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Select Movies with Python - Web Scraping Tutorial

18 Jan 2020

Welcome to a fun little Python Tutorial! Scrape the IMDb Top 250 movies and let Python choose a movie for you! Learn how to use requests and BeautifulSoup to scrape websites.

This is the code (can also be found on GitHub):

import random import requests from bs4 import BeautifulSoup # crawl IMDB Top 250 and randomly select a movie URL = '' def main(): response = requests.get(URL) soup = BeautifulSoup(response.text, 'html.parser') #soup = BeautifulSoup(response.text, 'lxml') # faster # print(soup.prettify()) movietags ='td.titleColumn') inner_movietags ='td.titleColumn a') ratingtags ='td.posterColumn span[name=ir]') def get_year(movie_tag): moviesplit = movie_tag.text.split() year = moviesplit[-1] # last item return year years = [get_year(tag) for tag in movietags] actors_list =[tag['title'] for tag in inner_movietags] # access attribute 'title' titles = [tag.text for tag in inner_movietags] ratings = [float(tag['data-value']) for tag in ratingtags] # access attribute 'data-value' n_movies = len(titles) while(True): idx = random.randrange(0, n_movies) print(f'{titles[idx]} {years[idx]}, Rating: {ratings[idx]:.1f}, Starring: {actors_list[idx]}') user_input = input('Do you want another movie (y/[n])? ') if user_input != 'y': break if __name__ == '__main__': main()