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Movie Riddles: Guess the Movie From the Rhyming Clues

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Free Fun Movie Brainteasing Riddles and Trivia (With Answers)

Who doesn't like movies, and who doesn't like trivia based on the movies, especially when the questions set the little grey cells thinking and the movies are often really well known, but you can't quite figure out which ones they are?

Right, the two of you who put your hands up can leave. The other 998 of you—follow me and enjoy these fun movie quizzes, where you have to guess the movie from the rhyming clues.

See how many of these 21 riddles you can guess correctly; you'll find the answer key at the end. Good luck!

Movie Riddles #1–5

Test your knowledge with these riddles.

Riddle #1

Coconuts for horses

A Shrubbery and Ni

Lots of French insolence

What movie can I be?

Riddle #2

The Windy City

And one that's wet

Two lonely people

Who haven't yet met

A small boy travels

To the Empire State

What movie is this

That's also a remake?

Riddle #3

Starring hairy-footed people

With no desire to leave their home

Adventure comes a-calling

And across their world, they roam

Chased by evil forces

As they go upon their quest

It's a fascinating trilogy

What is it, can you guess?

Riddle #4

A firehouse and an ambulance

A gatekeeper and Zool

Be careful not to cross the streams

It really isn't cool.

Riddle #5

A storm, a fall, and in a dream

A house flies way up high

To a world that's filled with colors

And where you might weigh a pie.

If you haven't been inside one of these, you may not guess too many of these riddles.

If you haven't been inside one of these, you may not guess too many of these riddles.

Movie Riddles #6–10

Can you guess the movie?

Riddle #6

A matrimonial entertainer

Loses girl and finds another

Sings a love song on an airplane

Grandma raps in front of others.

Riddle #7

Sir Kenneth Moore and Sean Connery

Are just two of the all-star cast

John Wayne was acting ornery

It's a drama that hard to surpass

The BIG man Tom made a movie

With beach scenes dramatic to view

Same place and date, different movie though

Is this enough to give you a clue?

I'm sure some by now will have guessed

But if not, how about Ham and Jam

The movie's not short, did that help at all?

I gave out all the clues that I can.

Riddle #8

With Little Green Men and a scary boat ride

This movie is really bizarre

Four in a bed eating cabbage soup

And a bubbling machine for a car

I'm sure this is really easy to guess

With gold eggs and a Violet balloon

A boy and his granddad take a factory tour

I'm sure you will get this real soon.

Riddle #9

His wife becomes pregnant

Life changes a lot

But he's not really ready for this

They split then get back; it's part of the plot

Can you tell me which movie this is?

The gestation period is all in the name

In a toy store, a dinosaur fight

A doctor that's scared of needles as well

Enjoy it? I think you just might.

Riddle #10

Tom, Dick, and Harry went under the ground

It was all going well, but one got found

A man forging papers went too blind to see

And stumbled and fell as he tried to flee

A man on two wheels almost got away

As did two in a plane, till their fuel gave way

Two more went downstream in a rowboat they stole

Can you guess this, or are you stuck in a hole?

Movies are often paired with this delightful treat.

Movies are often paired with this delightful treat.

Movie Riddles #11–15

How many have you gotten so far?

Riddle #11

Served tea by a penguin in a make-believe world

She came to look after a boy and a girl

She showed them some magic that tidied their room

Had a dirty-faced friend with a long-handled broom

She floats through the air with the greatest of ease

But this is one lady without a trapeze

Surely you've got it; we don't have all night

While waiting, I think I'll just go fly a kite.

Riddle #12

While diving, they find giant eggs in the sea

And take them back home, oh what could they be?

Placed in a pool so they don't all go dry

Some old folks go swimming, and the eggs start to die

But the people they find the secret of youth

Their renewed life is for them enough proof

The secret gets out, and there are aliens too

I think these are really quite enough clues.

Riddle #13

Gold in a bank behind enemy lines

It's a daring escapade

With an oddball crapgame

And a real motley crew

Can you guess this movie's name?

Riddle #14

It's a '50s classic, a little girl says

The title, it's just one word

It's desert radiation, a mutation occurred

It could mean the end of the world

Of legs they have six, antennas too

They grow to giant size

In Los Angeles, they make their stand

You will know this if you like sci-fi.

Riddle #15

A big-hearted genius who is larger than life

Falls in love with the girl of his dreams

But the formula to turn him to normal size

Doesn't go as well as it would seem

It's like Jekyll and Hyde, alter egos collide

And there are multiple personalities

It's big and it's funny, with plenty of gas

Can you guess this movie for me?

Nearly there—what will your final score be?

Nearly there—what will your final score be?

Movie Riddles #16–21

Here's the last round! What will your final score be?

Riddle #16

His family desert him, alone in the woods

He finds his way to a home

A young boy soon becomes his friend

But he doesn't know where he came from

He likes to dress up in a young girl's clothes

But the military appears on the scene

A quick phone call home, an amazing escape

What movie can these clues all mean?

Riddle #17

They taxed his people and stole their land

And most had a really tough life

This man went blue-faced and showed his rage

After they went and murdered his wife

With families united, they had all to gain

But plotting, it kept them apart

And so it all ended tragically

Till Robert made a brave new start.

Riddle #18

Back to school, back to school

To re-sit his final exam

This idle rich boy has lots to prove

And a year into each week must cram

But a bad man is plotting to make him fail

And is wanting to take his place

A would-be assassin takes aim with his gun

And he is shot in an awkward place.

Riddle #19

With hail in Japan

And cracks in the ice

It's the beginning of something

That's really not nice

A storm is a brewing

Of that we are sure

But for millions, the cold

Is too much to endure

The Mexican border

It needs to be crossed

But can only be done

At an enormous cost

So what is this movie

Can you get it, oh buoy

If you can solve the clues

You will be full of joy.

Riddle #20

A mischievous spell

Is a frightful curse

For a pretty young girl

It couldn't be worse

Her parents both die

In this often-told tale

And a wicked new mom

Makes home seem a jail

Her secret gets out

Stepsisters get bold

And before you know it

She has to do as she's told

She falls for a prince

But is put under a spell

And only true love stops

Her killing him as well

The ending is happy

They both share a kiss

But did you figure the clues

And guess which movie this is?

Riddle #21

It begins in the mountains

This girl loves to sing

Her true love of music

Makes her late for everything

She is sent to take care of

A family of kids

Who terrorize their nannies

And where music is forbid

She dresses them in curtains

And they learn about songs

But Dad's money-grabbing mistress

Tries to make things all go wrong

They win a music contest

So long and off to bed

With Jerry in pursuit

To the mountains, they head

So can you guess this movie

The rhyme is full of clues

Is it a ray of golden sun

Or have you got the movie blues?

Are you ready? How many did you guess correctly?

Are you ready? How many did you guess correctly?


  1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  2. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  3. Lord of the Rings (all three parts) (2001–2003)
  4. Ghostbusters (1984)
  5. The Wizard of Oz (1925)
  6. The Wedding Singer (1998)
  7. The Longest Day (1962)
  8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  9. Nine Months (1995)
  10. The Great Escape (1963)
  11. Mary Poppins (1964)
  12. Cocoon (1985)
  13. Kelly's Heroes (1970)
  14. Them! (1954)
  15. The Nutty Professor (1996)
  16. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  17. Braveheart (1995)
  18. Billy Madison (1995)
  19. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  20. Ella Enchanted (2004)
  21. The Sound of Music (1965)

Please Leave a Comment

Niktravelfit on June 26, 2014:

You got really creative here, nice lens!

Tony Payne (author) from Southampton, UK on February 21, 2014:

@QuizSquid: Thanks. I really enjoyed writing the riddles. Must do some more one of these days.

QuizSquid on February 21, 2014:

A lot of work and creativity went into that. Great job!

joinyobsn on January 14, 2014:

Awesome lens thank you for sharing :)

chrisilouwho on December 16, 2013:

This was great, thanks!

Joebeducci on November 12, 2013:

Great! I loved it! :) Greets, Joebeducci

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on July 14, 2013:

Such a lot of fun!

Tony Payne (author) from Southampton, UK on June 28, 2013:

@evelynsaenz1: Thanks Evelyn. It's a fun way to provide the answers, however Google can also penalise pages that have text the same color as the background, so it's a double edged sword.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on June 27, 2013:

Fun to read the riddles. I guess a few correctly. I love the way you made your lens so interactive.

abslim lm on May 28, 2013:

really cool lens. Fun and interactive

Michckmun on May 06, 2013:

This was fun!

Underrated on April 21, 2013:

Wow, a really great riddles.

momsfunny on January 23, 2013:

I like the idea of this lens. Very creative.

Chazz from New York on December 19, 2012:

Very clever!

Tony Payne (author) from Southampton, UK on October 28, 2012:

@Deborah Swain: Thanks, I'm pleased you liked it. The "drag over" concept is so simple, but very effective.

Deborah Swain from Rome, Italy on October 28, 2012:

great fun! and really quite ingenious!

flycatcherrr on October 10, 2012:

Whew, my brain is exhausted! :-) I definitely need to watch more movies. This was fun, but rather revealing of my ignorance.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on October 09, 2012:

This was a lot of fun. I like your lenses.


RaintreeAnnie from UK on September 09, 2012:

Loved this very entertaining page! Feels like a lot of work has gone into this and all those clues. Excellent! Congrats on the purple star:)

AlleyCatLane on September 08, 2012:

Thoroughly enjoyed your quizzes. Very clever, and I love the way you reveal the answers.

Gayle from McLaughlin on September 08, 2012:

Wow! How creative! This took a lot of time. Congrats on the purple star!

Tracey Boyer from Michigan on September 08, 2012:

This was really fun. Well done!

Tony Payne (author) from Southampton, UK on September 08, 2012:

@Pam Irie: Thanks, I'm pleased you enjoyed this lens.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on September 08, 2012:

Lots of work was put into the clues especially. Fun page!

Tamara14 on September 08, 2012:

For a movie lover I did horrible :) But it was a great fun. Excellent lens!

anonymous on September 08, 2012:

Congratulations on the Purple Star Tony. I love the layout of this page :)

Heather B on September 08, 2012:

You have a way with words, Tony! Too bad I don't have the right brain (or left brain?) for riddles :P

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 08, 2012:

Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on September 08, 2012:

This is a real fun quiz that I enjoyed a lot even though I didn't do very well.

poppy mercer from London on September 08, 2012:

Great fun Tony!

piedromolinero on September 08, 2012:

That was a fun lens! Congrats on the purple star, well deserved!

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 08, 2012:

VERY entertaining! So well done.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on September 08, 2012:

Very Clever! Sadly, I only got five right. Still fun, though! Guess I need to see more movies. ;)

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on September 08, 2012:

Great idea for a Christmas type quiz :-)

Kara Hara on June 06, 2012:

Interesting quiz

FashionMommy on May 30, 2012:

Brilliant and entertaining. I had a nice time with these riddles, good job!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 28, 2012:

Ok, I spoke too soon! After leaving the last comment, everything finally loaded :) What a fun way to spend a bit of time!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 28, 2012:

Oh, man! I was so looking forward to this! I had just settled back to start and it didn't load the polls, only the riddles. Great sadness! I shall hopefully be able to return soon and try again.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on May 12, 2012:

Love the riddles! I like some better than the movies. LOL

whats4dinner on March 18, 2012:

Cool. I had fun answering the riddles.

traveller27 on March 06, 2012:

Back for a second visit...neat riddles.

anonymous on February 23, 2012:

I must not be too good at movie riddles, I don't remember stuff.

This is a fun lens, and you made some good riddles to go with it. lol

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on February 01, 2012:

Love the twist to Riddles here, lol!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 01, 2012:

How fun! You are very talented for coming up with this idea and writing these poems! They were tough but great fun!

Oosquid on January 22, 2012:

Enjoyed it, didn't do too well with the movies, especially the newer ones.

Tjoedhilde on January 17, 2012:

Really good job! :) I enjoyed this a lot even if I failed miserably at some of these. :D

nsixx99 on January 07, 2012:

This was an amazing page so much fun! I hope you add more or make more of these this was fun! Awesome!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 01, 2012:

Love this page, Tony. I'm off to share the link on my Facebook page, Music and Movie Treasures By Brenda.

Paul from Liverpool, England on December 31, 2011:

Clever and fun movia trivia post. I like innovation so a Blessing for presentation :)

Nancy Oram on December 23, 2011:

Merry Christmas, Tony! I got a good half or more, especially the ones I had seen. I love movies and this was really fun!

thesuccess2 on December 19, 2011:

Tougher than I expected, some of them I knew which film but could remember its name

Ruthi on December 11, 2011:

Delightfully fun film lens even though I only knew the answers to a few of these riddles and rhymes.

agoofyidea on December 11, 2011:

Interesting riddles. I did okay. Great lens.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 09, 2011:

Lol...I am awful at movie quizzes. I admit it. Hope you are having an absolutely fantastic holiday season. My very best wishes for a Happy Holiday for you and Deb.

julieannbrady on December 02, 2011:

Hey Tony, my dear! Oh wow ... what a challenging, yet fun page! Love riddles ... is there a movie riddles game I can buy so that I can practice up? Hmmm ... riddle me this ... a bigger riddle, I have tried over 6 times to leave this comment!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 29, 2011:

Loved your Riddles! I did not do well one the quizzes but sure had fun. Thanks.

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on November 27, 2011:

The quizzes are challenging, and the presentation is awesome! I especially like how you can hover over the Green fields to reveal the answers. Ingenious!

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on November 27, 2011:

Ingenious idea, Tony. Did pretty well on a couple, not so well on others. Need to brush up on my movie trivia :)

boomerex on November 27, 2011:

This is a fantastic idea, I forsee a new style of quizzes emerging thanks to this! Great work!

Leilani-m on November 27, 2011:

I love this quiz :) I know less about movies than I thought :)

BWDuerr from Henrietta, New York on November 26, 2011:

Lots of fun and great movie riddles, too. Thanks!

OldStones LM on November 26, 2011:

I had a lot of fun trying to solve these movie riddles. The last few stumped me though.

Well done.

gottaloveit2 on November 25, 2011:

Interesting lens. Lots of fun to read and do.

whiteskyline lm on November 25, 2011:

That was cool Tony. I definitely need a large movie refresh to do better next time, but it was fun. There were a couple nostalgic movies for me.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on November 25, 2011:

Totally awesome movie lens! I love movies, and did farely well. Got 2 or 3 right on all of them.

Zut Moon on November 25, 2011:

I think I got 5 right which is good for me since I don't watch a whole lot of movies.