Go Home, IMDB. You're Drunk: 17 Times IMDb Algorithm Mischaracterized Your Favorite Stars
There’s a game that movie bloggers play that is entirely maddening. The IMDb Game is when you name an actor/actress and your opponent must come up with all four of the top movies featured with poster thumbnails under their profile pic. The trick is, it’s not usually the four films (or TV shows) you’d expect. It may not be their most popular movies, just those most often clicked on by IMDb users. And for a feel for what IMDB users like, feel free to browse their often infuriating top 250 films list.
Through all my work-related combing of IMDb, I’ve come across an even more confounding element of the Internet Movie Database. When you begin to type in a person’s name, the site prompts possibilities—as seen above—along with a brief description meant to surmise who they are. And sometimes, this descriptor just flat-out defies logic. Like when you look up Selma’s celebrated director and see this:
In honor of this bizarre algorithm for fame, we’ve collected some of the most vexing.
You know him as Khal Drogo, Conan The Barbarian, and the latest, burliest incarnation of Aquaman. But to IMDb, he’s:
How about the MMA fighter who slayed in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7?
Helmer of Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, Dr. Strangelover and 2001: A Space Odyssey, he’s one of the most iconic directors the world has ever known. Also:
He’s fronted Oscar-nominated dramas like Nightcrawler and Brokeback Mountain, and…
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth all have a Hunger Games movie as their descriptor pic. But not this dude.
Guess which Friends castmember doesn’t have the show as their descriptor.
Though she’s headlined comedies like Spy and stole scenes in Bridesmaids, IMDb (and us) will never forget:
He made us howl with laughter in Ant-Man and quake with tension in End of Watch. But hey, remember that Mark Wahlberg movie? (Us neither.)
Though he had memorable roles in Alien, Hellboy and Doctor Who (among many, many, many others), he will always be The Storyteller to us. IMDb however…
Clear eyes! Full Hearts! Ah, what in the hell!
He was riveting in the Oscar-nominated docudrama Frost/Nixon, funny in 30 Rock and found his way into not one but two massively popular vampire franchises with Underworld and Twilight. And yet…
You might know him as The Wolverine! But never doubt the power of all things Chris Nolan.
Musicians offer fun reductions.
And unexpected curves:
And the power of animation causes crazy shit like this:
But in what world does this one make sense!?
Go home IMDb! You’re drunk.
Kristy Puchko also rages over movies on her podcast Popcorn & Prosecco.