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Remember that one time I mentioned that my husband loves movies?
Well, this year I wanted to give him a gift that would pair nicely with my super fun Father’s Day movie bucket for the cinephile.
Naturally, I went with a gift I would love, too: Board games.
I love Game Night, you guys. My hubby? Not so much. But he’s warming to it since we started hosting them monthly with my neighbor, Tauni.
This year, I decided it might be fun to add to our board game collection by giving my hubby a movie-related game that he’d be sure to win.
The one I picked was Pass the Popcorn, and boy do we love it! It’s great for the hubster because he has a natural advantage over the rest of us, due to the sheer amount of movie knowledge he retains.
There are a few movie-related games out there, so here are some that we’ve either tried or have wanted to get our hands on.
11 Blockbuster Movie Games for the Cinephile
If you like trivia, but prefer to stick to the Entertainment category when playing Trivial Pursuit, then this is the game for you. Perfect for 2-4 players, you can either play the game as written (fun card-collecting and -swapping among players) or you can just sit around quizzing each other off the cards… My husband may or may not enjoy the latter in our down time.
I love this game, you guys. Technically a book, it looks beautiful on coffee tables and nightstands, and it’s very difficult for anyone who doesn’t know tiny details about classic motion pictures. My husband even sometimes has a tough time deciphering the clues, and he legit knows everything cinematographic. This means he keeps coming back to it, so it’s not just taking up space in our home.
The pages are laid out with clues like this:
Each set refers to a different movie. And I have literally never guessed one of them correctly. I clearly need to pay more attention when I watch movies. (To start, it might be helpful to actually watch the movie instead of Wikipedia-ing the plot and ending while the movie is playing…)
Definitely get this one for that cinephile in your life! At $8, it’s a steal!
3. Movie Buff
If you’re a fan of Mad Libs or you’re one of those people who’s really good at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is the game for you! According to its description, Movie Buff forges connections between actors, roles, & movie quotes, relying on players’ knowledge and jumping from dramas to horror, from comedy to classics. Each round relies on players’ own movie knowledge, so you never play the same game twice. Finally, a use for all that movie trivia knowledge!
Pretty much the board game version of Six Degrees of Separation, Cinelinx is like dominoes for movie lovers. If you love finding connections between actors + actors, actors + movies, or movies + movies, then this is the game for you! Similar to Movie Buff, this game is never the same twice!
Have you ever dreamt of writing your own screenplay? Do you constantly come up with clever and intricate movie plots based on familiar situations? Are you a fan of Mad Libs with a flair for the creative? Well, this is the game for you!
According to its description, in Buy the Rights, players create their own movies based on four decks of cards. Each round, one player is the Producer and the other players are Screenwriters. Using the cards as a starting point, Screenwriters pitch their movies to the Producer, who then buys the rights to their favorite ideas. Think of it as Cards Against Humanity, but movie themed and more dignified.
Did you know that, depending on how you define the word, it is estimated that nearly half a million movies have been made since the invention of the motion picture? That’s a lot of genres, settings, and themes, my friends!
Well, Double Feature allows you to tap into your movie repertoire and draw connections between well-known feature films. Players choose two cards, each containing one of seven categories: Prop, location, movie character, scene, theme/genre, setting, and production. They then race to come up with a movie that fits both prompts. In Double Feature, you’ll end up shouting out movies you didn’t even know you knew! A great game for beginners and experts alike!
If you love trivia, but your expertise doesn’t end at movies, the Best of TV & Movies game will be right up your alley! This game combines trivia from both movies and television, bringing in hundreds of the all-time classic shows and films. As a fun bonus, this game also includes a logo identification portion, for those of us who still have the old-school televisions and therefore actually still watch commercials. (Ask me to sing the Goldfish jingle sometime. You won’t be disappointed.)
If you’re like me, you love to watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Such a simple set-up: Give me a question, give me four possible answers, and let me show you what I know.
Well, Movie Buff Quiz is just that, except that the only category in this version is Movies. Sound like a dream? Then get your hands on this fun, classic trivia game and start wowing friends and family with your movie trivia knowledge!
According to its description, conversations abound as friends and family recall favorite movie scenes and performances, and race around the film reel vying for the finish. Players will answer questions from 8 fun-filled categories dealing with the big screen from the 1960’s to the present. If you’ve got a competitive streak, then this will reel-y make you wild!
10. Mad About Movies
Containing thousands of questions from over 700 movies, Mad About Movies stars every generation’s films, and challenges players’ knowledge of actors, movie quotes, characters, and general movie trivia. The game includes questions from four main categories: Who’s Who, Quotes, In the Movies, and Real Knowledge. Test your knowledge of major well-known films with this fun-filled fast-paced game!
11. Scene It
Scene It is the first DVD-based board game combining movie trivia with the flash of the small screen — The television screen, that is. The best part? There’s a Disney version! Pop the DVD into the player and let the games begin!
So there you have it, folks! If you’re looking for ways to make your Father’s Day Movie Bucket a blockbuster hit, add one of these 11 Blockbuster Movie Games for the Cinephile!