Guess the Movie

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Recently I bought a poster: 250 Top Movies Bucket List. I had it hung on my wall and was accordingly asked by some course participants what it was they were seeing. The single movie titles were too small for them to identify over my camera, but they were interested and some wanted to find out how many they actually knew.

I found a page that shows them all. And below I put some quiz questions together. Each sentence hints to one of the films. But before you guess the films: do you know the origin of the term bucket list?

Guess the Movie from the Clue

  1. Guy in wheelchair spies on people.
  2. Gentle giant heals people in confinement.
  3. Necromancer kills naked young woman.
  4. Alien in a bicycle basket.
  5. A comment on which film:

This film is a testament to the hypnotic powers all great classics possess. Every time I watch this I want to call my mum to tell her I love her, call my mate I haven’t seen for far too long to grab a beer and it makes me want to go outside to hand out smiles to everyone I meet.

It turns me into the biggest optimistic sap you’ll ever see and I love it for that!

  1. Great for biblical vocabulary practice.
  2. Telling his life, eating candies on a park bench.
  3. Rebellion in a state mental hospital.
  4. Movie with the lowest number of female actors ever.
  5. A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist. From: ‎TOP 250 Movie Bucket List (GOODS+GADGETS)
  6. A tramp struggling to survive in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
  7. The metaverse before Zuckerberg bought it.
  8. No privacy whatsoever.
  9. Released convict tries to save his younger brother from going down the same violent path as he did.
  10. Bad case of short-term memory loss.
  11. Quote: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the war room!”
  12. Billionaire fights corruption.
  13. A young prince must decide if he will remain an outcast or face his demons and become what he needs to be?
  14. Bad guys trying to recover the power of eternal life to be stopped by good guy whose father is more into Parcival of King Arthur legend.
  15. Two lost Americans in Tokyo.

‎TOP 250 Movie Bucket List (GOODS+GADGETS), a list of films by Adrián Collantes • Letterboxd

Teachers’ note: participants could come up with their own clues, or give brief summaries of films for the others to guess.

Answers: 1. Rear Window, 2. The Green Mile, 3. Psycho, 4. E.T., 5. It’s a Wonderful Life, 6. Seven, 7. Forest Gump, 8. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, 9. Star Wars, 10. Cinema Paradiso, 11. Modern Times, 12. Matrix, 13. Truman Story, 14. American History, 15. Memento, 16. Dr Strangelove…17. Batman, 18. The Lion King, 19. Indiana Jones (3.), 20. Lost in Translation

Some wanted to check the whole list to find out how many of the movies they knew. For this task, I put all film titles into a table to check. However, I have 251. Somewhere I made a mistake. But, as I have no idea (yet) how to have the rows numbered automatically by word press, I will have to number them all manually. Maybe I will find the one-too-many. You can copy/paste the table, and have your word program add the numbers.

Update: I numbered them all, and now I am one short.

Another Update (June 2022): We found a page that counts for you! Though the selection is not quite the same as the one below (or above).

1. The Shawshank Redemption 
2. The Godfather Parts I, II, III 
3. Schindler’s List 
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King  
5. Pulp Fiction 
6. Fight Club 
7. Forrest Gump 
8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 
9. Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
The Return of the Jedi  
10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
11. GoodFellas 
12. The Matrix
Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions  
13. Seven Samurai 
14. Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises  
15. Se7en 
16. City of God 
17. The Silence of the Lambs 
18. It’s a Wonderful Life 
19. 12 Angry Men; 12 Angry Men (Remake) 
20. Saving Private Ryan 
21. The Usual Suspects 
22. Léon: The Professional 
23. The Green Mile 
24. Interstellar 
25. Psycho 
26. American History X 
27. City Lights 
28. Inception 
29. Once Upon a Time in the West 
30. The Pianist 
31. Modern Times 
32. The Departed 
33. Back to the Future Part I, II, III 
34. The Intouchables 
35. The Terminator
The Terminator 2: Judgement Day
36. The Lion King 
37. Whiplash 
38. Rear Window 
39. Gladiator 
40. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
41. The Prestige 
42. Apocalypse Now 
43. Memento 
44. Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 
45. Grave of the Fireflies 
46. Cinema Paradiso 
47. The Great Dictator 
48. Sunset Boulevard 
49. The Lives of Others 
50. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 
51. Paths of Glory 
52. Django Unchained 
53. The Shining 
54. WALL•E 
55. Princess Mononoke 
56. Witness for the Prosecution 
57. Oldboy 
58. Casablanca 
59. American Beauty 
60. Once Upon a Time in America 
61. Coco 
62. Das Boot 
63. Lost in Translation 
64. Braveheart 
65. Vertigo 
66. Your Name. 
67. Spirited Away 
68. Reservoir Dogs 
69. Amadeus 
70. M 
71. Requiem for a Dream 
72. A Clockwork Orange 
73. Elling 
74. Citizen Kane 
75. 2001: A Space Odyssey 
76. Dog Days 
77. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
78. Lawrence of Arabia 
79. Toy Story 1, 2, 3 
80. Singin’ in the Rain 
81. Inglourious Basterds 
82. Amélie 
83. Double Indemnity 
84. Taxi Driver 
85. Full Metal Jacket 
86. Good Will Hunting 
87. Bicycle Thieves 
88. To Kill a Mockingbird 
89. The Kid 
90. Joker 
91. The Hunt 
92. Snatch 
93. Scarface 
94. For a Few Dollars More 
95. The Apartment 
96. Metropolis 
97. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 
98. L.A. Confidential 
99. 1917 
100. Dances with Wolves 
101. Up 
102. Rashomon 
103. Incendies 
104. Traffic 
105. The Road 
106. Yojimbo 
107. Downfall 
108. Unforgiven 
109. Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard: With a Vengeance  
110. Heat 
111. Silver Linings Playbook 
112. Ikiru 
113. Green Book 
114. Raging Bull 
115. The Irishman 
116. Children of Heaven 
117. Pan’s Labyrinth 
118. Chinatown 
119. My Neighbor Totoro 
120. Howl’s Moving Castle 
121. Ran 
122. The Third Man 
123. Judgment at Nuremberg 
124. My Father and My Son 
125. Secret in Their Eyes 
126. North by Northwest 
127. The Gold Rush 
128. A Beautiful Mind 
129. The Bridge on the River Kwai 
130. Casino 
131. Amour 
132. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 
133. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
134. The Seventh Seal 
135. Let the Right One In 
136. The Wrestler 
137. On the Waterfront 
138. The Wolf of Wall Street 
139. The Elephant Man 
140. Inside Out 
141. V for Vendetta 
142. Slumdog Millionaire 
143. The Leopard 
144. There Will Be Blood 
145. Warrior 
146. No Country for Old Men 
147. Blade Runner 
148. Room 
149. Dial M for Murder 
150. The Sixth Sense 
151. Avengers: Infinity War              
Avengers: Endgame  
152. Trainspotting 
153. The General 
154. Gone with the Wind 
155. The Thing 
156. Fargo 
157. Come and See 
158. The Negotiator 
159. Finding Nemo 
160. Gran Torino 
161. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 
162. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 
163. The Deer Hunter 
164. Shutter Island 
165. The Big Lebowski 
166. Kill Bill: Vol. 1              
Kill Bill: Vol. 2  
167. Annie Hall 
168. Cool Hand Luke 
169. Mary and Max 
170. Hacksaw Ridge 
171. Tokyo Story 
172. Tampopo 
173. Jurassic Park              
The Lost World: Jurassic Park              
Jurassic Park III    
174. The Invitation 
175. How to Train Your Dragon              
How to Train Your Dragon 2              
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World  
176. Gone Girl 
177. Wild Tales 
178. The Truman Show 
179. Stalker 
180. The Grand Budapest Hotel 
181. In the Name of the Father 
182. Stand by Me 
183. Hotel Rwanda 
184. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 
185. Black Panther 
186. Platoon 
187. Into the Wild 
188. Network 
189. Persona 
190. Ben-Hur 
191. Life of Brian 
192. 12 Years a Slave 
193. Million Dollar Baby 
194. Before Sunrise 
195. The Untouchables 
196. Prisoners 
197. Mad Max: Fury Road 
198. Logan 
199. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 
200. The Farewell 
201. Don’t Look Now 
202. The Wages of Fear 
203. Catch Me If You Can 
204. Fantastic Mr. Fox 
205. The White Ribbon 
206. BlacKkKlansman 
207. La Dolce Vita 
208. Spotlight 
209. Amores Perros 
210. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1              
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2  
211. Dead Poets Society 
212. The Invisible Man 
213. A History of Violence 
214. Barry Lyndon 
215. Solaris 
216. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 
217. Toni Erdmann 
218. Rocky 
219. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 
220. Manhattan 
221. Monsters, Inc. 
222. The Grapes of Wrath 
223. The Vanishing 
224. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 
225. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 
226. The Maltese Falcon 
227. La Haine 
228. Gandhi 
229. In the Mood for Love 
230. Donnie Darko 
231. Groundhog Day 
232. The Help 
233. The Wizard of Oz 
234. Guardians of the Galaxy 
235. Jaws 
236. Before Sunset 
237. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl              
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest              
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End  
238. The Exorcist 
239. Dog Day Afternoon 
240. The Sting 
241. The Great Escape 
242. Pinocchio 
243. King Kong 
244. Glengarry Glen Ross 
245. Memories of Murder 
246. A Separation 
247. Rush 
248. The Princess Bride 
249. Funny Games 

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