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Movie trivia for the top 100 films of all time

  • Movie trivia for the top 100 films of all time

    The biggest movie buffs know that sometimes a film’s most interesting story isn’t the one shown on the screen. Most movies have been in the works for years before audiences see the finished product for the first time: Scripts have to be written, studios have to purchase the distribution rights, actors and directors have to be brought on board, and so on until it hits theaters. Hundreds of people (and sometimes millions of dollars) have been involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of the final product.

    The sheer scale of most movie productions leads to many places where things can go wrong, big changes can be made, and personalities can dramatically clash. Film historians spend years digging deep into every aspect of these rich stories. Cast and crew members share wacky tales from behind the scenes. Did you know that a producer threatened to replace Peter Jackson with Quentin Tarantino if he didn’t condense the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy into a single movie? This creates a treasure trove of information for casual fans and future “Jeopardy!” champions alike.

    So, you think you're a cinephile? Or are you just really talented at trivia? It’s time to find out. This quiz will test your knowledge about wacky production processes, budget woes, movies that almost didn't get made, behind-the-scenes actor quarrels, and those scenes you never knew were ad-libbed on the spot.

    Stacker used IMDb data to come up with trivia questions for the top 100 American-made motion pictures of all time. All movies included in this list received over 50,000 IMDb votes and were ranked by their user rating from lowest to highest. In the case of ties, movies that received more votes were favored.

    There's a trivia question for every movie. Here's the first: This film opens with a voiceover by Jack Nicholson as gangster Frank Costello, introduced through tense crime scenes as “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones provides the musical score.

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  • The Departed

    - Director: Martin Scorsese
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 1,084,630
    - Runtime: 151 min

    This fast-paced Scorsese cops-and-robbers thriller features an A-list cast whose characters are locked in a race to find moles embedded on both sides of the law.

    Next clue: After Clint Eastwood turned down the lead role, Charles Bronson was cast as the mysterious gunman dubbed “Harmonica,” with Henry Fonda starring as the black-hatted villain.

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    - Director: Sergio Leone
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 274,360
    - Runtime: 165 min

    Sergio Leone’s 1969 masterpiece features the quintessential tropes of the spaghetti Western, such as wide-angle shots inter-cut with extreme close-ups, and a cynical, revenge-infused rendering of the American West.

    Next clue: Then 43-year-old Mel Gibson turned down the lead role of this Roman epic because he felt he was too old to faithfully portray the character.

  • Gladiator

    - Director: Ridley Scott
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 1,222,602
    - Runtime: 155 min

    Russell Crowe wound up playing the lead in "Gladiator"—and his efforts earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. The film won five Oscars in total—including Best Picture—and was nominated for seven others.

    Next clue: This recent tragicomedy about class struggles in South Korea featured an architectural marvel of a home that most don’t know was designed and built for the film.

  • Parasite

    - Directors: Bong Joon Ho
    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - Votes: 294,673
    - Runtime: 132 min

    Writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” became a household title after its surprising Oscar success. The construction of the Park household is one of several feats accomplished during the production, another being the construction and flooding of the entire semi-basement neighborhood.

    Next clue: Several music experts and professors examined every stroke of every piano key played in this movie and determined that not a single note was out of place compared to what the audience heard on screen.

  • Amadeus

    - Director: Milos Forman
    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 339,862
    - Runtime: 160 min

    F. Murray Abraham learned to conduct and read music for his role in "Amadeus," which tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the perspective of an envious rival.

    Next clue: Although he was granted permission to film part of this movie inside Auschwitz, Steven Spielberg declined out of respect for the dead.

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  • Schindler's List

    - Director: Steven Spielberg
    - IMDb user rating: 8.9
    - Votes: 1,098,573
    - Runtime: 195 min

    "Schindler's List" tells the true story of a German industrialist and Nazi party member who saves thousands of Jews from certain death by enlisting them as workers in his factory sanctuary.

    Next clue: The German director of this tense submarine saga, known for its claustrophobic suspense, went on to direct Hollywood action hits like “Air Force One,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “Troy.”

  • Das Boot

    - Director: Wolfgang Petersen
    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 212,164
    - Runtime: 149 min

    Wolfgang Petersen’s “Das Boot” follows the harrowing, “war is hell” perils of the captain and crew of a World War II German submarine. It captured six Academy Award nominations and is still considered one of the best German films of all time.

    Next clue: This 1950 film noir features the famous line, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up,” as spoken by the tragic has-been actress Norma Desmond.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    - Director: Billy Wilder
    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 181,431
    - Runtime: 110 min

    Real-life silent film star Gloria Swanson stars in “Sunset Boulevard,” about a former movie star who’s no longer famous or relevant. Silent film star Buster Keaton turns in a cameo as another “waxwork” from a bygone era.

    Next clue: One of the highest-grossing French films, this entry into the buddy film genre is based on a true story, and ends with footage of the real-life duo.

  • The Intouchables

    - Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 683,652
    - Runtime: 112 min

    “The Intouchables” dramatizes the unexpected friendship between a quadriplegic man and the caregiver who helps him connect with a woman whom he fears won’t accept his disability.

    Next clue: In this sequel to an iconic 1984 action film, the robotic villain is now the T-1000, a killer made of fluidic metal that can morph into increasingly terrifying forms.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    - Director: James Cameron
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 915,884
    - Runtime: 137 min

    In “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the “Terminator,” this time fighting to protect the 10-year-old John (Edward Furlong) and his mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) whom he was sent to kill in the first film.

    Next clue: This tense drama about a playwright living under the surveillance of the East Germany Stasi authorities features a typewriter hidden under floorboards.

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