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Can You ID These 100% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes Movies From an Image?
By: William J. Wright
7 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Since 1998, film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has been the go-to website for movie fans to get the broadest range of critical opinions on movies, both new and old. Featuring a review system humorously rooted in the age-old theatrical tradition of audiences throwing fruits and vegetables at the performers in sub-par productions, Rotten Tomatoes eschews the old thumbs up and star systems for the simple iconography of a fresh red tomato for positive and a nasty green splat for negative reviews. Under this veggie-based system (yes, we do know tomatoes are fruits), the highest score a film can get is the coveted 100% "Certified Fresh" ranking.
For a film to have a 100% fresh rating, it must be a unanimous critical favorite or have positive reviews from at least 20 critics with an approval rating of 100%. To earn the heralded "Certified Fresh" ranking of 70 to 100%, a film must be in wide release and positively reviewed by 80 reviewers, five of whom must be considered top critics. The films you'll find in this quiz all have a 100% ranking, with many falling into the 100% Certified Fresh category. These films are critical darlings running the gamut from art films to blockbusters across all genres.
It's now time to see if your movie trivia knowledge passes the freshness test. Can you ID all of these 100% fresh flicks without a single splat?
Patron Inc./Paramount Pictures
Can you name this suspenseful thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock based on this image?
"Rear Window" from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock stars Jimmy Stewart as an injured man who witnesses a murder from his window. Based on a short story by crime writer Cornell Woolrich, this 1954 thriller is not only one of Hitchcock's finest, but it's one of the best films of all time.
Song and dance man Gene Kelley starred in, co-directed and choreographed this 1952 musical. What's the title of this movie?
1952's "Singin' in the Rain" is one of the best movies ever made about the movie business. Comedically capturing the chaos of the film industry's transition to talkies, the film stars Gene Kelly as half of a silent film duo whose overbearing co-star just can't cut the mustard as a singer.
Mercury Productions/RKO Radio Pictures
Do you recognize this groundbreaking 1941 film?
Hailed as the greatest film of all time, 1941's "Citizen Kane" established its director and star, Orson Welles, as a visionary but mercurial filmmaker. Welles pushed the boundaries of cinematic storytelling, introducing filmmaking techniques and technology that would affect the medium for decades.
Walt Disney Productions/Buena Vista Distribution
What's the title of this beloved 1964 musical family film?
Walt Disney's 1964 adaptation of P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins" is an enchanting mix of live action and animation. Starring Julie Andrews as the eponymous Poppins, the film is packed with eye-popping and unforgettable songs – truly a supercalifragilistic film.
Hemdale/Pacific Western Productions/Cinema '84/Orion Pictures
Of the fewer than 100 words Schwarzenegger speaks in this film, the three most menacing are "I'll be back." Can you name this film?
James Cameron's sci-fi favorite, "The Terminator," was the surprise hit of 1984. A relatively low-budget and low-profile affair, the film features Arnold Schwarzenegger as a relentless time traveling cyborg from the future tasked with eliminating the mother of a future resistance leader.
This 1944 blockbuster starring Judy Garland introduced the world to a favorite holiday tune. Can you name this beloved musical?
1944's "Meet Me in St. Louis," directed by Vincente Minnelli, stars Judy Garland in one of her most memorable roles. Filmed as a series of seasonal vignettes, the bittersweet Christmas segment features Garland's stunning introduction of the holiday standard, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios/Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
In 1995, this Disney hit took audiences to infinity and beyond. What's the title of this animated favorite?
Pixar and Walt Disney proved that computer animation could have as much heart as any live action movie with "Toy Story." Confirming every kid's suspicion that their toys are alive, "Toy Story" combined state-of-the-art animation with heartfelt voice performances from an all-star cast.
20th Century Fox
Can you name the critically acclaimed Bette Davis feature in this image?
In one of her most celebrated roles, Bette Davis stars as aging Broadway actress Margo Channing in 1950's "All About Eve." When Channing takes superfan Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) under her wing, she gets much more than she bargained for. Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy night.
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
If you don't recognize this film, then we've got a failure to communicate. What's its title?
Paul Newman stars as Luke Jackson, a prisoner with an indomitable spirit, in 1967's "Cool Hand Luke." Sentenced to a chain gang for "cutting the heads off parking meters," Jackson constantly runs afoul of authority, becoming a leader and a legend among his fellow convicts.
Walt Disney Productions/RKO Radio Pictures
What's the name of this animated classic in which a woodcarver finds out what happens when you wish upon a star?
Based on the 1883 children's book "The Adventures of Pinocchio," Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of the story of a puppet who becomes a real boy was the studio's second animated feature. "When You Wish Upon a Star," from the film's soundtrack, has become synonymous with the Disney brand.
Playfilm Productions/United Artists
A desperate couple hire a teacher to help their blind and deaf daughter in this touching true story. Can you name this film?
1962's "The Miracle Worker" is the true story of teacher Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) and a young Helen Keller (Patty Duke). Directed by Arthur Penn, the film is based on the hit Broadway play of the same title. Bancroft and Duke won Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
This 1931 horror film made Boris Karloff a star. Can you ID it from this image?
Although Boris Karloff had already appeared in over 80 films, it was 1931's "Frankenstein," directed by James Whale, that made him a household name. Although he's virtually unrecognizable under Jack Pierce's iconic makeup, Karloff's performance as the monster is both menacing and filled with pathos.
The bird is the word for Bogey in this hard-boiled thriller. Can you ID this movie?
Directed by John Huston, 1941's "The Maltese Falcon" stars Humphrey Bogart in one of his signature roles as private dick Sam Spade. When his partner is killed, Spade is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue centered on a mysterious, jewel-encrusted statue.
Based on this image, can you name this comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau?
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau had a chemistry that was second to none. Appearing together in 10 films, the duo was arguably at their funniest in "The Odd Couple." Lemmon as neat freak Felix Unger and Matthau as the sloppy Oscar Madison make for some of the most hilarious moments in movie history.
Selznick International Pictures/United Artists
A dead woman casts a long shadow over the lives of a wealthy man and his new wife in this thriller from the master of suspense. Do you know the title of this film?
Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, "Rebecca," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a gothic tale of obsession and deception. Joan Fontaine stars as the second wife of the wealthy Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) living in the shadow of her predecessor who died under mysterious circumstances.
Walt Disney Productions/Buena Vista Distribution
If you didn't cry at the end of this movie, check your pulse because you have no heart! What's the title of this tearjerker?
"Old Yeller," Walt Disney's 1957 tale of a boy and his dog, has become an indelible part of the pop culture landscape. A story of family, love and sacrifice, this film is guaranteed to melt even the coldest of hearts.
Do you remember the documentary film that was shot over three days of peace and music?
"Woodstock" documents a pivotal moment in American culture. Shot over three days at the Woodstock musical festival, the film captures the spirit, the music and the hope of a generation. If you missed it, or you were there and don't remember it, this film is as close to the real thing as you can get.
Castle Rock Entertainment/Columbia Pictures
Can you identify the 1995 romance based on this image?
Richard Linklater scored a critical and audience hit with his touching 1995 drama, "Before Sunrise." The film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as a young couple who spend one romantic and revealing night in Vienna. "Before Sunrise" spawned two sequels, "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight."
Selznick International Pictures/United Artists
This 1937 film was remade in 1954, 1976 and 2018. What's the name of this romantic drama set in the world of showbiz?
A Hollywood actor (Fredric March) makes a farm girl (Janet Gaynor) a star in the 1937 version of "A Star is Born." The film has been remade, albeit in the world of recording rather than the movies, three times: in 1954 with Judy Garland, in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and in 2018 with Lady Gaga.
Opposites attract in this 1940 film starring Jimmy Stewart. Based on the image, can you name this romantic comedy?
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, "The Shop Around the Corner" is letter perfect romantic comedy. Set in Budapest, the film stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as combative co-workers who unwittingly strike up a romance by mail.
20th Century Fox
The movie featured in this image was based on a novel by John Steinbeck. Can you name it?
Henry Fonda gives an inspiring performance as migrant worker Tom Joad in 1940's "The Grapes of Wrath." Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film — directed by John Ford — follows the Joad family on an arduous trek across America in search of a better life during the Great Depression.
This samurai epic was remade in America as a Western. Can you name it based on this image?
Considered among the most Western of the great Japanese filmmakers, Akira Kurosawa has, in turn, been a significant influence on American movies. His 1954 film "Seven Samurai," about a village who turns to a band of warriors for protection, has twice been remade — in 1961 and 2016 — as "The Magnificent Seven."
Do you recognize this film based on a novel by H.G. Wells?
An underrated entry in Universal Pictures' monster cycle of the '30s and '40s, "The Invisible Man" is a nearly perfect adaptation of H.G. Wells' 1897 novel. Directed by James Whale, the film stars Claude Rains as an unhinged scientist with the power of invisibility.
Monterey Productions/United Artists
John Wayne is a Texas cattleman heading up the first drive to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail in this Howard Hawks Western from 1948. Do you remember the name of this movie?
In "Red River," one of director Howard Hawks' most acclaimed Westerns, John Wayne stars as a cattle rancher at odds with his stepson (Montgomery Clift) on the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. Fending off Indian attacks and stampedes, they eventually learn to respect one another.
International Video Entertainment/Avenue Pictures
Matt Dillon stars as the leader of a gang of pharmacy-robbing addicts in this 1989 drama. What's the title of this movie?
Written and directed by Gus Van Sant, 1989's "Drugstore Cowboy" is a hip and harrowing journey into life on the fringes of society. The film stars Matt Dillon as Bob Hughes, a drug addict and thief who specializes in robbing pharmacies to support his habit.
This 1936 film features the final appearance of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp. Can you name this comedy classic?
Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in 1936's "Modern Times." A hilarious and pointed jab at both industrialization and life during the Great Depression, this film marked the final appearance of Chaplin's iconic Little Tramp character.
London Films/United Artists (UK/US)
This fantasy film is credited with advancing the art of motion picture special effects. Based on this image, can you name it?
"The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) was a landmark motion picture for the advancement of optical effects. Featuring the first use of blue screen and chroma key technology, contemporary critics hailed it as a spectacle on par with "Fantasia" and "The Wizard of Oz."
BBC Storyville/Discovery Films/Red Box Films/UK Film Council/Wall to Wall/Icon Productions (UK)/Magnolia Pictures (US)
If you have a fear of heights, you may want to skip this 2008 documentary. What's the title of this film?
"Man on Wire" documents French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's daring (and illegal) 1974 walk between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City. Through interviews, re-enactments and historical footage, the film reveals that preparation for the walk was nearly as tense and fraught with danger as its execution.
Nero-Film A.G./Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH
This 1931 thriller stars Peter Lorre at his sinister best. What's the title of this film inspired by real German serial killers?
Fritz Lang's 1931 film, "M," stars Peter Lorre in his career-making role as child murderer Hans Beckert. While in pre-production, Lang spent time in a mental institution, where he met several notorious serial killers who became the basis for Beckert.
Can you name this classic silent horror film?
Robert Weine's 1920 silent classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is a prime example of German Expressionist style. Often cited as the first true horror film, this fantastic tale of a murderous sleepwalker has the look and feel of a nightmare.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
You're going to need something stronger than a can of Raid to fend off these bugs! What's the name of this '50s sci-fi movie?
"Them!" is among the first of the big bug sci-fi pictures of the 1950s. Like much science fiction of the era, the movie is rooted in nuclear paranoia. In the film, atomic testing mutates ants into giant, man-eating monsters. "Them!" is a surprisingly earnest film and one of the best of its type.
From "Peggy Sue" to the day the music died, this true story chronicles the short life of a music legend. What's the name of this film?
Gary Busey gives an inspired performance as rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly in the 1978 biopic "The Buddy Holly Story." The film documents Holly's rise from obscurity as a teen in Lubbock, Texas, to his worldwide fame as a '50's rock 'n' roll icon.
Hal Wallis Productions/Paramount Pictures
Can you name the movie in which Elvis plays a troubled teen drawn into a gang in New Orleans' French Quarter?
In a rare dramatic turn, Elvis Presley gives one of his finest performances as an actor in the 1958 drama "King Creole." Set in New Orleans' French Quarter, Presley stars as a troubled youth who joins a violent youth gang but finds redemption in love and music.
Ego Film Arts/Alliance Communications (Canada)/Fine Line Features (United States)
Can you name this 1997 Canadian drama that was inspired by true events?
Inspired by actual events that took place in Alton, Texas, in 1989, Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter" is the story of a bus accident that claims the lives of 14 children and the ensuing lawsuit that rips apart a community.
Nu-Image Film (theatrical)/Media Home Entertainment (home video)
This documentary film provides a candid look into the punk rock scene of the late '70s and early '80s. What's its title?
Penelope Spheeris' "The Decline of Western Civilization" documents Los Angeles' punk scene at the height of its ferocity. Featuring such pivotal bands as X, Black Flag, Fear, and The Germs, "The Decline of Western Civilization" is a historical artifact of a subculture ignored by the mainstream.
What's the title of this 2008 biographical documentary about a brilliant literary curmudgeon?
"Dreams With Sharp Teeth" is a 2008 documentary film about the life and work of author Harlan Ellison. Directed by Erik Nelson, the film features revealing interviews with Robin Williams, Neil Gaiman and Ellison himself about the notoriously cantankerous writer.
Do you know the title of this tragic French film set in the circus?
The 2016 French drama, "Chocolat," is a story of racism and the toll it exacts on the human spirit. Omar Sy stars as Kananga, a black circus performer whose act as the clown Chocolat makes him both popular and an object of envy to the jealous wife of the circus' owner, which leads him to a tragic end.
Can you name the documentary that popularized the sport of surfing worldwide?
Bruce Brown's "The Endless Summer" remains the greatest film about surfing — as both a sport and lifestyle — in the history of cinema. Following the adventures of surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson, as they traverse the world in search of prime surfing spots, the film's cinematography is breathtaking.
Dreamland/New Line Cinema/Janus Films (Restoration)
Can you ID this utterly divine cult movie from 1970?
"Multiple Maniacs" directed by Baltimore's pope of trash, John Waters, is a heady mix of hilarity and obscenity. Waters' first talkie, "Multiple Maniacs" is about a traveling side show called "The Cavalcade of Perversion." Divine, Mink Stole and Edith Massey star.
Les Grands Films Classiques (France)
Two great purveyors of the surreal joined forces to make this disturbing 1929 short. Can you ID this early avant-garde film?
Luis Buñuel's debut, "Un Chien Andalou" ("The Andalusian Dog"), found the avant garde filmmaker teaming with surrealist master Salvador Dali to create some of the most disturbing images ever committed to celluloid. Based on the filmmakers' dreams, this short is a waking nightmare.
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