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Films: Titles

On this page, every answer is the title of a film.

1986 film based on a 1959 book, set in Soho and Notting Hill in 1958; stars Eddie O'Donnell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie, James Fox Click to show or hide the answer
1989 fantasy directed by Terry Gilliam; Robin Williams plays the King of the Moon: The Adventures of Click to show or hide the answer
Main characters are Charlie Allnut and Rosie Sayer; title craft sinks the German gunboat Louisa with a torpedo Click to show or hide the answer
Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Kane (John Hurt), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Ash (Ian Holm), Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) and Parker (Yaphet Kotto) are the six crew members who don't survive; the only one that does is Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Richard Gere as a male prostitute who is framed for murder (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Greta Garbo's first talkie (1930) Click to show or hide the answer
1979: troops attack a village, supported by helicopters, to Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries – played on loudspeakers attached to the helicopters Click to show or hide the answer
Set in the fictional town of Hill Valley; central character Marty McFly (series of three films) Click to show or hide the answer
1975: stars Ryan O'Neal, directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on a novel by W. M. Thackeray Click to show or hide the answer
1925 silent, directed by Eisenstein: dramatised account of a 1905 mutiny against Tsarist officers on a ship of the Russian navy. Includes a famous scene of a massacre (of dubious grounding in reality) on the Primorsky Stairs in Odessa (since renamed Potemkin Stairs as a result); includes a sequence of a baby in a pram careering down the deserted stairs (since frequently copied) Click to show or hide the answer
Features the fictional Hounslow Harriers Football Club Click to show or hide the answer
2008: stars Brad Pitt as the title character who ages in reverse – also Cate Blanchett: The Curious Case of Click to show or hide the answer
2011 British comedy–drama, based on a novel by Deborah Moggach: features Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton as a group of pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India whose eager young proprietor is played by Dev Patel Click to show or hide the answer
1999: based on a novella by Isaac Asimov; stars Robin Williams as an android that becomes more and more human over the course of 200 years Click to show or hide the answer
1998 Coen Brothers production: an LA loser (Jeff Bridges) and his bowling buddies get mixed up in a kidnapping scheme after he's mistaken for a millionaire with the same surname Click to show or hide the answer
1984: Napoleon Bonaparte, Billy the Kid, Socrates, Sigmund Freud, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln and Ludwig van Beethoven are all portrayed in Click to show or hide the answer
1963: Tom Courtenay works for undertakers Shadrach & Duxbury Click to show or hide the answer
2014: multiple Oscar winner (2015), subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance Click to show or hide the answer
1962: a largely fictionalised version of the life of Robert Stroud, a US federal prison inmate Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
1990: stars Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, took its title from a Leonard Cohen song Click to show or hide the answer
1963: directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier: stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren Click to show or hide the answer
2001: stars Nicole Kidman as a Russian mail–order bride Click to show or hide the answer
2001: directed by Ridley Scott and based on a book of the same title by Mark Bowden, with an "ensemble" cast led by Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor, about the real–life attempt by the US military in 1993 to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid Click to show or hide the answer
1966: David Hemmings plays a character said to be based on the photographer David Bailey Click to show or hide the answer
1950: introduced Dixon of Dock Green (played, as in the subsequent TV series, by Jack Warner) who is murdered by a teenager played by Dirk Bogarde Click to show or hide the answer
1980: title characters Jake and Elwood Click to show or hide the answer
Includes cameo appearances by Steven Spielberg (as a clerk in the County Assessor's office), John Landis (the director), Joe Walsh, Chaka Khan and Frank Oz, as well as speaking parts by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles (as the owner of the Music Exchange) and Aretha Franklin
2009 British comedy about a fictitious pirate radio station (Radio Rock) Click to show or hide the answer
1993: directed by Jennifer Lynch (daughter of David Lynch, of Twin Peaks fame); attracted controversy when first Madonna and then Kim Basinger backed out of the title role (eventually taken by Sherilyn Fenn) Click to show or hide the answer
1978: Laurence Olivier stars as Ezra Lieberman (who was based on Simon Wiesenthal), and Gregory Peck as Dr Josef Mengele Click to show or hide the answer
Audrey Hepburn wore the famous "little black dress" – sold at Christies in 2006 for £450,000 – in Click to show or hide the answer
2006 rom–com starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn Click to show or hide the answer
English title of Jean–Luc Godard's seminal 1960 film À Bout de Souffle Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
2001: Shazzer (a friend of the title character, played by Sally Phillips) is said to be based on the director, Sharon Maguire – who is a friend of the author in real life Click to show or hide the answer
Jeffrey Archer and Salman Rushdie made cameo appearances as themselves
Based on Noel Coward's one–act play, Still Life Click to show or hide the answer
1998: computer animated parody of Aesop's fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper Click to show or hide the answer
1968 Steve McQueen film, best remembered for its car chase Click to show or hide the answer
1956: Cheree (Marilyn Monroe) sings That old black magic – already a standard Click to show or hide the answer
A groovy kind of love: revived by Phil Collins in Click to show or hide the answer
2013: Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker, is the central character of Click to show or hide the answer
1963 film starring Bob Hope, mainly set in Africa: the only non–Bond film by EON Productions, the "official" Bond film producers Click to show or hide the answer
1981: stars Burt Reynolds – one of several films inspired by a record–breaking real–life drive from New York to Los Angeles in 1933 Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a prominent headland on the coast of North Carolina; originally 1962, starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum; remade in 1991 starring Nick Nolte and Robert de Niro Click to show or hide the answer
1977: a mission to Mars has to be faked after the actual mission was aborted; Elliot Gould stars Click to show or hide the answer
Rick Blaine, Ilsa Lund and Victor Laszlo are central characters in Click to show or hide the answer
Director Brian Singer got the title The Usual Suspects from
Nat 'King' Cole and Stubby Kaye appeared as wandering minstrels in Click to show or hide the answer
1965 debut of director John Boorman: featured the Dave Clark Five; the title song gave them their fourth Top Ten hit Click to show or hide the answer
1958: stars Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman as husband and wife Maggie and Brick Pollitt – based on a Tennessee Williams play Click to show or hide the answer
1963 romantic comedy thriller, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn; famous title song by Henry Mancini; remade in 2002 as The Truth about Charlie Click to show or hide the answer
1979: stars Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda as a cameraman and a reporter who discover a cover–up at a nuclear plant Click to show or hide the answer
Eponymous motor car has the registration GEN 11 (the closest to GENIE that British regulations would allow when the book was written); Truly Scrumptious is the female lead character – and the subject of a song – but isn't in the book; central family visits the central European country of Vulgaria Click to show or hide the answer
Laurel & Hardy film (1940) starring Peter Cushing Click to show or hide the answer
American: working title of (1941) Click to show or hide the answer
Stars John Cleese as Brian Stimson, a successful but obsessive headmaster Click to show or hide the answer
Sony computer–animated sci–fi comedy (2009, based on a children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett): central character Flint Lockwood invents a machine that turns water into food Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar – based on the novel by John Fowles (1965) Click to show or hide the answer
1985: directed and co–produced by Steven Spielberg, based on a novel by Alice Walker; stars Whoopi Goldberg and featured a young Oprah Winfrey Click to show or hide the answer
1997: stars Mel Gibson as a taxi driver with eccentric views, and Julia Roberts as the government lawyer who becomes involved in his life Click to show or hide the answer
Title character, played by Paul Newman, is sent to prison for cutting the heads off parking meters; eats 50 eggs for a bet Click to show or hide the answer
1993: loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's debut in competition during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary Click to show or hide the answer
1984: crime drama, directed by Fancis Ford Coppola, starring Richard Gere, centred on (and named after) a famous Harlem nightclub of the 1930s Click to show or hide the answer
1990: lead character befriends a dog called Two Socks Click to show or hide the answer
1993: Kevin Kline plays a US president, and also an employment agent who impersonates him Click to show or hide the answer
1945: influential British horror film: produced by Ealing Studios, in compendium format; best remembered for the ventriloquist's dummy sequence, starring Michael Redgrave Click to show or hide the answer
1985: co–stars Rosanna Arquette as Roberta Glass, and Madonna in the title role Click to show or hide the answer
1988: set on Christmas Eve in the Los Angeles headquarters of the (fictional) Nakatomi Corporation; consistently voted as one of the best Christmas films of all time, despite (or perhaps because of) its violent content Click to show or hide the answer
1967: about a bunch of convicted criminals assembled to carry out a patently suicidal mission to kill senior German officers on the eve of D–Day; stars include Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson Click to show or hide the answer
1994: Michael Douglas is accused of sexual harassment by Demi Moore, but counter–sues Click to show or hide the answer
1964: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is the subtitle (or alternative title) of Click to show or hide the answer
Jack D. Ripper (paranoid, psychotic US general) appears in
Ends with images of a series of nuclear explosions, accompanied by Vera Lynn singing We'll Meet Again
2004: stars Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as rival gym owners; subtitle A True Underdog Story; credited with reviving interest in the sport that gave it its title Click to show or hide the answer
1975: stars Al Pacino as an inept bank robber. Working title Heist; eventual title came from the opening stage direction Click to show or hide the answer
The original Paparazzo was a character in Click to show or hide the answer
1933: Zeppo Marx's last film – banned by Mussolini;
Title also used by Laurel & Hardy (1927)
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1971: Steven Spielberg's first feature film as director Click to show or hide the answer
1976: based on a Jack Higgins' novel; stars Michael Caine as a German officer plotting to capture Winston Churchill Click to show or hide the answer
1955: based on a novel by John Steinbeck; the only James Dean film released in his lifetime Click to show or hide the answer
1987 drama starring Anne Bancroft as writer Helen Hanff and Anthony Hopkins as book dealer Frank Doel (based on a play of the same name, which in turn was based on Hanff's memoir of their correspondence) Click to show or hide the answer
1967 Swedish film (telling the tragic, true story of a Danish circus performer) – most famous for its use of the Andante from Mozart's 21st piano concerto Click to show or hide the answer
1998: spy–thriller about a group of US agents conspiring to kill a congressman and trying to cover up the murder – stars Will Smith as Robert Clayton Dean, a lawyer who unwittingly gets caught up in the conspiracy Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Henry Thomas (aged 10), Robert MacNaughton (15), Drew Barrymore (6), and Dee Wallace as their mother; working title A Boy's Life Click to show or hide the answer
1982: the second film to feature Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot (after Death on the Nile) Click to show or hide the answer
1973 film, based on a 1971 novel of the same title by William Peter Blatty Click to show or hide the answer
1964 Cold War drama, directed by Sidney Lumet: had a similar plot to Stanley Kubrick's satire Dr. Strangelove, released in the same year Click to show or hide the answer
1996: Coen Brothers black comedy thriller, stars William H. Macy as a car dealer who hires a pair of inept criminals to kkidnap his wife, and Frances McDormand as the pregnant sheriff who investigates Click to show or hide the answer
Title shared by three films: one starring Ryan O'Neal as a sports writer who develops an obsession with gambling (1985), one loosely based on Nick Hornby's best–selling football fan's memoir of the same title, starring Colin Firth (1997), and a US adaptation of the 1997 film, about baseball, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
1989: Kevin Costner plays a farmer who builds a baseball ground in his cornfield Click to show or hide the answer
1991 comedy drama, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams: took its title from the keeper of the Holy Grail in Arthurian legend Click to show or hide the answer
Sergio Leone's 1964 remake of Kurosawa's Yojimbo; features a feud between the Baxters and the Rojos in the Mexican border town of San Miguel – made Clint Eastwood an international star Click to show or hide the answer
1956 science fiction film based on The Tempest Click to show or hide the answer
The first film to be copyrighted in the US (Edison, 1894) Click to show or hide the answer
1981: stars Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons – nominated for 5 Oscars Click to show or hide the answer
2001: stars Johnny Depp, based on a graphic novel about Jack the Ripper Click to show or hide the answer
1953: depicted shocking conditions in the US army at the time of Pearl Harbor; also featured a famous lingering kiss on a beach between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr; won 8 Oscars Click to show or hide the answer
1987 – directed by Stanley Kubrick: Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (played by R. Lee Ermey) is an iconic character in; poster features an army helmet with the words "Born to Kill" painted on it, with a CND logo Click to show or hide the answer
Gaz, Dave, Gerald, Lumpah, Guy and Horse are the main characters in Click to show or hide the answer
1999 sci–fi spoof (a parody of Star Trek in particular) featuring a group of actors from a cancelled television series, who become involved in real–life intergalactic adventures; stars Tim Allen as the dashing Commander, Sigourney Weaver as the glamorous Communications Officer, and Alan Rickman as the alien Science Officer Click to show or hide the answer
1982: one scene involved 250,000 extras (said to be a record) Click to show or hide the answer
1997: a genetically inferior man (Ethan Hawke) assumes the identity of a superior one (Jude Law) in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel film; Uma Thurman plays Hawke's work colleague and love interest; tagline "There is no gene for the human spirit" (critically well–received, but a box office flop; now has a cult following) Click to show or hide the answer
Classic British gangster movie (1971) starring Michael Caine as a London–based gangster who returns to Newcastle–upon–Tyne to avenge his brother's death – based on the novel Jack's Return Home by Ted Lewis, itself based on a real–life murder of 1967. John Osborne plays the Newcastle gangland boss; also features a memorable cameo from Britt Ekland Click to show or hide the answer
1990 blockbuster about the relationship between Sam Wheat, a banker, and Molly Jensen, a potter; featured Unchained melody (sung by the Righteous Brothers) Click to show or hide the answer
Title characters are Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz and Dr. Egon Spengler (played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis respectively) – later joined by Winston Zeddemore (played by Ernie Hudson); the Ectomobiles (a series of assorted vehicles) were used as transport in Click to show or hide the answer
1970 documentary of the notorious Altamont Free Concert of 1969, featuring the Rolling Stones, showing the actual murder of a fan Click to show or hide the answer
1956: Jayne Mansfield in the title role; Julie London had a supporting role, and sang Cry Me a River which would become her signature song; Little Richard sang the title song, and had a US & UK Top Ten hit with it Click to show or hide the answer
Adapted by David Mamet from his Pulitzer prize winning play; stars Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris and Alan Arkin as four real estate agents (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Charlie Chaplin tucked into a meal of boiled shoe, in Click to show or hide the answer
2005 historical drama, co–written by and starring George Clooney, about the conflict between Senator Joseph McCarthy and the journalist and broadcaster Edward R. Murrow Click to show or hide the answer
1985: comedy adventure starring Sean Astin (best known as Sam Gamgee) and Josh Brolin, centres on the search for the lost fortune of One–Eyed Willie Click to show or hide the answer
Best Picture Oscar winner, 1932: stars Greta Garbo, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore; defined a genre, by following the activities of various people in a large busy place Click to show or hide the answer
1940: Charlie Chaplin's first true talking picture – the first one that he spoke in (ends with the notorious monologue in which he declaims his personal political views and opinions). See also Modern Times Click to show or hide the answer
1963: cast includes James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Gordon Jackson, Steve McQueen, Donald Pleasance, Charles Bronson and James Coburn Click to show or hide the answer
The first Western (1903) Click to show or hide the answer
1999 film based on a Stephen King story, starring Tom Hanks, set on Death Row in a US prison in the 1930s Click to show or hide the answer
1984: begins with a small boy (Billy Peltzer) being given a weird pet (a mogwai) named Gizmo as a Christmas present Click to show or hide the answer
1992: Bill Murray plays a TV weatherman who lives through the same day several times before he finally 'clicks' with Andie MacDowell; set in the real Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney Click to show or hide the answer
1993: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reunited for the sixth time, as two curmudgeons – 25 years after The Odd Couple Click to show or hide the answer
The ninth and last film that Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made together (1967; Tracy died 17 days after completion of filming) Click to show or hide the answer
2016: Coen Brothers comedy, set in 1950s Hollywood, starring Josh Brolin as the real–life 'fixer' Eddie Mannix, trying to trace film star Baird Whitlock (played by George Clooney) who vanished during filming Click to show or hide the answer
1950 comedy: stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd – a middle–aged, amiable eccentric, whose best friend is an invisible rabbit, 6' 3" tall (the title character) Click to show or hide the answer
1978 Warren Beatty film, a remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan – but not related to its 1943 namesake Click to show or hide the answer
1980: directed by Michael Cimino, set in 1890s Wyoming; cost $42 million to make, but took only $3 million – one of the biggest box office flops ever Click to show or hide the answer
1965 film about a raid on a heavy water plant in Norway, during World War II; stars Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris Click to show or hide the answer
1952: Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is forced to face a gang of vengeful killers alone, after failing to persude any of his fellow citizens to help him Click to show or hide the answer
Howard Hawks's 1940 remake of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page, with the pivotal role assigned to a woman (Rosalind Russell) rather than a man Click to show or hide the answer
Steven Spielberg's 1991 adaptation of the Peter Pan story Click to show or hide the answer
1998: stars Robert Redford as an animal trainer who helps a teenager (played by Scarlett Johanssen) and her horse recover from a tragic accident Click to show or hide the answer
Basil Rathbone's first Sherlock Holmes film Click to show or hide the answer
1955 film of which Cabaret was a musical version Click to show or hide the answer
2007: Will Smith is accompanied by a German shepherd dog called Samantha.  Emma Thompson plays Dr. Alice Krippin, creator of the cancer cure that inadvertently kills 90% of humanity Click to show or hide the answer
1969: romantic comedy, filmed on location throughout Europe, features many cameo appearances and stars Suzanne Pleshette and Ian McShane; title inspired by a New Yorker cartoon by Leonard Dove Click to show or hide the answer
1960s film, starring William Shatner, with dialogue entirely in Esperanto Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson; won the Golden Raspberry award for the worst film of 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
2015 Pixar animation: set in the mind of a young girl called Riley Andersen Click to show or hide the answer
2014: tells the story of a search for water through a wormhole in space Click to show or hide the answer
2014: Seth Rogan satirical comedy, about two American journalists who set up an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong–un, and are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him; led to reprisals, both actual and threatened, from groups believed to be linked to the North Korean regime Click to show or hide the answer
2007: stars Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron; based on a true story, the title is a reference to the place where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17:2) Click to show or hide the answer
2011: stars Justin Timberlake; set in a future where people are engineered to live for only one year after their 25th birthdays Click to show or hide the answer
Starring Noel Coward and John Mills; based on the exploits of HMS Kelly – the destroyer commanded in the early years of WWII by Lord Louis Mountbatten (in the film the ship is named HMS Torrin) Click to show or hide the answer
Features a getaway chase involving three Mini Coopers; ends with a bus balanced on the edge of a cliff; Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Rossano Brazzi and Noel Coward all stars Click to show or hide the answer
1949 Warner Bros "behind–the–scenes" musical comedy, with cameo appearances by many directors and stars including Ronald Reagan Click to show or hide the answer
1963 film that had over 50 stars Click to show or hide the answer
George Bailey, an embittered idealist (played by James Stewart) considers suicide on Christmas Eve, but is helped by his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, to see how important he is to his family and community Click to show or hide the answer
1927: the first feature–length film with talking sequences; based on Samson Raphaelson's play Day of Atonement, a biography of Al Jolson Click to show or hide the answer
1986 films based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol – plot centres on a subterranean spring in Provence Click to show or hide the answer
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1996 comedy drama, starring Tom Cruise as the eponymous sports agent – also the "breakout" role for Renee Zellwegger: famous for catchphrases such as "Show me the money", "You complete me", "Help me to help you", "You had me at hello" Click to show or hide the answer
2012 Disney live action film, based on A Princess of Mars (1912), the first book in the Barsoom series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs; title character is the hero of the stories – mysteriously transported to Mars in 1866 as Earth's resources dwindle Click to show or hide the answer
1967: set in Swinging London, features early appearances from Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford Click to show or hide the answer
1969: schoolteacher Mr. Sugden (played by Brian Glover)  pretends to be Bobby Charlton when showing off his football skills Click to show or hide the answer
2010 (and 2013 sequel): Aaron Taylor–Johnson plays Dave Lizewski, a teenager who sets out to be a real–life superhero (whose name is the title of the film) Click to show or hide the answer
1962: Elvis Presley played a boxer in Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. The Bride or Black Mamba Click to show or hide the answer
Elvis Presley's fourth film, and the last in black & white: based on Harold Robbins's novel A Stone for Danny Fisher – Elvis plays Danny Fisher Click to show or hide the answer
Originally made in 1933; remade in 1976 and 2005. Title character is found on Skull Island Click to show or hide the answer
1964: Elvis Presley plays two roles – US Air Force lieutenant Josh Morgan, and his hillbilly cousin Jodie Tatum Click to show or hide the answer
1986 fantasy directed by Jim Henson, starring David Bowie as the Goblin King Click to show or hide the answer
1988: written and directed by Ken Russell, starring Amanda Donohoe and Hugh Grant; based on the last novel written by Bram Stoker Click to show or hide the answer
1992: stars Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Lawrence Angelo; shares its title with a Stephen King short story, but has only one scene in common with it Click to show or hide the answer
2004: stars Daniel Craig (2 years before his debut as Bond) as a London underground character known only as XXXX Click to show or hide the answer
1992 comedy–drama: a fictionalized account of the real–life All–American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL); stars include Geena Davis, Madonna, Tom Hanks Click to show or hide the answer
1995: Nicholas Cage won an Oscar for his role as alcoholic Ben Sanderson Click to show or hide the answer
2001 comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, about her struggles to be taken seriously; spawned a sequel and a musical Click to show or hide the answer
2000 Will Smith film about a young man coming to terms with his spiritual demons through the medium of golf; felt by some to be racially insensitive Click to show or hide the answer
Emmet Brickowski – voiced by Chris Pratt – was the lead character in (the biggest–grossing film of 2014 in the UK) Click to show or hide the answer
1987 (and sequels): title is a reference to the deliberate recklessness of the lead character (Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson) Click to show or hide the answer
1952: Charlie Chaplin directed, stars, and wrote the script and music; Buster Keaton also appeared Click to show or hide the answer
1968: based on a Broadway play by James Goldman; stars Peter O'Toole as Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitane; also marks the film debuts of Anthony Hopkins (as Richard the Lionheart, the future Richard I) and Timothy Dalton (as King Philip II of France) Click to show or hide the answer
1931: Edward G. Robinson played a gangster modelled on Al Capone Click to show or hide the answer
1987 comedy–horror, with Kiefer Sutherland as the leader of a gang of teenage vampires; title comes from Peter Pan Click to show or hide the answer
1956: stars Richard Egan and Debra Paget, also featured a certain Hollywood debutant (the only film that he appeared in where he didn't get top billing), and was originally going to be called The Reno Brothers Click to show or hide the answer
1978: directed by Richard Attenborough, stars Anthony Hopkins as ventriloquist Charles 'Corky' Withers who is unable to control his dummy Fats (even off–stage!) Click to show or hide the answer
Orson Welles's second film as director (released in July 1942, 14 months after Citizen Kane) – based on a Pulizer prize–winning novel by Booth Tarkington Click to show or hide the answer
1955: Will Lockhart (James Stewart) is Click to show or hide the answer
1986: based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon – stars Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor (sic) Click to show or hide the answer
1976: stars David Bowie as an alien who crash lands on Earth Click to show or hide the answer
Bob Lawrence (Peter Lorre, 1934) and Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart, 1956) – in two versions made by Alfred Hitchcock – are Click to show or hide the answer
1962: Ransom "Rance" Stoddard (James Stewart) is Click to show or hide the answer
Laurence Olivier tortures Dustin Hoffman by drilling into his tooth Click to show or hide the answer
1996 sci–fi comedy, directed by Tim Burton, based on a cult trading card series of the same name (originally issued in 1962); Slim Whitman's Indian Love Call is used as the last line of defence, as it makes the aliens' heads explode Click to show or hide the answer
1985: stars Eric Stoltz as a facially disfigured teenager; Cher won Best Actress at Cannes for her role as his mother Click to show or hide the answer
1994: stars Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipsey, a hapless bank clerk who aquires super–powers Click to show or hide the answer
1992: stars Sean Connery as a biochemist searching for a cure for cancer in the rainforest of South America Click to show or hide the answer
1998: stars Anthony Hopkins as billionaire media mogul Bill Parrish, and Brad Pitt as Death, who comes to visit him in the guise of a young man who has just died in a road accident Click to show or hide the answer
1979 disaster movie, stars Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Trevor Howard, Henry Fonda Click to show or hide the answer
Joe Buck and Enrico 'Ratso' Rizzo are the main characters in Click to show or hide the answer
1932 starring W. C. Fields and Susan Fleming; and 1939 starring Betty Grable Click to show or hide the answer
Kathy Bates (in an Oscar–winning role) plays an obsessive fan of an author (James Caan) Click to show or hide the answer
1936: the first film in which Charlie Chaplin's voice was heard (he sang a song, with nonsense words, but didn't speak). See also The Great Dictator Click to show or hide the answer
Bob Hoskins won Best Actor at Cannes, 1986, for Click to show or hide the answer
2011: based on a 2003 non–fiction book of the same title, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team's attempts to assemble a competitive team on a limited budget, by sophisticated use of statistics and the recruitment of undervalued players; stars Brad Pitt as general manager Billy Beane, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as manager Art Howe Click to show or hide the answer
Marx Brothers, 1931: they play four stowaways on an ocean liner Click to show or hide the answer
2009 Dreamworks animation: Susan Murphy (a.k.a. Ginormica – voiced by Reese Witherspoon), a normal young human woman, is struck by a radioactive meteor on her wedding day, causing her to mutate and grow to a height of 49 feet 11 inches (15.21 m) Click to show or hide the answer
1985 sci–fi comedy: Mel Smith co–wrote and stars Click to show or hide the answer
1963 remake of My Secret Wife (1940); stars Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen; title song was a hit for Doris Day Click to show or hide the answer
2005: stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a married couple – they admitted to falling in love during filming, and later married Click to show or hide the answer
1994 Australian cult comedy, set in the coastal town of Porpoise Spit: title character is a gauche young single woman obsessed with the music of Abba Click to show or hide the answer
1970: based on an acclaimed book by Gore Vidal, but often named as one of the worst films ever made; stars Raquel Welch as a trans–sexual who goes to Hollywood and embarks on a campaign of outrageous sexual adventures Click to show or hide the answer
2005: Sandra Bullock plays an innocent woman who is hunted by the police because of a computer error Click to show or hide the answer
1936 documentary, produced by the GPO Film Unit, about a mail train from London to Scotland; ends with a "verse commentary" by W. H. Auden; score by Benjamin Britten Click to show or hide the answer
1957 British horror film: stars Dana Andrews as an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder; but best known today for the line "It's in the trees ... it's coming!" – heard at the start of Kate Bush's Hounds of Love Click to show or hide the answer
1980: Dolly Parton stars, and had a hit with the theme song Click to show or hide the answer
2007: based on the 2006 novel of the same title by Cormac McCarthy, which took the title from the opening line of the 1926 poem Sailing to Byzantium, by W. B. Yeats Click to show or hide the answer
1959, directed by Hitchcock: advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill, played by Cary Grant, is attacked by a crop–spraying aeroplane Click to show or hide the answer
The first film based on Bram Stoker's Dracula (F. W. Murnau, 1922) Click to show or hide the answer
Parody of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: 1963 original stars Jerry Lewis in the title role; in the 1996 remake (and 2000 sequel), Eddie Murphy plays seven parts, including the title character (Sherman Klump) and several male and female members of his family; also a 2008 computer–animated 'sequel' to the 1963 original, in which Lewis reprises his role and the protagonist is his grandson Click to show or hide the answer
1999: stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern and Chris Cooper; was based on the book Rocket Boys, but the film's title was an anagram of that in order to appeal more to women Click to show or hide the answer
1954: starred Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, and Rod Steiger as his brother Charlie 'the Gent' Click to show or hide the answer
1991: begins with Sylvester Stallone (in the title role) promising his dying father (Kirk Douglas) that he will give up his life of crime (remake of a 1967 French film) Click to show or hide the answer
1973: based on the 1971 novel Addie Pray, by Joe David Brown; central characters are con–man Moses 'Moze' Pray and 9–year–old orphan Addie Loggins – played by Ryan O'Neal and his daughter Tatum, also aged 9 Click to show or hide the answer
Features a double role (twins) played by Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsey Lohan in the 1998 remake Click to show or hide the answer
1949 Ealing comedy: part of a London district is discovered to belong to Burgundy, and the inhabitants find themselves free of rationing restrictions (stars Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddeley Click to show or hide the answer
1986: Kathleen Turner stars as a woman on the verge of divorce who gets transported back to her high school days Click to show or hide the answer
Tracy Lord, C. K. Dexter Haven, Macauley Connor: characters in Click to show or hide the answer
1975 Australian film about the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls from a popular beauty spot (based on a 1967 novel of the same title) Click to show or hide the answer
1959: stars Doris Day and Rock Hudson as Jan Morrow and Brad Allen, who share a phone line Click to show or hide the answer
1987: comedy about two incompatible businessmen who meet in a taxi in New York; one of them (Steve Martin) is trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving, aided and abetted by the other (John Candy) Click to show or hide the answer
Woody Allen asks Humphrey Bogart for advice, in Click to show or hide the answer
1971: stars Clint Eastwood as a disc jockey stalked by an obsessive fan Click to show or hide the answer
2004 computer–animated fantasy film: Tom Hanks voices six parts, including the central character – a boy who has lost faith in Santa Claus Click to show or hide the answer
1972 disaster movie about a cruise ship that turns upside down in the Mediterranean; stars Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters Click to show or hide the answer
Marilyn Monroe stars with Laurence Olivier in Click to show or hide the answer
1975: black comedy, based on a play by Neil Simon, stars Jack Lemmon as a New York advertising executive who loses his job and his sanity, and Anne Bancroft as his devoted but long–suffering wife Click to show or hide the answer
1994 film: John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson play a pair of hitmen Click to show or hide the answer
1985 Woody Allen film about a character leaving a film (of the same name) to spend time with a hapless waitress (played by Mia Farrow) Click to show or hide the answer
1967 Hammer film: supposed alien artefacts are discovered during the construction of Hobbs End underground station in London. (In the 1958 TV series it had been Hobbs Lane, where it was an office block that was being built but there were references to strange events during the construction of an underground station of the same name nearby in 1927) Click to show or hide the answer
2000: stars Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade Click to show or hide the answer
1951 epic based on a Polish novel of 1896: starring Robert Taylor as a Roman patrician and Deborah Carr as a Christian woman who falls in love with him; features several historical and Biblical characters, including Peter Ustinov as Nero and Finlay Currie as St. Peter Click to show or hide the answer
2005 adventure comedy about a talking zebra that became a star of horse racing Click to show or hide the answer
1970: stars Jenny Agutter and Sally Thomsett as sisters Roberta and Phyllis, and Gary Warren as their brother Peter Click to show or hide the answer
1988: Raymond Babbitt is the title character Click to show or hide the answer
1963: stars Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson Click to show or hide the answer
1940: directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier; stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine Click to show or hide the answer
1992: gang members address each other as Mr. Blonde, Mr. White etc. Click to show or hide the answer
2015: based on the novel by Michael Punke, stars Leonardo di Caprio as the real–life American frontiersman Hugh Glass (c. 1783–1833); title is a word meaning a corpse that has come back from the grave to haunt the living Click to show or hide the answer
2002: stars Tom Hanks as 'hit man' Michael Sullivan Click to show or hide the answer
1987: title character is a cyborg crimefighter played by Peter Weller Click to show or hide the answer
1976 (and sequels): title character has a wife called Adrian and a brother–in–law called Paulie; Mickey Goldmill is a central character in Click to show or hide the answer
Alfred Hitchcock's first colour film (1948) Click to show or hide the answer
1987: starring Steve Martin and Darryl Hannah, based on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac (by Edmond Rostand) Click to show or hide the answer
2000: stars Samuel L. Jackson as a US Marine colonel accused of massacring civilians Click to show or hide the answer
1923: Harold Lloyd hangs from the hands of a clock Click to show or hide the answer
1977: the Faces and the Barracudas are rival gangs; central character is Tony Manero Click to show or hide the answer
Steven Spielberg film (1998) set in the D–Day landings Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Al Pacino as Cuban immigrant (to Miami), Tony Montana (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Controversial Derek Jarman film of 1976, about an early Christian martyr; the first film where all of the dialogue was in accurate Latin Click to show or hide the answer
Subtitle of the 2011 Tintin film, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson Click to show or hide the answer
1989: stars Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man Click to show or hide the answer
1995 'neo–noir thriller' – stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as detectives David Mills and William Somerset, Kevin Spacey as the villain John Doe, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Mills' wife Tracy Click to show or hide the answer
1955 rom–com: features Marilyn Monroe's iconic skirt–raising scene Click to show or hide the answer
1968 British–made Western starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot; also features Jack Hawkins as an English aristocrat and Eric Sykes as his butler Click to show or hide the answer
Martin Scorsese's 2008 documentary of two Rolling Stones concerts in New York (also includes archive footage) Click to show or hide the answer
1989: Pauline Collins plays the title role, a frustrated Liverpool housewife who talks to the kitchen wall, but finds romance on a Greek holiday (screenplay by Willy Russell, based on his play) Click to show or hide the answer
2001 (sequels 2004, 2007, 2010): based on a 1990 fairy tale by William Steig Click to show or hide the answer
1992 thriller starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh as flatmates Click to show or hide the answer
1992: a cabaret singer on the run from the Mafia (played by Whoopi Goldberg) ends up training a choir of nuns Click to show or hide the answer
1977: stars Paul Newman as Reggie Dunlop, the ageing player–coach of a struggling ice hockey team Click to show or hide the answer
1972 mystery starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, based on a play by Anthony Shaffer; remade 2007 with a screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Michael Caine and Jude Law Click to show or hide the answer
1981 comedy satire in which Julie Andrews appeared topless (directed by her husband Blake Edwards) Click to show or hide the answer
1970 "revisionist Western": Buffy Sainte–Marie took the title song to No. 7 in the UK charts Click to show or hide the answer
Hollywood's 1993 remake of the French film The Return of Martin Guerre Click to show or hide the answer
1965: John Wayne and Dean Martin were two of (there were four altogether) Click to show or hide the answer
1982: based on an acclaimed novel by William Styron; Meryl Streep stars as an Auschwitz survivor Click to show or hide the answer
1945: Hitchcock directed, Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck stars as a psychoanalyst and the manager of a mental hospital (respectively); Salvador Dali designed a dream sequence Click to show or hide the answer
1984: Darryl Hannah played a mermaid in Click to show or hide the answer
Stars Janet Gaynor 1937, Judy Garland 1954, Barbra Streisand 1976 (playing different characters in different plots) Click to show or hide the answer
2006 film about University Challenge – adapted by David Nicholls from his novel of the same title Click to show or hide the answer
1945 Robert Mitchum film, title inspired the name of a toy (the toy was known in the UK as Action Man) Click to show or hide the answer
2016: British comedy–drama, based on an autobiographical book of the same title by James Bowen Click to show or hide the answer
1963: a group of London Transport bus mechanics, led by Don (Cliff Richard), borrow a double–decker bus (an AEC Regent III RT, not a Routemaster) for a tour of Europe. Same title as a 1948 film starring Mickey Rooney, based on Eugene O'Neill's play Ah, Wilderness! Click to show or hide the answer
1989: 'buddy cop action comedy' starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell in the title roles (Ray Tango, Gabriel Cash) Click to show or hide the answer
1976: a dysfunctional Vietnam veteran (Travis Bickle, played by Robert de Niro) works himself up to a violent confrontation with the pimps who work the New York streets. Directed by Martin Scorsese; also stars Jodie Foster (aged 13 at time of release) as teenage prostitute Iris 'Easy' Steensma Click to show or hide the answer
1999 US rom–com, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew Click to show or hide the answer
2007 film, loosely based on Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil! (Central character Daniel Plainview, played in the film by Daniel Day–Lewis) Click to show or hide the answer
1969 drama about dance marathons in Los Angeles during the Depression; stars Jane Fonda Click to show or hide the answer
1949: the first non'French film to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes Click to show or hide the answer
1986 comedy Western: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short star as Click to show or hide the answer
1975: stars Robert Redford as a CIA agent caught up in a power struggle within the agency, Faye Dunaway as a woman he takes hostage and then forms a relationship with, and Cliff Robertson as a senior CIA officer Click to show or hide the answer
1987: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson were the eponymous stars of Click to show or hide the answer
1996: stars Kevin Costner as golf pro Roy McAvoy Click to show or hide the answer
1995: stars Nicole Kidman as a ruthlessly ambitious TV weather girl Click to show or hide the answer
1967 detective film starring Frank Sinatra in the title role – based on the novel Miami Mayhem by Marvin H. Albert Click to show or hide the answer
1986: stars Tom Cruise as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, Kelly McGillis as Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, Anthony Edwards as Nick "Goose" Bradshaw Click to show or hide the answer
1964: based on Eric Ambler's novel The Light of Day; the film takes as its title the name of the palace of the Ottoman emperors, from which a gang (Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Peter Ustinov) steal an emerald–encrusted dagger Click to show or hide the answer
1967: stars Sidney Poitier as Mark Thackeray, an unemployed engineer (from British Guyana, via California) who takes up a teaching post at North Quay Secondary School in the tough East End of London; Suzy Kendall (who married Dudley Moore the following year), Lulu and Judy Geeson appear as three of his pupils Click to show or hide the answer
1990, remade in 2012: based on the short story We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick Click to show or hide the answer
1974: Robert Wagner, Robert Vaughn and Richard Chamberlain all died; O. J. Simpson rescued Fred Astaire's cat Click to show or hide the answer
1986 low–budget horror film with a central character named Harry Potter – with suspicious similarities to the J. K. Rowling series Click to show or hide the answer
John Wayne, Glenn Campbell and Kim Darby (1969); Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld (2010); Mattie Ross (played by Darby in 1969 and Steinfeld in 2010) is the principal female character in Click to show or hide the answer
1990: directed by Anthony Minghella, stars Juliet Stevenson as Nina, an interpreter, and Alan Rickman as Jamie, a cellist Click to show or hide the answer
1989 comedy: the title pair were Tom Hanks and a Bordeaux or French Mastiff Click to show or hide the answer
2013 (Best Picture Oscar winner 2014): based on a book, published in 1883, with the subtitle Narrative of Solomon Northop Click to show or hide the answer
Series of modern–day Vampire movies, 2008/09/10, based on a best–selling series of books by Stephanie Meyer Click to show or hide the answer
1988: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito play Julius and Vincent Benedict Click to show or hide the answer
1990 sequel to 1974's Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel: gives its name to a poker hand (pair of jacks) Click to show or hide the answer
1970 Western starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine Click to show or hide the answer
1968: opens with a much–parodied 'Dawn of Man' sequence Click to show or hide the answer
1998 film about glam rock Click to show or hide the answer
1992 Best Picture Oscar (also Best Director): set in the town of Big Whiskey, Wyoming, in 1881 Click to show or hide the answer
1995: follows the interrogation of Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), a small–time con man who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles. In his convoluted story, the main antagonist is a mysterious mob boss known as Keyser Sozé, who is never seen Click to show or hide the answer
1982: musical comedy, starring Julie Andrews as a woman who pretends to be a man working as a female impersonator; directed by her husband Blake Edwards Click to show or hide the answer
1965: a group of Allied PoWs conduct a daring escape by hijacking a freight train and fleeing through German–occupied Italy to Switzerland; stars Frank Sinatra as a pilot shot down over Italy, and Trevor Howard as the senior British officer in the PoW camp Click to show or hide the answer
1995: critical and commercial flop, starring Kevin Costner; allegedly cost £1.3 million per minute to make Click to show or hide the answer
1934 'screwball' musical comedy, based on J. M. Barrie's play The Admirable Crichton; stars Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns and Gracie Allen Click to show or hide the answer
1987: Bette Davis's penultimate film, also staring Lilian Gish Click to show or hide the answer
1963: title said to be the words used by Warren Beatty to answer the telephone to his female friends Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
2000: stars Mel Gibson as an unreconstructed advertising executive who finds, after electrocuting himself in his bath, that he can read women's minds Click to show or hide the answer
1996: stars Sean Bean; named after a "half decent" football magazine Click to show or hide the answer
1987 animation based on a graphic novel by Raymond Briggs: voices of John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft as James and Hilda Bloggs, a retired couple living in a cottage in rural Sussex Click to show or hide the answer
1996 Academy Award winning documentary, featuring the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, for the world heavyweight boxing title, fought in Kinshasa, Zaire, in October 1974 – the so–called 'Rumble in the Jungle' Click to show or hide the answer
1951: sci–fi adventure about an expedition to the planet Zyra, to save the human race when Zyra's star Bellus collides with Earth Click to show or hide the answer
1968: Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton co–stars in Click to show or hide the answer
Released as Tight Little Island in the USA and Whisky a–Go–Go in France Click to show or hide the answer
1966: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor star as a married couple Click to show or hide the answer
1973: cult horror movie starring Edward Woodward as police sergeant Neil Howie and Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle Click to show or hide the answer
1978: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris star as mercenaries Click to show or hide the answer
1985 sequel about an attempt to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau prison Click to show or hide the answer
1968 western starring Charlton Heston and Donald Pleasance Click to show or hide the answer
1950: tells the story of a prized rifle that passes from one ill–fated owner to another, parallelling a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive Click to show or hide the answer
1985: Lukas Haas plays a young Amish boy who sees a murder being committed – stars Harrison Ford as the investigating detective (his only Oscar nominated role) Click to show or hide the answer
2013: black comedy directed by Martin Scorsese, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the disgraced former stockbroker Jordan Belfort (based on his memoirs) Click to show or hide the answer
1969: features a famous nude wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed Click to show or hide the answer
1982: stars Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver; set in Indonesia during the overthrow of President Sukarno; based on a novel of the same title by Christopher Koch; title is a translation of an Italian phrase used by Sukarno in his speech in 1964 on the 19th anniversary of independence (Tahun Vivere Pericoloso); Linda Hunt won Best Supporting Actress for her breakthrough performance as the male dwarf Billy Kwan; banned in Indonesia until 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
1968 cartoon: features Jeremy Hillary Boob – a strange, furry man with a blue face, pink ears and a rabbit's tail, voiced by Dick Emery – and Old Fred (a.k.a Young Fred), an old sailor voiced by Lance Percival Click to show or hide the answer
1998 romcom: stars Tom Hanks as Joe Fox, and Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly (their third collaboration); based on the 1937 play Parfumerie by Miklós László, which was previously filmed in 1940 as The Shop Around the Corner, starring James Stewart – which in turn was remade in 1949 as a musical, In the Good Old Summertime, starring Judy Garland Click to show or hide the answer
2012: a not–particularly–historically–accurate account of the search for Osama Bin Laden (2001–11); according to director Kathryn Bigelow, the title is "a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade–long mission." Click to show or hide the answer
2001: stars Ben Stiller as a dim–witted but good–natured model who becomes involved in a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia Click to show or hide the answer

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