Personalized Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions

IMDb makes personalized recommendations to help you discover movies and TV shows that you will love.

Where can I find my Watchlist and my ratings?
Find your Watchlist using the Watchlist link in the top right of the menu at the top of every page on the IMDb site. Find your ratings by using the Your Ratings item when you hover over your account name in the menu bar.

How does IMDb choose personalized recommendations?
First, we take all of the movies and TV shows that you have either rated or added to your Watchlist. Then, we compare your data to ratings made by other users. We can then find movies and TV shows that people with similar tastes to you like. For each recommendation, you can see a list of the movies or TV shows upon which the recommendation was based. You have either rated these titles highly, or added them to your Watchlist.

How does IMDb know what I "showed interest in"?
When you give a movie a positive rating or add a movie to your Watchlist, we track that as a movie that you are interested in.

Why do I see items in my recommendations that I've already rated?
If we do not have any recommendations for you (either because you have logged out or because you have not rated many items), IMDb will show you a list of items that many people have seen so that you can enter ratings to get recommendations. When this happens, the widget will be titled Rate and Get Recommendations instead of Recommended for You.

Where can I find personalized recommendations?
You can see your personalized recommendations at the bottom of your Watchlist or the bottom of your Ratings History. If you are logged in they are also visible on the IMDb home page in the section Recommended for You

You are recommending a movie that I really do not want to see. How can I make it go away?
Click on the 'no' button.

How can I improve my personalized recommendations?
To improve your personalized recommendations, find and rate the movies that you love.

I've just rated a whole bunch of titles. How long will it take for those ratings to impact my recommendations?
New ratings will have an immediate impact on your recommendations. After rating and adding titles to your Watchlist, reload the page to update your recommendations.

How do I suggest features or changes to personalized recommendations?
Please give us feedback via the contact form.


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