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Classic Movies by Movie Posters

Name these classic films based on a movie poster (or part of one).
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42 Comments
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Level 87
Aug 24, 2019
Wow, no fewer than FOUR Hitchcock films! I guess islabonita is a fan?
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Level 89
Aug 25, 2019
They're all widely famous. North by Northwest's poster doesn't use any of the now legendary shots from that movie so it was a deduced guess.
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Level 45
Aug 25, 2019
Having the cast listed on the poster is a good clue if you've seen the film.
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Level 72
Aug 25, 2019
Awesome! I loved this quiz. Not a Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Marvel movie in the bunch. The sequels could be endless and I would welcome them all. Thank you.
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Level 72
Aug 29, 2019
@Someone2018, not that famous. I've never heard of "Vertigo" or "Rear window".
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Level 70
Jul 16, 2024
seriously? not even vertigo? I am not into movies at all, but it regularly pops up everywhere. (actually the last book I read, just last week, was even about how a murderer staged everything to look like it was from vertigo (items locations etc).

Still haven't seen the actual movie (from the list I think I have only seen the wizard of oz) but atleast I now know there is a green car in it haha.

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Level 85
Sep 11, 2019
I've seen Vertigo rated as the greatest film ever made in a few rankings, and Rear Window is almost always somewhere in there. I'd say they're famous enough.
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Level 73
Nov 3, 2019
The "Psycho" poster is especially interesting, because there is no scene in the movie even remotely like that photo.
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Level 84
Nov 3, 2019
If you've never heard of "Vertigo" or "Rear Window", that's not a reflection on the theoretical obscurity of those movies, but rather indicative that you may want to expand your horizons. If I say that I've never heard of Marie Curie or Napoleon, does that mean they're "not that famous"? SMH
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2019
All four Hitchcock movies are very famous and fair game for a quiz like that, but putting four films by the same director in a list of 20 is major overkill. There are hundreds of great films to choose from.
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Level 77
Nov 4, 2019
Agreed. Films like Ben Hur, Dr. Zhivago, or any of the many musicals of that time would have been good alternatives. Maybe there is enough material for a second quiz?
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2019
His style did not define the filmmaking of several eras. His films were at the apex of several decades, sure, but most other films did not replicate his style. First of all, he did not become a major name until the 50's, and almost of his major movies are from that decade and the 60's (Shadow of a Doubt and Rope are the only ones I can think of outside those two decades). Second, other directors like John Huston, John Ford, Elia Kazan, William Wyler, David Lean and probably most notably Billy Wilder were more influential on their contemporary cinema. Hitchock's influence has been most evident on the generations that followed him, but it is not especially acute on his contemporaries. Vertigo doesn't capture a period of cinema. It captures a period of Hitchcock.
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Level 89
Nov 11, 2019
@Algernon If you've ever seen TV comedies more than, say, twice you've seen takeoffs on the many famous scenes from those 2 movies. "Iconic" is a drastically overcooked buzzword, but those scenes are perfect examples of iconic cultural benchmarks.
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Level 69
Aug 26, 2019
Awesome quiz! Gold Star!

And kudos for including Imitation of Life. A great film and I got it! More please!

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Level 83
Aug 26, 2019
Great quiz, would love to see more of these! Did great until the last couple rows, happy with 15/18.
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Level 73
Aug 28, 2019
I missed only the Lana Turner and Clara Bow films.
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Level 69
Aug 28, 2019
My stars, that is a very disturbing-looking presentation of Peter Pan.
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Level 76
Aug 30, 2019
I understand there are still places where movie posters are painted by hand. Would be interesting to have something with those and generally between the above and the superhero craze. Just a thought.
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Level 45
Aug 30, 2019
Great idea, It is really hard to find modern movie images that are public domain. Super Hero film franchises are especially protective of copy write images. That's why this quiz is composed of older films. I will see how many modern film posters I can rustle up.
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Level 70
Sep 3, 2019
Good quiz, never heard of 'Imitation of life' or 'Wings'
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Level 77
Nov 3, 2019
Wings is historically notable for a few reasons, but it's primarily remembered now as the winner of Best Picture (called "Outstanding Picture" at the time) at the very first Academy Awards in 1929.
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2023
Wings was shot (among other locations) at Camp Stanley outside San Antonio. It had been a Cavalry outpost since the 1800s, and it had trained troops for trench warfare during WWI, thus they had built some very realistic trenches that were still there to use for the film just 10 years later. Doing remediation work there in the 2010s you could still find bayonets and other debris from that era.
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Level 84
Nov 3, 2019
Thank you for this one! Thank you for not pretending movie-making began with "Harry Potter".
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Level 84
May 26, 2022
Nobody thinks that.
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Level 71
Nov 3, 2019
I love Imitation of Life. One of my favs so I was happy to see it
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2019
only one I didn't know
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Level 75
Nov 4, 2019
Same here. Now I'll have to see it.
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Level 29
Nov 5, 2019
It's a tearjerker.
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Level 37
Nov 3, 2019
Great quiz! Oh, for the movies of yore which had actors who could actually act; a plot, a beginning, a middle, and end (and didn't throw gratuitous sex or violence into every other scene).
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2019
Oh, for the comments of a time that didn't exist, when people didn't insist on making overgeneralized, inaccurate indictments of the media being created in the present day. There are tons of great actors, directors, and movies around today. You just need to look further than the ads at the nearest bus stop to learn about them. Also, these movies have stayed in the public consciousness *because* they're so great, but how much do you actually know about the movies made in 1958, when Vertigo was released? You've never seen most of them because they were forgettable and were therefore forgotten. If future generations judge 2017 only by its best movies -- maybe Logan, Get Out, Dunkirk, Three Billboards, Baby Driver, and Phantom Thread -- they'll have the same rose-tinted misconceptions that you have about past eras of movies.
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Level 83
Mar 8, 2024
My favorite part about Taxi Driver is how famously devoid of sex and violence it is.
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Level 63
Nov 4, 2019
Excellent quiz. More than a third of the films listed were black and white! "Wings" was the first Oscar winner. Like most, I was stumped by "Imitation" and "Peter Pan." Good job.
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Level 45
Nov 4, 2019
Love that you know about Wings!
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Level 77
Nov 4, 2019
Interesting that this "classic" period spans over 50 years. I mean, to consider Taxi Driver (1976) as classic with all the other films that came out no later than 1963 seems a bit of a stretch.
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Level 67
Nov 4, 2019
It doesn't say anything about a classic "period." It just says "classic films." Goodfellas is a classic. Pulp Fiction is a classic. Fargo is a classic. Gladiator is a classic. And in time, some movies from this decade will be classics.
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2019
great quiz
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Level 83
May 30, 2020
at last a movie quiz with no superhero rubbish .no Harry Potter .and no Star W ars. would a 60s /70s version be possible.
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Level 45
May 30, 2020
Thanks! I'll try to do that. It's difficult to get usage rights on most movie images. There is a part 2 to this one though.
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Level 80
May 29, 2021
Ugh, seriously. Bless this quizmaster. You forgot Lord of the Rings though. It's just not Jetpunk if I'm not being constantly inundated with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars lol. The site should issue a moratorium on all these movies. I kid, I kid.
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Level 89
Jan 17, 2021
Peter Pan looks sort of like Blazing Saddles.
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Level 80
May 29, 2021
Only 37% got Parent Trap?? This is a travesty I tell you. A travesty!! lol. Favorite movie of my childhood, so maybe I'm a bit biased. The modern one with Dennis Quaid and Lindsay Lohan is actually really good, too.
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Level 68
Jul 12, 2023
14/18, missed Spartacus, Imitation of Life, Wings, and Peter Pan