45 movie questions to start a conversation
Watching and talking about movies is a universal experience.
This list of movie questions won’t just improve your English speaking skills. It will help you spark some engaging and thoughtful discussions with the people in your life.
Movies are one of the most popular ESL discussion topics for English learners. After all, there’s a reason American film critic David Ansen once famously said: “We are the movies and the movies are us.”
So find a conversation partner, choose your favorite ESL conversation questions from the list below, and explore every aspect of the moviemaking, moviegoing, and movie-viewing experience.
List of movie questions
- What is the best movie you have seen recently?
- What movie never fails to make you happy?
- Have you ever seen a movie that made you cry?
- What is your favorite movie of all time?
- Is there a specific film that everyone loves, but you can’t stand?
- What is your favorite movie genre?
- Is there a film genre that everyone loves, but you can’t stand?
- Why do certain genres of films appeal to you more than others?
- Who is your favorite actor or actress?
- Do you prefer going to the cinema or watching movies at home?
- What was the last movie you watched in theaters?
- What has been your favorite moviegoing experience?
- Do you like watching foreign films?
- Do you watch foreign films in their original language, or dubbed in your native language?
- What do you think of remakes of classic films?
- What are some great movies to watch with friends?
- What do you think makes a great movie?
- Would you rather watch a classic film or a modern one?
- What is the most underrated movie you have watched?
- Do you like watching movies based on true stories?
- How do you feel about film adaptations of books?
- Do you like watching films with a lot of special effects or films that rely more on the story?
- Have you ever seen a movie that made you laugh out loud?
- Have you ever seen a movie so bad it was good?
- What is the most memorable scene from a movie for you?
- Would you rather watch an old classic movie or the latest blockbuster release?
- Do you like watching movies in 3D?
- Do you prefer animated films or live-action films?
- What is the best movie soundtrack you have ever heard?
- Would you rather watch a movie with friends or alone?
- Are there any movie characters that you identify with?
- Do you feel that some movies are overhyped before their release?
- Can you think of an example where a movie sequel was better than the first film?
- Are there any movies that scared you so much that you had to turn them off early?
- Have you ever seen a movie so good it made you want to watch it again immediately after it ended?
- What do you think makes a great villain in a movie?
- Do you like watching movies based on real-life events?
- What do you think of movie remakes compared to the original films?
- What is your favorite movie series or film franchise?
- What do you think of movie franchises and their spin-offs?
- Have you ever seen a movie adaptation of a book that was better than the book itself?
- Have you ever seen a movie that made you think deeply about life?
- Are there any actors or actresses that you always enjoy seeing in films?
- Do you have any favorite quotes from movies that have stayed with you?
- If you could star in any movie, what movie would it be?