Movie Trivia

35 classic cinematic themed questions and answers

Q1: In Risky Business, what song did Tom Cruise famously lip-sync to in his underwear?

A: “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger

Q2: What was the first feature-length animated movie ever released?

A: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Q3: For what movie did Tom Hanks score his first Academy Award nomination?

A: Big

Q4: The head of what kind of animal is front-and-center in an infamous scene from The Godfather?

A: A horse

Q5: What movie, starring Matt Damon, was based on a novel written by an ex-Computer Programming Intern at Sandia Lab? 

A: The Martian

Q6: In what 1976 thriller does Robert De Niro famously say “You talkin’ to me?”

A: Taxi Driver

Q7: What TV show was Jack Nicholson referencing when he ad-libbed “Here’s Johnny!” in The Shining?

A: “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”

Q8: What famous L.A. landmark is heavily featured in Rebel Without a Cause?

A: Griffith Observatory

Q9: What is the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time?

A: Joker

Q10: What movie popularized the phrase: “Show me the money”?

A: Jerry Maguire

Q11: What is the first rule of Fight Club?

A: You do not talk about fight club

Q12: What famous film character quipped, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”?

A: Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind

Q13: What character does Will Ferrell play in Anchorman?

A: Ron Burgundy 

Q14: Which movie was incorrectly announced as the winner of Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, during the greatest Oscars flub of all time?

A: La La Land

Q15: In what movie does Tom Hanks say, “There’s no crying in baseball”?

A: A League of Their Own

Q16: In Back to the Future, where does Doc Brown get the plutonium to power his time machine?

A: Libyan terrorists 

Q17: “Well, nobody’s perfect” is the final line (and punchline) from what classic 1959 comedy starring Marilyn Monroe?

A: Some Like it Hot

Q18: Who played the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown in Titanic?

A: Kathy Bates

Q19: How many suns does Luke’s home planet of Tatooine have in Star Wars?

A: Two

Q20: What’s the Los Angeles hotel prominently featured in Pretty Woman?

A: The Beverly Wilshire by Four Seasons

Q21: What is the highest-grossing war movie of all time and Clint Eastwood’s highest-grossing movie ever?

A: American Sniper

Q22: What was the name of Ian McKellen’s character in Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring?

A: Gandalf the Gray

Q23: What does police chief Martin Brody use to kill the shark at the end of Jaws?

A: Scuba tank

Q24: What Martin Scorsese movie holds the all-time record for F-bombs?

A: The Wolf of Wall Street

Q25: What are the names of the characters played by actresses Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen in Sideways?

A: Stephanie (Oh) and Maya (Madsen)

Q26: What actor played the school principal in E.T., only to have his scene cut when Spielberg decided that his presence would be too distracting?

A: Harrison Ford

Q27: What is the name of Riley’s imaginary friend in Inside Out?

A: Bing Bong

Q28: In MGM Studios, the MGM stands for?

A: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Q29: Who played the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz?

A: Margaret Hamilton

Q30: Only three movies in history have won the “big five” at the Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress). Name one.

A: It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Silence of the Lambs.

Q31: What was the first movie for which the cost of obtaining rights to the soundtrack outweighed all other production costs?

A: Clerks

Q32: What school does Harry Potter attend?

A: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Q33: In The Wizard of Oz, what was used to simulate snow during the poppy scene?

A: Asbestos

Q34: According to Director David Fincher, what can be found in every shot of Fight Club?

A: A Starbucks cup

Q35: The green symbols trailing down the screen in the Matrix are not some type of complicated code, but were actually taken out of what kind of book?

A: Sushi recipe book