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230+ Charades Ideas for Adults: Movies, TV, Books + More!

Need some inspiration for charades ideas? We’ve curated the best list of silly, energetic, and fresh ideas that are perfect for a game of charades for adults!

Our charades ideas for adults are separated into categories – movies, tv shows, books, plays and musicals, songs, quotes and phrases – we’ve even included a hard clues section! All the ideas are popular enough to be known by most players and the list is completely clean!

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Movies Charades List – Top 40

These charades movie ideas are perfect for adults, they are all popular movies that are likely to be known by most players!

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Airplane!Men in Black
Pink PantherBraveheart
Seven SamuraiTitanic
Silence of the LambsFriday the 13th
Blazing SaddlesThe Matrix
Home AloneLord of the Rings
GladiatorHarry Potter
The Sound of MusicTaxi Driver
GreaseThe Big Lebowski
Groundhog DayThe Beach
West Side StoryThe Hobbit
Jurassic ParkAlien
The Princess BrideJaws
GoodfellasBack to the Future
E.T.The Wizard of Oz

Want more charades movie ideas? See our mega list of 210 Charades Movie Ideas including Disney and family-friendly ideas! We definitely recommend it for any movie-themed charades night!

TV Shows Charades List – 40 Faves

These choices range from funny to cartoon to romantic and everything in between TV show charades ideas. Do you see your favorite on the list?

SupernaturalStranger Things
The BoysBreaking Bad
Russian DollUmbrella Academy
Game of ThronesBuffy
American IdolThe Big Bang Theory
FriendsAlways Sunny in Philadelphia 
How I Met Your MotherRick and Morty
Bojack HorsemanGravity Falls
The Vampire DiariesAdventure Time
SouthparkAmerican Dad
Doctor WhoThis is Us
Squid GameSeinfeld
Better Call SaulModern Housewives
Love IslandJersey Shore
RiverdaleOrange Is the New Black
EuphoriaSweet Tooth
FargoCowboy Bebop
Fawlty TowersThe Handmaid’s Tale
The SopranosMythbusters
Curb Your EnthusiasmThe West Wing
BlackadderTwin Peaks
The MandalorianThe Simpsons
House of CardsDownton Abbey
Top GearParks and Recreation

Book Charades Ideas – 30 Pageturners

In a world full of technology, the books category for charades may be the hardest to place.

Have a chapter of the night be all about the best novels you’ve read. When I was in high school, all my friends and I had to read the same books. If your group is stuck for ideas, sprinkle some nostalgia by having all players add a book from high school/college to the drawing pile. 

Animal FarmThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Da Vinci CodeThe Catcher in the Rye
Count of Monte CristoGreat Expectations
FrankensteinThe Little Prince
The Great GatsbyLittle Women
1984The Great Gatsby
A Tale of Two CitiesAlice in Wonderland
Charlotte’s WebThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Fifty Shades of GrayThe Wind in the Willows
DraculaThe Kite Runner
100 Years of SolitudeThe Life of Pi
The HelpThe Hunger Games
Brave New WorldHarry Potter 
TwilightCharlotte’s Web
The OdysseyThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Play Inspired Charades Ideas – 30 Musicals and Classics

Whether you prefer dancing in your seat, or getting the feels as Caesar is taken out, our play charades ideas got you covered. 

HamletMary Poppins
Les MiserablesThe Lion King
Beauty and the BeastJersey Boys
Mamma MiaChicago
SpamalotThe Phantom of the Opera
WickedFiddler on the Roof
West Side StoryRent
Moulin RougeRomeo and Juliet
My Fair LadyGuys and Dolls
MacbethThe Tempest
Billy ElliotHairspray
Miss SaigonEvita
CabaretThe Producers
Avenue QLegally Blonde

Now that I think about it, Hamilton is stuck in my head again.

Song Charades List – 40 Tunes

Oops, I did it again. Here are 40 top song charade ideas before we say Bye Bye Bye. 

Imagine – John LennonIt’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Wrecking Ball – Miley CyrusHotel California – The Eagles
London Calling – The ClashMan in the Mirror – Micheal Jackson
Baby – Justin BieberUptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Stayin’ Alive – The Bee GeesI Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Dancing Queen – ABBABlue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Gold Digger – Kanye WestSk8r Boy – Avril Lavigne
Hound Dog – Elvis PresleyRock Around The Clock – Bill Hayley and the Comets
Despacito – Daddy YankeeOver the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla IceLight My Fire – The Doors
Stand By Me – Ben E KingWhat a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Bohemian Rhapsody – QueenRiver Deep – Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner
Paint It Black – Rolling StonesAll I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Hello – AdeleDancing Queen – ABBA
Ring of Fire – Johnny CashYMCA – Village People
Cotton Eye Joe – RednexSittin On The Dock of The Bay – Otis Redding
So What – PinkSingle Ladies – Beyonce
Buttons – Pussycat DollsI Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Umbrella – RihannaPOPSTAR – Drake and DJ Khaled
Airplanes – Haley WilliamsThunder – Imagine Dragons

Did I just leak my dance playlist? Maybe. Are these songs amazing to act out in charades? 100% yes.

Quote Charades Ideas – 20 Famous Statements

To be or not to be, you talking to me? That is the question. Wait. I didn’t get that quote right, did I?

Here are some accurate quotes for charades ideas!

“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” Midnight Cowboy “You talking to me?” Taxi Driver
“Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire“The early bird gets the worm.”
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Jaws
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Wizard of Oz“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Frankenstein
“‘Toga! Toga!” National Lampoon’s Animal House“Here’s Johnny!” The Shining
“I’m the king of the world!” Titanic“This is Sparta!” 300
“Keep the change, ya filthy animal.” Home Alone“To infinity and beyond!” Toy Story
“Here’s lookin’ at you kid.” Casablanca“Clever girl.” Jurassic Park
“You had me at hello.” Jerry Maguire“Nobody puts the baby in a corner.” Dirty Dancing
“Just keep swimming.” Finding Nemo“These go to eleven.” This is Spinal Tap

Funny Charades Ideas for Adults – 20 ideas

Looking for something to act out for the laughs? Enjoy entertaining your friends and family with these funny charades ideas!

FrogStuck in a conversation at a party
Bull riding Putting on a wet suit
Charlie ChaplainWalking in giant shoes
Putting on eyelinerSuppressing a sneeze
TwerkingStubbing your toe
HiccupsTyping an angry email
Feeling like RockyDancing like no-one is watching
CatwalkingThrowing a ball with your off-hand
Playing VRSecretly picking your nose
ConstipationLost your glasses

For a list of funny charades ideas across all the usual categories like TV shows and movies, see our 225+ Funny Charades Ideas for Big Laughs!

32 Hard Charades Ideas

Your charades group is sailing through all the suggestions, additions, and challenges – it’s time to take it up a notch. 

This charades category is completely randomized, with no theme in mind to make the guessing even more difficult than before. There are some pop culture references, old-school throwbacks, and odd bits.

ForgetMcLovin from Superbad
Cardi B“Cool as a cucumber”
Jell-OUsing a coupon at the store
InfluencerSpilling the tea
GovernKanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s speech
Wedding speech“Best thing since sliced bread.”
Cold turkeyEleven from Stranger Things
Jet lagA closed door
A mermaidMark Zuckerberg
Elon MuskMarty from Back to the Future
Deja-VuThe T-Rex from Night at the Museum
Ordering groceriesInternational move
The sunPretending to be any of your fellow co-players
A rockPolishing valuables
Road tripMaking homemade pasta
Buying car insuranceSetting up lawn sprinklers

Conclusion – Charades Ideas for Adults

No acting out here – we’re hoping you loved this list! 

Charades is a game that’s enjoyable for all crowds, ages, and ranges. This list is perfectly designed with adults in mind, but we have a mega list of 260+ Fun Charades Ideas for Kids that are perfect for playing with kiddos.

If you and the other players have acting skills to rival oscar winners, then make your game more challenging with our 150+ Hard Charades Ideas!

Happy gaming, friends!

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