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This paper deals with a method to help EFL teachers make a proper choice of a movie as a teaching material at college. The main characteristic of this method is to evaluate a vocabulary level of movies, including Little Women (1933), Citizen Kane (1941), To Have and Have Not (1945) and The Truman Show (1998), on the basis of words which appear in 26 textbooks in English I with a frequency of 5 and more. As a result of statistical analysis, the following conclusions were obtained: (1) The four movies show significant differences from each other in the frequency distribution of words. (2) The words of high frequency in the movies show a higher rate of inclusion in the textbooks than those of low frequency. (3) Among the four movies, there are crucial differences in the proportion of the words which are included in the textbooks to those which are not.