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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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Last updated: August 24, 2019
First submittedAugust 20, 2019
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level 80
Aug 24, 2019
Wow, no fewer than FOUR Hitchcock films! I guess islabonita is a fan?
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level 73
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 37
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 79
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 67
Aug 29, 2019
@Someone2018, not that famous. I've never heard of "Vertigo" or "Rear window".
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level 68
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 32
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 70
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 66
Nov 3, 2019
@RuthlessCosmo That scene is in the movie, it is from the opening scene. It’s from when Marion and Sam were enjoying themselves and contemplating their future life together at the start of the film. I also first thought that it looked like her kissing Norman (which obviously never happened), but no, it’s actually her and Sam.
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level 61
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 68
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 66
Nov 4, 2019
@jmellor13 Hitchcock made like 52 films from the 1920s to the 1970s. His style pretty much defined the filmmaking of several eras. Including four of his well-known films on this quiz is definitely acceptable.
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level 61
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 73
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 73
Nov 11, 2019
Also, for the life of me I couldn't remember Janet Leigh getting all lovey dovey with Norman Bates in Psycho. Of course, it's not the (iconic) Norman Bates, but her boyfriend in the movie of whom no one remembers his looks.
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level 65
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 80
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 69
Aug 28, 2019
I missed only the Lana Turner and Clara Bow films.
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level 71
Aug 28, 2019
My stars, that is a very disturbing-looking presentation of Peter Pan.
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level 66
Nov 3, 2019
My first guess for that one was “Manifest Destiny.” I thought that Peter Pan was that giant female representation of American “civilization.”
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level 71
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 37
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 67
Sep 3, 2019
Good quiz, never heard of 'Imitation of life' or 'Wings'
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level 67
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 70
Nov 3, 2019
Thank you for this one! Thank you for not pretending movie-making began with "Harry Potter".
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level 58
Nov 3, 2019
I love Imitation of Life. One of my favs so I was happy to see it
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level 77
Nov 3, 2019
only one I didn't know
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level 76
Nov 4, 2019
Same here. Now I'll have to see it.
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level 33
Nov 5, 2019
It's a tearjerker.
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level 66
Nov 3, 2019
A few questions and comments for our JetPunk commentators: 1. Does anybody know why the lady from North by Northwest has a walking stick? I don’t remember her having one in the film. 2. My gosh, it looks like Dracula’s about to spank someone. 3. The Hitchcock quote actually hurt me for Psycho, because I thought that the “admitted” thing was a joke about the movie Spellbound.
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level 37
Nov 3, 2019
For number one, I zoomed in and I think she has a gun discharging not a walking stick.
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level 66
Nov 4, 2019
Ah, thank you! I do think that she fires a gun at some point in the movie, but it’s not that memorable of a scene.
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level 38
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 61
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 54
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 37
Nov 4, 2019
Love that you know about Wings!
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level 68
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 61
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 66
Nov 4, 2019
great quiz