- vincentJune 2020
A film is synonymous with a movie, but not all movies are "films."
Many years ago, before moving pictures, we had what was known as "talkies." With the advent of the medium of "film," we were able to make those pictures move, hence "movies."
At that time, one might have said, "Let's go see a film." That meant the same thing as, "Let's go see a movie."
Today, we can make "movies" with video. It is simply a different way of recording moving pictures. Video does not use "film."
There is a show called "The Twilight Zone" that shot on film in season one, and then in season two, six episodes were shot on video tape. You can see a big difference in effect.
When you see a movie, it will be shot on film. Television might be shot with film or video. For instance, Game of Thrones was shot with film, but most are shot with video.
What should you say?
"Let's go see a movie."
vincentJune 2020Great answer, thanks
Movie is American English and Film is British English. Movie is used quite frequently in Britain now too, so you could use either. You can say "do you want to watch a film?" or "do you want to watch a movie?"