

"One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits."

-Kanopy website

Swiss Army Man

"Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island and given up all hope. Everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore. The two become fast friends, and go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams."

-Kanopy website

Welcome to Kanopy!

Kanopy is a database streaming more than 26,000 films and documentaries. You might not find recent blockbusters like Avengers, but there's a wide collection of documentaries, indie films, and classic and international films to choose from. Need to watch a film for class or just want an interesting movie for a quiet night in? Then you'll want to check this out.

Getting Started with Kanopy

  • You can access Kanopy through the links above, through our A-Z database list, or through the database box on the library homepage. If you're trying to get to Kanopy while you're off campus, just enter your e-services username and password when prompted, and grab the popcorn!
  • Once you're in the Kanopy site you can search for the movie you want by title or director, or you can browse films by different topics or genres.

All the films on Kanopy come with public screening rights, so you're free to use them in class or for a campus viewing (as long as it's for educational purposes). 

How can you link or embed a Kanopy video? First, go to the video you want to use, and scroll to the share icon at the bottom of the video: . Choose the URL or embed code, and copy and paste it into your project. For more help on using the Kanopy website, sharing videos, and connecting to devices, check out the Kanopy help page.

For help citing films from Kanopy (or films in general) check out our Citations guide or Purdue OWL. You can also use Kanopy's citation tool by clicking "more" under the video you want to use, then "citation tool."