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Wednesday, September 13th, 2023 4:58 AM

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Search for two genres in one search

How can I search for Horror or Thriller movies in Advanced Title Search? I mean to also show titles that are Horror but not Thriller and vice versa.

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@Camita  You can do this but it does require a manual edit of the URL.  Use advanced title search to find titles which are both Thriller & Horror plus whatever other filters and sorts you require, then insert a “!” in front of either the word “horror” or “thriller” in the URL. 

For example -> starting at horror & thriller with -> https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&genres=horror,thriller&count=250 you can edit the URL to get:

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&genres=horror,!thriller&count=250 (movies which are horror but not thriller, sorted by popularity)

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&genres=!horror,thriller&count=250 (vice versa)

Hope this helps. 

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That's not what I meant. In advanced title search, when I check Horror and Thriller, the result showing only the titles that have these two genres together, which is not what I'm looking for. I want the result to be titles that are either both genres, or one of them alone.

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@Camita​ 

I am almost certain that you can't do that. (Although @bderoes is the queen of search workarounds and might know a way.)

You will have to do 2 consecutive searches, one for Horror and one for Thriller. Of course, those titles than belong to both genres will appear in both result sets.) 

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@NYVKE​ You wrote:

Of course, those titles than belong to both genres will appear in both result sets.) 

They could use one of my links above to avoid that :-)

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@Col_Needham right.

@Camita , you should do the two searches suggested by Col sequentially; this will avoid duplicates.

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@NYVKE​ (and the original one too to catch the titles which have both genres, so three searches in total). 

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Right. We need to make an OR, I made an XOR 😣

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If it's not possible now, then please consider it as a suggestion. It will be so useful because I would like to use it also for countries and languages.