About This QuizPrison breaks, superheroes, high-speed chases, and a lot of flying fists spliced with comedy are what make great movies. How many can you figure out from one image? Take this quiz and find out!
With the comedic talents of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in the lead roles, "Ghostbusters" was always set to be a hit. It tells the story of three university professors who set up a company to get rid of ghosts that are appearing all over New York. The movie was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. A 2016 reboot featuring an all-female cast was not as well received.
The ultimate shark movie, "Jaws" follows the story of a massive Great White causing havoc in a small holiday town. It starred Roy Scheider in the lead role and was directed by Steven Spielberg. The real star, however, is the shark. It features both underwater footage of Great White sharks, as well as a mechanical version, although the mechanical version often broke down and was not used as much as originally intended. The score for the movie was by John Williams and remains instantly recognizable four decades later.
"M.A.S.H." focuses on the staff of a military field hospital during the Korean War. Despite their jobs often including gore on a daily basis, the doctors and nurses at the hospital keep in high spirits. The movie, which was nominated for five Academy Awards, was directed by Robert Altman and led to a spin-off television series.
A Francis Ford Coppola movie released in 1972, "The Godfather" is recognized as one of the greatest movies ever made. It tells the story of an aging Mafia boss who wants to hand over his power to his son, who is expected to take over the family. It features Marlon Brando in the lead role, with Al Pacino as his son. Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role. The movie spawned two sequels.
The Lost Man
In The Heat Of The Night
Based on the 1965 novel of the same name by John Ball, "In the Heat of the Night" tells the story of a black police detective visiting a southern town and his attempts to investigate a murder after he was initially a suspect. With Sidney Poitier in the lead role, the movie, although set in the south, was not filmed there due to expected tensions. It was very well received and won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rod Steiger. Poitier was not nominated for an award.
The Lost Man
"Iron Man" tells the story of billionaire Tony Stark and his development of a bionic suit that effectively turns him into the superhero, Iron Man. Based on the Marvel franchise, "Iron Man" did extremely well at the box office and spawned a host of spin-offs (including "The Avengers") as well as sequels.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
A teen comedy from 1982, "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" features a wealth of Hollywood talent, including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinholdt. It is based on the book by Cameron Crowe, who also wrote the screenplay. Interestingly, one of the characters in the movie, a computer guru named Rat is based on Andy Rathbone. Rathbone went onto write many of the '... for Dummies' computer books. The movie also saw the acting debut of Nicolas Cage in a minor role.
The Company Men
This Oliver Stone drama from 1987 stars Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas in the leading roles. It tells the story of a stockbroker, Bud Fox (Sheen) trying to make his way to the top on Wall Street. Fox is taken under the wing of an experienced broker, Gordan Gekko (Douglas). Eventually, Fox turns on Gekko using all the underhanded tactics his mentor taught him. Stone, who also co-wrote the movie, did so thanks to the way his father, a stockbroker in real life, was treated during his career.
To Big To Fail
The Good, the Bad And The Ugly
A 1966 spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" featured Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef. It was the third film in the 'Dollars Trilogy' with filming delayed due to Eastwood's salary demands. Since Eastwood did not speak Italian and Leone did not speak English, an interpreter was needed at all times.
A Fistful of Dollars
The Big Gundown
The Mighty Ducks
Starring Paul Newman, 1977's "Slap Shot" follows the antics of a terrible ice-hockey team that starts to win games once they play a little rough. Interestingly, Al Pacino is said to have wanted the role of Reggie Dunlop that was played by Newman. The movie was laced with profanity with over 176 uses of the F-word. "Slap Shot" is recognized as the best ice-hockey movie ever made, which really isn't saying much!
The War Lover
Hell Is For Heroes
The Great Escape
Based on a book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, "The Great Escape" is a war drama set during World War II. The movie tells the true story (although much adapted for film) of a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp. Even though Steve McQueen was the top-billed actor in the movie, his salary was only half of what fellow actor, James Garner, earned. A few actors in the movie, including Donald Pleasence, served as POWs during the war.
A 1989 movie directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, "Glory" tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry which fought during the American Civil War and was comprised of mainly black soldiers. It was their bravery, in the face of insurmountable odds while trying to capture a Confederate fort, that led to the north recruiting even more black soldiers during the war. Broderick plays Robert Gould Shaw, the commander who led his men and died with them. The movie is based on his personal letters, as is the book, "One Gallant Rush" by Peter Burchard.
Johnny Miller, played by Michael Keaton, is forced to become a gangster, thanks to his ailing mother's massive medical bills." Johnny Dangerously" was directed by Amy Heckerling and is a comedy spoof of 1930s gangster movies. It also features Danny DeVito, Dom DeLuise, and Joe Piscopo.
12 Angry Men
A 1957 courtroom drama starring Henry Fonda, "12 Angry Men" tells the story of a group of diverse jurors deliberating on what seems to be an open and shut murder case. One juror, however, votes not guilty and sets in motion the rest of the story, primarily highlighting a flawed legal system. 90 of the 95 minutes running time takes place with the jury deliberating their verdict, making the movie very dialogue- and actor-driven.
A Time To Kill
The Thin Blue Line
This documentary film, released in 1988 was directed and written by Errol Morris and took over 30 months to research and film. It tells the story of Randall Adams who was wrongly accused of the murder of a Texas policeman when a confession to friends and all the evidence showed that another occupant of his car, teenager David Ray Harris, had fired the fatal shot. Due to the impact of the film, Adams was released from jail in 1989. Harris was executed in 2004 for another murder he committed in 1985 with his final words, "Sir, in honor of a true American hero: Let’s roll. Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. I’m done, warden."
The Fog Of War
A Brief History Of Time
The Act Of Killing
Burden Of Dreams
Heart Of Glass
A movie by German filmmaker Werner Hertzog, the story of "Fitzcarraldo" revolves around an eccentric, played by Klaus Kinski, who wants to bring the art of opera singing and performing to South America. To do this, he must use his rubber industry to make enough money to build an opera house. And to achieve that, he needs a steamboat pulled up and over a steep hill to the most lucrative rubber plantations. The story is based on a real person, Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, who did something similar at the turn of the century (although he did dismantle the boat first). What makes this story even more amazing is that Hertzog actually had extras pull the steamship up a hill, refusing to use special effects.
The French Connection
The French Connection, released in 1971 and starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider is a police crime drama that became the first R-rated movie to ever win an Academy Award. In fact, French Connection won five, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). The film was inspired by a true story and follows two detectives trying to trace the source of heroin coming into New York. It features one of the most iconic car chases of all time.
To Live And Die In L.A.
With Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in the lead roles, "Chinatown" is a Roman Polanski directed thriller. It tells the story of a private eye working on an case of adultery that erupts into something far bigger. This was the last movie that Polanski filmed in America before he fled the country after sexual assault charges were filed against his name.
The Long Goodbye
8 Million Ways To Die
Night Of The Living Dead
Diary Of The Dead
Dawn Of The Dead
Part of the "Living Dead" series from filmmaker George A. Romero, 1978s "Dawn Of The Dead" follows the first movie in the series, "Night Of The Living Dead." It tells the survival story of a group of people seeking refuge from zombies. The movie was particularly gruesome for its time. A remake, which was directed by Zack Snyder, followed in 2004 .
Wes Craven's directorial debut, "Bottle Rocket," stars Owen and Luke Wilson as bumbling friends determined to become criminals and pull off heists. The movie is actually an adaption of a short film by the same name, co-written with Owen Wilson. Legendary director Martin Scorsese sites "Bottle Rocket" as one of his favorite movies of the 1990s.
This 1985 movie with Jon Voight and Eric Roberts in the lead roles tells the story of two escaped prisoners who jump on a train as part of their attempt to escape authorities. Unfortunately, the engineer has died and the train has no brakes! The movie was directed by Russian, Andrei Konchalovsky. Roberts received an Oscar nomination for his role.
When human remains are found on an old shooting range, Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper), a Texas sheriff in a small town, must investigate a murder over 40 years old. The remains are of a previous town sheriff that Deeds' father followed into service. As the investigation proceeds, Deeds finds out more information about his father, as well as the town's secrets. This 1996 movie was directed by John Sayles and also featured Kris Kristofferson and Elizabeth Pena.
The 1968 horror, "Rosemary's Baby" was the first film made in America by acclaimed director Roman Polanski. It tells the story of Rosemary Woodhouse who gets pregnant during mysterious circumstances, although her husband says she was drunk when they conceived. With her neighbors showing more and more interest in her unborn child, Rosemary starts to suspect something is certainly not right. Ruth Gordon won a Best Supporting Actress for her role as Minnie Castevet. The success of the movie led to a stream of other occult-based thrillers.
End Of Days
Tootsie tells the story of an unsuccessful actor, Michael Dorsey (played by Dustin Hoffman), that transforms himself into Dorothy Michaels, a 40-something female actress who lands a role in a local soap opera. Things get difficult when Michael/Dorothy falls in love with a fellow cast member. "Tootsie" was directed by Sydney Pollack and features Jessica Lange, Bill Murray and Geena Davis in her first Hollywood role. Interestingly Dustin Hoffman is credited twice, once for each of the roles he plays.
My Favorite Year
A legendary sci-fi film, "The Terminator" started a franchise that now includes five movies. The first movie features Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a Terminator sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton). Connor's yet to be born son will lead the Earth's resistance against Skynet and its force of machines, all hell bent on destroying humans. The movie was directed by James Cameron, who at one point, had considered O.J. Simpson for the Terminator role.
Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, must track down the Scorpio Killer, a lunatic loose in Los Angeles. Although Eastwood was already a famous Hollywood name, Dirty Harry propelled him to superstar status. The movie is remembered for its iconic line, 'You've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?'" Many other stars were considered for the role of Callahan, including Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen. Sinatra pulled out of the project, since he had an injured hand at the time of scheduled filming.
The Dead Pool
That's My Boy
Death To Smoochy
World's Greatest Dad
Shakes the Clown
Directed and starring Bobcat Goldthwaite, who also starred in "Police Academy," "Shakes the Clown" tells the story of an depressed, alcohol-dependent clown, framed for the murder of his boss. He must go undercover as a mime to prove his innocence. Both Adam Sandler and Robin Williams appear in the movie.
Directed by the Coen Brothers, 1990's "Miller's Crossing" features Gabriel Byrne in the lead role. An in-depth gangster drama, the movie explores the relationship between an Irish mob boss and his most loyal lieutenant. Problems arise when their love for the same woman comes between them. Rumor has it that the Coen Brothers turned down the chance to direct Batman to make the movie.
State of Grace
Last Man Standing
Road To Perdition
North By Northwest
This 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller sees Carey Grant playing Roger O. Thornhill, a regular office worker from New York who is wrongly identified as a secret agent. Grant had trouble understanding the intricate script, something that Hitchcock thought would help the movie. It did, as North by Northwest was extremely well received by the public and critics alike. Grant received $390,000 over and above his $450,000 salary as shooting ran over by many days.
To Catch A Thief
1971's "Straw Dogs," directed by the legendary Sam Peckinpah, tells the story of an American mathematician (Dustin Hoffman) who escapes the madness of a United States deep in the social problems prompted by the Vietnam War. He moves to a small village in the United Kingdom where his wife once lived, but here faces harassment and violence from her ex-boyfriend and his gang, that eventually gets completely out of control. The movie is noted for its gory and shocking scenes.
Dot The I
John Rambo's first introduction to the movie world, "First Blood" was released in 1982 and features Sylvester Stallone in the lead role. It is based on a 1972 novel by David Morrell, with the screenplay co-written by Stallone. Although eventually directed by Ted Kotcheff, Mike Nichols wanted to direct the movie and cast Dustin Hoffman in the lead role.
1987's "Broadcast News" explores the world of TV journalism. The story revolves around a handsome, up and coming TV anchor, an older reporter that secretly would love to be in front of the camera, and the producer who keeps their team together as feelings start to enter the equation. It stars William Hurt, Holly Hunter, and Albert Brooks. "Broadcast News" was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Hands Of Stone
Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert de Niro, "Raging Bull" tells the story of boxer Jake LaMotta. His incredible boxing career hid a life in which rage and jealousy eventually left him destitute. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two, including Best Actor for De Niro. During filming, Scorsese opted to shoot all the boxing scenes first. Raging Bull was shot in black and white.
The World's End
Shaun Of The Dead
A comedy starring Simon Pegg, "Shaun of The Dead" was inspired by "Dawn Of The Dead," as well as other horror movies. It tells the story of Shaun (played by Pegg) who has to win his girlfriend back and make his mother happy, all while Zombies take over his town. The movie was written by Pegg and Edgar Wright. Chris Martin, the singer from Coldplay, appears as a zombie in the movie.
Starring Orson Welles, this 1941 movie follows a group of reporters as they attempt to decipher the meaning of Rosebud, the last word ever spoken by millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane.
Last Tango in Paris
Streetcar Named Desire
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The Anderson Tapes
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and with Gene Hackman in the lead role, 1974's "The Conversation" tells the story of a surveillance expert (Hackman) who believes the couple he is listening in on will be murdered at some point. The movie also stars Harrison Ford and Robert Duval. Although it did not win an Oscar, it was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Act Of Violence
Bad Day at Black Rock
1955 drama, "Bad Day At Black Rock" was directed by John Sturges with Spencer Tracey in the lead role. John J. Macreedy (played by Tracey) is a visitor to Black Rock but from the moment he steps foot into town, he senses hostility. Macreedy is there to speak to Komoko, a Japanese resident of the town. His search for him sets off a chain reaction that puts his life in danger. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, but didn't win any.
Another blockbuster from Pixar, "The Incredibles" is an animated story about a family of retired superheroes who are called on to save the world. It features the voice talents of Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Holly Hunter. The movie was first going to be called "The Invincibles."
The Minus Man
Written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, "Sling Blade" tells the story of Karl Childers (played by Thornton), a slightly retarded man who spent much of his life in an institution for killing his mother and her lover as a young boy. No longer considered a threat to society, Childers befriends a young boy and his mother. Thornton acted with crushed glass inside his shoe to give his character a limp. "Sling Blade" won two Academy Awards for Best Writing and Adapted Screenplay. Thornton was nominated for Best Actor.
Daddy And Them
This 1987 thriller focuses on a one-night stand that goes horribly wrong. Dan, played by Michael Douglas, has a brief encounter with Alex (Glen Close). Afterwards, she will not leave him alone, claiming that she is pregnant with his child. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress and Best Picture.
Down By Law
An independent film from 1986 by director Jim Jarmusch, "Down By Law" tells the story of three men who break out of jail. Two of the men, Zack (Tom Waites) and Jack (John Lurie) are innocent. The third, an Italian named Bob (Roberto Benigni), is in prison on manslaughter charges. Bob, however, has an escape plan and the three bust out of jail. Roberto Benigni went on to direct "Life Is Beautiful" in 1997, winning an Oscar for his role in it.
The Little Devil
A Place In The Sun
With a stellar cast including Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, 1956’s "Giant" was destined to be a smash hit. It was nominated for an incredible 10 Academy Awards, winning Best Director for George Stevens. Both Hudson and Dean were nominated for the Best Actor category. Dean was killed a mere two weeks after filming his scenes in the movie, dying when he crashed his Porsche Spyder. The movie was based on a book of the same name by Edna Ferber.
There Will Be Blood
He Got Game
Do the Right Thing
Produced, directed and written by Spike Lee, "Do The Right Thing" is set in a Brooklyn neighborhood on a hot Sunday. It features Danny Aiello, Ossie Davies, Ruby Dee and Richard Edson. The basic premise of the movie focuses on racial tension in the neighborhood that eventually comes to a head. "Do The Right Thing" was nominated for two Academy Awards.
A classic from director Stanley Kubrick, "The Shining" is based on a Steven King novel of the same name. Perhaps one of the reasons people remember this movie so well is thanks to the incredible acting delivered by Jack Nicholson in the lead role. Kubrick never read the screenplay King wrote for the movie, and wrote the script with the help of another author, Diane Johnson.
Gone Baby Gone
Starring Casey Affleck and directed by his brother, Ben, "Gone Baby Gone" sees a private detective (played by Affleck) looking into the kidnapping of a little girl. This opens up more problems than expected and puts his relationship with his partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), at risk, especially with the moral dilemma they face at the end. The movie also features Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris.
A sci-fi classic, "Blade Runner" was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Harrison Ford in the lead role. In the movie, Ford is tasked with hunting down four replicants (androids) who have stolen a ship and are fleeing to earth to find their creator. Scott originally wanted to cast Dustin Hoffman in the lead role, but decided against it. The movie is a loose adaption of the Phillip K. Dick short story, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Starring the most famous cowboy in the world, John Wayne, "The Searchers" tells the story of Ethan Edwards, an ex-confederate soldier, who sets off to find his niece after she is taken by Comanche Indians. The movie was directed by the legendary western director, John Ford.
Save The Tiger
Often called Jack Lemon's best work, "Save the Tiger" was directed by John G. Avildsen and released in 1973. It follows the story of a World War II veteran and his struggle to keep his business afloat. Lemon's character, Harry Stoner is primarily filled with a dilemma as to whether he should commit insurance fraud and have his factory burn down, among other side stories. Lemon won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Actor for this role.
Days Of Wine And Roses
The Big Kahuna
"The Big Kahuna" focuses on three very different salesmen (Danny De Vito, Kevin Spacey, and Peter Facinelli) all hoping to make a sale to a potential client who will help save their company. Unfortunately, their target is wearing another name tag and they miss their sales pitch, although Facinelli's character did get to talk to him. This leads to another encounter the following morning which is far more productive. The movie is adapted from the play, "Hospitality Suite" by Roger Rueff.