Horror and romance and sci-fi, oh my! Any movie lover knows that classic movies have heart, power and a little bit of cheese. These movies have been followed for years, and they are still brought to home theaters because there is still a demand for them. Why? They have interesting plotlines, well-developed characters and gallons of nostalgia. Everyone can tell you where they were the first time they saw "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) or "The Godfather" (1972), because these moves change the way we look at how films are made; they change the way we look at how a story works; and they change the way we feel about "heroes" in films. If you're a cinephile (lover of movies) you know that there are hundreds upon thousands of movies that belong in the film canon, and many of these movies are considered classics by the highest level of film theorists because of their pure genius.
If you think you know classic movies that have stood the test of time, you'd be surprised at how difficult this quiz will be to complete. Let's see if you can fill in the blanks on these classic movie titles and take the trophy for classic movie connoisseur.
"Gone With The Wind" (1939) is considered one of the best original romantic films. The story spreads over the time of the Civil War in the American South. Everyone knows the drama of Scarlett O'Hara in this film.
Every film student knows "Citizen Kane" (1941) like the back of their hand. This film is recognized for its stunning visuals and camera play as well as its interesting storyline and characters.
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939) was one of the first feature films to utilize color technology. It surprised audiences when the dream land of Oz showed up in bright colors, so much so that it sometimes received a standing ovation.
If you've never sung "Singin' in the Rain" when you were happy, how do you know that you were ever happy? This movie was all about change and happiness and dancing ... in the rain, of course.
With an angel named Clarence and a man who thinks the world is better off without him, this Christmas film has it all. The beloved 1947 film is still adored and admired today for its epic plot.
Everyone knows that this movie exists, but not everyone knows the plot. "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) is all about a man who defies his orders to go on his own journey through the desert.
The intricate plot of "Some Like It Hot" (1959) gives audiences something to focus on whenever Marilyn isn't on screen. It involves the mafia, singing and a crazy love story. This movie is also well-known for its mystery.
"The Maltese Falcon" (1941) played off people's love for noir books. It was a detective mystery and crime film that brought together all of the cliches: a detective, a seductive woman with secrets and a mystery.
When you think of romantic comedies, you probably think of Jennifer Aniston boldly complaining about how stupid other people are. However, "It Happened One Night" (1934) was all about a spoiled girl who plays the fool.
Anyone who has ever heard the name James Dean probably associates him with a rebellious nature. He was the original bad boy, and "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955) showed this side of him perfectly.
"Sunset Boulevard" (1950) is about an actress who refuses to believe that there is nothing left for her. The movie contains murder, mystery, drama and songs ... pretty much everything a movie needs.
"The Godfather" (1972) was a movie that showed people what happens when you betray your family. Additionally, it showed that you could have whatever you wanted, if you were willing to pay the price.
While there have been many enactments of this popular musical, people often remember the movie that came out in 1961. It was all the rage, and if you didn't see it while it was in theaters, you probably ended up as a social outcast.
If you were ever forced to read the book when you were in high school, you probably know that Atticus Finch is the greatest character ever written ... ever. While it doesn't translate to screen very well, the movie still does it a little bit of justice.
If you're looking for a good mystery and suspense film, you need to watch "North by Northwest" (1959). This film has exactly what you're looking for, including a spy, a manhunt and a whole lot of drama.
"Mary Poppins" (1964) brought a lot of Disney magic into play, including animation, excellent acting and one beautiful singing voice. While this film still holds up today, a remake was recently released.
"Breakfast At Tiffany's" is a cult classic film from 1961. Those who truly love it always want to mock the style and fashion sense of Audrey Hepburn in the film ... of course, they also dress as Holly Golightly for Halloween.
Anyone who has ever graduated from college knows that this movie hits close to home. However, when someone asks you what you are going to do with your degree, do you run into the arms of an older person? The main character in this movie did.
If you like musicals or have spent any time in the theater, you know that "The Sound of Music" (1965) is more than a classic, it's life. This film was actually in the top three highest grossing films of all time in both the US and Canada.
When it comes to classic Christmas movies, we always look for a few things: lovable characters, people who need help and Christmas miracles. "White Christmas" (1954) does not disappoint.
A boy and his alien, that's what this movie is all about. This instant classic changed the way we look at children's movies. Yes, children can have adventures and take on the government. In the end, this movie is all about friendship.
Shirley Temple made a name for herself singing, tap dancing and acting in the early age of film. In "The Little Princess" (1939), she plays a girl who doesn't have a lot of money, but who does have a lot of heart.
Walt Disney had the genius idea to create a full-length cartoon. However, he wanted it to be entertaining for both children and adults. In 1937, he changed the Hollywood game with this movie.
While everyone might be familiar with this film, few actually know that it is nearly four hours long (coming in at three hours and 44 minutes). Those who love it don't notice the time, we suppose.
If a little girl believes that you are the real Santa Claus, does that make it so? Well, we'd have to ask the main character in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) to know for sure. This film was so popular that it was remade.
"The Breakfast Club" (1985) was all about understanding the cliques that live in high school. While none of it really matters in the end, this group of different people really come together to learn that everyone is exactly the same.
"Stand By Me" (1986) was a coming-of-age film that changed the way we look at our friends. It is narrated by a man who is talking about his past, and an interesting summer he had when he was about to start high school.
"Back to the Future" (1985) is oftentimes considered one of the best movies ever made. It has comedy, drama, a little bit of incest and Michael J. Fox. What could be better? Oh yeah, time travel!
"The Goonies" (1985) has such a huge cult following that products and merchandise are still being made in its name ... including a slot machine (if you go to Vegas). What could be better than a treasure hunt?
While "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) has a lot of great moments, it is mostly remembered for breaking the fourth wall. When Ferris talks to the audience and teaches them how to fake being sick, you know the movie is different from the rest.
When it comes to action films, Indiana Jones shows that anyone can have an interesting life ... including archaeologists (apparently). It's all about finding artifacts and avoiding getting murdered for having them.
"Top Gun" (1986) includes Tom Cruise, fighter jets, a love story and a whole lot of drama. It's about a man who doesn't play by the rules and still gets what he wants in the end ... just the opposite of real life.
Just because a movie takes place during Christmas time doesn't mean that it's a Christmas movie ... just like the Harry Potter films aren't Christmas movies just because there is always a scene with snow. However, legions of fans of the Bruce Willis classic disagree.
If you haven't seen "The Neverending Story Story" (1984) in a while, it is time to dust off the VHS. This movie is all about how imagination and intelligence is leaving the world, and that benefits those who want to control us. Sound familiar? Watch the movie again.
"The Shining" (1980) starred Jack Nicholson as a man who just couldn't keep his cool while he lived in a haunted hotel. He attempted to kill his family and went absolutely crazy. He was not a dull boy by any means.
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988) was rated PG, but these days, that film would have been rated a little more intensely. However, in the '80s, if it had animation, parents didn't think it was all that bad.
If you watched this movie when you were younger, it probably gave you nightmares. In the end, the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise has made several movies and millions of dollars, because the concept is so frightening.
"The Blues Brothers" (1980) stars the late John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. This film made a splash with the amount of destruction it caused and the amazing stunts that were pulled off. Of course, if you like blues music, you also loved the cameos.
While it might not be the most parodied movie of all time, "Say Anything" (1989) has one of the most epic scenes in film history when John Cusack holds a radio over his head to get the attention of the girl he loves.
"Weird Science" (1985) includes members of the Brat Pack, a great soundtrack and a director that made '80s movies classic in the first place: John Hughes. This film is highly regarded and remembered in cult circles.