How to Use IMDb

Last updated: September 24, 2015 - 1:25pm EDT

IMDb is quite simple to use, and there are a few uses for it. You can use it to find new releases, trailers, show times, and a history of movies and TV series. 

How to Search with IMDb

  1. You can use the search bar at the top to find films, actors, and even fictional characters. To search for something, click inside this bar and start typing in your keywords. You’ll notice a drop down menu that will try to guess what you’re looking for. 

    If you find what you’re looking for in the drop down menu, click it. If not, finish typing and click the magnifying glass (or press "Enter" on your keyboard) to search all of IMDb. 

  2. If you’d like to search different parts of IMDb, click the drop-down menu next to the search bar and choose between 11 options. For more information, check out our IMDb Advanced Search tutorial (here). 

  3. If you’ve chosen to search by All (the default), then the results page will show you all the results – from titles to names to characters to keywords and more – and you can choose to jump to that section by clicking the link to it at the top.  Or, click a result to go to a page of information on that person, movie, show, etc.

How to Find Movie Showtimes Near You

This one is quick and easy! On the homepage, you’ll notice the Showtimes section on the right hand side. IMDb finds your approximate location and can suggest theatres near you. Click See All Showtimes to take a look

From here you can search on different days, find different theatres, and search for different movies. 

Click the yellow circles () in the image below to futher learn how to find a movie to watch near you:



Take a look at the movies playing and at which theatres they’re playing.



This tab shows you the theatres closest to you, and which movies are playing at them. This list is displayed by default when you arrive at this page.



Choose a date to plan a movie excursion in advance – IMDb gives you one week to choose from.


Change Details

If you’re going to a different area for a movie, change the area that you’d like to see theatre locations and showtimes for.


Theatre and Showtime

Take a look at the theatre where a specific movie is playing, and see what times it's playing at.

Celebrity News

IMDb is also a great source for entertainment news, and it’s not hard to find. The homepage has the latest movie and show trailers and celebrity interviews, but for more articles and videos, click the Celeb, Events & Photos drop down menu under the search bar and click Celebrity News.

You’ll be taken to a list of the most recent celebrity news, so all you’ll need to do is scroll and read what interests you!

And that's a quick tour of IMDb and some of the things you can do on it!


More IMDB Tutorials

See all 9 IMDB tutorials
Mark_complete_sm Back_to_course

Support TechBoomers

TechBoomers offers free articles that teach people how to use technology to make their lives easier (and more fun!). To support our work, some of our content contains links to websites that pay us affiliate commissions when our users visit them through us and make purchases. Learn more about how this works.

Did you learn what you wanted to?

Was something in this tutorial missing, confusing, or out of date? Or did it give you all the information you needed, and you just want to say "thanks"? We'd love to hear what you thought!