It's a really great time to be a film fan. Classic movies aren't just old anymore, because we're in a new era where Jordan Peele can write a movie that acts as a mirror held up in front of society and wins him an Oscar. Or Keanu Reeves can play an assassin in a thriller that ends up becoming one of the most popular movie franchises in the world.
Just this year, a Marvel superhero movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Of course, we'll always have the old classics. We'll always have Marlon Brando saying, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." We'll always have Robert Duvall saying, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." We'll always have Paris. Fans will need to be familiar with both eras of cinema to pass this test of their cinephilia.
Only the most hardcore movie fan will be able to ace this quiz. Not only will a film fanatic have to have seen all these movies, but they'll also need to remember them well enough to name these actors and characters and locations and all the other items of trivia. It's basically impossible. Got what it takes? Give it a go!
Who played the Joker in The Dark Knight?
It was seen as a landmark moment a few days ago when the Academy voters nominated the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Panther for the Academy Award for Best Picture. But this is not the first time that a comic book movie about superheroes has made a splash at awards season. The actor who played the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his chilling performance. Sadly, he passed away between filming the movie and releasing it, so it was posthumously awarded. Who played the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight?
What is Darth Vader's real name?
Darth Vader became one of the most iconic villains in film history in the original Star Wars trilogy, and of course, we knew that he was Luke Skywalker's father from the surprising plot twist in The Empire Strikes Back. However, we didn't get Vader's full backstory until George Lucas fleshed it out into the Star Wars prequel trilogy. That trilogy began with the kid who would eventually become Darth Vader being recruited for Jedi training and ending with him turning against the Jedi and the iconic black mask being put on his burnt face. What is Darth Vader's real name?
What fictional moon is the setting of Avatar?
Back in 2009 when it was first released, sci-fi adventure Avatar became the highest grossing movie of all time. According to Box Office Mojo, it had a worldwide box office haul of around $2.7 billion. In the past decade, no movie has topped it. Not even Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, or Avengers: Infinity War was successful enough to finally beat it. James Cameron, the writer, and director of Avatar was also the previous setter of the record with his hit historical romance Titanic. What is the name of the fictional moon that is the setting of Avatar?
Who owns all the heroes in Toy Story?
The tragedy of Toy Story 3 is that the kid who owns all our favorite characters had grown up with us. The fan base of the Toy Story franchise that built in the '90s had all grown up and become adults by the time Toy Story 3 was released in 2010. In that movie, the kid was also all grown up and he'd forgotten about his toys and he was about to go off to college. The trilogy had a sweet ending with a new generation taking over. What is the name of the character who owns all the heroes in Toy Story?
What does John Wick's nickname Baba Yaga mean?
The trailer for John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum was released recently, and it teased Halle Berry as a new female character who will fight alongside Keanu Reeves in the movie. The first John Wick movie, which was released back in 2014, introduced the title character as a fearsome former assassin who is known by the name "Baba Yaga." Under that name, he became legendary across the world for his incredible skills. He goes after a crime boss' son for taking his dog from him, and of course, the audience roots for him all the way. What does John Wick's nickname Baba Yaga mean?
How does Thanos wipe out half of all life in Avengers: Infinity War?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Ruffalo spoiled the ending of Avengers: Infinity War months before the movie was released. Back in 2017, he said in an interview that the movie would end with half of all life being wiped out. Since that sounded so insane, it was swept under the rug and no one took it seriously. Cut to a few months later when the movie was released and everybody sat in the theater and watched exactly that happen before them at the hands of Thanos. How does Thanos wipe out half of all life in Avengers: Infinity War?
How fast does the DeLorean need to go to travel through time in Back to the Future?
Back to the Future is one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time, with particular praise going to its lead actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd and the tightly plotted screenplay. In the movie, a teenage boy finds himself traveling back in time from 1985 to 1955 after a mix-up with his mad scientist friend and the time machine he just invented. He made the time machine out of a DeLorean because he wanted the time machine to have some style. How fast does the DeLorean need to be to travel through time in Back to the Future?
What school does Harry Potter go to?
The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most successful movie series of all time, and even though it ended eight years ago with the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the success of the franchise still continues to this day. The 2016 spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as the 2018 sequel to that spin-off, The Crimes of Grindelwald, have ensured continued success for the Harry Potter cinematic universe. The core Harry Potter series followed Harry through every year of his school life. What school does Harry Potter go to? Pick one:
What city is Ron Burgundy from?
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of the most critically acclaimed comedy movies of all time. It didn't make a huge splash at the box office when it was first released, according to Box Office Mojo, it has since become a beloved cult classic. When Ron Burgundy takes his new female co-worker Veronica out for dinner and to show her around town since she just moved there, he gives her a wildly inaccurate translation of this city's name. Even she knew what the real translation was and she's not a native. What US city is Ron Burgundy from?
What furry creatures inhabit the forest moon of Endor?
The furry creatures that inhabit the forest moon of Endor are not the most beloved characters in the Star Wars saga, but there is a small sect of the fan base that loves them. They appeared only in Return of the Jedi, the third movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, and they helped the Rebels to defeat the Empire. However, due to their cuteness, there are some folks who aren't huge fans of them. The same thing happened with the cute creatures in The Last Jedi. What is the name of the furry creatures that inhabit the forest moon of Endor?
What does Gandalf the Grey rebrand himself as after he's resurrected?
Gandalf the Grey was the cool wizard who went along with the Fellowship of the Ring in their first round of adventures in the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But then he disappeared down a lava cave after telling a giant monster it shall not pass. He was thought to be gone forever, but then in The Two Towers, Gandalf returned, except he was not Gandalf the Grey anymore. He had rebranded himself with a brand new name to reflect his resurrection and a new worldview. What does Gandalf the Grey rebrand himself as after he is resurrected?
Who do Mike and Sulley meet after they get banished?
The great thing about prequels is that they can include little Easter eggs that set up things that pay off in the original. It's like telling a joke backward, except it works. A prime example is in Monsters University, in which Mike and Sulley start working at Monsters Incorporated in the mail room and a character we recognize from the original movie as the guy who the duo met after being banished tells them that messing with the mail is punishable by banishment. That was his little prequel moment. Which character do Mike and Sulley meet after they get banished?
Who directed Inception?
The director of Inception is one of the most critically adored filmmakers out there right now. According to IMDb, he has also directed a Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises) and the existential science fiction drama Interstellar. He also helmed the magician period drama The Prestige and the amnesiac thriller Memento, whose narrative is told all out of order. Most recently, he directed the World War II movie Dunkirk, which starred Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and even One Direction's Harry Styles. Who directed the 2010 sci-fi action movie Inception?
Which of these characters is NOT a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy?
It's hard to believe that the Guardians of the Galaxy were once considered an obscure Marvel Comics property. Prior to the 2014 movie, they were relatively unknown, at least to a mainstream moviegoing audience. But a cast of Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista soon changed that with a fun, fresh, unique Marvel Cinematic Universe installment that blended superhero movie with space opera. The Guardians of the Galaxy have since appeared in a sequel and the movie Avengers: Infinity War. Which of these Marvel characters is NOT a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy?
Which tech giant does Forrest Gump think is "some kind of fruit company"?
Forrest Gump is not only the life story of a truly special individual; it also acts as a 20th-century history lesson. Pretty much everything noteworthy that happened in the 20th century is revealed in this movie to have involved Forrest Gump in some way. He fought in Vietnam, he met countless world leaders (with Tom Hanks being edited into archive footage), he fell in love with the first ever patient of AIDS, and he invested in one of the biggest companies in history within realizing what it was. Which tech giant does Forrest Gump think is "some kind of fruit company"?
What platform does Harry Potter's train to school depart from?
When Harry Potter mentions the platform he's been told to go to in order to get the train to his wizarding school, he is laughed at, because it isn't a real platform. At least we Muggles don't realize it's a real platform. What he has to do, as Molly Weasley shows him, is run into the wall between two platforms and he'll be transported to the magical platform. This is because the platform number has a fraction in it, so it exists in the fracture of reality between two platforms. What platform does Harry Potter's train to school depart from?
What is the name of the diamond in Titanic?
Titanic, written and directed by James Cameron, is one of the most beloved movies ever made. It tells the true story of the sinking of the Titanic through the eyes of a rich socialite woman played by Kate Winslet who falls in love with a lowly peasant played by Leonardo DiCaprio. According to Box Office Mojo, this was the highest grossing movie of all time before Cameron came along and broke his own record with the sci-fi adventure Avatar. The movie revolves around a diamond being held by an old lady. What is the name of the diamond in Titanic?
What is the name of Han Solo's ship?
Last summer, Disney offered Star Wars fans a glimpse at the backstory of Han Solo with the Anthology movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. The movie showed fans how Han ended up with the last name Solo, how he became friends with Chewbacca, how he managed to make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, and of course, how he ended up with his iconic ship. We always knew he won the ship from Lando Calrissian, but the movie demonstrated exactly how he went about it, using Lando's own tricks against him. What is the name of Han Solo's ship?
What is Simba's uncle called?
According to IMDb, there is a new version of Disney's The Lion King on the way. This one will be a live-action remake shot in the same photo-realistic style as 2016's live-action remake of The Jungle Book. In fact, The Lion King remake will even have the same director as The Jungle Book remake: Jon Favreau. In both versions of the story, Simba's uncle is the villain as he pushes Simba's dad into a stampede of wildebeest and takes his throne while Simba grows up in the wild. What is the name of Simba's uncle in the 1994 film The Lion King?
How is Lucius Best better known?
Brad Bird finally caved to the pressure and made a sequel to Pixar's superhero comedy The Incredibles last year. According to Wikipedia, critics adored the movie and found it to be a worthy successor to the original, which introduced us to this character. According to IMDb, this character is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, who is known for over 100 other movie roles, including Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and countless Quentin Tarantino characters with great monologues. What is the superhero alter ego of Lucius Best in The Incredibles franchise?
Where does Andy Dufresne escape from?
IMDb still lists this movie as the greatest film of all time on its list of the Top 250 movies ever made. It was written and directed by Frank Darabont, the guy who initially developed TWD for cable television based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series. The movie stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as his best friend and fellow inmate, Red. It was adapted from a short story by Stephen King, as was Darabont's other similar movie, The Green Mile. What is the name of the place that Andy Dufresne escapes from in a 1994 movie?
What fictional nation does Black Panther hail from?
Despite predictions by the likes of IndieWire and an aggressive campaign run by Disney, it still came as a surprise that Black Panther was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture because it's not an Oscars type movie. As critically acclaimed as it is, it is still a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Superhero movies, comic book movies, and action blockbusters generally don't get any attention from the Academy voters, and this hit movie is all of the above. Black Panther was just that good. What is the name of the fictional nation that Black Panther hails from?
What type of doctor is Django's sidekick Dr. Schultz?
Although the western genre has not been popular for half a century and western movies that get made today don't usually do well at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, Django Unchained was a huge blockbuster back in 2012. It grossed over $400 million worldwide. It was a gamble by Quentin Tarantino to write and direct a darkly comic spaghetti western with a budget of more than $100 million (according to Wikipedia), but clearly, that gamble paid off in the end. Plus, Christoph Waltz took home an Oscar for playing Dr. Schultz. What type of doctor is Django's sidekick Dr. Schultz?
Which class does Severus Snape teach?
Severus Snape is a classic example of a character that everyone thought was a villain until they looked a little closer and discovered their sweet side. The same could be said of Sloth from The Goonies. Everyone's scared of him until they just give him a chance, and then he saves the day. Severus Snape always gave Harry Potter a hard time, but we found out later in the series that this was because Harry's mother broke his heart. But because of that, he was always looking out for Harry to keep him safe. Which class does Severus Snape teach?
Who takes Mad Max across the Fury Road?
According to Wikipedia, as soon as Mad Max: Fury Road was released, it was being called one of the greatest action movies ever made by the critics. They didn't need any time to think about it, they were already sure of it. The female lead in the movie was played by Charlize Theron, who shaved her head for the role. Tom Hardy took the title role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson to star alongside Theron in the reboot of the franchise, according to IMDb. What is the name of the character who takes Mad Max across the Fury Road?
What is Kylo Ren's real name?
Just like Darth Vader turned out to be a made-up name being used by a badly burned and corrupted Anakin Skywalker, Kylo Ren is a made up name being used by a kid who's mad at his parents. He's one of the Knights of Ren. According to IMDb, Kylo Ren has been played in all the movies in the Star Wars sequel trilogy by Adam Driver, who made his name playing the role of Adam in Lena Dunham's HBO sitcom Girls and starring in the Noah Baumbach movie While We're Young with Ben Stiller. What is Kylo Ren's real name?
Who played Wolverine in nine X-Men movies?
While Black Panther's nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture is a landmark moment for superhero cinema, a different superhero movie was nominated for the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay last year. It was the first ever case of a screenplay being nominated for the award when the source material it was adapted from was a comic book. The movie was Logan, and it was a poignant film that marked this actor's final appearance in the role of Wolverine. It was also Patrick Stewart's final movie in the role of Professor X. Who played Wolverine in nine X-Men movies?
Where does Nemo end up after he is taken?
Finding Nemo is one of a few Pixar movies that have gotten a belated sequel recently as the studio has caved under pressure from fans. Everyone wanted a sequel to The Incredibles and they got that last year. Everyone wanted a Monsters, Inc. sequel and got the prequel Monsters University instead. Everyone wanted a sequel to Finding Nemo and in came Finding Dory. In that movie, Marlin and Nemo had to search for Dory, but in the original movie, it's Marlin and Dory who have to search for Nemo after he's taken. Where does Nemo end up after he is taken?
What type of animal mauls Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant?
After years of trying, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Academy Award for Best Actor after starring in the revisionist western drama The Revenant. He'd waited so long for it that he became a meme. According to IMDb, The Revenant was directed by the same filmmaker who made a splash at the Oscars just one year prior with his smaller scale dark comedy film Birdman. The Revenant tells the true story of one man's survival in the wilderness after being mauled by an animal in the woods and living to tell the tale. What type of animal mauls Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant?
Which other Avenger teamed up with Thor in Thor: Ragnarok?
According to Wikipedia, due to certain rights issues, Marvel Studios is not allowed to make a solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about one of its characters. Universal has the rights to make a movie purely about this character; Marvel just has the rights to include him in their own movies, like the Avengers team-ups. So, instead of doing a solo movie, they just paired him up with Thor in Thor's third solo movie, Thor: Ragnarok. The movie ended up being a sort of buddy road trip movie in space. Which other Avenger teamed up with Thor in Thor: Ragnarok?
Which government agency does Rod work for in Get Out?
The ending of Get Out is intense. Chris has just had his final confrontation with his girlfriend Rose and then sirens are heard and a car pulls up. Is it the police? What's going to happen? The audience is incredibly tense. And then it turns out to just be Chris' buddy Rod in his own squad car from the government agency that he works for. According to IMDb, Rod was played by comedian Lil Rel Howery, who has also appeared in Bird Box and the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis. Which government agency does Rod work for in Get Out?
How is Voldemort often referred to?
Voldemort is one of the most iconic villains in the history of fiction. JK Rowling made him an iconic villain of literature, and then Warner Bros. adapted the Harry Potter novels for the big screen and made him an iconic villain of cinema, too. Ralph Fiennes played Voldemort in the movies, according to IMDb, and despite his roles in such critically acclaimed movies as Schindler's List and The Grand Budapest Hotel, Voldemort might still be remembered as his best known role. Voldemort goes by more than one name, of course. What alternative name is often used to refer to Voldemort?
Which member of One Direction is in Dunkirk?
Dunkirk is the most recent movie helmed by Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, and it was released back in 2017. According to Wikipedia, Dunkirk was instantly praised by critics. It tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground, the boats at sea, and the planes in the sky. There is a member of the boy band One Direction in the movie's cast, which may have been a measure taken by Nolan to secure the movie's $100 million budget (Wikipedia). Which member of One Direction is in Dunkirk?
What planet did Rey grow up on?
There is a lot that we still don't know about Rey, despite the fact that we're two movies into the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Then again, we didn't know too much about Luke, Han, and Leia's backstories in The Empire Strikes Back. It all came later in the expanded media. In The Force Awakens, Rey is introduced on a desert planet where she seems to have grown up on her own. We've seen flashbacks and had hints at who her parents were, but none of it has stuck yet or been definitive. What desert planet did Rey grow up on?
Where do Shrek's in-laws live?
Shrek is one of the most widely beloved and critically acclaimed series of animated movies ever made. It stars Mike Myers as an ogre who is sympathetic and Cameron Diaz as the princess he falls in love with. Plus, Eddie Murphy plays his sidekick, a donkey who is aptly named Donkey. Like The Princess Bride, the Shrek movies take fairy tale characters who are usually marginalized (like an ogre who lives in a swamp who everyone's scared of or a talking donkey) and puts them in center stage and tells their stories for the first time ever. Where do Shrek's in-laws live?
Which waterfall does Carl fly his house to in Up?
According to Wikipedia, Up was just the second ever animated movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture after Beauty and the Beast. There is a category just for animated movies, Best Animated Feature, but if the Academy voters really believe the best movie of the year was animated, they can vote it for Best Picture. It's the same thing with foreign films, which is why Roma is nominated for Best Picture this year (IMDb). Up is a deeply touching love story about a widower finally accomplishing his late wife's dreams. Which waterfall does Carl fly his house to in Up?
Who is The Wolf of Wall Street about?
According to IMDb, Martin Scorsese has directed a lot of biopics in his time. Goodfellas is the biopic of a famous gangster who went into witness protection after turning in all his friends. Raging Bull is the biopic of a boxer whose jealousy got the better of him in his relationship with his wife. The Aviator is a biopic of the filmmaker Howard Hughes. The Wolf of Wall Street, as hard as it is to believe, is also a true story adapted from a real guy's memoir. Which real-life figure's memoir is The Wolf of Wall Street based on?
Who played Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming?
The latest actor to play the role of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man on the big screen is also the youngest, according to Wikipedia. He has played Spider-Man in a few movies in the MCU, starting with Captain America: Civil War. He has since appeared in his own solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the third Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War. According to IMDb, this actor will appear in the YA sci-fi movie Chaos Walking this year and will star alongside Chris Pratt in a Pixar fantasy movie called Onward in 2020. Which actor played Peter Parker in the MCU's Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Who survived to the end of Gravity?
Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy and Interstellar are space movies set in the farthest, most fictional reaches of outer space. What sets the 2013 movie Gravity apart as a modern space movie is that it is set right above Earth, and that is used as a contemplative storytelling tool to isolate the characters and put their problems into perspective. The movie starred two of the biggest A list stars on the planet, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but only one of them made it to the very end of the movie. Who survived to the end of Gravity?
What sport does Harry Potter play?
There is a fictional sport that Harry Potter plays while he studies at Hogwarts. His job is to catch the Golden Snitch, which flies around during every game. If he catches that Golden Snitch, then his team wins the game, so it's a pretty big deal if he does it. Thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter franchise, this game is now played across the world by college students with no magical powers and a lot of free time. What is the name of the fictional sport that Harry Potter plays as a student at Hogwarts in the movies?