How Can I Search for a Movie by Scene?

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Many people can remember specific scenes of a movie, but can't remember the title of the movie. Having limited details can make it difficult to search for a particular film that has already been viewed. If a friend mentions a memorable scene from a particular movie but not the title, this creates a challenge to search for the correct movie. Web searches can make the task easier, depending on how many details of the film are available.

  • Use sites such as The Internet Movie Database if the actors or characters of a scene are known. Plug the actor or character name into the search field at imdb.com. Click on the actor or character name link, and a list of movies is then available that narrows the search.

  • Enter the location into a Web search site such as Google.com if the setting of a scene is unusual. For example, type "movies with a Mars setting," and sites appear that describe movies based on Mars.

  • Search for dialogue from the scene. Type "life is like a box of chocolates" in the search site field and references to the movie "Forrest Gump" will appear.

  • Look for other details of a scene. Input "scene with Indiana Jones and many snakes" in the search field. References will appear for "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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