Charades Ideas Words List

Charades is a fun party game that people of all ages can enjoy. However, coming up with charades ideas can be hard, so I've compiled a list of possible ideas for you!

When choosing an idea for your own game of charades, ensure that every single person will be able to guess it, or at least know what it was when the answer is revealed at the end.

Bonus: To add a twist to the game, why not try having a team of two people both acting?



The rules of charades are simple. There are many variations on how to play, here's one of two that I've compiled here:

  1. You must think of a movie, book, celebrity or something from another category chosen with your friends before the beginning of the game.
  2. Place these charades ideas written on slips of paper into a hat, a basket, or just laid out on a table (make sure nobody can see what's written on them). Then, have someone draw a slip and show it to the "actor," who then has to act out whatever charades idea you draw.
  3. Using gestures and your extraordinary acting abilities, you/the actor must then make your friends correctly guess what you are thinking of. You can do this in one of two ways. The first is to give your friends the gist of what you are doing. For example, if you were thinking of "Harry Potter," you may wave an imaginary wand around.

The second method is breaking it down word by word, and acting out individual words. For example, if you were thinking of "Harry Potter," you might hold up two fingers, showing that you are acting out the second word, and then mime forming clay (being a "potter").

  • Remember, no matter what, you are not allowed to talk. Whether or not you can make noises that are not words depends on what rules you choose to play by. This should be decided by the group before you start to play.
  • Also, you cannot use props. For example, if you were acting out "Harry Potter," running to the bookcase and grabbing your Harry Potter book or running to the attic and grabbing a Harry Potter figurine to show your audience is not allowed.


The Devil Wears Prada
Bridget Jones' Diary
The Dark Knight
12 Angry Men
The Shawshank Redemption
Anna Karenina
Fried Green Tomatoes
Zero Dark Thirty
Pulp Fiction
The Godfather
Fight Club
Toy Story 3
The Matrix
Snow White and the Huntsman
Home Alone
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Black Beauty
Black Swan
The Departed
The Lion King
Django Unchained
Kung-Fu Panda
Life of Pi
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Birds
On the Waterfront
Iron Man
The Matrix
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
The Little Mermaid
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Wizard of Oz
Forrest Gump
Silver Linings Playbook
American Beauty

TV Shows

The Simpsons
Top Gear
South Park
The IT Crowd
Game of Thrones
The Wire
Gossip Girl
Arrested Development
Veronica Mars
The Sopranos
That '70s Show
Inspector Rex
Sex and the City
Modern Family
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Newsroom
The West Wing
Breaking Bad
The OC
Toddlers and Tiaras
Fawlty Towers
Dance Moms
Family Guy
How I Met Your Mother
The Saddle Club
Curb Your Enthuiasm
Dora the Explorer
Grey's Anatomy
The Amazing Race
The Office
Star Trek
Mr Bean
Flight of the Concords
The Big Bang Theory
Kim Possible
Doctor Who
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Downton Abbey
Big Brother
The X Files
I Love Lucy
Summer Heights High


Harry Potter
Angels and Demons
The Handmaid's Tale
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
The Da Vinci Code
The Grapes of Wrath
Jane Eyre
Little Women
The Catcher in the Rye
The Code of the Woosters
The Pillars of the Earth
Watership Down
A Clockwood Orange
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Gone With the Wind
50 Shades of Grey
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nineteen Eighty-Four
The Cat in the Hat
Breaking Dawn
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Hunger Games
New Moon
Brave New World
The Secret
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
A Tale of Two Cities
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Charlotte's Web
The Hobbit
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Celebrity and Fictional Characters

Michael Jackson
Bill Gates
Britney Spears
Nancy Drew
Wonder Woman
Paris Hilton
Peter Rabbit
Rebecca Black
Justin Bieber
A zombie
George Washington
The Incredible Hulk
Albert Einstein
Homer Simpson
Chandler Bing


The Book of Mormon
Mamma Mia!
Fiddler on the Roof
A Chorus Line
Jersey Boys
The Rocky Horror Show
Miss Saigon
Legally Blonde
The Lion King
Billy Elliot the Musical
Oh! Calcutta!
Beauty and the Beast
My Fair Lady
Jesus Christ Superstar
42nd Street
The Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables


Giving birth
Making tea
Swimming (to make this one harder, make it a particular stroke!)
Moving the lawn
Farting (no, you can't actually fart!)
Playing any other kind of sport
Making the bed

Modern Family - Movie Charades

Try Guesstures, Too!

Guesstures is a fun variation of charades that adds a bit of urgency to the game. It is well worth considering purchasing if you have enough time before your party or event by making your charades game stand out and be memorable. Check out the video below to see it in action.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play a giant version of Guesstures on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Comments 22 comments

Maddy 4 years ago

this sight was totally helpful. It helped me plan for my little boys party!

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Doctor Kristy 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for your comment, Maddy! I hope your little boy has a fun party!

Jayde! :) 4 years ago

I am having a birthday party and i really needed ideas so thank you so much! :)

Megan 4 years ago

i need phrases for charades and i need ideas! any suggestions?

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Doctor Kristy 4 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Megan!!!

How about:

Ace of Spades

The early bird catches the worm

Head over heels

Happily ever after

A stitch in time saves nine

sophia 4 years ago

love all the charades ideas!

Alyssa Bieber :) 4 years ago

Thank you so much! Im having a party tomorrow and i needed idea for charades, You really helped me!

mellisa 4 years ago

nice but put more

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Doctor Kristy 4 years ago from Australia Author

Added around 50 new charades ideas. There's also plenty more in the other articles I've linked to at the bottom of the page.

Heather 4 years ago

Great ideas for a rainy night on vacation with six teenagers!

Brianne Bieber :D 3 years ago

Thanks :D Lots Of Help :)

Molly 3 years ago

cheers having a new years eve party soon needed ideas thanks a lot!!!!!!

Frank 3 years ago

I am having a party June 1 you really helped

Essence 2 years ago

Every year all of my sisters and i play games with kids after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. This year we had a ball, This website was the best.

Poppy 2 years ago

This was great fun for me and my family on New Year's Eve ❗️

Kaitlyn 2 years ago

This helps a has a lot of movie chooses. A lot if book characters. And a lot of celebs. I would use this any day if charades was the only game on the planet of earth

Lindsey 22 months ago

It was fun for me

Singh up 20 months ago

Hi everyone I love charades

Katelyn Hudgens 19 months ago

Marie 15 months ago

That looks like so much fun

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Kristen Howe 12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub of ideas for future charades and perhaps gestures too.

Kate 6 weeks ago

Cool game

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