Movie Crossword Puzzle

Movie Crossword Puzzle

Reel Happiness movie crossword puzzles are entirely about a particular individual, topic, or film. No mere anchor words here!

In most crosswords, a theme consists of 2-4 anchor words on the subject, and everything else is garden-variety general knowledge. To such puzzles I say, “Hasta la vista, baby.” Here you’ll actually get to flex your movie muscles!

There’s a free movie crossword puzzle for you at the bottom of this page.

Two Ways to Play

Reel Happiness movie crossword puzzles are available in two formats: printable and digital.

  • The printable version is in .pdf format for Adobe, which we’re all familiar with by now.
  • The digital version is in .puz format for Across Lite. Across Lite is a little software app that lets you play crosswords offline using your favorite device, and to print and save in process as well. Across Lite is free and comfortable to use, and the New York Times has been using it for years. It’s essentially Adobe Reader for puzzles. Get Across Lite now for Windows, Mac, or iPad »


  • Special knowledge required: Some. For variety puzzles, your general movie chops should suffice.  If it’s topical puzzle, of course it helps to be well familiar with the person or film.
Solving Tips for Reel Happiness Movie Crossword Puzzles
The general crossword world maintains certain rules and conventions from which constructors do not deviate. Because we’re after a bit different experience here, I deliberately modify some of them, especially for puzzles focused on a particular person or film. Here’s what you’ll see that may be different:

  • Liberties. Sometimes it’s a forced choice between skipping an neat theme-related entry or taking a liberty, in which case I choose the liberty. Thus, you might see a scramble (in which you’re given the letters, and they appear in some order) or an abbreviation, or maybe even a word spelled backwards. But no worries ~ because they’re irregular, the clue is obvious. There are no tricks.
  • Two-Letter Entries. The vast majority of the time, a two-letter answer will be a person’s intitials. If they’re not, the clue will be clear and try to give it to you as something of a freebie.
  • Film Titles. Rarely will you see articles such as “The” or “A/an” in movie titles – The Way We Were will likely show up as Way We Were. Otherwise it makes for a boring puzzle. Ugh.
  • Puzzle Pattern. While conventional construction starts with a pattern and works in the words, I start with the words and let the pattern reveal itself.  Thus, the pattern may appear unconventional ~ but it is always symmetrical.
  • Blurred Reality. You’ll frequently see a person referred to as the character, as in “He/she did this in a certain movie.”   I’m sure we’re all quite clear that actors are not their characters, but using correct English in the clues (despite a valiant effort, lol) is often verbose and would distract. Just stay flexible with the pronouns and try to take things in context.

Play a Free Movie Crossword Puzzle

Obsessions with Excellence (Oscars® 2015)

Download the Printable Version

Download the Digital Version

(As a refresher, the Best Picture nominees were American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash. The acting nominees were Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Keira Knightley, Julianne Moore, Edward Norton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Ruffalo, J.K. Simmons, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon.)


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