Classic Movies Trivia

115+ Best Classic Movies Trivia Questions & Answers

Mike Oberman

Updated: July 13th, 2023

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the golden age of cinema with this collection of classic movie trivia. From iconic quotes to unforgettable characters, challenge yourself with questions about the films that have stood the test of time.

General Classic Movies Trivia

Question: Who throws a garbage can through the window of Sal's pizza joint in 'Do The Right Thing'?

Answer: Mookie

Question: Who tells Ingmar Bergman 'Here's looking at you, kid' in 'Casablanca'?

Answer: Humphrey Bogart

Question: What one word of advice does Benjamin's dad give to his son in 'The Graduate'?

Answer: Plastics

Question: Where does Janet Leigh get stabbed to death in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'?

Answer: The Shower

Question: Who suffers from acrophobia in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo'?

Answer: Jimmy Stewart

Question: What kind of massive, terrorizing animal is 'King Kong'?

Answer: A Gorilla

Question: Who played Gen. Buck Turgidson in 'Dr. Strangelove'?

Answer: George C. Scott

Question: Who played a corrupt small-town sheriff Little Bill Daggett in 'Unforgiven'?

Answer: Gene Hackman

Question: What famous cop did Gene Hackman play in 'The French Connection'?

Answer: Popeye Doyle

Question: What movie star directed the acclaimed counterculture road movie 'Easy Rider'?

Answer: Dennis Hopper

Question: Who directed the violent western 'The Wild Bunch'?

Answer: Sam Peckinpah

Question: What movie's theme song is called 'Suicide is Painless'?

Answer: MAS*H

Question: Who wishes he'd never been born in 'It's a Wonderful Life'?

Answer: Jimmy Stewart

Question: What is the number of Benjamin Pierce's mobile army hospital in 'MAS*H'?

Answer: 4077

Question: Who played Don Corleone in 'The Godfather'?

Answer: Marlon Brando

Question: Who played father and attorney Atticus Finch in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?

Answer: Gregory Peck

Western Films Trivia

Question: What marshal must face ex-con Frank Miller in 'High Noon'?

Answer: Will Kane

Question: Robert Redford and Paul Newman flee to what country in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'?

Answer: Bolivia

Question: Who played a wheelchair-bound murder witness in 'Rear Window'?

Answer: Jimmy Stewart

Question: Who wore an eye patch in the movie 'True Grit'?

Answer: John Wayne

Question: What is the name of the character played by Clint Eastwood in the "Dollars Trilogy" of spaghetti Westerns?

Answer: The Man with No Name

Question: In the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," which character is referred to as "the Ugly"?

Answer: Tuco Ramirez

Question: What is the title of the 1953 Western film starring Gary Cooper as a town marshal?

Answer: High Noon

Question: Who played the lead role of Wyatt Earp in the Western film "Tombstone" (1993)?

Answer: Kurt Russell

Question: What is the name of the gang led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the film of the same name?

Answer: The Hole in the Wall Gang

Question: In the Western film "True Grit" (1969), who played the role of Rooster Cogburn?

Answer: John Wayne

Question: What is the title of the 1960 Western film directed by John Sturges and featuring the characters known as "The Magnificent Seven"?

Answer: The Magnificent Seven

Question: Who played the outlaw William Munny in the Western film "Unforgiven" (1992)?

Answer: Clint Eastwood

Question: What is the name of the fictional town in Sergio Leone's Western film "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)?

Answer: Sweetwater

Question: In the Western film "The Searchers" (1956), who played the role of Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran on a quest to find his kidnapped niece?

Answer: John Wayne

Gangster Films Trivia

Question: What drug is Henry Hill arrested for selling in 'Goodfellas'?

Answer: Cocaine

Question: Who played legendary boxer Jake La Motta in 'Raging Bull'?

Answer: Robert De Niro

Question: Who played private eye J.J. Gittes in 'Chinatown'?

Answer: Jack Nicholson

Question: Who played the background source Deep Throat in 'All the President's Men'?

Answer: Hal Holbrook

Thriller Films Trivia

Question: What murderous computer tries to kill the crew in '2001: A Space Odyssey'?

Answer: HAL

Question: What composer's music does Alex love and eventually become sick upon hearing in 'A Clockwork Orange'?

Answer: Beethoven

Question: Who played Colonel Kurtz in 'Apocalypse Now'?

Answer: Marlon Brando

Question: In what motel is Janet Leigh killed in the movie 'Psycho'?

Answer: Bates Motel

Question: Who directed the classic thriller film "Psycho" (1960)?

Answer: Alfred Hitchcock

Question: In the film "Vertigo" (1958), what is the profession of the main character played by James Stewart?

Answer: Detective

Question: Who played the character of Norman Bates in the movie "Psycho" (1960)?

Answer: Anthony Perkins

Question: What is the title of the classic thriller film in which Cary Grant is pursued by a group of spies, directed by Alfred Hitchcock?

Answer: North by Northwest

Question: Who directed the psychological thriller "Rear Window" (1954), starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly?

Answer: Alfred Hitchcock

Question: In the movie "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), what is the nickname given to the serial killer Hannibal Lecter?

Answer: Hannibal the Cannibal

Question: What is the name of the iconic character played by Jack Nicholson in the psychological horror film "The Shining" (1980)?

Answer: Jack Torrance

Question: Who directed the thriller film "The Birds" (1963), in which birds inexplicably begin to attack people?

Answer: Alfred Hitchcock

Movies of the 1980s Trivia

Question: In what year of the 1980s did the first Lethal Weapon movie hit the big screen?

Answer: 1987

Question: In what year do Marty and Doc travel forward to in Back to the Future Part II?

Answer: 2015

Question: In which year was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial released, becoming the top-grossing movie of the 1980s?

Answer: 1982

Question: In what year did Harrison Ford enter our hearts as Indiana Jones in Raiders Of The Lost Ark?

Answer: 1981

Classic Movies Events Trivia

Question: What is the first newspaper that Charles Foster Kane acquires and runs in 'Citizen Kane'?

Answer: The New York Inquirer

Question: What year formed part of the title of a 1968 movie, in which the Discovery One embarked on A Space Odyssey?

Answer: 2001

Question: In which year was the classic war movie The Great Escape made and released?

Answer: 1963

Question: Marie Antoinette' is an early period movie starring Norma Shearer. When was it released?

Answer: 1938

Classic Television Trivia

Question: What is Larry David's manager's name in Curb Your Enthusiasm?

Answer: Jeff

Question: The first commercial television station began operating in Hollywood in which year?

Answer: 1947

Question: What is the name of Tarzan's female companion in the 1999 Disney movie?

Answer: Jane

Question: In the sitcom "I Love Lucy," what is the name of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's landlord?

Answer: Fred Mertz

Question: What was the name of the spaceship in the classic science fiction series "Lost in Space"?

Answer: Jupiter 2

Question: Who played the iconic character Mr. Spock in the original "Star Trek" series?

Answer: Leonard Nimoy

Question: What was the profession of the main character in the sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show"?

Answer: Television writer

Question: In the Western series "Bonanza," what was the name of the ranch owned by the Cartwright family?

Answer: Ponderosa

Question: Who played the title character in the detective series "Columbo"?

Answer: Peter Falk

Question: What was the name of the talking horse in the sitcom "Mr. Ed"?

Answer: Mr. Ed

Question: In the sitcom "The Brady Bunch," how many children did Mike Brady have before marrying Carol?

Answer: Three

Question: Who played the role of Lucy Ricardo's best friend Ethel Mertz in "I Love Lucy"?

Answer: Vivian Vance

Question: What was the name of the butler in the sitcom "The Addams Family"?

Answer: Lurch

Question: In the classic sitcom "Gilligan's Island," what was Gilligan's first name?

Answer: Willy

Question: What was the name of the fictional town where "The Andy Griffith Show" took place?

Answer: Mayberry

Question: Who played the character Gomez Addams in the TV series "The Addams Family"?

Answer: John Astin

Question: In the spy series "Get Smart," what was the name of the bumbling secret agent played by Don Adams?

Answer: Maxwell Smart

Question: What was the name of the Jeffersons' next-door neighbors in the sitcom "The Jeffersons"?

Answer: The Willises

Famous Classics Trivia

Question: The first sound cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse was Steamboat Willie. When was it released?

Answer: 1928

Question: In what year were the Golden Globe Awards not broadcast due to a strike?

Answer: 2008

Question: What was the name of Dorothy's dog from the Wizard of Oz?

Answer: Toto

Question: Complete the title of a 1983 classic movie Educating...?

Answer: Rita

Question: What's missing from the title of the spoof horror movie from 2010 'Vampires ...'?

Answer: Suck

Question: Former Beatle George Harrison had his 'star' on Hollywood's Walk of Fame unveiled in which year?

Answer: 2009

Question: How many Grammy Awards have been awarded in total as of 2013?

Answer: 8,000

Question: What is the formula called to estimate the probability of team A beating team B?

Answer: Log5

Question: Complete the famous movie quote Mother of Mercy, is this the end of ____?

Answer: Rico

Question: In which year did Shirley Booth win the Best Actress Oscar for Come Back Little Sheba?

Answer: 1952

Question: The first-ever 'Star Wars' was released in what year, causing an international sensation overnight?

Answer: 1977

Question: Complete the title of a 1959 John Boulting film Im Alright....?

Answer: Jack

Question: Actor Richard Kiel is best known for playing the same character in two different films. What is the name of this character?

Answer: Jaws

Miscellaneous Classic Movies Trivia

Question: Who seduces Benjamin Braddock in 'The Graduate'?

Answer: Mrs. Robinson

Question: What prize fighter does Rocky Balboa take on in the ring in 'Rocky'?

Answer: Apollo Creed

Question: Who loses their head after taking their boat for a late-night spin in 'Jaws'?

Answer: Ben Gardner

Question: Who directed 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'?

Answer: Milos Foreman

Question: What 'Saturday Night Live' actor almost got to play the lead in 'Batman' until Tim Burton took over the film?

Answer: Bill Murray

Question: What is the only Oscar that 'Citizen Kane' won in 1941?

Answer: Best Writing

Question: In which 'Godfather' movie does Robert De Niro play a young Don Corleone?

Answer: The Godfather Part II

Question: What mental hospital resident did Danny DeVito play in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'?

Answer: Martini

Question: What is the name of Quint's boat in 'Jaws'?

Answer: Orca