The "Movie Settings Database" Allows You to Explore Where a Story Took Place

Ever want to know about the setting of your favorite film? 

We all have our favorite movies and TV shows. We appreciate their worldbuilding and how they sculpt the familiar into something unique and extraordinary.

Now, there's a website that lets you track where your favorite titles take place. Welcome to the Movie Settings Database, which lets you search through more than 30,000 movies based on where and when they are set! It's not just about locations, but also time period. 

The site was founded by Robby Macdonell, who had a lot of time on his hands during the pandemic and got into a really complicated program that scanned movie websites to figure out where movies were shot and where they were supposedly set, then categorized them automatically. It's a really neat website that allows you to search by city and decade. 

As Macdonell says, "The setting data in this database was compiled by me from various sources. A lot came from Wikipedia. A lot of it came from reading through the film descriptions and pulling out settings information when I found it. Still more came from scouring online reviews, watching trailers, combing through fan sites, and other random research across the internet."

Check it out and let us know what you think!      

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While this is undoubtedly cool, it is very flawed. IMDb already does this with far more in-depth and complete information. It also doesn't let you search by a specific location (such as a city or town) or, shockingly, by a specific title.

October 19, 2021 at 12:04PM, Edited October 19, 12:09PM

David Patrick Raines