The '80s Romance Movies Quiz

By: Alison Cooper

The '80s Romance Movies Quiz
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About This Quiz

The '80s is chock-full of sappy, funny and dramatic romance movies. From "Pretty in Pink" to "Top Gun," the movies in this quiz are sure to give you a dose of colorful nostalgia. See how much you remember about them!
Who won the best actress Oscar for her screen debut in "Children of a Lesser God"?
Helen Hunt
Marlee Matlin
Matlin, who was 21 years old, was the youngest-ever best actress winner.
Marisa Tomei

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Who was Matlin's co-star in the film?
Harrison Ford
Richard Gere
William Hurt
Hurt played James Leeds, a teacher at a school for the deaf, who falls in love with Matlin's character, former student Sarah Norman.

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With whom did William Hurt star in "The Accidental Tourist"?
Geena Davis
In "The Accidental Tourist" Geena Davis plays a quirky dog trainer who teaches Hurt's character a thing or two about life.
Susan Sarandon
Meryl Streep

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And who was Hurt's leading lady in "Broadcast News"?
Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter plays a news producer to Hurt's anchorman.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Kathleen Turner

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British romance "A Room With a View" was adapted from a novel by this author.
Jane Austen
E.M. Forster
Ismail Merchant and James Ivory adapted E.M. Forster's 1908 novel for the 1986 film.
Charlotte Bronte

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Who plays the romantic heroine of "A Room With a View"?
Helena Bonham Carter
"A Room With a View" was one of the first of many period dramas for Helena Bonham Carter.
Tilda Swinton
Emma Thompson

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In "Out of Africa," Meryl Streep plays a woman who moves from this European country to this African country.
Denmark, Kenya
The movie is based on Karen von Blixen-Finecke's memoir of moving from Denmark to Kenya (then known as British East Africa).
Switzerland, South Africa
Austria, Tanzania

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Where does the action of "Against All Odds" take place?
Florida
Mexico
In "Against All Odds," Jeff Bridges plays a football player who falls in love with the daughter of the owner of his team, whom he's been hired to find after she runs away to Mexico. Long story.
Jamaica

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Adrian Lyne, the director of "9 1/2 Weeks," also directed this classic '80s romance.
"Flashdance"
Lyne's other critically panned but still-watched '80s movie was "Flashdance."
"The French Lieutenant's Woman"
"Endless Love"

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In the famous "Say Anything …" scene, Lloyd holds a boom box aloft as a song by this artist plays.
Peter Gabriel
Lloyd blasts "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel outside of Diane's house.
Phil Collins
Sarah McLachlan

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In "Say Anything …" Lloyd aspires to be this kind of athlete.
hurdler
golfer
kickboxer
Lloyd dreams of being a professional kickboxer.

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Where does Maverick first meet Charlie in "Top Gun"?
in class
in a bar
Maverick (Tom Cruise) unsuccessfully tries to pick up Charlie (Kelly McGillis) in a bar one night, and the next day he realizes that she's his Top Gun instructor.
on the street

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What Madonna ballad is the love theme of "Vision Quest"?
"Take a Bow"
"Crazy for You"
Madonna actually appears in "Vision Quest," singing "Crazy for You" at a bar.
"Live to Tell"

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Where does "St. Elmo's Fire" take place?
New York City
Washington
The "St. Elmo's Fire" gang has just graduated from Georgetown University in Washington.
Chicago

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In "St. Elmo's Fire," who plays Dale, the older woman on whom Kirby (Emilio Estevez) has a hopeless crush?
Andie MacDowell
MacDowell plays Dale, who, as it turns out, has a boyfriend.
Sigourney Weaver
Susan Sarandon

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Who won an Oscar for "An Officer and a Gentleman"?
Richard Gere
Debra Winger
Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr. won best supporting actor for his role as Marine drill instructor Emil Foley.

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In the famous last scene of "An Officer and a Gentleman," Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of …
a factory
Zack (Gere) arrives at the factory where Paula (Winger) works, declares his love and carries her out, to the cheers of the workers.
her house
a church

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In "Moonstruck," what's the profession of Nicolas Cage's character?
butcher
baker
Cage plays Ronny, a baker who's in love with his brother's fiancee.
plumber

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In "Moonstruck," what does Loretta say to Ronny after she slaps him for confessing his love?
"Snap out of it!"
Loretta tells Ronny to "snap out of it!" because she's engaged to his brother.
"Get out of here!"
"Forget about it!"

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Who plays Amanda Jones, the popular girl in "Some Kind of Wonderful"?
Lea Thompson
Thompson's Amanda doesn't turn out to be so bad after all.
Mary Stuart Masterson
Mare Winningham

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In "Pretty in Pink," where does Andie work?
a gas station
a record store
Andie's after-school job is in a record store.
a diner

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With whom does Andie leave the prom in "Pretty in Pink"?
Duckie
In the original version of the ending, Andie leaves the prom with Duckie, but audiences preferred her with Blane.
Blane
Steff

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Where do Harry and Sally start their road trip at the beginning of the movie?
Los Angeles
St. Louis
Chicago
Harry and Sally drive from Chicago to New York City.

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On which holiday do Harry and Sally finally kiss?
New Year's Eve
Harry and Sally share a long-awaited kiss at a New Year's Eve party.
Christmas
Valentine's Day

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Roger Ebert wrote that this '80s romance film "made him itch."
"Blue Lagoon"
To put it mildly, "Blue Lagoon" didn't fare well with the critics.
"Mannequin"
"Somewhere in Time"

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What's the real name of "The Princess Bride"?
Daffodil
Marigold
Buttercup
Princess Buttercup is the Princess Bride.

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Who's the pirate who kidnaps Westley in "The Princess Bride"?
Evil Pirate Jones
Dread Pirate Roberts
Because of his exemplary behavior as a captive, Westley eventually takes the title of Dread Pirate Roberts.
Awful Pirate Smith

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In "Dirty Dancing," what is Baby's real name?
Mary Ann
Frances
"Nobody puts Frances in a corner" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
Dorothy

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What does Baby carry into the staff party where she first sees people dirty dancing?
a baby
a watermelon
Baby's first words to Johnny are "I carried a watermelon."
a suitcase

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Which '80s romance was also named the greatest sports movie ever by Sports Illustrated?
"About Last Night"
"Bull Durham"
Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon hit it out of the park in "Bull Durham."
"The Karate Kid"

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You Got:
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