Cross-Reference Feature

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I'm a frequent (almost obsessive) IMDb user, but there's one thing both the app and the website are missing that I would really love: a way to cross-reference multiple actors/actresses to see which credits they share. Anyone else think this would be a useful feature?
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It has a "credited with" function.

Go an name page and at quick links, click to "expand" and scroll to "related items" and click "credited with."

Also, you can go to the search box on any page and change "all" to "advanced search" and choose "collaborations and overlaps."

Is this what you're looking for?
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This actually used to be an option several years ago.

This was on a separate page (like the current Advanced Search), and let you enter several people - I can't remember if there was a limit, but I know I did check more than two.

However, at some point IMDb removed that option, replacing it with the current Credited with which allows you to check what projects the person whose page you are on has with one other person you specify.
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The 'People Working Together' option only allows two inputs, but technically you could search for more -- it's essentially a shortcut to an advanced search so you could build a custom search by editing the URL...

For example, if you want to know which movies Steve Buscemi, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis have done together:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?role...

(obviously this is not officially supported)
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If I understand correctly, you are looking for the 'Two People Working Together' option located here:

http://www.imdb.com/search/common

If you want to see which titles, say, Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges have worked on together, just enter their names in the two fields and hit 'search'
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MayorDefacto PM'd me with a workaround for this :
Whether you approach the problem via the Credited With link on a name page or the Collaborations and Overlaps link on the Advanced Search page the end result is a URL that looks something like this:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0000638,nm0000559&title_type=feature,tv_episode,video,tv_movie,tv_special,mini_series,documentary,game,short,unknown

Not sure why it lists ALL title types, since if you omit the title_type parameter altogether you get the same results, so let's look at this simpler version of the URL:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0000638,nm0000559

While the UI doesn't provide for more than 2 names, there is no such restriction in the URL itself. Want to add in another name? Just tack it on. As many as you like.

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0000638,nm0000559,nm0001420

Unlike the unsupported negate operator (!), including more than two name constants in the URL will affect the header display: Most Popular Titles With William Shatner And Leonard Nimoy And DeForest Kelley

There are some other tricks you can also employ. Suppose you wanted the titles with these three, but only those which were directed by Nimoy. Another tweak to the URL can do just that:

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0000638,nm0000559|directors,nm0001420

See this post from Murray (muzzle), imdb.com/board/bd0000040/nest/155850805?d=160021891#160021891, in the Power Search Retired... thread on the IMDb Information board, for a list of available options, along with his next post (in nested view) which lists two additional parameters. These advanced searches are available from the URL, they just haven't been added to the forms, for whatever reason.

The single cast/crew name on the Advanced Title Search form allows you to do even more targeted searches on multiple names (i.e specifying title type or other parameters), you only need to remember to edit the parameter in the URL to make it plural before adding additional names, role becomes roles.


While this is not nearly as convenient at the previously available search, it will allow you to get the results you want with a little work.
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I agree with the last paragraph of the last post by DavidAH_Ca. This is not good enough. You need to bring back the option to search for multiple names. Why inconvenience your customers?

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