One of my side projects is researching the relationships and work experience between film Directors, Editors, and their Assistants. Unfortunately, IMDb (and IMDb Pro) doesn’t have any reporting or data extraction functions to make this easy – everything is a time consuming and manual process.
After much digging on Google I discovered an accurate search phrase and found a few resources. IMDb doesn’t have its own API although developers have found a way around this using HTTP requests. Thanks to Martyr2 at Yahoo Answers.
http://www.trynt.com/trynt-movie-imdb-api/ – TRYNT web service which can be consumed by languages like PHP and .NET.
http://www.imdb.com/interfaces – imdb does provide interfaces for several platforms. These are often in the form of easily parsable text files. Not the ideal solution, but it can work.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/imdbphp/ – IMDB PHP project over at sourceforge could also be a solution.
No experience with any of them yet but it’s a start.