Do you consider yourself the ultimate film buff? Then let's see if you can score 100% on this quiz!
True fans of cinema know that in order to be a movie buff you need to watch across all different genres and across different decades. It's no good just checking out new movies all the time! In order to understand and appreciate film, you need to know about the classics and the origins of certain types of films. And the only way to do that is to check out older titles every now and again.
During the 80's we saw the rise of the very first film franchises especially in the sci-fi, action, and horror genres. The teen comedy also became popular in this decade and continued to gain momentum well into the early 2000's. The 90's was notable for the rise in the production of independent films and the use of CGI for special effects. Disaster films and Disney films were also popular during the 1990's. Special effects continued to become more advanced in 2000's and the musical, epic and comic book genres of film all enjoyed a resurgence.
To score high on this quiz all you need to tell us is whether these movies were released in 80's, 90's, or 00's!
Pick the right decade: Beetlejuice
This classic horror comedy starred Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin as a couple who die in a car accident and then find themselves trapped in their old house. Unable to leave, or interact with anyone else, they slowly realize that they are in fact deceased. A new family buys the house and starts to renovate which angers the couple who eventually turn to a spirit called Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton) to help them scare the new owners away. Was this Tim Burton film released in the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Million Dollar Baby
This movie is one of the Clint Eastwood greats. Eastwood, playing the role of Frankie Dunn, is an old-school veteran boxing trainer who shuns most people except for his friend, Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris, played by Morgan Freeman. When Maggie Fitzgerald, played by Hilary Swank, comes to him for help he is at first reluctant to train her but eventually relents and they form a bond that's unbreakable. Can you guess the decade of this movie? Was it in the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Wow, Keanu Reeves as a young and innocent actor. We are so used to seeing him as the action star. Movies such as John Wick, Speed and, of course, The Matrix have shown us that he is the ultimate action hero, but, he also has a slapstick comedic side, as this film proves. In this epic time travel adventure Bill, played by Alex Winter and Ted, played by Keanu Reeves, have a band that could be the next big thing, only problem, they are about to fail their history class. Can you name the movie decade?
Pick the right decade: Wayne's World
If you have a friend who doesn't headbang to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, you need new friends. This movie brought us the epic adventures of Wayne, played by Mike Myers and Garth, played by Dana Carvey. They have a TV show called Wayne's world that a rather slick and unfeeling executive wants to take national. However, he is also trying to steal Wayne's love interest. They do the only thing they know how to do, and that's fight back in true Wayne's World style. So, Shwing! Tell us the decade if you dare!
Pick the right decade: American Psycho
A true master of the screen who plays everything from a psycho to Batman: Christian Bale is the master at playing the broken and hurt hero, or, in this case, the slightly unbalanced urban professional. The film has been called a biting, wry comedy but it's not so much a comedy as a journey into the mind of someone that clearly is not mentally stable. Can you name the decade that this masterpiece came to the silver screen? Was it the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Scream
This slasher-horror genre movie was brought to us by the master himself, none other than Wes Craven. The movie is thought to have revitalized the slasher-horror genre and follows a group of students that are killed off one by one by a masked killer stalking their every move. But, unlike most horrors that are predictable, the victims aren't always the ones you'd expect them to be. It's a true Wes Craven spectacle and worth a watch. Which decade does Scream belong to?
Pick the right decade: The Departed
What do you do when you have to make a movie about the Irish mob in South Boston? You put together a power cast of actors of course. You throw all the big names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin in the mix. But, you still need a villain worthy of it all, enter, Jack Nicholson. The only man who can do depraved-crazy-scary in a way that will leave you wanting more. Can you name the decade it came out?
Pick the right decade: Groundhog Day
This movie speaks to us on more than one level. Imagine living your worst day over and over again. And we don't mean a new day with the same problems, no, we mean literally living the same day over and over. You have to relive the day and try and fix your mistakes until you find the one mistake that will set you free. Groundhog Day is exactly that. Bill Murray relives his day over and over. Can you name the movie decade?
Pick the right decade: The Lion King
Hakuna Matata, or, no worries as translated from the Swahili language is a phrase that was brought to us by the popular Lion King movie. This adventure of the young lion, Simba, who, after surviving the stampede that killed his father, returns to his lands to reclaim his rightful place as king. He does this with help from his two best friends, Timon, voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Pumbaa voiced by Cheech Marin. Did this film come out in the 80's, 90's or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Dirty Dancing
Now, this is one movie that made the ladies swoon and the guys wish that they could dance like that. Dirty Dancing is probably one of the best dance films to date and of course, featured a hot and young Patrick Swayze and an even hotter Jennifer Grey. It follows the exploits of a professional dancer, Johhny and his new dance partner, Baby. Its a tale of love where the good guy gets the girl in the end. Which decade does Dirty Dancing belong to?
Pick the right decade: Charlie's Angels
Ditzy, smart and clumsy, these three ladies would be the last people you would expect to be super spies. But, that they are. Working for the unseen Charlie, they go about in a world of industrial espionage and highly trained killers aided by Bosley who is in part personal assistant to Charlie and caretaker of the girls as well as their tech support guy. Together they get into all sorts of trouble and, as always, save the world. Was Charlie's Angels an 80's, 90's or 00's movie?
Pick the right decade: Brokeback Mountain
Not your typical western movie. This is for sure no Gunsmoke or Shane movie and will forever go down as one of the more controversial movies of the time. Starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the main roles this tells the tale of two herders on Brokeback Mountain and their journey as they discover their love and feelings towards each other in a time when it was dangerous to be different. Can you name the decade this love-lost movie came out?
Pick the right decade: Die Hard
NYPD police officer John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, is visiting his wife for the holidays when terrorists decide to take over the Nakatomi Plaza office building where she works. Now, this being John McClane, he is not going to let the little inconvenience of a few terrorists get in the way of having a holiday. He slowly but surely starts taking them out one by one until he can get to the big boss, Hans Gruber, played by Alan Rickman. Can you name the decade?
Pick the right decade: The Nightmare Before Christmas
In Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas the creatures of Halloweentown discover Christmas. When Jack Skellington becomes bored with constantly planning and celebrating Halloween he decides to go for a walk and stumbles across a new place, complete with snow and twinkling lights called Christmastown. He's so excited by the idea of something different that he decides to take control of the holiday by kidnapping "Sandy Claws" and running Christmas himself. But naturally, things don't go according to plan and Jack gets himself in a whole heap of trouble.
Pick the right decade: Not Another Teen Movie
Not Another Teen Movie was created by the same team behind the Scary Movie franchise. The film is a parody, mocking the cliches of teen movies like She's All That, American Pie, and Cruel Intentions. In this flick, popular boy Jack Wyler (played by none other than Chris Evans!) makes a bet that he can turn the ugliest girl in school, which just happens to be Janey, into a prom queen. Do you remember if this comedy came out in the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller is one smooth guy. He's popular and well-liked and everyone seems to be a fan, except his high school principal Mr. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) and his sister (Jennifer Grey). In this movie, he decides to fake being sick so that he can stay home from school one last time before graduation but instead of hanging out at home, he grabs his best friend, his girlfriend, and a sports car, and heads off on an adventure. Which decade does this movie belong to?
Pick the right decade: Shrek
In this happily-ever-after animated film, an ogre named Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers of the Austin Powers franchise) becomes annoyed when his solitary swamp is invaded by bothersome fairy tale characters. They tell him that they were banished from the kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad so in a desperate attempt to get his home back Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad. He agrees to rescue Princess Fiona and return her to Farquaad to be his bride. Was this movie from the 80's, 90's or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Titanic
Did you know that Kate Winslet practically begged James Cameron for the role of Rose in Titanic? Well, it certainly paid off; not only did this movie help her gain global recognition but it also netted her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress at the 70th Academy Awards. Titanic was a blockbuster, and quickly became the highest grossing film of all time, a record which it held until the release of Avatar, also directed by Cameron. Which decade does Titanic belong to?
Pick the right decade: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
If you want a classic Jim Carrey movie, this is it! In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Carrey plays the role of Ace, an eccentric, animal-loving private investigator who makes a living finding missing animals and pets. When the dolphin mascot of a football team is stolen, Ace is called in to investigate and despite his zany antics and unconventional investigative techniques he manages to crack the case. Do you remember when this movie came out? Was it in the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: A Nightmare on Elm Street
One, two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, four, Better lock your door. Five, six, grab a crucifix. Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, Never sleep again.... If you know this rhyme, you'll remember this slasher flick and chances are it kept you awake! In this classic horror movie, a nightmarish entity stalks his victim's dreams and kills them while they sleep. The only way to escape him is not to fall asleep. Which decade does this movie belong to?
Pick the right decade: Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko became a cult film almost immediately following its release but the way it was released might have something to do with that. In this movie, the lead character sleepwalks one night and meets a nightmarish bunny who tells him that the world will end in 28 days. When he returns home he finds that a jet engine crashed into his bedroom. The films promotional video featured a plane crash and because the September 11th attacks had occurred a month before the film's release it was barely advertised.
Pick the right decade: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
This timeless story of friendship is considered one of the greatest films ever made and, not surprising, is still the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in Canada and the US. This Steven Spielberg flick tells the story of a lonely little boy named Elliot who finds and befriends an extraterrestrial (E.T) who is stranded on Earth. Elliot and his siblings decide to help the little alien return home but they need to do so without alerting their parents or the government.
Pick the right decade: The Truman Show
What would you do if you discovered your entire life had been a farce? In this disturbing film, Jim Carrey plays the role of a naive insurance salesman who, unbeknownst to him, is the subject of a reality TV show. His entire world is actually a set, every person he meets or loves is an actor and everything that happens to him is carefully scripted and broadcast live across the globe by means of hidden cameras. When did this movie come out? The 80's, 90's or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Jurassic Park
Just so that there is no confusion, the film we are talking about here is the original Jurassic Park, not the 2015 Jurassic World with Chris Pratt. In this movie, an entrepreneur finds a way to bring dinosaurs back to life using long-lost DNA samples. He plans to open an island theme park to showcase the animals but before that can happen things go seriously wrong when the creatures escape their enclosures. Which decade does the film Jurassic Park belong to? The 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: The Shining
Directed by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and written by the master of horror Stephen King, this movie was destined to become a classic! In The Shining, Jack Nicholson plays the role of a writer who takes a job looking after a hotel during the off-season. He thinks that the solitude will help him reconnect with his family and get some work done but what awaits him at The Overlook is far darker... Was this film made in the 80's, 90's or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Trainspotting
Although his parents urge him to "Choose Life" Mark Renton chooses something else. Mark (Ewan McGregor) and his friends (Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Kevin McKidd) are heroin addicts, wasting their young lives away in a haze of substance abuse and crime. Mark tries to turn his life around and moves away from his friends but they follow him and it's not long before they've convinced him to do just one more "job" with them. What decade does this British black comedy belong to?
Pick the right decade: Top Gun
Although this movie came out several years ago it remains popular and even earned an IMAX 3D re-release in 2013. In Top Gun, Tom Cruise plays the role of Maverick, an egotistical fighter pilot whose reckless approach makes him unpopular with others. He's competing to be the top fighter at The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School against the likes of Iceman (Val Kilmer) and also for the attention of a certain female flight instructor. Did Top Gun come out in the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Caddyshack
Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chevy Chase all in one movie? Yes, please! Caddyshack is a timeless comedy film which follows the misadventures of Danny Noonan (played by Micheal O'Keefe); a down on his luck teen who is trying to raise money for his education by working as a caddy at a snobby country club. When the chance of a scholarship arises Danny tries to win votes by offering to caddy for one of the club's most influential members while at the same time preparing himself for the Caddy Day golf tournament.
Pick the right decade: Basic Instinct
This film is infamous for the Sharon Stone leg-crossing scene which might seem tame for cinema now, but back in the day, it was simply scandalous! In this erotic thriller, a crime writer (Stone) becomes a murder suspect in a complicated case. She seduces the detective (Michael Douglas) who is assigned to investigate her and they soon fall into an intense relationship. Is she the killer or is she being framed? It's a classic thriller! But was it released in the 80's, 90's or 00's?
Pick the right decade: The Beach
Here's an interesting fact about The Beach: Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho in order to make this movie instead? Crazy to think of him as Bateman instead of Christian Bale, isn't it? In The Beach, DiCaprio plays the role of a young traveler who finds a mystical island paradise in Thailand, only after a while it feels more like a hell than a heaven. Which decade does this film belong to?
Pick the right decade: Minority Report
In this Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller, Tom Cruise plays a futuristic detective working as the head of the Precrime Unit. This unit has the ability to see crimes before they happen using psychic technology and they can arrest the suspects before they get a chance to commit the act. But when he sees himself killing a complete stranger he is forced to go on the run in order to try and prove his innocence. What decade does Minority Report belong to? The 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Scarface
Tony Montana, played by a very young Al Pacino, is a Cuban guy just wanting to live the American dream, and he will do absolutely anything to make that happen, even if it means staking his claim in the drug trade in Miami. He murders anyone that tries to stop him or get in his way, eventually becoming a drug kingpin in the state. But, things don't always go as planned for little Tony. This movie brought us the famous movie quote, "Say hello to my little friend!" Can you name the decade?
Pick the right decade: Bad Boys 2
Sequels are rarely anywhere as good as the originals but not in the case of this film franchise! Bad Boys was an excellent movie but Bad Boys 2 was everything an action movie should be and so much more! In this Michael Bay flick, police detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) are trying to bring down a smuggler called Johnny Tapia (Jordi Mollà) who is flooding Miami with ecstasy, and fueling up for a drug war. Was this movie made in the 80's, 90's, or 00's?
Pick the right decade: Child's Play
In Child's Play, a struggling single mom thinks she's hit the jackpot when she manages to buy the doll her son wants so badly. She buys it from a shady backstreet trader and what she doesn't know is that the doll, called Chucky, is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. After the doll kills the boy's babysitter he tries to warn people but gets sent to a mental hospital for his efforts. When did this slasher flick come out?
Pick the right decade: There's Something About Mary
Let's be honest, some of the Farrelly brothers' films really haven't been that great. But There's Something About Mary was one that has stood the test of time. The plot was fairly typical for a love story but the characters and the funny plot twists make it so worthwhile. Ben Stiller plays the role of a man obsessed with reconnecting with his high school love interest, Mary, played by Cameron Diaz. Can you remember if this movie belongs to the 80's, 90's, or 00's?