Quiz: Can You Identify IMDb’s Top 25 Films?

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"The Shawshank Redemption" actually takes the top spot for the highest rated film on IMDb. It was written and directed by Frank Darabont but based off of Stephen King's novella titled "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption."
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Which movie is based off of a Stephen King novella and takes place in prison?

  • The Green Mile
  • Schindler's List
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • It
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Marlon Brandon stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool for his audition. For the actual filming of the movie, Brando wore a mouthpiece made by a dentist. You can actually see this mouthpiece at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.
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When Marlon Brandon auditioned for this role, he wanted to make the character "look like a bulldog." Which movie is this?

  • On the Waterfront
  • Scarface
  • The Godfather
  • Good Fellas
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Heath Ledger is one of fifteen people who won an Oscar after they passed away. Although, he may not be the only person to win the award for playing the Joker. Joaquin Phoenix just won the Golden Globe for 2019's "Joker" and is the front runner for this year's Best Actor Oscar.
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Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his performance in this movie. Which movie is it?

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Dark Knight
  • Inception
  • Monster's Ball
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"The Godfather: Part II" was the first sequel to bring home Best Picture at the Oscars. It also was the first movie that brought about two actors winning separate Oscars for playing the same character. Both Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando won for their portrayal of Vito Corleone.
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Which movie was the first sequel to win Best Picture at the Oscars?

  • Back to the Future Part II
  • The Dark Knight
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Godfather: Part II
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Actually, the initial budget for "Pulp Fiction" was reportedly even lower until Bruce Willis was added to the cast after recently having a string of box office hits. $5 million went to pay the actors' and actresses' salaries.
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Which movie cost only $8 million to make but went on to make over $200 million?

  • Clerks
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Full Monty
  • Eraserhead
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"The Lord of the Rings" franchise surpassed "The Godfather" trilogy (which had twenty-eight) and the "Star Wars" film franchise (which had twenty-one). "The Return of the King" alone was nominated for and won 11 Academy Awards.
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Which movie was a part of the most nominated film franchise in Academy Award history with thirty nominations?

  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Avatar 2
  • The Godfather
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The movie was filmed in Poland where economic conditions were still poor, so many people were eager to sell clothing they still owned from the 1930s and 1940s.
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Which movie had its costume designer take out advertisements seeking clothes for 200,000 extras?

  • Gandhi
  • War of the Worlds
  • Titanic
  • Schindler's List
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The writer/director/producer of the film, Christopher Nolan, offered her the role of Mal, but she turned it down. The role went on to be performed by Marion Cotillard.
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Kate Winslet turned down a role in this movie, saying she couldn't see herself as the character. Which movie is it?

  • Blood Diamond
  • Inception
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
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"12 Angry Men" was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, but lost them all. It was also nominated for four Golden Globes and lost them all.
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Which movie was nominated for three Oscars and lost all of them to "The Bridge on the River Kwai?"

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Notorious
  • 12 Angry Men
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"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" has no dialogue in the beginning. It also had a budget of $1.6 million, which is nearly $13 million when adjusted for inflation.
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What western has no dialogue for the first ten and a half minutes of the movie?

  • Unforgiven
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Tombstone
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The original cut was so long, but the director, Peter Jackson, and his team of editors were able to cut it down to two hours and fifty eight minutes. The special Blu Ray extended edition is three hours and forty eight minutes.
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Which epic fantasy's original cut was four hours and thirty minutes?

  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  • Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
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Author Chuck Palahniuk wrote the original novel and stated that the movie was an improvement. The screenplay was written by Jim Uhls who also wrote the sci-fi action film "Jumper."
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This film was based off a book and its author said the movie was an improvement on his novel. Which movie is it?

  • It
  • Jurassic Park
  • American Psycho
  • Fight Club
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Tom Hanks turned down money in order to get percentage points instead. This was a smart decision because it netted him around $40 million in the end and he won Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
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This movie's main star was not paid for his work in the film. Which movie is it?

  • The King's Speech
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Blind Side
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George Lucas decided to do this to to avoid sharing creative rights. Lucas bankrolled the $18 million production himself, using a combination of his profits from the first "Star Wars" and a bank loan. It was risky, but we think it paid off.
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The director of this film decided to avoid using a major studio to finance this movie and he instead used his own money to fund it. Which movie is this?

  • Psycho
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Shining
  • Star Wars: Episode V
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Peter Jackson made a cameo during the Helm's Deep scene. He appeared as a Rohan soldier throwing a spear towards the Uruk-hai. His children, Katie and Peter, appear as refugee children in Helm's Deep.
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The director and their children made cameos in this movie. Which movie is it?

  • Psycho
  • E.T.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Shining
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"The Matrix" was pretty successful, gaining $463 million worldwide and spawning two sequels whereas "Wild Wild West," not so much. "Wild Wild West" was quite the flop, only making $222.1 million from a $170 million budget.
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Will Smith turned down the lead role in this movie to star in "Wild Wild West" instead. Which movie is this?

  • Titanic
  • The Matrix
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Aviator
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This World War I movie was directed and written by Sam Mendes. It was not one take, but instead filmed "in a series of extended, uncut takes that could be connected seamlessly to look and feel as if it is one continuous shot."
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This war movie was shot and edited to appear as a single long take that takes place in real time with almost no breaks. Which movie is this?

  • Dunkirk
  • 1917
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Fury
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Pacino was offered the role of Jimmy Conway in "Goodfellas." He ended up playing an even more stereotyped gangster, Big Boy Caprice in "Dick Tracy" that same year, which was a misstep on his part. Conway ended up being played by Robert De Niro.
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Al Pacino was offered a role in this mafia movie but turned it down for fear of being typecast. Which movie is this?

  • The Untouchables
  • Casino
  • The Departed
  • Goodfellas
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Just this past December, he curated a list of his favorite movies of 2019 on Twitter. Barack Obama also listed "Casablanca" as a favorite. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was critically acclaimed and even won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Jack Nicholson.
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Former President Barack Obama listed this as his favorite movie. Which movie is this?

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Citizen Kane
  • Rear Window
  • Gone with the Wind
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"Harakiri" was made in 1982 and Tatsuya Nakadai says this is his favorite of over 100 films that he's appeared in.
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This is the first foreign film to appear on the list, currently taking spot number 20. Which movie is this?

  • Amores Perros
  • Parasite
  • Harakiri
  • Life is Beautiful
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"Joker" is leading the pack with 11 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Joaquin Phoenix is the frontrunner to win Best Actor as he's already won it at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs for his performance.
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This movie is currently leading the Oscar race with a total of 11 nominations. Which movie is this?

  • Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
  • 1917
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
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"Parasite" is the first movie ever to be nominated for both Best Foreign Film and Best Picture. It is the frontrunner for Best Foreign Film as it already won the Golden Globe in that category.
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This movie just made Oscar history by being the first movie to be nominated for Best Foreign film and Best Picture. Which movie is this?

  • Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
  • The Irishman
  • Parasite
  • Marriage Story
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Spielberg was attached to direct this movie in 2006 and hired Jonathan Nolan to write the screenplay but he decided to take on other projects instead. It ended up being directed by Jonathan Nolan's brother Christopher Nolan.
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Steven Spielberg was originally attached to direct this space movie. Which movie is this?

  • Interstellar
  • Gravity
  • Apollo 13
  • The Martian
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Leandro Firmino was actually from Cidade de Deus (English translation: City of God) in Brazil, and ended up getting the role of Zé Pequeno. The movie came out in 2002, and was nominated for four Oscars and one Golden Globe.
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One of the actors in this movie had no ambitions to be an actor and only auditioned to get the role of one of the leads to keep his friend company at the audition. Which movie is this?

  • City of God
  • Captain Phillips
  • The Town
  • The Pianst
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"Spirited Away" also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003 beating out "Lilo and Stitch" and "Ice Age."
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This is the first animated movie to appear on the top 250 list coming in at number 25. Which movie is this?

  • Spirited Away
  • The Lion King
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Finding Nemo
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