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Movie trivia for the top 100 films of all time

  • Do you know your movie trivia for the top 100 films of all time?
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    Do you know your movie trivia for the top 100 films of all time?

    So, you think you're a movie buff? Let's find out. It's time to 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 more than 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; click to the next slide to see the answer and the new clue — good luck!

    RELATED: Click here to see original movies that were better than their sequels

  • First clue
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    First clue

    Clue: This war drama was a famous director’s first film in ten years and the debut of his son, who would later go on to become a star in his own right.

  • Answer: Hacksaw Ridge
    3/ Cross Creek Pictures

    Answer: Hacksaw Ridge

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 2016
    Director: Mel Gibson

    “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of Desmond Doss, a combat medic in World War II who never carried a gun, but became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.  Director Mel Gibson’s son Milo plays the soldier Lucky Ford.

    Next clue: Both of the main actors in this sports drama film sustained injuries while filming: one tore his MCL, while the other broke a toe, a finger, and several ribs.

  • Answer: Warrior
    4/ Lionsgate

    Answer: Warrior

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 2011
    Director: Gavin O'Connor

    Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy star as two estranged brothers who are brought back together by a mixed martial arts tournament.  Edgerton tore his MCL, and Hardy sustained the other injuries.

    Next clue: The casino scenes in this crime film were all shot between one o’clock and four o’clock in the morning, so as not to interfere with the casino’s actual business.

  • Answer: Casino
    5/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: Casino

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 1995
    Director: Martin Scorsese

    “Casino” was the eighth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro. De Niro and co-star Joe Pesci actually improvised most of their lines; Scorsese just told them where to start and where to end.

    Next clue: This children’s movie was noted for its depiction of memory, which also served as a medium for easter eggs connecting it to other movies from the same studio.

  • Answer: Inside Out
    6/ Walt Disney Pictures

    Answer: Inside Out

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 2015
    Director: Pete Docter

    “Inside Out,” the story of a young girl moving across the country as told by five personified emotions in her head, depicts memories as a collection of colorful balls.  Some of these balls show scenes from other Pixar movies, helping connect “Inside Out” to the studio’s broader universe.

    Next clue: The director of this crime thriller shot a particularly exciting bank robbery shoot-out by capturing the gunshot audio live with carefully placed microphones, rather than dubbing it in later.

  • Answer: Heat
    7/ Twentieth Century Fox

    Answer: Heat

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 1995
    Director: Michael Mann

    Al Pacino stars as a cop hunting down professional thieves led by Robert De Niro in this film based on the search of a former Chicago police officer in the 1960s.

    Next clue: This sci-fi film’s dystopian setting of Los Angeles in 2019 became influential for other sci-fi films, TV series, and video games, including “Ghost in the Shell” and “Gattaca.”

  • Answer: Blade Runner
    8/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Blade Runner

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 1982
    Director: Ridley Scott

    “Blade Runner” is a loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  A group of synthetic humans led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) returns to earth after escaping an off-world colony and is hunted by a cop played by Harrison Ford.

    Next clue: This iconic action film was shot in the then-unfinished headquarters of the company that would later distribute it. The company actually charged itself rent for use of the building.

  • Answer: Die Hard
    9/ Twentieth Century Fox

    Answer: Die Hard

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 1988
    Director: John McTiernan

    “Die Hard” was shot at the now-iconic Nakatomi Plaza building, 20th Century Fox’s headquarters in L.A.  Protagonist John McClane (Bruce Willis) has become a model for countless other characters, including intrepid detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) from hit sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    Next clue: The director of this drama shot scenes in chronological order, a decision he made to help the film’s star develop a more natural progression of behavior in playing a schizophrenic character.

  • Answer: A Beautiful Mind
    10/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: A Beautiful Mind

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 2001
    Director: Ron Howard

    Russell Crowe stars in this biographical drama about John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics.  The film won four Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director), but was criticized for leaving out aspects of Nash’s life, including his homosexual relationships and a child born out of wedlock.

    Next clue: The dreaded secret police in this movie are called Fingermen because that's the part of the human body they represent in the New Order. The Chancellor is the head, and the BTN television propaganda station is the mouth.
     

  • Answer: V for Vendetta
    11/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: V for Vendetta

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 2005
    Director: James McTeigue

    Hugo Weaving plays V, a mysterious freedom fighter bent on overthrowing a tyrannical dystopian government with the help of Evey, played by Natalie Portman.

    Next clue: Actor Jonah Hill was so intent on joining this Martin Scorsese movie that he agreed to the paltry salary of $60,000 — the Screen Actors Guild minimum wage.
     

  • Answer: The Wolf of Wall Street
    12/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: The Wolf of Wall Street

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Year released: 2013
    Director: Martin Scorsese

    This wild tale of greed, sex, money, drugs, and Wall Street excess is based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort.

    Next clue: The child actor who portrayed this 1921 movie's title character grew up to play Mr. Fester on the 1960s sitcom "The Addams Family" more than four decades later.
     

  • Answer: The Kid
    13/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    Answer: The Kid

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1921
    Director: Charles Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin not only directed, but wrote and starred in the this genre-jumping film, which manages to get laughs from an abandoned baby, a near suicide, and an indigent surrogate parent who nearly has his adopted child stolen from him.

    Next clue: This movie stands out as the first time a father and son both won Academy Awards for the same movie, the father for Best Actor and the son for Best Director.
     

  • Answer: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    14/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1948
    Director: John Huston

    Humphrey Bogart stars in this black-and-white classic, which follows the exploits of a couple of prospectors who head to the mountains of Mexico searching for gold.

    Next clue: This movie won six Oscars and was nominated for eight more. Among the nominations it didn't win were a pair of nods for Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter) and another two for Best Actress (Anne Baxter and Bette Davis).
     

  • Answer: All About Eve
    15/ Twentieth Century Fox

    Answer: All About Eve

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1950
    Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

    The massively successful "All About Eve" tells the tale of a young woman who wedges her way into the closely guarded world of her aging Hollywood idol.

    Next clue: This movie was based on a novel about the real-life murder of a woman named Ruth Snyder — a crime that captivated the nation in the 1920s.
     

  • Answer: Double Indemnity
    16/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: Double Indemnity

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1944
    Director: Billy Wilder

    "Double Indemnity," which was nominated for seven Oscars, tells the story of a strait-laced insurance man who gets wrapped up in a murderous scam.

    Next clue: Of the five Oscars this movie won, Billy Wilder won two of them solo (Best Picture and Best Director) and shared another for Best Screenplay.
     

  • Answer: The Apartment
    17/ Mirisch Corporation, The

    Answer: The Apartment

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1960
    Director: Billy Wilder

    "The Apartment" follows a working man, played by Jack Lemmon, who encounters some unforeseen pitfalls when he tries to curry favor with the corporate brass by letting them use his apartment for illicit romantic rendezvous.

    Next clue: During the filming of this movie, dance legend Fred Astaire had to console relative novice Debbie Reynolds, who was upset with the harsh demands of Gene Kelly during dance rehearsals. Reynolds later commented that making this film and childbirth were the two most painful experiences of her life.
     

  • Answer: Singin' in the Rain
    18/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Answer: Singin' in the Rain

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1952
    Director: Stanley Donen

    Nominated for two Academy Awards, "Singin' in the Rain" tells the story of a film company's painful move from silent pictures to movies with sound.

    Next clue: Big-screen legends Robert Redford and Paul Newman teamed up for this crime caper dramedy, which won seven Oscars. Redford, however, didn't get around to seeing the film until 2004 — more than 30 years after it debuted.
     

  • Answer: The Sting
    19/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: The Sting

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1973
    Director: George Roy Hill

    When a small-time con artist unknowingly rips off a big-time crime lord, a couple of grifters find themselves in over their heads in "The Sting."

    Next clue: Marilyn Monroe required 47 takes to correctly utter her famous line, "It's me, Sugar," during the filming of this movie, which won an Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black and White.
     

  • Answer: Some Like It Hot
    20/ Ashton Productions

    Answer: Some Like It Hot

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1959
    Director: Billy Wilder

    Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe led the star-studded cast of "Some Like it Hot," which tells the tale of male musicians hiding in drag in an all-woman band after witnessing a mob murder.

    Next clue: Although Gregory Peck was the leading man in this iconic tale of race and injustice in the American South, the movie also stands as Robert Duvall's first credited acting role.
     

  • Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird
    21/ Universal International Pictures (UI)

    Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1962
    Director: Robert Mulligan

    Based on Harper Lee's novel of the same title, "To Kill a Mockingbird" won three Oscars and remains one of the seminal stories of prejudice, courage, and innocence lost in the Jim Crow South.

    Next clue: While filming this movie, from which just five seconds were cut for the final release, Eva Marie Saint learned during the famous Mount Rushmore scene that Cary Grant charged fans 15 cents for autographs.
     

  • Answer: North by Northwest
    22/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: North by Northwest

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1959
    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    A Hitchcock masterpiece, "North by Northwest" is a tale of mistaken identity that pits an insurance salesman against foreign spies intent on assassinating him after they mistake him for a government agent.

    Next clue: Horror master Alfred Hitchcock blamed this movie's poor box office showing on the advancing age of James Stewart, who had always been one of his favorite collaborators — the pair never worked together again.
     

  • Answer: Vertigo
    23/ Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

    Answer: Vertigo

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1958
    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    The first movie to ever use computer graphics, "Vertigo" tells the tale of a detective — who is deathly afraid of heights — investigating a woman he develops an obsession for. 

    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.
     

  • Answer: Amadeus
    24/ The Saul Zaentz Company

    Answer: Amadeus

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1984
    Director: Milos Forman

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

    Next clue: Since no buildings in Los Angeles were taller than City Hall during the time this movie takes place, cameras were strategically placed to avoid filming any structures that topped it.
     

  • Answer: L.A. Confidential
    25/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: L.A. Confidential

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1997
    Director: Curtis Hanson

    Kim Basinger turned down a role in "L.A. Confidential" three times before finally saying yes. The movie, which won two Oscars, portrays cops and crooks — the line between the two often gets blurry — in rough-and-tumble 1950s Los Angeles.

    Next clue: This was the final movie to portray people walking on the moon before Neil Armstrong and his crew actually did it in real life. Nearly half a century later, the movie is still tied to conspiracy theories about the Apollo 11 mission.
     

  • Answer: 2001: A Space Odyssey
    26/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Answer: 2001: A Space Odyssey

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1968
    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Intentionally complicated, much to the chagrin of early viewers, "2001: A Space Odyssey" went on to become one of the most iconic science-fiction movies in history.

    Next clue: Vincent D'Onofrio put on 70 pounds for his haunting role in this movie, which topped even Robert De Niro's legendary 60-pound weight gain for "Raging Bull."
     

  • Answer: Full Metal Jacket
    27/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Full Metal Jacket

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1987
    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Real-life drill sergeant R. Lee Ermey demanded — and eventually got — the job of Gunnery Sgt. Hartmann, lending immeasurable authenticity to "Full Metal Jacket," one of the most celebrated war movies ever made.

    Next clue: Since Jodie Foster was just 12 years old during the making of this film, she wasn't allowed to perform the required sexually explicit scenes. For those cuts, her 19-year-old sister stepped in as a body double.
     

  • Answer: Taxi Driver
    28/ Columbia Pictures

    Answer: Taxi Driver

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1976
    Director: Martin Scorsese

    Renowned perfectionist Robert De Niro drove a cab for 15 hours a day for an entire month in preparation for his role in "Taxi Driver," in which he portrays a mentally unstable vigilante stalking the mean streets of 1970s New York City. Although he had just won an Oscar for his role "The Godfather: Part II," he said only one fare recognized him.

    Next clue: In this third installment of a classic adventure franchise, there's a scene where Nazis are burning books in Berlin. Most of the uniforms worn by actors in the film are real, and were part of a cache of military clothing discovered in Germany and obtained by the movie's costume designer.
     

  • Answer: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    29/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1989
    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Sean Connery joined the cast for this installment of the "Indiana Jones" franchise, which, once again, pits Indy against the Nazis.

    Next clue: The word "yeyo" — slang for cocaine — was not in the original script of this gangster classic. Al Pacino added it after picking up the word while learning a Cuban accent.
     

  • Answer: Scarface
    30/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: Scarface

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1983
    Director: Brian De Palma

    One of the most famous and oft-quoted gangster movies in history, "Scarface" almost wasn't released after the MPAA refused to reduce its rating from "X" to "R".  It was only after the persuasion of real narcotics officers, who believed the film deserved to be seen, that the panel lowered the film’s rating.

    Next clue: Because of their natural chemistry, voice actors Tim Allen and Tom Hanks insisted that they record their lines together for this animated franchise sequel. That's a rarity in the world of animated feature voice work.  
     

  • Answer: Toy Story 3
    31/ Walt Disney Pictures

    Answer: Toy Story 3

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2010
    Director: Lee Unkrich

    In this third installment of the "Toy Story" franchise, which won two Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Original Song, the toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare center instead of to Andy's attic.

    Next clue: In this dystopian sci-fi classic, actor Malcolm McDowell suffered damage to his eyes — even though they were anesthetized — during the scene where his character was tortured with his eyes forced open.
     

  • Answer: A Clockwork Orange
    32/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: A Clockwork Orange

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1971
    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    In "A Clockwork Orange," a violent, sadistic, milk-drinking young man leads his gang on a terror spree across future Britain — before he's caught and terrorized himself.

    Next clue: In this movie, which explores addiction, the director asked stars Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans to abstain from sex and sugar for a month so they could understand the intense cravings their characters endured.
     

  • Answer: Requiem for a Dream
    33/ Artisan Entertainment

    Answer: Requiem for a Dream

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2000
    Director: Darren Aronofsky

    Jared Leto lost 25 pounds and hung out with real addicts to prepare for his role in "Requiem for a Dream," which chronicles the struggles of four junkies in Brooklyn's Coney Island.

    Next clue: Brad Pitt was so intent on working with Guy Ritchie that he accepted a role as a fighter in this movie even though he was hesitant to play a part too close to the one he had just done in "Fight Club."

     

  • Answer: Snatch
    34/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    Answer: Snatch

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2000
    Director: Guy Ritchie

    Pitt plays the tough, conniving, and linguistically-challenged Mickey in "Snatch," a masterful follow-up to Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."

    Next clue: When Robin Williams died in 2014, fans erected a makeshift memorial at a park bench where a famous scene between Williams and Matt Damon took place in this movie. Damon had co-wrote the film’s screenplay with his friend Ben Affleck while attending Harvard University.  
     

  • Answer: Good Will Hunting
    35/ Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership

    Answer: Good Will Hunting

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1997
    Director: Gus Van Sant

    This heartwarming tale tells the story of a brilliant but troubled young man who finds a guiding hand from a noble psychiatrist.

    Next clue: Tom Hanks filmed his voice work for this animated blockbuster during breaks in "A League of Their Own" and "Sleepless in Seattle." He refused to record on breaks in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump" because he didn't want to corrupt dramatic acting with comedic interludes.
     

  • Answer: Toy Story
    36/ Pixar Animation Studios

    Answer: Toy Story

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1995
    Director: John Lasseter

    Toys come to life when no one is looking in this animated tale, and the toy that had always enjoyed top billing becomes jealous when his boy owner fawns over a new arrival.

    Next clue: Madonna reported liking this violent and dialogue-driven crime story, but she refuted a character's interpretation of her hit song "Like a Virgin," during the movie's famous diner scene.
     

  • Answer: Reservoir Dogs
    37/ Live Entertainment

    Answer: Reservoir Dogs

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1992
    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    A Tarantino masterpiece, "Reservoir Dogs" chronicles six professional criminals trying to ferry out a turncoat among them in the wake of a heist gone terribly wrong.

    Next clue: Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet became close during the making of this movie. The scene where Winslet punches Carrey on a train had not been planned or rehearsed — nor was Carrey's response.
     

  • Answer: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    38/ Focus Features

    Answer: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2004
    Director: Michel Gondry

    In this Oscar winner, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each removed from the other's memory after their relationship goes south.

    Next clue: In this animated feature, the designs of all the characters are based on either rectangles or circles — except for the villains. Their designs are associated with triangles. 

  • Answer: Up
    39/ Walt Disney Pictures

    Answer: Up

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2009
    Director: Pete Docter

    In "Up," an elderly traveler unknowingly brings a young stowaway with him on a journey to a mythical land.

    Next clue: In the third installment of what is arguably the world's most iconic film franchise, six people were required to operate the massive animatronic of a vile, snake-like gangster. 

  • Answer: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    40/ Lucasfilm

    Answer: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 1983
    Director: Richard Marquand

    Jabba the Hutt isn't the only obstacle standing in the way of Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance in "Return of the Jedi." They also have to contend with an invasion of Planet Endor, a rebuilt Death Star, and a cunning trap set by the Emperor. 

    Next clue: Just 30% of the dialogue in this World War II revenge fantasy is spoken in English. Actor Christoph Waltz alone speaks four languages in the film: French, Italian, German, and English.
     

  • Answer: Inglourious Basterds
    41/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: Inglourious Basterds

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2009
    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    The intertwining plots of this Tarantino classic include a band of Jewish-American soldiers on a mission to hunt Nazis, as well as a brave French freedom fighter who was orphaned by a diabolical Nazi.

    Next clue: Christian Bale's trademark costume in this movie was so uncomfortable that it kept him in a perpetually bad mood during filming. Bale reportedly felt his uncomfortable costume helped his performance, considering the cantankerous nature of his character.
     

  • Answer: Batman Begins
    42/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Batman Begins

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Year released: 2005
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    The first in the Bale-led Batman series, "Batman Begins" traces the disturbing origins of the Dark Knight's rise to superhero status.

    Next clue: Alfred Hitchcock once said that many fans erroneously believed he was the director of this film starring Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power.
     

  • Answer: Witness for the Prosecution
    43/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Answer: Witness for the Prosecution

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1957
    Director: Billy Wilder

    Agatha Christie wrote this courtroom drama, which follows a case that shocks even a veteran British barrister.

    Next clue: The "last meal" scene in this World War I drama required 68 takes to get it right. Since the actors actually had to be pictured eating, a new roast duck platter had to be prepared for nearly all 68 takes.
     

  • Answer: Paths of Glory
    44/ Bryna Productions

    Answer: Paths of Glory

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1957
    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Set in 1916 and starring Kirk Douglas, "Paths of Glory" focuses on battles of armies and battles of will, as men who refuse to attack a position are charged with cowardice.

    Next clue: This crime drama runs a whopping three hours, forty-nine minutes — and that's the pared down version. The film was originally eight to 10 hours long before it was cut to six hours and then finally edited to its release version.
     

  • Answer: Once Upon a Time in America
    45/ Ladd Company, The

    Answer: Once Upon a Time in America

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1984
    Director: Sergio Leone

    The two-hour version of "Once Upon a Time in America" was unsuccessful both critically and commercially. However, both of those trends were reversed when audiences saw the nearly four hour long version on VHS and DVD.

    Next clue: This movie, widely considered to be among the best in history, is based in part on publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. The film angered Hearst so much that he accused its director (who was also its producer, writer, and star) of being a communist to try to shut down the production.
     

  • Answer: Citizen Kane
    46/ RKO Radio Pictures

    Answer: Citizen Kane

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1941
    Director: Orson Welles

    Director Orson Welles won an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for "Citizen Kane," which remains at the top of countless journalistic lists chronicling the best and most important movies ever made. It was nominated for eight other Oscars.

    Next clue: After Peter Sellers was paid $1 million to star in this film — a full 55% of the movie's budget — the man who wrote, directed, and produced it famously griped "I got three for the price of six."
     

  • Answer: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    47/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    Answer: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1964
    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    The nuclear annihilation-themed plot of this Kubrick classic was so jarring that it actually led to changes in American policy.

    Next clue: Sigourney Weaver's Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in this sci-fi sequel represents the first time a woman ever earned an Oscar nod in that category for an action movie.
     

  • Answer: Aliens
    48/ Twenieth Century Fox

    Answer: Aliens

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1986
    Director: James Cameron

    The sequel to "Alien" starts after Weaver's character, Ellen Ripley, awakens from a 57-year hyper-sleep.

    Next clue: The famous "Here's Johnny!" bathroom door scene in this horror classic took three days and 60 doors to get right, according to the film's leading lady.
     

  • Answer: The Shining
    49/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: The Shining

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1980
    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Stephen King's story and Stanley Kubrick's vision, combined with the acting prowess of Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, led to the creation of one of the most celebrated and terrifying horror movies in history: "The Shining."

    Next clue: Many Scots were outraged by this historical film's portrayal of Robert the Bruce, a hero in the country.
     

  • Answer: Braveheart
    50/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: Braveheart

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1995
    Director: Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson, who admitted taking significant dramatic license with historical facts, was nearly 40 years old when he played the 20-something William Wallace in "Braveheart." The movie loosely tells the tale of Wallace, who stands up to British tyranny in defense of his wife and for the freedom of Scotland.

    Next clue: This film was the first released by Pixar to earn six Academy Award nominations. The only other animated film that can claim so many Oscar nods is "Beauty and the Beast."


     

  • Answer: WALL·E
    51/ Walt Disney Pictures

    Answer: WALL·E

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 2008
    Director: Andrew Stanton

    "Wall·E" tells the story of an adorable garbage-collecting robot on a future Earth who learns that he is destined to determine the fate of humankind.

    Next clue: The only two films to win the Academy Award for Best Picture in the 1990s that weren't period pieces were "Silence of the Lambs" and this movie.
     

  • Answer: American Beauty
    52/ DreamWorks

    Answer: American Beauty

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 1999
    Director: Sam Mendes

    "American Beauty," which follows a bored suburban father and husband through a midlife crisis, won a total of five Oscars and was nominated for three more.

    Next clue: Jamie Foxx used his own horse for his mounted scenes in this slavery revenge fantasy. He received his horse “Cheetah” four years before as a birthday gift.
     

  • Answer: Django Unchained
    53/ Columbia Pictures

    Answer: Django Unchained

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 2012
    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    During the filming of "Django Unchained," Christoph Waltz broke his pelvis when he was flung from a horse, and co-star Jamie Foxx responded by buying him a saddle with a seatbelt.

    Next clue: Out of respect for the memory of the late Heath Ledger, the Joker isn't mentioned a single time during this entire movie.
     

  • Answer: The Dark Knight Rises
    54/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: The Dark Knight Rises

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Year released: 2012
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Eight years after the reign of the Joker, "The Dark Knight Rises" pits Batman against a new enemy in the form of the diabolical Bane.

    Next clue: There's a scene in this movie where the house of Gloria Swanson's character is adorned with photos depicting her when she was young. Those were all genuine publicity shots of the actress in her youth.
     

  • Answer: Sunset Boulevard
    55/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: Sunset Boulevard

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1950
    Director: Billy Wilder

    In "Sunset Boulevard," a struggling screenwriter gets embroiled in a toxic relationship when he's hired to rework a script for a fading star.

    Next clue: This Charlie Chaplin satire so enraged Adolf Hitler that the Nazi dictator banned the movie in Germany and all Axis-occupied countries. Secretly, however, Hitler purchased a copy and screened it twice for private audiences.
     

  • Answer: The Great Dictator
    56/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    Answer: The Great Dictator

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1940
    Director: Charles Chaplin

    Financed entirely by Chaplin himself, "The Great Dictator" was Chaplin's biggest box-office hit. However, the star became increasingly uneasy parodying Hitler as filming went on and more information came to light about the scale of Nazi atrocities in Europe.

    Next clue: Ironically, this was the last major motion picture to use title cards for dialogue and other traditional silent film techniques.
     

  • Answer: Modern Times
    57/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    Answer: Modern Times

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1936
    Director: Charles Chaplin

    A young homeless woman guides a yesteryear tramp through life in the modern industrial era in this Chaplin classic.

    Next clue: The imaginary Land of the Dead portrayed in this recent animated blockbuster was based on Guanajuato, a real-life hilltop town in Mexico, whose colorful houses appear to be stacked on top of each other.
     

  • Answer: Coco
    58/ Walt Disney Pictures

    Answer: Coco

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2017
    Director: Lee Unkrich

    "Coco," which portrays a skeptical, rebellious boy who travels between the worlds of the living and the dead on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), quickly topped "The Avengers" to become the highest-grossing film in Mexico.

    Next clue: This movie represents the only time Grace Kelly was ever seen smoking a cigarette in a film. She refused on every other occasion.
     

  • Answer: Rear Window
    59/ Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

    Answer: Rear Window

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1954
    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    In this Hitchcock thriller, a voyeuristic neighbor convinces himself he's witnessed a murder while spying on his unsuspecting neighbors.

    Next clue: Madonna once entertained the idea of making a reboot of this timeless classic starring herself and Ashton Kutcher. She gave up after being rejected by every major studio because the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman classic was, in the words of one executive, "untouchable."
     

  • Answer: Casablanca
    60/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Casablanca

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1942
    Director: Michael Curtiz

    Few movies in history have achieved the commercial and critical significance of "Casablanca," which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay while being nominated for five others.

    Next clue: This horror classic, which was so reviled by Walt Disney that he refused to let Alfred Hitchcock film at Disneyland after seeing it, was the first movie ever to show a toilet flushing.
     

  • Answer: Psycho
    61/ Shamley Productions

    Answer: Psycho

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1960
    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    Although the iconic film "Psycho" was Alfred Hitchcock's highest-grossing film and his crowning cinematic achievement, it was actually his first horror movie. It was also the last feature film he shot in black and white.

    Next clue: A 14-year-old Laurence Fishburne lied about his age to join the cast of this film, and reportedly became addicted to heroin after being introduced to it on the set by Dennis Hopper.
     

  • Answer: Apocalypse Now
    62/ United Artists

    Answer: Apocalypse Now

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1979
    Director: Francis Ford Coppola

    Based loosely on Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness," "Apocalypse Now" stars Marlon Brando as a celebrated Vietnam commander who goes mad and positions himself as a deity to a native tribe.

    Next clue: Shot in just 19 days, this film is one of the lowest-grossing movies ever to be honored with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
     

  • Answer: Whiplash
    63/ Sony Pictures Classics

    Answer: Whiplash

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2014
    Director: Damien Chazelle

    "Whiplash" portrays a zealous instructor who relentlessly pressures a promising young drummer to work up to his vast potential.

    Next clue: This heavy Holocaust drama was not fiction for its director. His father survived a concentration camp and his mother was murdered at Auschwitz.
     

  • Answer: The Pianist
    64/ R.P. Productions

    Answer: The Pianist

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2002
    Director: Roman Polanski

    At 29 years old, Adrien Brody's role in "The Pianist" earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. He is the youngest actor ever to earn the honor.

    Next clue: The blue laser lights seen in the egg chamber of the alien ship in this science-fiction masterpiece were loaned to the movie's crew by rock band The Who. The band was experimenting with them as stage props in a neighboring studio.
     

  • Answer: Alien
    65/ Twentieth Century-Fox Productions

    Answer: Alien

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1979
    Director: Ridley Scott

    "Alien," which portrays a crew of space merchants fighting for their lives against a cosmic monster, won an Oscar for its groundbreaking special effects.

    Next clue: The famous scene in this adventure movie, where the hero shoots an acrobatic swordsman, was never supposed to take place. Sick with food poisoning, the actor was too ill to perform the original stunt, which was supposed to feature him using his trusty whip.  
     

  • Answer: Raiders of the Lost Ark
    66/ Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM

    Answer: Raiders of the Lost Ark

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1981
    Director: Steven Spielberg

    The kangaroo-hide bullwhip wielded by Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was later sold at Christie's auction house for $43,000.

    Next clue: Unlike all the other lions in this Disney blockbuster, the evil uncle's claws are always out.
     

  • Answer: The Lion King
    67/ Disney Enterprises Inc.

    Answer: The Lion King

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1994
    Director: Roger Allers

    Simba, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Nala, and several other names from "The Lion King" are based on actual Swahili words.

    Next clue: In 2007, "The Bourne Ultimatum" ruined this movie's claim as the only sequel to win an Oscar when the original didn't even receive a nomination.
     

  • Answer: Terminator 2
    68/ Carolco Pictures

    Answer: Terminator 2

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1991
    Director: James Cameron

    Arnold Schwarzenegger earned $21,429 for each of the 700 words he spoke in "Terminator 2." That's a cool $85,716 for "Hasta la vista, baby."

    Next clue: When this film was released, John DeLorean wrote a letter to the writers to thank them for enshrining his namesake car into the annals of cinema immorality.
     

  • Answer: Back to the Future
    69/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: Back to the Future

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1985
    Director: Robert Zemeckis

    The script for "Back to the Future," which follows Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly on his journey 30 years into the past, was rejected 40 times before it got the go-ahead.

    Next clue: Edward Norton, who turned down "Saving Private Ryan" for this film, put on 30 pounds of muscle for the role.  
     

  • Answer: American History X
    70/ New Line Cinema

    Answer: American History X

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1998
    Director: Tony Kaye

    "American History X" follows a reformed neo-Nazi on his journey to right past wrongs and prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps.

    Next clue: Writer Stephen King called this movie the most faithful on-screen representation of any of his works.
     

  • Answer: The Green Mile
    71/ Castle Rock Entertainment

    Answer: The Green Mile

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 1999
    Director: Frank Darabont

    In "The Green Mile," prison guards become enamored with a falsely accused gentle giant who has a supernatural gift.

    Next clue: The condition suffered by the lead in this movie, which took just 25 days to shoot, is a real-life disorder that prevents people from forming new memories after they suffer damage to their hippocampus.
     

  • Answer: Memento
    72/ Newmarket Capital Group

    Answer: Memento

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2000
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    In "Memento," Guy Pearce plays a man obsessed with finding his wife's murderer despite his devastating short-term memory loss.

    Next clue: This film is one of the two movies released in the fall of 2006 that starred both Andy Serkis and Hugh Jackman. The other is "Flushed Away."
     

  • Answer: The Prestige
    73/ Touchstone Pictures

    Answer: The Prestige

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2006
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    The plot of "The Prestige" pits two rival magicians against each other in the wake of a dreadful accident.

    Next clue: Mark Wahlberg fell back on his own criminal history to prop up his cop character's bona fides in this movie, which is the only remake of a foreign film ever to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
     

  • Answer: The Departed
    74/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: The Departed

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2006
    Director: Martin Scorsese

    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: 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.
     

  • Answer: Gladiator
    75/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: Gladiator

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Year released: 2000
    Director: Ridley Scott

    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: Charlie Chaplin claimed that this movie was his favorite of all the movies he’s made. Orson Welles also claimed that this movie was his favorite movie of all time.
     

  • Answer: City Lights
    76/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: City Lights

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1931
    Director: Charles Chaplin

    In "City Lights," Charlie Chaplin's character works his relationship with a wealthy man to help a poor blind girl with whom he has fallen in love. 

    Next clue: Although this movie was a box-office flop when it was released, it went on to become one of the most beloved films in history. In fact, the American Film Institute named it the No. 1 Most Inspirational Movie of All Time in 2006.
     

  • Answer: It's a Wonderful Life
    77/ Liberty Films (II)

    Answer: It's a Wonderful Life

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1946
    Director: Frank Capra

    In "It's a Wonderful Life," an angel appears on Earth to reveal to a disgruntled businessman what the world would be like without him.

    Next clue: The famous police lineup scene in this whodunnit was scripted as a serious moment, but when the actors couldn't keep straight faces, the director decided to use the funniest cuts.
     

  • Answer: The Usual Suspects
    78/ PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

    Answer: The Usual Suspects

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1995
    Director: Bryan Singer

    After a bloody gunfight and fire leaves only one survivor to tell the tale, that survivor's tale becomes the basis for "The Usual Suspects."

    Next clue: The director cast Matt Damon for the title character in this World War II epic because, in part, he was unknown. Little did the director know that Damon would win an Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" and rise to global superstardom before the movie hit theaters.
     

  • Answer: Saving Private Ryan
    79/ Amblin Entertainment

    Answer: Saving Private Ryan

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1998
    Director: Steven Spielberg

    "Saving Private Ryan" depicts the bloody realities of D-Day, after which a few survivors are tasked with rescuing a missing private whose brothers all died in combat.

    Next clue: Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in this film, despite spending fewer than 25 combined minutes on screen.
     

  • Answer: The Silence of the Lambs
    80/ Strong Heart/Demme Production

    Answer: The Silence of the Lambs

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1991
    Director: Jonathan Demme

    In "The Silence of the Lambs," which won five Oscars, Jodie Foster's character is forced to enlist the help of one serial killer in order to track down another.

    Next clue: The force was with this science-fiction masterpiece. It was the first movie ever to earn more than $300 million at the box office.
     

  • Answer: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
    81/ Twentieth Century Fox

    Answer: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1977
    Director: George Lucas

    The original "Star Wars" introduced the world to the likes of Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, and everyone's favorite duo of droids.

    Next clue: The director ordered 500 acres of corn to be grown for a special scene in this otherworldly movie. When filming wrapped, he sold the corn for a profit.
     

  • Answer: Interstellar
    82/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: Interstellar

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 2014
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    To ensure the survival of the species, space explorers are forced to travel through a cosmic wormhole in "Interstellar."

    Next clue: Brad Pitt refused to participate in this movie about the sinful nature of man if film executives changed the ending.
     

  • Answer: Se7en
    83/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Se7en

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Year released: 1995
    Director: David Fincher

    Nominated for one Oscar, "Se7en" pits a pair of detectives against a serial killer whose murder spree has biblical motivations.

    Next clue: In this Jack Nicholson classic, which examined mental illness, many extras were actual mental patients.
     

  • Answer: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    84/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    IMDb rating: 8.7
    Year released: 1975
    Director: Milos Forman

    In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Nicholson's crooked character beats a legal rap by pleading insanity. When he arrives at the asylum, he riles up the inmates, takes on the joyless nurses, and seals his own demise.

    Next clue: To avoid being typecast, Al Pacino turned down a role in this movie, which might just be the greatest gangster film of all time, only to take a more cliched gangster role in "Dick Tracy."
     

  • Answer: Goodfellas
    85/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Goodfellas

    IMDb rating: 8.7
    Year released: 1990
    Director: Martin Scorsese

    In "Goodfellas," Ray Liotta, Robert, De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Paul Sorvino tell the tale of mobster-turned-rat Henry Hill.

    Next clue: To keep his throat lubricated for the demanding voice work required for his role in this movie, Andy Serkis drank a honey, ginger, and lemon-based drink he affectionately referred to as "Gollum juice."
     

  • Answer: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    86/ New Line Cinema

    Answer: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    IMDb rating: 8.7
    Year released: 2002
    Director: Peter Jackson

    "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was nominated for six Oscars, two of which it won.

    Next clue: Keanu Reeves actually climbed up a window 34 stories in the air without a stuntman for his black trenchcoat-clad role in this '90s sci-fi blockbuster.
     

  • Answer: The Matrix
    87/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: The Matrix

    IMDb rating: 8.7
    Year released: 1999
    Director: Lana Wachowski

    In "The Matrix," a legendary computer hacker makes a choice to leave the veneer of the "real world" behind to become an underground freedom fighter.

    Next clue: This film takes place four years after "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," both of which take place during the same year.
     

  • Answer: Avengers: Infinity War
    88/ Marvel Studios

    Answer: Avengers: Infinity War

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Year released: 2018
    Director: Anthony Russo

    In "Avengers: Infinity War," the titular crew of superheroes is tasked with stopping the mighty Thanos from destroying half of all life in the Universe.

    Next clue: Since she's a full foot shorter than him, Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in this iconic science fiction sequel.
     

  • Answer: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    89/ Lucasfilm

    Answer: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Year released: 1980
    Director: Irvin Kershner

    In this installment of the "Star Wars" franchise, Luke begins learning the ways of the Jedi from Yoda as the Rebels are beaten back from the frozen Planet Hoth.

    Next clue: When the director of this fantasy epic gave Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood each a special ring used in the movie as a token of appreciation, they both believed they had the only one.
     

  • Answer: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    90/ New Line Cinema

    Answer: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Year released: 2001
    Director: Peter Jackson

    This story about a meek hobbit who finds the courage to take on a mighty villain won four Oscars and was nominated for nine others.

    Next clue: Tom Hanks took a gamble by opting for percentage points of the revenue instead of a salary for this decade-spanning drama. The gamble paid off to the tune of about $40 million.
     

  • Answer: Forrest Gump
    91/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: Forrest Gump

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Year released: 1994
    Director: Robert Zemeckis

    In "Forrest Gump," a significant chunk of modern American history is seen through the eyes of an affable Alabama man with a low IQ.

    Next clue: The author of the book on which this movie was based came up with the idea for the story when he was assaulted on a weekend camping trip. When he returned to work, no one at the office acknowledged his injuries.
     

  • Answer: Fight Club
    92/ Fox 2000 Pictures

    Answer: Fight Club

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Year released: 1999
    Director: David Fincher

    In "Fight Club," Edward Norton's meek and bored character meets his inner wild child in Brad Pitt.

    Next clue: When this sometimes confusing, reality-bending thriller aired in Japan, television broadcasts added on-screen texts to remind viewers which level of the dream sequence the film was currently exploring.
     

  • Answer: Inception
    93/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: Inception

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Year released: 2010
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Although "Inception" is known for its stunning and surreal visuals, most of the movie is shot using practical film techniques — not computer graphics. In fact, it used around one-quarter of the computer graphics relied upon by most effects-driven films.

    Next clue: In order to simulate the emotions and frustrations felt by a real-life pent-up jury, the director of this movie had his actors do their lines over and over in a small room.
     

  • Answer: 12 Angry Men
    94/ Orion-Nova Productions

    Answer: 12 Angry Men

    IMDb rating: 8.9
    Year released: 1957
    Director: Sidney Lumet

    Nominated for three Oscars, "12 Angry Men" tells the story of a potentially innocent man whose life is held in the hands of single holdout to a jury's guilty verdict.

    Next clue: During the filming of this classic Western, Eli Wallach spoke almost no Italian and Sergio Leone barely spoke English. To get past the language barrier, they communicated in French.  
     

  • Answer: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    95/ Produzioni Europee Associate

    Answer: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    IMDb rating: 8.9
    Year released: 1966
    Director: Sergio Leone

    In "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," three rough men form an uneasy partnership in a quest for gold.

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

  • Answer: Schindler's List
    96/ Universal Pictures

    Answer: Schindler's List

    IMDb rating: 8.9
    Year released: 1993
    Director: Steven Spielberg

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

    Next clue: Actual members of the New Zealand Army were used as extras for battle scenes in this movie. The real-life warriors were known for participation that was so zealous they routinely broke their wooden swords and spears.
     

  • Answer: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    97/ New Line Cinema

    Answer: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    IMDb rating: 8.9
    Year released: 2003
    Director: Peter Jackson

    "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" won a whopping 11 Oscars — all for which it was nominated.

    Next clue: The F-word is used 265 times in this Quentin Tarantino masterpiece, which grossed more than $200 million on a budget of $8 million.
     

  • Answer: Pulp Fiction
    98/ Miramax

    Answer: Pulp Fiction

    IMDb rating: 8.9
    Year released: 1994
    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    In "Pulp Fiction," one of the greatest casts ever assembled combine to wind four separate, yet interconnected storylines together in a dialogue-driven roller coaster of crime, violence, love, betrayal, and redemption.

    Next clue: Robert De Niro spent four months learning a specific Sicilian dialect for his role in this sequel, which is often heralded as being equal to or better than the masterpiece which preceded it.
     

  • Answer: The Godfather: Part II
    99/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: The Godfather: Part II

    IMDb rating: 9
    Year released: 1974
    Director: Francis Ford Coppola

    In "The Godfather Part II," audiences travel back in time to Sicily and old New York to learn how a poor orphan boy would grow up to become the Godfather.

    Next clue: Heath Ledger famously died before this movie, his final film, was released. The movie is also dedicated to the memory of stuntman Conway Wickliffe, who was killed in a car crash.
     

  • Answer: The Dark Knight
    100/ Warner Bros.

    Answer: The Dark Knight

    IMDb rating: 9
    Year released: 2008
    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Thanks in large part to Ledger's diabolical Joker, "The Dark Knight" earned more money in just six days than "Batman Begins" did in its entire domestic box office run.

    Next clue: The appearance of oranges anywhere in this movie, often heralded as the finest ever made, signals imminent death.
     

  • Answer: The Godfather
    101/ Paramount Pictures

    Answer: The Godfather

    IMDb rating: 9.2
    Year released: 1972
    Director: Francis Ford Coppola

    "The Godfather" chronicles a generational transfer of power from the Sicilian immigrant who built a criminal empire to his reluctant, Americanized son.

    Next clue: This movie was a box-office flop — even after a second run following its seven Oscar nominations. However, it went on to become one of the highest-earning VHS and DVD rentals in history as well as the top-rated film on IMDb.
     

  • Answer: The Shawshank Redemption
    102/ Castle Rock Entertainment

    Answer: The Shawshank Redemption

    IMDb rating: 9.3
    Year released: 1994
    Director: Frank Darabont

    Based on a Stephen King novella, "The Shawshank Redemption" chronicles the life of an innocent man wrongly convicted, imprisoned, brutalized, and finally redeemed.

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