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How Much Do You Know About the Most Iconic ’80s Movies?

What a golden era for Hollywood! The 1980s were a decade when directors and screenwriters were eager to look outside the box for big ideas, following the birth of the blockbuster in the 1970s. Stars were born, the Brat Pack ruled supreme, and movie executives cashed in big time (and to their own private islands). Are you an expert on '80s cinema? Take this quiz and prove it!

Name This 80s Movie!

Gremlins

Arthur

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

The Evil Dead

Gremlins
Gremlins is a 1984 American black comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante and written by Chris Columbus. It draws on legends of folkloric mischievous creatures that cause malfunctions—”gremlins”—in the British Royal Air Force going back to World War II and stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character.

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Creepshow

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Parenthood

Mr. Bond

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark featuring Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character.

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Fatal Attraction

The Secret of My Success

Predator

Flash Gordon

Predator
Predator is a 1987 American horror science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas. It is the first installment in the Predator franchise. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite paramilitary rescue team on a mission to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory in a Central American rainforest, who encounter the deadly Predator (Kevin Peter Hall), a skilled, technologically advanced alien who stalks and hunts them down.

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The Blue Lagoon

Starman

Roxanne

Batman

Batman
Batman is a 1989 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber, it is the first installment of Warner Bros.’ initial Batman film series. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, and Jack Palance.

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Cocktail

Glory

Big

Spies Like Us

Big
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish to be “big” and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow, John Heard, and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.

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Pet Sematary

Caddyshack

The Right Stuff

Fright Night

Caddyshack
Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis, and Douglas Kenney, and starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O’Keefe, and Bill Murray. Doyle-Murray also has a supporting role.

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Sixteen Candles

Little Shop of Horrors

Christine

Harry and the Hendersons

Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes in his directorial debut. The film received positive reviews.

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Bull Durham

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Commando

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war drama film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford. The film is based on Hasford’s 1979 novel The Short-Timers and stars Matthew Modine, Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio and Adam Baldwin.

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Clash of the Titans

Better Off Dead

Trading Places

Ladyhawke

Trading Places
Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, with a screenplay by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod. It stars Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker (Aykroyd) and a poor street hustler (Murphy) whose lives cross when they are unwittingly made the subject of an elaborate bet to test how each man will perform when their life circumstances are swapped.

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Mask

The Shining

Flight of the Navigator

Steel Magnolias

The Shining
The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd.

Name This 80s Movie!

Uncle Buck

An American Werewolf in London

Back to School

The Dark Crystal

Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck is a 1989 American comedy film written, directed by John Hughes, and starring John Candy and Amy Madigan with supporting roles by Jean Louisa Kelly (in her film debut), Macaulay Culkin, Gaby Hoffmann, Garrett M. Brown, and Elaine Bromka. It film tells the story of a bachelor and all-around slob who babysits his brother’s rebellious teenage daughter and her younger brother and sister while the parents are away.

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Innerspace

Raising Arizona

Coming to America

Coming to America
Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also stars in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. The film was released in the United States on June 29, 1988.

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Look Who’s Talking

First Blood

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The Jewel of the Nile

First Blood
First Blood (also known as Rambo: First Blood) is a 1982 American action film directed by Ted Kotcheff, and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, who also stars as Vietnam War veteran John Rambo. It co-stars Richard Crenna as Rambo’s mentor Sam Trautman and Brian Dennehy as Sheriff Will Teasle.

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The Money Pit

Wall Street

Airplane!

The Fly

Airplane!
Airplane! is a 1980 American parody film written and directed by the brothers David and Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams in their directorial debuts, and produced by Jon Davison. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna Patterson.

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Fletch

A Christmas Story

Mannequin

Pale Rider

A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is a 1983 Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd’s semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories And Other Disasters. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley and is a seasonal classic in North America.

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Dirty Dancing

An Officer and a Gentleman

Can’t Buy Me Love

Flashdance

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein, produced by Linda Gottlieb, and directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, it tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey), a young woman who falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a vacation resort.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The Natural

The ‘Burbs

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. It stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, and John Candy as Del Griffith, a goodhearted but annoying salesman. In spite of their differences, they share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving Day dinner with his family.

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Turner & Hooch

Three Men and a Baby

The Blues Brothers

The Cannonball Run

The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis. It stars John Belushi as “Joliet” Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd as his brother Elwood, characters developed from the recurring musical sketch “The Blues Brothers” on NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. The film is set in and around Chicago, Illinois, where it was filmed, and the screenplay was written by Aykroyd and Landis.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

The Land Before Time

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Robert Shaye. It is the first installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and stars Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Johnny Depp in his film debut.

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Teen Wolf

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Easy Money

Three Amigos!

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his feature-film directing debut. It stars Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, who also cowrote the screenplay with Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol, along with E.G. Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger and Judd Omen.

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