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Can You Name These Whodunit Films From an Image?
By: Jane Andrews
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Hollywood sure knows how to make a good mystery movie. From stylish film noir flicks like "The Maltese Falcon," "The Big Sleep" and "The Long Goodbye" to modern-day classics such as "Zodiac, "Gone Girl" and "Knives Out," there's no shortage of plot-twisting drama to turn to when you feel like getting lost in a suspenseful story. Whether you like your detectives hard-boiled like Philip Marlowe, short and mustached like Hercule Poirot, or on edge and inept like the cast of "Clue," watching a well-crafted whodunit packed with crazy twists and turns is one of the most satisfying film experiences there is. One that always comes with colorful characters, witty dialogue, and layer upon layer of excitement and intrigue.
How good is your knowledge of Hollywood's most beloved whodunits? It's time to find out! Get ready to channel your inner gumshoe and uncover the truth with this challenging visual quiz. It's filled with screenshots from some of the most thrilling, enthralling and mind-bending movies of all time — from the 1940s and '50s, all the way to the present day. It will take a real sleuth to conquer these questions, so throw on your detective hat (and maybe a trench coat and fedora if you've got 'em), and let's see how you do!
This murder-mystery comedy is based on a popular board game. Which is it?
Now a cult classic, this ensemble comedy featured three different endings when it was first released in 1985. Audiences did not know which ending they would see when they bought their tickets.
Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros. / Phoenix Pictures
What's the name of this serial killer thriller?
Based on a non-fiction book by true crime author Robert Graysmith, this David Fincher-directed film was released in 2007 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and Chloë Sevigny.
Touchstone Pictures / Amblin Entertainment / Silver Screen Partners III
How about this cartoonish film — do you recognize it?
Released in 1988, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" won three Academy Awards for its visual effects and editing, in addition to a Special Achievement Academy Award. It was the first live-action/animation movie to win multiple Academy Awards since the 1964 film,"Mary Poppins."
Colombia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Scott Rudin / Yellow Bird Millennium US Rights AB / Film Rites / Ground Control
David Fincher directed this fast-moving mystery. What's it called?
Released in 2011, this crime thriller is based on the Swedish novel and 2009 Swedish film of the same name. This American version stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård.
Strong Heart/Demme Production / Orion Pictures
From which thriller is this screenshot taken?
Directed by Jonathan Demme, this hit 1990 film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (for Anothony Hopkins) and Best Actress (for Jodie Foster).
Can you name this Alfred Hitchcock movie?
Released in 1954, "Dial M for Murder" stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams. It's based on a popular stage play that was performed on London's West End and New York CIty's Broadway.
Cecchi Gori Pictures / Juno Pix / New Line Cinema
What's the name of this creepy Brad Pitt movie?
Also starring Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey and John C. McGinley, "Se7en" earned over $327 million at the box office worldwide. It became the seventh highest-grossing film of 1995.
Regency Enterprises / Arnon Milchan/David L. Wolper Production / Warner Bros. Pictures
This neo-noir movie is based on a James Ellroy novel. Do you know what it's called?
Released in 1997, "L.A. Confidential" was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won two — Best Supporting Actress (for Kim Basinger) and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
Do you know the name of this political thriller?
Released in 1964 and based on a novel by Richard Condon, this Cold War movie stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury. A remake featuring Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and Jon Voightwas released in 2004.
Do you know the name of this noir classic?
Based on a 1930s detective novel, "The Maltese Falcon" stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade. Released in 1941, it's considered by many to be the first whodunit of the film noir genre.
Paramount Pictures / Phoenix Pictures / Sikelia Productions / Appian Way / John Thomas Special FX
Martin Scorsese directed this psychological thriller. Do you know what it's called?
Based on a Dennis Lehane novel of the same name, this movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as U.S. Marshals investigating the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from an insane asylum.
Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures / NPV Entertainment / Malpaso Productions
How about this heavy whodunit. Do you know its name?
Directed by Clint Eastwood, "Mystic River" features an ensemble cast that includes Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Laura Linney and Kevin Bacon. The movie was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two — for Best Actor (for Penn) and Best Supporting Actor (for Robbins).
Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions
What's the name of this 1950s thriller?
Released in 1958, this classic Hitchcock film stars James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. The screenplay is an adaptation of a French novel entitled "D'entre les morts" ("From Among the Dead").
Here's a classic Hitchcock whodunit. Which one is it?
This 1954 film is based on a short detective story called "It Had to Be Murder." Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr, it's considered one of the best Hitchcock movies ever made.
Twentieth Century Fox / Regency Enterprises / TSG Entertainment
From which of the following films is this screenshot taken?
Rosamund Pike was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in this film, which is based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name. Directed by David Fincher, the movie also stars Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
Paramount Pictures / Rysher Entertainment
This movie ends with a big plot twist. Do you recognize it?
Featuring Edward Norton in his feature film debut, "Primal Fear" also stars Richard Gere and Laura Linney. Norton received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
Colombia Pictures / Universal Pictures
Here's a creepy thriller starring Angelina Jolie. Do you recognize it?
Also starring Denzel Washington and Queen Latifah, this fast-paced film is about a quadriplegic forensics expert and his partner trying to track down a serial killer on the loose in New York City.
Colombia Pictures / Konrad Pictures
Do you recognize this plot-twisty psychological thriller?
This 2003 movie is about 10 strangers at an isolated hotel who begin disappearing, one by one. It features John Cusack and Amanda Peet, who later went on to star together in the disaster film, "2012."
Paramount Pictures / Penthouse Video / Long Road Productions / Robert Evans Company
Do you recognize this classic whodunit from 1974?
Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, this movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for Nicholson) and Best Actress (for Dunaway). It took home just one award, for Best Original Screenplay.
Twentieth Century Fox / DreamWorks Pictures / Cruise/Wagner / Blue Tulip Productions / Ronal Shusette/Gary Goldman / Digital Image Associates
What's the name of this futuristic whodunit?
Starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg, this 2002 thriller is loosely based on a 1956 short story by Philip K. Dick. It's set in the year 2054 and is about the fictional PreCrime police unit, which has the ability to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.
Alcon Entertainment / Witt/Thomas Productions / Section Eight / Insomnia Productions / Summit Entertainment
Can you name this movie, which is a remake of a Norwegian thriller?
Released in 2002 and directed by Christopher Nolan, "Insomnia" stars Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. The movie was both a critical and box office success, earning more than $113 million worldwide.
Newmarket Capital Group / Team Todd / I Remember Productions / Summit Entertainment
Can you guess the name of this mind-bending movie?
Directed by Christopher Nolan, who went on to direct hits such as "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "Inception," this psychological thriller received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
PolyGram FIlmed Entertainment / Spelling Films International / Blue Parrot / Bad Hat Harry / Rosco Film GmbH
Do you remember the name of this ensemble mystery thriller?
This cast of this popular 1995 film features Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Benicio del Toro and Kevin Spacey. The movie won two Oscars, including one for Best Original Screenplay.
Neue Constantin FIlm / Cristaldifilm / Les FIlms Ariane / Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
Do you recognize this historical whodunit?
In this 1986 thriller, Sean Connery stars as a 14th-century Franciscan friar who's tasked with solving a murder. The movie also features Christian Slater, F. Murray Abraham and Ron Perlman.
Carolco / Le Studio Canal+
What's the name of this sexy thriller?
"Basic Instinct" stars Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The movie was a box office smash, earning $352 million worldwide and becoming the fourth highest-grossing movie of 1992.
TriStar Pictures / ML Delphi Primer Productions
Cher stars in the 1987 mystery thriller. Which movie is it?
Cher plays a public defender in this courtroom thriller, which also stars Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson and John Mahoney. The singer/actress starred in two other movies released in 1987 — "Moonstruck" and "The Witches of Eastwick."
Warner Bros. / Mirage
Harrison Ford stars in this legal murder mystery. Which is it?
Based on a 1987 novel of the same name, "Presumed Innocent" was a big box office smash, earning more than $221 million worldwide and becoming the eighth highest-grossing film of 1990.
Theme Pictures, Inc.
From which of the following 1950s films is this screenshot taken?
Directed by legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder, "Witness for the Prosecution" stars Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton. It's based on an Agatha Christie short story and play of the same name.
Here's another classic film noir. Can you identify it?
This classic whodunit film from 1944 follows the story of a police detective who falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. Directed by Otto Preminger, the movie stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews.
Ascot Film / Dino De Laurentiis Company
From what movie is this screenshot taken?
Directed by Eugene Levy, who makes a cameo appearance as a casino cashier, this black comedy stars John Candy, James Belushi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young and Richard Lewis. It's a remake of the 1960 film, "And Suddenly It's Murder!"
Colombia Pictures / Rastar Pictures
This humorous whodunit was released in 1976. What's it called?
Written by Neil Simon and directed by Roger Moore, this ensemble film is a spoof of the traditional whodunit. The cast includes Eileen Brennan, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Maggie Smith, along with a rare acting performance by author Truman Capote.
E-K-Corporation / Lion's Gate Films
Can you name this whodunit from 1973?
Directed by Robert Altman and based on a Raymond Chandler novel of the same name, this movie stars Elliott Gould as private eye Philip Marlowe. According to IMDB, the film features Arnold Schwarzenegger in an early uncredited role.
Universal Pictures / Lucasfilm
Do you recognize this fun thriller?
Released in 1994, this ensemble comedy features the final performance of legendary actor George Burns. The movie also has cameo appearances by Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael McKean and Christopher Lloyd.
Harry Popkin Productions
Can you tell us the name of this classic crime thriller?
Released in 1949, "D.O.A." is about a man desperate to figure out who poisoned him before it's too late. A remake of this thriller film, starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, was made in 1988.
G.W. FIlms / EMI Films
This is another movie based on an Agatha Christie story. Can you guess which one it is?
Released in 1980, this movie is based on an Agatha Christie novel entitled "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side." It features an ensemble cast that includes notable actors such as Angela Lansbury, Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Curtis.
Lionsgate / Media Rights Capital / T-Street
This 2019 mystery was written and directed by Rian Johnson. What's it called?
This critically acclaimed film features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Toni Collette and Michael Shannon. Rian Johnson is best known for directing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in 2017.
USA Films / Capitol FIlms / Film Council / Sandcastle 5 Productions / Chicagofilms / Medusa Film
This image is from a whodunit directed by esteemed filmmaker Robert Altman. What's its name?
Written by Julian Fellowes, this satirical mystery was released in 2001. According to a PBS documentary, the televisions series "Downton Abbey," which was created by Fellowes, was originally intended to be a spin-off of "Gosford Park."
This thriller was co-written by "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins. Can you name it?
Starring Richard Benjamin and Dyan Cannon, this mystery thriller was released in 1973. It tells the story of a group of wealthy friends who participate in a scavenger hunt-style mystery game on a luxurious yacht.
Twentieth Century Fox / Kinberg Genre / Mark Gordon Company / Scott Free / Latina Pictures / The Estate of Agatha Christie
What's the name of this movie, which is based on an Agatha Christie story?
This mystery thriller, released in 2017, features an ensemble cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. It's the second film version of the Christie novel — the first was released in 1974 and starred Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall.
The Winkast Company Ltd. 9, Clifford Street, London, W.1. England. / ITC Entertainment An ATV Company
Can you tell us the name of this whodunit from the 1940s?
This classic film from 1946 stars real-life couple Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who were affectionately dubbed "Bogie and Bacall." The screenplay was co-written by acclaimed novelist William Faulkner.
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