IMDb Watchlist Screenshot

IMDb Watchlist

IMDb is arguably the most useful database on the internet related to the subject. It has been, for many years, a resource I have consistently gone to whenever I got the proverbial,  “You remember that movie, with that guy, and that couch…“.

For years though I never thought I never became a member because I never thought of a use for having an account with IMDb. Recently I thought to myself, “Well it would be nice to have an archive of movie’s and TV shows I have seen.“. Naturally I made an account thinking the IMDb Watchlist would be a useful tool for me to add things to watch and check them off. I did not know if IMDb went so far as to collect dates and times and though that might be a novel idea to keep track of my movie/TV show watching experiences.

I signed out and went to IMDb’s description page, “Build Your Watchlist” which states,

“A Place To Keep Track Of The Movies And TV Shows You Want To Watch.”

Okay, so a place to keep track of the movies and TV shows I want to watch… Well then what? Does the user experience fall after that? Surely that cannot be. I must be able to add the movie I watched to an archive where I can easily review what I have watched this month etc. Let’s walk through this logical process (to me anyway) knowing I haven’t read anything more than what I have posted here about IMDb’s built in Watchlist.

  1. Login to
  2. Search for The Avengers
  3. Click “Watchlist” button
  4. Click down arrow next and “View Watchlist”

At this point I am brought to a page with a grid showing me The Avengers, and I would imagine other movies and TV shows if I added them. Actions I can see are, view showtimes, remove from watchlist, buy it on amazon (ooo, really? I had to click knowing it wouldn’t be there yet since I am writing this and it’s still in the theaters =), share it on social networks, rate it, review it, and export this list (which creates a CSV). What if I watched it, and want to archive it? Doesn’t seem too straight forward.

I haven’t had enough time to really explore IMDb to find a solution to this simple problem I have but it would appear I could create a new list of ‘watched’ movies and I can keep that list for myself. I have no idea if it will allow me to make date and time stamps for those occasions, and maybe I don’t need that, but I think it would be novel to have a scrapbook of my movie and TV show watching experiences. =)

That being said, what would it take? I could see myself adding The Avengers like I did above, knowing I had seen it days before but only had time to do login now, going to my watchlist and seeing it just as I do now. But instead of moving it to another list, maybe another action button that says, “Watched”. A special list appears that has a date and timestamp but allows me to change that for when I watched this move or TV show. Maybe this is too simple? Maybe this exists and I am just missing it! If the latter is the case please comment and let me know so I can update this post accordingly.

  • will

    I had the exact same thought and figured, it’s really easy to add something to a watchlist as you can just browse the movies and let each movie connect you to an actor or another movie and just click add to watchlist. I want to build up a list of films I’ve watched in the same way, say, clicking on will smith and seeing that he was in an old film where you think “wow I watched that 10 years ago, but forgot about it” and then want to click “watched”, but you can’t do that. You have to go into “make a list” and actually type in all the names. How am I supposed to remember the names to all 600+ films I’ve seen?!?! Serious flaw in the system.

    • frankstallone

      Will, although I do not expect anyone to remember every movie they have ever watched, I know I couldn’t, I think some way of at least attempting to catalog when/what I have watched would even open the opportunity for their advertisements to suggest movies to me based on characteristics of movies I have already watched. Granted that may be hard to come up with but honestly they have all the movie characteristics for the most part. =)

  • wpw

    IMDB is nowadays two services. IMDB Pro is a subscription service; a “Linked-In” for the Hollywood crowd. IMDB consumer is a creature of Amazon. Thus it is oriented towards maximizing the sales clout of its owner/sponsor.

    When it started, this was called “Cardiff” for the university (in Wales) where the database started. For some years, through to around 2000, you could download the entire database… then it went commercial as part of Amazon.

    It’s becoming unwieldy and less useful, and the mobile version is heavily aimed towards purchase via one-click.

    The watchlist appears to be a function in flux; I think the idea is to have it fuel a queue similar to Netflix – as Amazon readies a video-only service.

  • Chris

    Perhaps the folks at Google could be enticed to build something like that. I’m sure they could see the value in having that “movies watched” information available to better target whatever they are offering. I’m sure they could easily integrate the IMDb information as well.

    • frankstallone

      Interesting thought, then Google could sell that information to IMDb since they dropped the ball. ;’)

  • Renee

    See my WP post on – Is it a Cult, thing ?
    I guess you know [wpw] and is that photo at Dunkin Donuts in Somerset ?

    • frankstallone

      Yes, wpw and I go back some ways. I am not sure of the photo you are referring two but have read your post and I am not sure how that is relevant to this discussion. Feel free to fill me in though. =)

  • disqus_6LGdIEgfDG

    You do know that when you go to [“Profile name” > Your ratings] you’ll have the complete overview of movies watched + ratings? Or is this just a new feature I overlooked years ago?

    • frankstallone

      It would appear they read my post and made some changes. =)