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51 Classic Movies Trivia Questions

Lights, camera, action and now trivia!

From iconic lines to unforgettable performances, classic movies have left an indelible mark on our cultural landscape. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the silver screen or just someone who enjoys a good movie night, there’s something magical about these – don’t you think so?

So, grab your popcorn and get ready to test your knowledge with some timeless trivia questions that will take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. 

Let’s see if you can guess the answers from just a few clues!

Classic Movies Trivia Questions

  1. In which 1942 classic film does the protagonist famously say, “Here’s looking at you, kid”?

  2. Name the 1954 film that was the first to utilize the CinemaScope process, marking a significant shift in widescreen filmmaking.

  3. What is the name of the character played by Charlie Chaplin that became an icon of the silent film era?

  4. In Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960), what is the name of the motel where Marion Crane stays?

  5. What classic film noir, released in 1941, features a detective named Sam Spade?

  6. Which 1939 film, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is known for the line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”?

  7. Name the director of the 1948 Italian film “Bicycle Thieves,” a key work in the neorealism movement.

  8. What is the title of the 1968 science fiction film that features the monolith and the HAL 9000 computer?

  9. In what 1957 film does a jury deliberate the fate of a teenage boy accused of murder, known for its intense focus on dialogue within a single room?

  10. Who played the title character in the 1940 film “The Great Dictator,” a satire of Adolf Hitler?

  11. Which movie, featuring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, is famous for the opening scene at Tiffany’s?

  12. Name the 1933 film that is considered one of the first major monster movies, featuring a giant ape.

  13. In “Casablanca” (1942), what is the name of the piano player at Rick’s Café Américain?

  14. What is the name of the first feature-length animated movie ever released, premiering in 1937?

  15. Which 1960 epic historical drama film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is noted for its depiction of the Roman Empire?

  16. Name the film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as a lawyer defending a black man accused of rape.

  17. What 1952 musical comedy features Gene Kelly singing in the rain, celebrated for its elaborate dance sequences?

  18. Which 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film is renowned for its innovative use of special effects in the depiction of vertigo?

  19. What 1946 film, considered a classic of film noir, tells the story of a private investigator named Philip Marlowe?

  20. In which 1962 film does Lawrence of Arabia lead a revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I?

  21. Name the 1964 musical film that features the songs “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

  22. Which 1931 film marked the first major appearance of the Universal Pictures version of Dracula?

  23. What is the title of the epic 1956 film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, depicting the biblical story of Moses leading the Exodus?

  24. Who directed the 1950 film “Sunset Boulevard,” a critical look at Hollywood and the film industry?

  25. In what 1947 film does a young Natalie Wood play a girl who believes that a department store Santa Claus might be the real thing?

  26. What 1964 film, based on a novel by Ian Fleming, features the character Auric Goldfinger as the villain?

  27. Which film won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1940, an adaptation of a novel by Daphne Du Maurier?

  28. Name the 1949 British film that is one of the earliest examples of a dystopian future, based on a novel by George Orwell.

  29. In the 1935 film “Bride of Frankenstein,” who plays the role of the Monster?

  30. What is the title of the 1959 epic historical drama that won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture?

  31. Which 1955 film introduced James Dean as a troubled teenager and became a symbol of youth disillusionment?

  32. Name the 1939 American film, based on a stage play, that features a Kansas farm girl transported to a magical land by a tornado.

  33. Who starred as the lead in the 1958 film “Vertigo,” playing the role of John “Scottie” Ferguson?

  34. What 1951 science fiction film features an alien visitor named Klaatu who comes to Earth with a warning?

  35. What 1945 film noir is known for its complex narrative structure and flashback storytelling technique?

  36. In which 1967 film does Dustin Hoffman play a character seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson?

  37. Name the 1944 musical that introduced the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

  38. Which 1952 film, directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, is considered one of the greatest Westerns of all time?

  39. In what 1958 film does Orson Welles play a corrupt police captain in a Mexican border town?

  40. What is the name of the iconic dance sequence performed by Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse in the 1945 film “Anchors Aweigh”?

  41. Which 1963 film, featuring Elizabeth Taylor as the titular character, is noted for its historical inaccuracies but remarkable costumes and set design?

  42. What 1951 film features Marlon Brando in a career-defining role as Stanley Kowalski?

  43. Name the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, awarded in 1929.

  44. In which 1936 film does Charlie Chaplin make a satirical comment on the industrial age and modern technology?

  45. What 1969 film, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, is famous for its portrayal of two outlaws on the run?

  46. Which 1950 film explores the dark side of fame and forgotten actresses, starring Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond?

  47. Name the 1935 horror classic that first introduced the character of the Bride to the Frankenstein story.

  48. What 1948 British film, directed by Laurence Olivier, is considered one of the greatest Shakespeare adaptations?

  49. In “The Searchers” (1956), what is the relationship between John Wayne’s character and the girl he is searching for?

  50. Which 1961 film, known for its lavish production and winning 8 Academy Awards, tells the story of the Roman Empire’s transition from Republic to Empire?

  51. What 1965 musical, set in Austria during the late 1930s, features Julie Andrews as a governess who brings music into the lives of her charges?

Answers

  1. “Casablanca”

  2. “The Robe”

  3. The Tramp (or “The Little Tramp”)

  4. Bates Motel

  5. “The Maltese Falcon”

  6. “Gone with the Wind

  7. Vittorio De Sica

  8. “2001: A Space Odyssey”

  9. “12 Angry Men”

  10. Charlie Chaplin

  11. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

  12. King Kong”

  13. Sam

  14. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

  15. “Spartacus”

  16. “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  17. “Singin’ in the Rain”

  18. “Vertigo”

  19. “The Big Sleep

  20. “Lawrence of Arabia”

  21. “Mary Poppins”

  22. “Dracula”

  23. “The Ten Commandments”

  24. Billy Wilder

  25. “Miracle on 34th Street”

  26. “Goldfinger”

  27. “Rebecca”

  28. “1984”

  29. Boris Karloff

  30. “Ben-Hur”

  31. “Rebel Without a Cause”

  32. “The Wizard of Oz”

  33. James Stewart

  34. “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

  35. “The Killers”

  36. “The Graduate

  37. “Meet Me in St. Louis”

  38. “The Searchers”

  39. “Touch of Evil”

  40. The “Mexican Hat Dance”

  41. “Cleopatra”

  42. “A Streetcar Named Desire”

  43. “Wings”

  44. “Modern Times”

  45. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

  46. “Sunset Boulevard”

  47. “Bride of Frankenstein”

  48. “Hamlet”

  49. Uncle

  50. “Spartacus”

  51. “The Sound of Music”
Classic Movie Trivia Questions

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