Does anyone know of such a thing? I urgently need a database of all the movies and I want it to be free.


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Sadly, Freebase has been made "read only" March 31st 2015.

Alternatives are:

  • https://www.themoviedb.org/
    Actively maintained by a large community and used by a broad range of apps under a propriatary license that states free use:

    TMDb is committed to free and open access to our APIs for commercial and non-commercial purposes. However, providing the APIs does have real costs for TMDb. For uses of TMDb APIs over a certain rate or for certain types of commercial applications, TMDb reserves the right to charge fees for future use of or access to the TMDb APIs.

  • http://www.omdbapi.com/
    Run by Brian Fritz under a CC-BY 4.0 licence.

    The OMDb API is a free web service to obtain movie information, all content and images on the site are contributed and maintained by our users.

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    OMDb just started charging for access to their database. While all the content is still freely licensed, you have to pay $1/month for API access and they have completely dropped the monthly dumps due to DMCA takedowns.
    – Zell Faze
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 17:27
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    @ZellFaze There's a new API to get movie details from IMDB. Check this out github.com/theapache64/movie_db Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 21:09

Wikidata has an increasingly complete coverage of many topics, including movies

Here's a sample query to get title.

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Use the query builder (top right) to see what data is available.

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(my source)


Also, the API at The Movie Database looks great. It is less clean than IMBD, but it is open and free for use.

Edit: this metastor repository has a dump of TMB


I'm not sure about the licensing but it's at least called a "free"base:


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    "The Freebase API will be completely shut-down on Aug 31 2016."
    – philshem
    Commented Nov 20, 2016 at 19:43

Found another source in this discussion. Don't know much about it tho.

Address is: https://voku.xyz/imdb.

  • This is not an alternative to IMDB, it's just a site that let's your query IMDB
    – user4293
    Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 8:16
  • I'm still gonna leave my answer here for the reference. Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 22:57
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    naturally, link is now broken. a site that would allow to query IMDb would still be an alternative because it would need its own dataset for doing it so.
    – cregox
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 5:54

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