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Movies-How do you find the title if all you can remember is a few scenes of the movie?

Updated on September 18, 2008

There are numerous ways to find out the title of movies that you are interested in. I found that if I could identify keywords from what I remembered, that was enough.

To explore the different options, I did a test case. There was a movie that I watched some years ago that I really enjoyed. It was about a writer who is a recluse and meets up with a young student who he mentors. They become friends.

Now, I'll use this description to figure out the movie's title. It stars Sean Connery but that's too easy so I'll keep that part out of my test.

First, I did my search on imdb didn't do too well.

Next, I did a google search on imdb. This can be done using the following syntax:

movie writer recluse young mentor

That worked very well.

Sure enough, the movie returned was Finding Forrester.

I also found out about some other movies that have the same plot words such as Love and Death on Long Island (1997), Reality Bites (1994) and Copycat (1995).

I also tried to use Google by itself. This worked very well too:

movie writer recluse young mentor

Just out of curiosity, I did a search on Amazon. That also worked. I also found out about a movie called StartingOut in the Evening (2007).

Next, I tried Netflix which includes lots of user comments. Unfortunately, it doesn't index well in Google so I got back no matches. I did a search on netflix's site but the top result was Bee Movie. Not very good.

So, a Google search with the turned out for me to be the best way to go. You can find out about other advanced Google search methods here.

Finding Forrester starring Sean Connery


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    • glassvisage profile image

      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      This is a really great Hub! Thanks for the strategies and the links :)