5 Websites To Make Your Own Personal Movie Lists | MakeUseOf

A movie list maker can be a scrap of paper or a spreadsheet. Or it can just be the watchlist in your favorite streaming service. So, why do you need a separate app to make a movie list?

Here are three short reasons:

  1. You can track what you want to watch.
  2. Helpful recommendations from the community enable you to discover new movies and shows.
  3. You can keep a full history of every TV show and movie you’ve ever watched.

Keeping up with the hundreds of streaming titles is tough work. That's why one of these recommended movie list makers should make it to your devices.

1. IMDb Your Watchlist

IMDb is the world's premier movie site. It indexes almost every movie and TV show out there. So, it's easy to see how you easily you can fill the IMDb Watchlist should be your first choice to make a movie list.

Create your account with the options provided. Once you are in, you can use the site's huge database to create your personal movie list. Then, sort them into categories, tag them with your own notes, and also use the advanced search feature to go through your extensive lists.

On each movie's page, you will notice a blue Add to Watchlist button. Notice the bookmark icon on the top-right which shows the number of saved items on your list. Click it to go to your watchlist. You can sort the list with the filters and refine it further with Type, Genre, Where to Watch, and Release Year.

Create multiple lists and share them with your friends. The Watchlist might be one of the underused features on IMDb.

2. JustWatch

JustWatch is a watch list app for the age of streaming we live in. With so many streaming platforms on show, it can be difficult to follow where your loved show is playing right now. JustWatch is a streaming guide that keeps track of everything on Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and many other streaming platforms.

Use the search bar, the tiled posters on the main page, the respective icons of the streaming services, or the filters on the site. You can add a TV show or a movie to your personal watchlist.

JustWatch can't tell you when a show will become available. But it's a great help to know which show is playing in which country on platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix.

3. Letterboxd

A neat interface welcomes you when you land on this movie list site. It's a social site that can also work as a diary of your entire movie watching experience. Start by listing all the movies you have ever watched or want to watch from now on.

As you watch them, rate each film on a five-star scale. When you rank your favorite movies, you also get to have conversations with the community around them. Read other popular reviews. You can compile and share your special list of films on any topic with your friends too.


Trakt is a movie list website that has one unique feature. It has a calendar where you can see upcoming new episodes, other movie and TV show entries, and premiere dates. You can even set up notifications in the paid version.

The movie tracker is supported by a huge catalog of movies and television shows. The size covers local streaming platforms too. Make your list and expand it with the recommendations from the site.

If you have a media center, then download and use the plugin to scrobble and sync your list.

5. Reelgood

Reelgood tracks more than 60 streaming platforms. It covers the usual services like Netflix, Apple TV+, and Amazon Prime. But it also includes niche platforms like Ameba, Great Courses, Mubi, Smithsonian, and more.

Check out this massive alphabetical list on the site.

Search for the titles you want to watch. Sort them by release year, genre, IMDb rating, and platform before you tap on the streaming service shortcut from the site itself. A Streamability Score and Reelgood Score can help you make the right choice on which shows to track with your personal list.

6. Flickchart

I want the process of making my movie list more fun. Flickchart helps you make a list by showing you posters of two movies at a time. You can click on either or both if you haven't seen them.

You can set it to show you movies by genre, by date, by title, by the cast, and by the studio. Your user profile lists and ranks the movies you haven't seen yet. You can also quickly build up other custom lists by using the dropdown filters.

The Flikchart Matchup System can help you discover hidden gems as the site keeps adding obscure movies around your tastes.

7. iCheckMovies

This site is less of a movie list maker and more of a place that helps you keep score. You can make a movie list of your own but in a roundabout way.

First, explore the lists already on the site and discover what to watch next. The movie lists come from some of the best sources like IMDb. You can watch movies by genre, or you can pick a movie from the special lists made around a decade. For instance, The Golden Age of Cinema, The Talky Years, or the start of The New Millennium.

Seen the movie? Check it off your list and it gets added to your personal movie list. Anyone linked to your profile can see your list and also get an idea of what to watch next.

Movie Lists Make It Easier to Find Your Favorite Shows

Streaming services have changed the nature of movie list makers. You have an ocean of entertaining shows to catch up on. So the simple movie list is now a tracker and a recommendation engine rolled into one.

But it does make binging more fun when you discover a few gems. On that note, how do you manage what you watch on Netflix?