Biographies of film people and lists of their credits are obviously related. But frequently biographies and lists of film credits also contain movie plot summaries, and in some resources the plot synopsis is the main content. Consequently there's considerable overlap among these resources.
Below you will find:
See also the resources listed unde:
Subject Headings for Biographies
Subject Headings for Movie Credits
Subject Headings for Plot SynopsesThemes, Subjects & Characters
The Complete Index to British Sound Film Since 1928. Edited by Alan Goble. London: Bowker-Saur, 1991.
SML Reference, PN1998 G63 1991+
Contemporary theatre, film, and television.
Incorporated within the Biography in Context database.
Film Indexes Online. Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey.
Film Indexes Online is a portal that allows one to simultaneously search the American Film Institute Catalog and Film Index International, both of which contain plot summaries and extensive movie credits. For more information about the databases, please see the descriptions on the Scholarly Articles page.
The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Ed. Nicholas Thomas, James Vinson, consulting editor, 2nd ed., 5 vols. Chicago: St. James Press, 2000.
SML Reference, PN1994 I58 2000+ [and online]
This resource includes concise essays on films, directors, actors and actresses, and production staff. Each article includes a bibliography of further references.
IMDb covers an enormous number of movies from around the world, starting with the earliest ones, and provides plot synopses, movie credits, and many other details about the films. It is probably the best known such resource, in part because it's freely available on the web. However, for some information (such as exact release dates in US and the world), Film Indexes Online (above) may be the better resource.
A database of movies, actors/actressess, producers, directors and cast members. Entries include a detailed plot synopsis and short bios, as well as much other information.
British film actors' credits, 1895-1987. Scott Palmer. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c1988.
SML Reference PN 1998.2 P3 1988
Dictionary of African filmmakers. Roy Armes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2008.
SML Reference, PN1998.2 .A758X 2008
Directors and their films: a comprehensive reference, 1895-1990. Brooks Bushnell. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, c1993.
SML Reference, PN1998 B85X 1993+
An encyclopedic dictionary of women in early American films, 1895-1930. Denise Lowe. New York: Haworth Press, c2005.
SML Reference, PN1998.2 .L686X 2005
Film actors. Hollywood, CA: IFilm Pub.: Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, c2001-
SML Reference, PN1998.A1 F43+
Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies. John Walker. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
SML Reference, PN1998.2 H354
Includes not only a large biographical dictionary, but also lists of remakes, series, studios and production companies, a dictionary of technical and critical terms, various lists of "top" movies, lists of movie awards, and more.
Historical dictionary of African American cinema. S. Torriano Berry, Venise T. Berry. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
SML Reference, PN1995.9.N4 B433X 2007
Hollywood.com guide to film directors: baseline Hollywood film director directory. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2004.
SML Reference, PN1998.2 H645 2004
These surveys focus on plot synopses, but also contain background and evaluations of the films, as well as a short list of credits.
Motion picture players' credits: worldwide performers of 1967 through 1980 with filmographies of their entire careers, 1905-1983. Jeffrey Oliviero. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c1991.
SML Reference PN1998 +O55 1991
New biographical dictionary of film. David Thomson. 4th ed. New York: Knopf, 2002.
SML Reference, PN1998.2 .T49 2002
Screen world presents the encyclopedia of Hollywood film actors. Edited by Barry Monush. New York: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, c2003-
SML Reference, PN1998.2 .S38X 2002+
St. James women filmmakers encyclopedia: women on the other side of the camera. Edited by Amy L. Unterburger. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, c1999.
SML Reference, PN1998.2 S683X 1999