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Hard Charades Ideas: Movies, TV Shows, Books, and More

Kristy Callan enjoys coming up with fun ideas for the holidays ranging from charades lists to party games.

Are you looking for a true challenge for your next charades game? Try these words from books, movies, and more.

Are you looking for a true challenge for your next charades game? Try these words from books, movies, and more.

Welcome! I assume you're after a challenge of the charades variety? Well, the first thing you must do is choose your topic. You want something hard, so people don't guess it straight away, but not something so obscure that people still don't know what you were doing after you've told them the solution. When choosing a topic to act out from the list below, think about the people you are playing with. If it is unlikely they've heard of it before, choose something else.

How to Play Charades

Since you're on a list of charades challenges, I assume that you already know the rules. (If not, and this is your first game, aren't you a daredevil!) So, this is just a quick refresher of the rules:

The gist of charades entails acting and guessing.

  1. You must act out something (remember, you absolutely cannot speak). The "something" can be a book, television show, movie, celebrity, fictional character, object, or anything else you can think of.
  2. The others try to guess what it is that you're acting out.
  3. The first person to guess your word or phrase earns a point.
  4. The winner is the one with the most points at the end of the game.

If you prefer, you can also divide players into teams. The rules are nearly the same as above, except that players will be acting out phrases for their teammates. The team with the most points wins.

Challenging Book Titles to Act Out


The Bible

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Power of One: A Novel

The Da Vinci Code

Les Miserables

Sarah's Key


The Lost Symbol

The Scarlet Letter


My Sister's Keeper

The Thirteenth Tale

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Nicholas Nickleby

War and Peace

The Iliad

Nineteen Minutes

Where the Crawdads Sing

Difficult TV Show Ideas for Charades





The Daily Show with Jon Stewart



Desperate Housewives

Flight of the Conchords

Reno 911!


Friday Night Lights

Veronica Mars

Hard Movie Titles to Act Out




Ocean's Thirteen

The Apartment

Inglourious Basterds

Pulp Fiction


The King's Speech

The Sting


The Matrix

Thelma and Louise

City of God

Morning Glory

Witness for the Prosecution

Miscellaneous, Incredibly Complicated Challenges



Hole puncher


Cotton ball




Mark Zuckerberg


Dixie Chicks



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Someone on February 09, 2019:

Is reindeer hard?

Jerine George on September 16, 2017:

I got one 2001; A Space Odyssey

Elle on December 31, 2014:

You should add dirt! And you should add a movie director! :)

Gay on December 11, 2014:

you guys are awesome

Kristy Callan (author) from Australia on February 12, 2013:

Thanks for commenting, Gianna! I've added tree to the list :)

gianna on February 12, 2013:

the bible a good one i got one a tree

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