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Movie carousel (Movie) structured data

Mark up your movie lists with structured data so users can explore movies on Google Search in new ways. You can provide details about the movies, such as the title of the movie, director of the movie, and an image of the movie. The movie carousel is only available on mobile devices.

movie carousel example in search results

How to add structured data

Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content. If you're new to structured data, you can learn more about how structured data works.

Here's an overview of how to build, test, and release structured data. For a step-by-step guide on how to add structured data to a web page, check out the structured data codelab.

  1. Add the required properties. Based on the format you're using, learn where to insert structured data on the page.
  2. Follow the guidelines.
  3. Validate your code using the Rich Results Test and fix any critical errors. Consider also fixing any non-critical issues that may be flagged in the tool, as they can help improve the quality of your structured data (however, this isn't necessary to be eligible for rich results).
  4. Deploy a few pages that include your structured data and use the URL Inspection tool to test how Google sees the page. Be sure that your page is accessible to Google and not blocked by a robots.txt file, the noindex tag, or login requirements. If the page looks okay, you can ask Google to recrawl your URLs.
  5. To keep Google informed of future changes, we recommend that you submit a sitemap. You can automate this with the Search Console Sitemap API.

Examples

Summary page + multiple full details pages

The summary page has a short description of each item in the list, and each description points to a separate details page that is focused entirely on one item. Here's an example of the summary movie list in JSON-LD:

<html>
  <head>
    <title>The Best Movies from the Oscars - 2018</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
    {
      "@context":"https://schema.org",
      "@type":"ItemList",
      "itemListElement":[
        {
          "@type":"ListItem",
          "position":1,
          "url":"https://example.com/a-star-is-born.html"
        },
        {
          "@type":"ListItem",
          "position":2,
          "url":"https://example.com/bohemian-rhapsody.html"
        },
        {
          "@type":"ListItem",
          "position":3,
          "url":"https://example.com/black-panther.html"
        }
      ]
    }
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Single, all-in-one-page list

A single, all-in-one-page list hosts all list information, including full text of each item. Here's an example of a single, all-in-one movie list in JSON-LD:

<html>
  <head>
    <title>The Best Movies from the Oscars - 2018</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
    {
      "@context": "https://schema.org",
      "@type": "ItemList",
      "itemListElement": [
        {
          "@type": "ListItem",
          "position": "1",
          "item": {
            "@type": "Movie",
            "url": "https://example.com/2019-best-picture-noms#a-star-is-born",
            "name": "A Star Is Born",
            "image": "https://example.com/photos/6x9/photo.jpg",
            "dateCreated": "2018-10-05",
            "director": {
                "@type": "Person",
                "name": "Bradley Cooper"
              },
            "review": {
              "@type": "Review",
              "reviewRating": {
                "@type": "Rating",
                "ratingValue": "5"
              },
              "author": {
                "@type": "Person",
                "name": "John D."
              },
              "reviewBody": "Heartbreaking, inpsiring, moving. Bradley Cooper is a triple threat."
              },
              "aggregateRating": {
                "@type": "AggregateRating",
                "ratingValue": "90",
                "bestRating": "100",
                "ratingCount": "19141"
              }
            }
          },
        {
          "@type": "ListItem",
          "position": "2",
          "item": {
            "@type": "Movie",
            "name": "Bohemian Rhapsody",
            "url": "https://example.com/2019-best-picture-noms#bohemian-rhapsody",
            "image": "https://example.com/photos/6x9/photo.jpg",
            "dateCreated": "2018-11-02",
            "director": {
                "@type": "Person",
                "name": "Bryan Singer"
              },
            "review": {
              "@type": "Review",
              "reviewRating": {
                "@type": "Rating",
                "ratingValue": "3"
              },
              "author": {
                "@type": "Person",
                "name": "Vin S."
              },
              "reviewBody": "Rami Malek's performance is overrated, at best."
              },
              "aggregateRating": {
                "@type": "AggregateRating",
                "ratingValue": "61",
                "bestRating": "100",
                "ratingCount": "21985"
              }
            }
          },
        {
          "@type": "ListItem",
          "position": "3",
          "item": {
            "@type": "Movie",
            "name": "Black Panther",
            "url": "https://example.com/2019-best-picture-noms#black-panther",
            "image": "https://example.com/photos/6x9/photo.jpg",
            "dateCreated": "2018-02-16",
            "director": {
                "@type": "Person",
                "name": "Ryan Coogler"
              },
            "review": {
              "@type": "Review",
              "reviewRating": {
                "@type": "Rating",
                "ratingValue": "2"
              },
              "author": {
                "@type": "Person",
                "name": "Trevor R."
              },
              "reviewBody": "I didn't like the lighting and CGI in this movie."
              },
              "aggregateRating": {
                "@type": "AggregateRating",
                "ratingValue": "96",
                "bestRating": "100",
                "ratingCount": "88211"
              }
            }
          }
      ]
    }
    </script>
  </head>
  <body>
  </body>
</html>

Guidelines

You must follow these guidelines to be eligible to appear in a movie carousel.

Structured data type definitions

You must include the required properties for your content to be eligible for display as a rich result. You can also include the recommended properties to add more information about your content, which could provide a better user experience.

Movie

In addition to the Carousel properties, define the following properties in your Carousel object.

The full definition of Movie is available at schema.org/Movie.

Required properties
image URL or ImageObject

An image that represents the movie. Additional image guidelines:

  • Image URLs must be crawlable and indexable.
  • Images must represent the marked up content.
  • Images must be in .jpg, .png, or. gif format.
  • Images must have a high resolution and have a 6:9 aspect ratio. While Google can crop images that are close to a 6:9 aspect ratio, images largely deviating from this ratio aren't eligible for the feature.
name Text

The name of the movie.

Recommended properties

aggregateRating

AggregateRating

Annotation for the average review score assigned to the movie. Follow the Review snippet guidelines and list of required and recommended AggregateRating properties.

dateCreated Date or DateTime

The date the movie was released.

director Person

The director of the movie. For example:

"director": {
  "@type": "Person",
  "name": "Bradley Cooper"
}

review

Review

A nested Review of the movie. Follow the Review snippet guidelines and the list of required and recommended review properties.

Troubleshooting

If you're having trouble implementing or debugging structured data, here are some resources that may help you.

  • If you're using a content management system (CMS) or someone else is taking care of your site, ask them to help you. Make sure to forward any Search Console message that details the issue to them.
  • Google does not guarantee that features that consume structured data will show up in search results. For a list of common reasons why Google may not show your content in a rich result, see the General Structured Data Guidelines.
  • You might have an error in your structured data. Check the list of structured data errors.
  • If you received a structured data manual action against your page, the structured data on the page will be ignored (although the page can still appear in Google Search results). To fix structured data issues, use the Manual Actions report.
  • Review the guidelines again to identify if your content isn't compliant with the guidelines. The problem can be caused by either spammy content or spammy markup usage. However, the issue may not be a syntax issue, and so the Rich Results Test won't be able to identify these issues.
  • Troubleshoot missing rich results / drop in total rich results.
  • Allow time for re-crawling and re-indexing. Remember that it may take several days after publishing a page for Google to find and crawl it. For general questions about crawling and indexing, check the Google Search crawling and indexing FAQ.
  • Post a question in the Google Search Central forum.