The word Genre has Latin roots and simply means kind or type. Based on the theme of the movies, dialogues and the kind of rhetoric it conveys the movies are classified into many types. Some of the classification of the movies includes drama, comedy, history, horror, and tragedy. There is no clear-cut definition of this genre it largely depends on how the viewers perceive cinema (Chander, 2014). There are no fixed rules as to classify them. The way the people perceive the cinema depends on the geographical location and the times in which the movie gets released. The popular culture also has a very great influence on the movie. Various historians, poets and writers have tried to classify the movie based on the subject. With new technological advancements, new factors are counted and the definitions to define a genre are vague and cannot be boxed in with only few parameters. This essay argues that the genre of the movie is emphatically tied to the cultural and moral values of its time of production or representation. The analysis for the argument is done with two films of the 1990’s that were based on a 1920 time period in China. The two films selected are ‘Farewell my concubine’ and ‘Raise the red lantern’ which are both historical dramas.