The 90’s. A time when Michael Jordan, Playstation, and Mariah Carey reigned supreme. Power ballads, grunge, and mixtapes ruled; and if you didn’t have at least one pair of baggy cargo pants you were totally lame. And now it’s time for some 90’s movie trivia.
The 90’s were known for their summer blockbusters and iconic romantic comedies (I’m looking at you Pretty Woman). CGI was first used in the 90’s and immortalized in Jurassic Park. Read on to test your knowledge of 90’s movie trivia and see if you’re all that and a bag of chips.
General 90s Movie Trivia
1. What is the name of Will Smith’s character in Independence Day?
Captain Steven Hiller
The 1996 film was considered a huge turning point for Hollywood blockbusters and started the summer blockbuster craze. It grossed over $817 million worldwide and was the highest grossing film of 1996. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards. It holds the record for most miniature model work to appear in one film, but some of the models were quite large. The spaceship in Area 51 was a full scale model that measured 65 feet wide.
2. Which 1997 film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich?
Put the bunny back in the box. The film was a box office success and grossed over $224 million. However, many of the actors were unhappy due to the script being rewritten almost daily. John Cusack dislikes the film so much that he refuses to be interviewed about it.
3. How many people were killed in the 1996 film Scream? (Hint: It’s less than 10.)
The seven victims in order of their deaths are: Steve Orth, Casey Becker, Principle Himbry, Tatum Riley, Kenny Jones, Stu Macher, and Billy Loomis. There are also seven “Stab” movies total in the Scream franchise. The film is credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the late 90’s and quickly became a cult classic. Due to the popularity of the film the use of caller ID increased more than threefold after its release.
4. What year was Forrest Gump released?
The iconic film was the top grossing film in the U.S. for 1994. It won 45 awards and had 65 nominations. In the scene where Forrest first learns to play ping pong, he is told the trick is to “keep his eye on the ball”. After that, whenever he is shown playing ping pong he never blinks. Also, in the first scene of each age transition he is always wearing a blue plaid shirt.
5. Who is Keyser Soze in the film The Usual Suspects?
Roger “Verbal” Kint played by Kevin Spacey
The 1995 film is remembered for its iconic plot twist. The “usual suspects” in the film are five small time crooks: Dean Keaton, Michael Mcmanus, Fred Fenster, Todd Hockney, and Roger “Verbal” Kint. Kevin Spacey took his role very seriously and had the fingers on his left hand glued together to make his character’s cerebral palsy more believable. He also filed down his shoes to make them look worn down by his character’s limp.
90s Movie Soundtrack Trivia
6. What year was the song “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic released?
The hit single sung by Celine Dion went to number one around the world when it was released. The song won an Academy Award, two Grammys, and a Golden Globe Award. Titanic was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards and won eleven Oscars.
7. Which artist sang the song “Oh, Pretty Woman” from the film Pretty Woman?
The iconic theme song was inspired by Orbison’s wife, and earned him a posthumous Grammy Award. The movie Pretty Woman is one of the most popular films of all time, and it has the highest number of ticket sales in the United States ever for a romantic comedy. The scene in which Richard Gere snaps the necklace case on Julia Robert’s fingers was improvised by Gere. The director liked Robert’s genuine laughter so much that he kept the scene in the film.
8. Which 90’s movie featured the Looney Tunes on its soundtrack?
The soundtrack from the film was certified as double platinum within two months of being released. Eventually, in 2001, it was certified six times platinum. The song “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly was a massive hit and earned him two Grammy Awards.
9. Which 90’s movie soundtrack is the best-selling soundtrack of all time?
The soundtrack from the 1992 film sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. It featured five hit singles by Whitney Houston: “I Will Always Love You,” “Run To You,” “I’m Every Woman,” “I Have Nothing,” and “Queen of the Night.” The film was Houston’s acting debut and was the second highest grossing film of 1992 (second to Aladdin).
10. Which 90’s movie featured the songs “My Guy (My God)” and “I Will Follow Him”?
The 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg was one of the most successful comedies of the early 90’s and grossed $231 million worldwide. The film spawned a sequel (Back in the Habit) and a Broadway musical.
11. Which artist sang the hit “Unchained Melody” from the film Ghost?
The Righteous Brothers
The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score but lost to Dances With Wolves. The film had a budget of $22 million but grossed over $505 million at the box office. Demi Moore was hired to play the part of Molly mainly due to the fact that she could cry out of either eye on cue.
12. What were the three songs the band Aerosmith sung for the 1998 movie Armageddon?
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “What Kind of Love Are You On,” and “Sweet Emotion”
The song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” opened up Aerosmith to a new generation of fans, and became a couple slow dance favorite. The song has ironically been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. The soundtrack album was certified double platinum and sold over 400,000 copies. The movie was an international success and became the highest grossing film of 1998 worldwide.
90s Movie Quotes Trivia
I give you the quote, you give me movie it came from and which character or actor said it.
13. “There’s no crying in baseball.”
Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in A League of Their Own
The 1992 comedy-drama film starred Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, and Madonna. All of the actresses in the film had to prove they could play baseball before they were cast. Also, Rosie O’Donnell really can throw two balls at one time. She learned the trick on set from one of the original members of the AAGPBL.
14. “You can’t handle the truth!”
Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men
The iconic 1992 film was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. Jack Nicholson was paid $5 million for only ten days of work, and he only appeared in four scenes in the entire movie. His famous courtroom meltdown only lasted for 21 seconds.
15. “I see dead people.”
Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) in The Sixth Sense
The film was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and helped established many of his trademarks such as his preferences for cameoing in his own movies and twist endings. The film grossed $293 million worldwide and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
16. “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”
Johnny (Ralph Foody) in Home Alone
The famous line is mouthed by Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) in Home Alone. The line is from the movie within a movie Angels With Filthy Souls which featured Johnny and Snakes. The movie was not a real film and was a play on the film Angels With Dirty Faces. The fake movie was the first thing to be filmed when filming started. Home Alone became the highest grossing live action comedy film of all time in the United States after its release. It held that record worldwide until 2011 when it was surpassed by The Hangover Part II.
17. “You had me at hello.”
Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) in Jerry Maguire
Both “You had me at hello” and “Show me the money” are on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Quotes list (at 52 and 25 respectively). The 1996 film received critical acclaim and grossed over $273 worldwide. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globes.
18. “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”
Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) in Rush Hour
The 1998 film starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker grossed over $200 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. The film was Jackie Chan’s first English speaking role without any dubbing.
19. “What’s in the box?”
Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) in Se7en
The dark and gritty 1995 film shocked viewers with its ending. Se7en grossed over $327 million worldwide and became the seventh highest grossing film of the year. Also, Brad Pitt’s arm injury was real. While filming the scene where Detective Mills chases John Doe in the rain Pitt fell, and his arm went through a car windshield and required surgery. The injury was incorporated into the film’s story line.
20. “I’m the king of the world.”
Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Titanic
The film was the first film to reach the billion dollar mark. It was the highest grossing film of all time until Avatar surpassed it in 2010. During the production of the film DiCaprio had a pet lizard that he would carry around. It was accidentally run over by a truck, but DiCaprio managed to nurse it back to health.
21. “Molly, you in danger girl.”
Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) in Ghost
Only Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze could make pottery that sexy, and make you cry with the word “ditto”. The film was the highest grossing film of 1990. It was nominated for five Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. During filming Patrick Swayze had to chew ice so that his breath wouldn’t be seen on camera.
Animated 90’s Movie Trivia
22. What movie was Robin Williams’ first animated film? (Hint: It’s not Aladdin.)
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
He voiced Batty and performed the song “Batty Rap”. The film was also Elton John’s first involvement in an animated film. He composed and performed the song “Some Other World” for the film. While the film was considered a moderate success it had stiff competition from Disney. If you combined the box office gross of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest with the five other non-Disney films released in 1992 they still did not even equal one third the gross for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which was released the year before.
23. What are the names of the two mice from The Rescuers Down Under?
Bianca and Bernard
The film was Disney’s first animated sequel and was Eva Gabor’s last film before her death in 1995. It was also the first fully digital film and was produced with Disney’s CAPS production system which cut the production down by six months. Nurse Mouse is voiced by Russi Taylor who also voiced Minnie Mouse.
24. James Woods voiced the villain for which 1997 animated movie?
The character of Hades is one of James Woods’ favorite characters. When the film was about to go over budget he volunteered to refund his salary and do the film for free. Disney decided against that and went ahead with the film. Woods loves his character so much that when Disney needs him to reprise his work for television or video games he has always agreed to do so.
25. Which actor voiced Moses in The Prince of Egypt?
He also provided the voice of God. In order to avoid controversy the voice of God was voiced by all the major actors. They were told to whisper the lines so that no one would dominant the performance. By the time Val Kilmer read his lines it was realized that they needed someone to be louder, but you can still hear the rest of the cast whispering beneath Kilmer’s voice.
26. What year was The Lion King released?
The film was the highest grossing movie of 1994 worldwide, and it won two Academy Awards as well as a Golden Globe. The Lion King was one of three Disney films to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two were Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story 2.
27. What 90’s movie was the first and only animated film to receive a Special Achievement Academy Award?
The film also received three other Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, and Best Original Score. The film earned over $373 million worldwide and is widely considered to be one of the best animated films ever made. The film was released on November 22, 1995; and all the cars in the film have license plates that are dated November 95.
28. Which 90’s animated film was Disney’s first ever DVD?
The 1998 film grossed over $304 million and was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes. Mulan is one of two Disney princesses that are left handed. The other is Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.