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It’s scary-accurate, and it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. So how do you you find the name of a movie?

Find any movie with What Is My Movie, even if you forgot the name

Find a movie if you forgot the name

A site called simply “ What is my movie? ” was created to showcase some next-level fuzzy search and deep search technology. It was developed by Finnish startup Valossa , a company that was founded by computer science researchers and engineers from Finland’s University of Oulu.

“We aspire to create a new, descriptive way of searching video content,” the team said on its website. “Our technology understands the contents of video files itself. Ranging from text to pattern recognition, we reach down into data that has not been searchable in the past.”

The site continues, “ has been developed by the tech team of Valossa that has its roots in the Computer Science and Engineering research conducted at the University of Oulu. We have an extensive research background on automatic content recognition and video data analysis. The demonstrations on this site have been developed for research purposes and Proof of Concept for the industry. Deep Content technology has also been piloted with the broadcasters for TV content.”

What is my movie is crazy scary-accurate

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The group’s “Deep Content” technology analyzes video content in ways that typical search engines cannot, and it uses that data to deliver impressive matches even when the search terms provided at very vague.

I had a whole lot of fun testing out the site’s tech. Impressively, I have yet to stump it.

How to find the name of a movie by a scene?

Another awesome feature is you can even describe elements of a specific scene and the results are always on point.

It’s a hugely useful site. It also just so happens to be an impressive showcase for Valossa’s tech. You can check it out right here . Can you stump it?

Different ways of searching to name that movie you’re thinking of

You can even get more granular with your searching as you progress. If you just remember actors, you can search “actor based matches”. For those who remember a handful of words from the title, the “title based matches” are great. For example, if you type in A River into the search bar, you’ll get A River Runs Through It , Where the River Runs Black , All The Rivers Run , and more options.

There are also “director based matches”, “general matches” and “traditional search” you can opt for to better narrow down your guesses. Also, you can also search with your Amazon Alexa device. Turning on that skill is simple. If you enable the Valossa Movie Finder skill, you’ll be able to ask Alexa your movie-related questions to better find your answers. This is great for anyone who uses the Echo frequently.

This article was originally published on March 18th, 2016, and has been updated.

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Last Updated: August 6, 2023 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by wikiHow staff writer, Eric McClure . Eric McClure is an editing fellow at wikiHow where he has been editing, researching, and creating content since 2019. A former educator and poet, his work has appeared in Carcinogenic Poetry, Shot Glass Journal, Prairie Margins, and The Rusty Nail. His digital chapbook, The Internet, was also published in TL;DR Magazine. He was the winner of the Paul Carroll award for outstanding achievement in creative writing in 2014, and he was a featured reader at the Poetry Foundation’s Open Door Reading Series in 2015. Eric holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MEd in secondary education from DePaul University. There are 8 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 410,025 times. Learn more...

Can't think of a movie title? No sweat! We're here to help you find any movie without knowing the title. There are plenty of easy ways to narrow it down and find the movie you’re looking for, especially if you can identify at least one or two key details about the flick. In this article, we’ll show you how to find a movie name you don’t know by using every resource available.

Run a Google search.

Include as much detail as you can remember about the movie.

  • For example, you might search “black and white movie Humphrey Bogart detective,” “David Lynch rabbit film,” or, “movie where old man coaches female boxer.”
  • You can adjust your search by using a “-“ to remove certain keywords from your search to narrow it down. For example, “dinosaur movie -Jurassic -Park” will pull up dinosaur flicks that aren’t Jurassic Park .

Use a film search engine.

There are a few websites designed specifically to help you remember a movie.

  • Potential Movie Search searches might include, “romance Brad Pitt,” “two students go adventure in woods,” or, “horror movie 80s with guy in mask.”

Scour IMDb to find the title.

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  • For example, if you can’t remember the name of a movie but you know the word “king” was in the title of the film, just search “king” in IMDb’s search bar and start scrolling.

Check an actor's filmography.

If you can remember a single cast member, look through their work.

  • You can find a full list of an actor’s or actress’s work by checking their personal page on IMDb.
  • If you don’t remember any cast members but you know what they look like, search for the actor or actress online first. You could run an image search for something like, “white actress tall big nose” to find them.

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Ask around on Reddit.

There are a few subreddits where users help others remember things.

  • r/TipOfMyTongue – This subreddit is dedicated to helping people remember anything they’ve forgotten about!
  • r/WhatIsThatMovie – Similar to r/TipOfMyTongue, except it’s dedicated exclusively to movies. You may get better results here, but there are more users on r/TipOfMyTongue.
  • r/Movies – This is a widely-used subreddit, but it’s dedicated more generally to anything film-related. You may get some help here.

Ask a friend.

If you saw the film with someone else, ask them if they recall the title.

  • You might call your friend and say, “Hey, can you help me find my movie? You and I watched it a few years ago—there was a guy stranded on an island. He had a volleyball for a friend. You remember it?”

Check your viewing history.

If you saw the film online recently, go through your history.

  • On Hulu, your watch history is actually buried in your “Keep Watching” collection on the home screen. [6] X Research source
  • Unfortunately, Max (formerly known as HBO Max) and Disney+ do not allow you to access your viewing history.

Flip through a streaming service’s catalogue.

Even if Netflix or Max don’t have it, this may jog your memory.

  • Even looking at the thumbnails of the movie posters can help you remember.
  • It’s pretty easy to find a movie if you can identify one actor or actress in it, since you can pull up their filmography. Keep an eye out for actors and actresses on the thumbnails—you may recognize a familiar face.

Go through the plot in your head.

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Picture where you were when you saw it.

If you’re just barely holding on to a scrap of info, this may help you learn more.

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How to Find a Movie You Can’t Remember the Name of

Sometimes, the movie is just sitting on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't get the name of it. Here are some ways to finally get answers.

Sometimes you pick a movie out randomly, without paying much attention to the title. Maybe you just decided to go to a movie theater out of the blue and watched whatever was next available, or maybe you were watching cable TV and a movie came on, or you scrolled through a streaming service until you found something good.

Whatever happened, you may have found your favorite movie, but don't know or can't remember the title and don't remember enough of the plot for a search to be helpful.

Update August 22, 2023: This article has been updated by Timothy Lindsey with even more ways to find a movie you forgot about.

Thankfully, when that happens, there are plenty of helpful options for you to help you figure it out. From online resources to tools on a streaming platform, there are plenty of helpful ways to find a movie you were missing. This is how to remember a movie you may have forgotten the name of.

Write Down As Much of the Plot as You Can

The first step to finding a movie that you've forgotten the name of is to remember as much of the plot as you can. We recommend writing down everything you can remember as a note and adding to it as the memories come back. For any actors, scenes, details, genre , or plot you remember, it is best to write it down right away. You can also write down who you watched it with, where, and when, to see if this helps you.

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If you can remember the theater and the general date you went, for example, you can see what they were playing at the time. Writing down and remembering alone may help you remember the name of the movie, but if it doesn't, you can use that information along with some other tools mentioned below to help.

Look at Your History

If you watched the movie on a streaming service, you can always look back at your history. Big streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Prime all show you shows and movies you recently watched, or have a history tab you can use to explore movies you've finished.

Search for the Actors', Actresses' and Director's Filmography

In a lot of cases, if fans know some of the plot and who the actors and/or actresses are in the main roles, they should be able to connect the dots and find the name of the movie. However, there are some other cases when fans definitely know the actors and actresses in the roles, but they can't remember enough plot details to connect the dots.

The best thing to do when that happens, is to search the filmography of the actors and actresses in the film. It also helps if they know which director is in charge of the film. The filmography of an actor, actress, and/or director helps give fans a list of possible films they can look at without having to look at hundreds. It saves viewers trouble and time.

Movie Search Sites Are A Good Tool

There are some sites dedicated to helping people find movies they've forgotten the title of as well. These can be helpful, depending on how much information you remember. The first is called What Is My Movie . It is considered to be crazy accurate and run by AI technology. Even people searching movies or categories for fun have yet to stump the website. You can search for partial titles, actors, directors, general matches, and traditional search, so you can try a couple of different ways to find that pesky movie.

If you know some of the information, like the genre or the year it was released, you can start scrolling through Internet Movie Database (IMDb) . This database has every movie you could imagine and information about them including clips, photos, plot, genre, length, director, actors, and more. These are all easily searchable and can make it a lot easier to find the information you are looking for.

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IMDb has categories of top-rated movies of all time and by genre as well, to help you narrow down your search. IMDb editors and users can also make lists, such as their favorite movies of the month, or movies that are about a certain plot, so scrolling through those can be helpful.

If you have an Alexa device, you can also ask questions to find your movie. They have the option to enable Valossa Movie Finder during searches. This is the parent company of the What Is My Movie website and will allow you to let Alexa do all the searching for you.

Another option is Wild About Movies . This site isn't as good as the first for finding movies that you know only a little bit of information about. Specifically, it works best if you know a film's release date. This one really only works for those that are good at remembering dates, at least years, when movies were released, but it is still worth a shot if you are starting to feel desperate.

Ask a Friend Near You

Sometimes the best way to find a movie is to ask the person sitting right next to you. They may have a deeper knowledge when it comes to movies, or they may have watched the film that you are looking for a little more recently. Regardless, the more brain power, the better. Two people searching for the name of a movie is better than just one person searching for it. Once you discover the name of the movie, especially with a friend, it's a pretty great feeling.

Ask on Social Media Sites

Of course, the last option is to ask people for help. There are plenty of movie lovers out there, and many of them can pick out a movie title from the smallest of details.

There are all sorts of websites to ask people for help. There are Facebook pages dedicated to identifying movies, as well as Subreddits on Reddit. Quora may be worth checking out as well, though it isn't always as helpful. Another great option is a website called FilmFind. It is dedicated to figuring out movies and there are a lot of cinephiles that scroll through the site to help people.

With these methods, you will likely have to wait a couple of days to get a response back, since it is based on people and not AI tech, but it can save you a lot of time searching, and you can update your post with more information as you get it. People may also be able to ask you pointed questions that help you remember more.

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Can't remember what movie it was, but you know a scene in a movie? Describe the scene in your own words, and this website will find it for you!

Have you ever had a scene in a movie just pop in your head, but you don't remember what movie it's from? My wife had this one scene in her head for years , and could never figure out the movie.

Well, she discovered the website whatismymovie? that let's you describe, in your own words, a scene in a movie. After you've described it, a list of movies that match your description come up.

For instance, the scene she remembered was, "At the beginning of the movie, there were children in church. Some one comes in, and just shoots up the place, killing everyone."

We typed pretty much those exact words into the generator, and she boiled it down to one of two movies. It was either Desperado, or Tombstone.

You can also search the site by director, actor, titles, genres, and more. Currently, only English language films are searchable.

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