Difference between “see a movie” and “watch a movie” [duplicate]

I’m learning English now so I need some helps to build on my English.

My question is if I can use the word “see” in “see a movie”, because I understand that the correct word to “see a movie or to see tv” is WATCH but I heard some people saying “see a movie” not “watch a movie”.

I am so confused really. It’s too basic I know but help me please, thanks.

Answer

Watch is similar to look at, but it usually means that we look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving:

  • We watch television every evening.

  • I like to sit at the window to watch what’s happening in the garden.

Warning:

We use see, not watch, when we talk about being at sports matches or public performances, such as films, theatre and dramas. However, we watch the television:

  • We saw a wonderful new film last night. You’ll have to go and see it while it’s in the cinema.

  • Not: We watched… You’ll have to go and watch

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Watch a Movie vs See a Movie:

  • We watched a movie yesterday.
    This would imply we watched a movie at home (TV/DVD…)

  • We saw a movie yesterday.
    This would imply that we did so by going to a movie theater.

  • We can also explicitly say that we went to the movie theater and watched Ice Age.

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