Can You Guess What Year These Classics Came Out?

By: Beth Hendricks

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

We all have our modern-day favorites: "Avengers: Endgame," "Titanic," "Jurassic Park," maybe even "Frozen." These titles are all in the top 10 list of highest-grossing films of all time. But, what if we dig into the past a little bit and take a look at some classic titles?

You'd think the "Golden Age of Hollywood," the period of time that ran from roughly 1913 to 1920, would have been the pinnacle of the movie world. But, not so! The 1930s gave us "King Kong" and "Wuthering Heights." Fast-forward two decades and you'll find "A Star Is Born" and "Some Like It Hot." Heck, even the 1970s were a time of massive blockbusters on-screen: "Cabaret," "American Graffiti" and — who could forget? — "Star Wars!"

Every decade from the 1930s to the 1980s gave us some movies that have gone on to be classics ... and, that's what this quiz is all about! Can you pinpoint the year that "Jaws" came out? What about "The Godfather?" Hey, don't forget about "The Wizard of Oz?"

Put your movie buff title on the line with this quiz that pairs dates with classic flicks. Who knows? You may just find some titles you want to watch one more time!


Dorothy took us on a journey to meet "The Wizard of Oz." Do you know what year this classic came out?

It's hard to believe that 2019 marked the 80th anniversary of the classic trip down the Yellow Brick Road, "The Wizard of Oz." Through the 1960s, '70s and '80s, television broadcasts were just about the only way fans could watch it.

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We're gonna make you a quiz you can't refuse! What year was "The Godfather" released?

Francis Ford Coppola directed this film that spawned two additional sequels. The movies were renowned for their star-studded casts including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and James Caan, among others.

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Spoiler alert: We find out that Darth Vader is Luke's father in "The Empire Strikes Back." What year did it come out?

The year was 1980 and the second installment in the "Star Wars" series gave us the answer to a big question: Who exactly is Luke's father? An epic scene with an epic quote gave it away: "Luke, I am your father."

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The hills were alive with "The Sound of Music," but what year was it?

Julie Andrews (does "Mary Poppins" right a bell?) delighted us all with her sing-along fun in "The Sound of Music," a 1965 adaptation of the stage musical. The movie gave us popular songs like, "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things."

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"Gone With The Wind" gave us this quote, "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." What year was it?

"Gone With the Wind," the sweeping epic historical film based on Margaret Mitchell's book, was first released in 1939. At nearly four hours long, it requires a commitment to watch, but it's one of our favorites!

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Dun dun dun dun: Do you know which of these years gave us "Jaws?"

Only the 1970s could give us a beach-scare classic like, "Jaws." Directed by Steven Spielberg, "Jaws" was based on a book of the same name, although we doubt the "dun dun dun dun" was quite as terrifying in print.

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It's a Christmastime classic we know as "It's A Wonderful Life." What year was it released?

"It's A Wonderful Life" has become a Christmas tradition for many. The movie is based on a book titled, "The Greatest Gift." In the film, protagonist George Bailey gets a glimpse at all of the people whose lives he's touched.

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Gene Kelly danced his way through "Singin' in the Rain," in which of these years?

You may recognize the song of the same name more than the film itself — "Singin' in the Rain." But, the scene of Gene Kelly singing (and dancing) as he splashes through puddles is one of the great scenes in movie history.

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The animated classic, "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs," gave us Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful and Sneezy. What year was it?

Can you believe that Snow White is 83 years old? Man, she still looks good! Snow White is considered the first official Disney Princess, dating all the way back to the 1930s. Top that, Cinderella!

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"West Side Story" gave us the infamous "battle" between the Jets and Sharks. What year was it released?

"West Side Story," the film version that is, was released in 1961, just four years after the Broadway show of the same name. The Jets and Sharks face off in a dance-off (what else!) for control of the neighborhood.

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None other than Marilyn Monroe starred in the black-and-white film, "Some Like It Hot." What year did it come out?

"Some Like It Hot" starred Monroe alongside Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. In the film version, Curtis and Lemmon pose as women to avoid the Mafia, which is hot on their trail, after being witnesses to something they shouldn't have seen.

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"2001: A Space Odyssey" has a 21st-century title, but it actually came out in which of these years?

Don't get confused by the 2001 in "2001: A Space Odyssey"; this film was actually released in 1968. We have to think, though, that Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote the story upon which the film was based, was probably highly disappointed that the real 2001 wasn't as advanced as he predicted it would be!

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"Here's looking at you, kid!" "Casablanca" was released in which of these years?

The classic, "Casablanca," came out in 1942 and gave us a treasure trove of popular quotes that people still use today, such as the one in the question and this one: "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."

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Alfred Hitchcock directed "Rear Window," but do you know in which year it opened?

Released in 1954, "Rear Window" tells the story of what one photographer happens to notice about his neighborhood outside his — you guessed it — rear window. It was classic Hitchcock and certainly classic cinema.

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"Lawrence of Arabia" was nominated for 10 Oscars and won seven. In what year was this classic released?

"Lawrence of Arabia" ran away with seven Oscars during the 1963 ceremony, one year after it was released in 1962. The film starred Peter O'Toole as the title character, which earned him his first Academy Award nomination.

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It's another Judy Garland moment in "Meet Me in St. Louis." What year did it come out?

"Meet Me in St. Louis" was a 1944 musical film featuring the talented vocals of none other than Judy Garland, who appears elsewhere in our quiz for her unforgettable role in "The Wizard of Oz."

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Composer George Gershwin and dancer/singer Gene Kelly teamed up to work on "An American in Paris" in which year?

"An American in Paris" combined Gershwin's musical chops with Kelly's dancing and singing abilities in this 1951 film. The movie was based on Gershwin's orchestral works from the 1920s.

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"To Kill A Mockingbird" introduced us to Atticus, Scout and Boo Radley. What year was this classic released?

Released in 1962 and based on the book of the same name, "To Kill A Mockingbird" is a hallmark of the cinema world. Gregory Peck stars in the leading role, but Scout and Jem will always have our hearts.

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It's been a novel and a play, but in what year was "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" released as a movie?

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is probably not the most politically-correct name for a movie about a patient in a mental institution and wouldn't fly today. However, this movie was released in the 1970s and that was a lifetime ago for some!

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One of Charlton Heston's finest moments was in "Ben-Hur," a remake of a silent film. What year did it come out?

It may be more than 60 years old, but flip through your on-screen TV guide and you're likely to still find "Ben Hur" playing somewhere. The 1959 hit tells the story of the fictional character, Judah Ben-Hur.

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Bette Davis gave an iconic performance as Margo Channing in "All About Eve" in which year?

"All About Eve" was one of the highest-grossing movies of 1950 and received a record 14 Academy Award nominations. Only two other films have since received 14 nominations — 1997's "Titanic" and 2016's "La La Land."

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Funnymen Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray teamed up for "Caddyshack" in which of these years?

If sports comedies are your thing, then "Caddyshack" should be on your weekend binge list if you haven't already watched it. Released in 1980, it spawned a sequel, but that didn't fare nearly as well.

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Clint Eastwood was "the Good" in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," but what year was it released?

Clint Eastwood is one of a trio of bounty hunters in the 1966 Western set during the American Civil War. Did you know this movie was the third part of a series known as the "Dollars Trilogy?" Learn something new every day!

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This science-fiction smash hit gave us Reese's Pieces and flying bicycles. What year was "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" released?

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie climbed to the top of the highest-grossing films of all time but was unseated a decade later.

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"The Exorcist" has contributed to many sleepless nights around the world. What year did it come out?

Released in 1973, "The Exorcist" is still considered one of the most terrifying horror films ever made. At the time of its release, there were reports of people becoming physically ill in movie theaters around the world.

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Robert De Niro is an unhinged taxi driver in, well, "Taxi Driver." When was it released?

De Niro earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in "Taxi Driver," along with his co-star, Jodie Foster, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. "Taxi Driver" was a classic of '70s cinema.

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Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" was set in Vietnam in 1970, but it was released in which year?

Set in the not-too-distant past, "Apocalypse Now" was released in 1979. The story centers on Vietnam in 1970. Noted director Francis Ford Coppola directed and also co-wrote the film's story.

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This epic war film earned seven Academy Awards, including "Best Picture." What year was "The Bridge On The River Kwai" released?

"The Bridge On The River Kwai" is another classic film whose roots started as a book. Written by Pierre Boulle, the novel and the movie shared the same name. The movie has been named to the National Film Registry.

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These two gave meaning to the phrase "ride or die." In what year did "Bonnie And Clyde" come out?

"Bonnie and Clyde," which paired Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters, recounted the real-life story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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"From Here to Eternity" follows American soldiers before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What year did this classic come out?

Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra played the roles of the U.S. soldiers in this 1953 film that took home eight Academy Awards. Even today, it is considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

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Also known by its subtitle, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," "Dr. Strangelove," as it's better known, was released in which year?

You wouldn't think a movie that makes fun of the Cold War would be released during said Cold War, would you? But, that's exactly what "Dr. Strangelove" was — a comical look at what could go wrong during a heated time in history.

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"Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends," is a line from "The Graduate," a classic from which of these years?

"The Graduate" was released in 1967, a story about a man who recently graduated college and finds himself the object of a much older woman's desires. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft starred.

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Which of these years gave us "Citizen Kane" and this quote, "I always gagged on the silver spoon?"

"Citizen Kane" was a somewhat biographical account of the lives of media moguls, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. Orson Welles played the title character in the film, which won an Academy Award for its writing.

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We met Norman Bates in the first "Psycho," a film that spawned several sequels and even a television show. When was the original released?

The first in a long line of "Psycho" movies and television shows, the original "Psycho," which featured Norma and Norman Bates, was released in 1960. The franchise was based on a novel of the same name, written by Robert Bloch.

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A lifetime of "Star Wars" fans were born when the movie was released in which of these years?

Released in 1977, the "Star Wars" empire doesn't show any sign of slowing down anytime soon, does it? The film that launched television shows, apparel and a dozen other movies also introduced us to Princess Leia, Han Solo and the Death Star.

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