Can You Guess All of These '80s Hit Movies From Just One Image?

By: Jouviane Alexandre
Image: Universal Pictures

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"Who you gonna call?!"

While you might be tempted to call the Ghostbusters, we're calling on you for some help with these classic '80s films!

The '80s was a huge decade in film. The brat pack was blowing up the movie screens with John Hughes' classics like The Breakfast ClubPretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles. You were welcoming the supernatural with E.T. and Ghostbusters. Teens were traveling between the past and future and skipping school. 

These iconic films were determined by their excellent casts and scenery. Can you recognize a young Tom Cruise dancing in a living room in his shirt and socks? Can you spot the difference in film from Michael J. Fox with a body full of hair versus with a denim jacket and red vest?

A decade filled with iconic characters, how could you forget John Rambo and the Terminator? Harrison Ford became iconic as Indiana Jones and Han Solo. Who doesn't remember Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey having the time of their lives?

From child classics like The Goonies to action thrillers like Die Hard, it's impossible to forget the actors in their iconic scenes. From Chuck to John McClane, can you pair the actors and their scenes to their classic '80s films? Will you dominate the '80s or will you be headed Back to the Future? Let's find out!



"Back to the Future" did exceptionally well during its time. The film was released in July 1985 and became the highest-grossing film of 1985, with over $381 million.

"The Karate Kid" was first released in June 1984. This film spawned 2 more sequels, both of which included Pat Morita. Ralph Macchio also starred in the second film.

Bruce Willis starred in the 1988 film, "Die Hard," as an NYPD officer. This film spawned four sequels, also starring Willis.

Caddyshack premiered in July 1980. The film sparked a sequel that wasn't as well-received as the first.

"Coming to America" did exceptionally well at the box office in 1988. It became the third-highest-grossing film of the year.

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" did exceptionally well in 1986 and went on to become the top grossing film of the year. Matthew Broderick received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

Like many other movies of the time, "The Princess Bride" didn't become a major box office success. It received a cult following after the film was released for home video.

In 1982, Sylvester Stallone appeared for the first time as John Rambo, in the film "First Blood." The film grossed over $120 million at the box office and was quick to gain a cult following. This film sparked 3 sequels.

Appearing in May 1980, "The Shining" went on to become one of the best horror movies of all time. The film is also well-known for the bathroom scene, where Nicholson says the famous "Here's Johnny" line.

"The Goonies" was released in June 1985. The film did relatively well, but, like many films of the 80s, it developed a cult following after its release on home video.

Tom Cruise stars in the 1986 film "Top Gun" as Maverick, a Naval aviator. This film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.

All 5 actors in this film were known to be part of the "Brat Pack," a group of actors who starred in numerous films together throughout the 80s. Other members included Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

"Lethal Weapon" was a box office hit when it was released in 1987. The successful film sparked 3 sequels and a 2016 television series.

The 1989 release of "Batman" launched the film series, with Michael Keaton starring as Batman in the first two films and Val Kilmer taking over the role for the last installment, "Batman Forever."

Kevin Bacon stars in the 1984 film, "Footloose," about a teenager who moves to a small town where dancing and music have been banned.

"Ghostbusters" was a major success in 1984. Not only did it gross over $295 million, but the film was also nominated for two Oscars.

"The Terminator" was first released in 1984. The film sparked four sequels and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry.

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" was the highest grossing film of 1981 and was nominated for 9 Academy Awards.

"Beetlejuice" grossed over $73 million in the United States alone. The film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was released in August 1982 and has since been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

"Beverly Hills Cop" was the highest grossing film of 1985. The film was nominated for both Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Molly Ringwald stars in the 1984 film, "Sixteen Candles," where her entire family forgets about her 16th birthday.

After its release in December 1980, "9 to 5" made over $103 million domestically. Since then, the film has spawned a television series and a Broadway musical. Dolly Parton, who plays Doralee Rhodes, wrote the music for the play.

"Stir Crazy" reunited Wilder and Pryor for a second film. They first worked together on the film "Silver Streak," which was released in 1976.

"The Color Purple" performed well at the box office, grossing over $142 million. The film was Oprah Winfrey's acting debut.

"St. Elmo's Fire" is a popular coming-of-age film that stars many of the "Brat Pack" members of the 80s.

At just 14 years old, Shields starred in "The Blue Lagoon," where she's stranded on an island with her cousin, played by Christoper Atkins. The film grossed over $50 million in the US and Canada.

"Superman II" is the sequel to the first film, which was released in 1978. The film did exceptionally well at the box office, grossing over $190 million.

"Arthur" was released in July 1981. The film tells the story of a wealthy man who was in an arranged marriage. The film went on to become the 4th-highest-grossing film of the year.

After its December 1982 release, "48 Hrs." went on to gross over $78 million at the box office. The film is considered to be the first of the "buddy cop" genre.

"Good Morning, Vietnam" follows the story of an airman who is hired as a DJ for the Armed Forces. Not only did Robin Williams win a Golden Globe for his performance, but also the film is listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest American Movies.

Based on the comic strip, "Little Orphan Annie," "Annie" was released in June 1982. The soundtrack has since become extremely popular and was nominated for Best Song Score at the Academy Awards.

After its release in 1982, "An Officer and a Gentleman" went on to gross over $129 million on a $6 million budget. The film follows a Navy Aviation Officer through finding love and his training.

"Terms of Endearment" did well at the box office and at the Academy Awards. The 1983 film won Best Picture, plus Shirley MacClaine won the award for Best Actress and Jack Nicholson won Best Supporting Actor.

The 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally..." tells the story of two friends who meet each other sporadically over a 12-year period. The film grossed over $92 million.

"Trading Places" was released in June 1983 and went on to receive numerous award nominations. Having earned over $90 million at the box office, the film was the 4th-highest-grossing film of the year.

"Three Men and a Baby" was a hugely popular film of the 80s. Although it didn't win any major awards, it was the highest-grossing film of the year with over $168 million.

"Dirty Dancing" was first released in 1987 and was a major box office success. The film has since grossed over $210 million.

Produced by and starring Michael Douglas, "Romancing the Stone" did well at the box office, grossing over $86 million. The film spawned a sequel, "The Jewel of the Night," which was released in 1985.

The 1984 film, "Splash," told the story of Allen (Hanks) who falls in love with a woman who is actually a mermaid. The film is noted as being the first on the Disney Studios' Touchstone Pictures label that includes mature content, for brief nudity.

Based on the autobiographical book of the same name, "Out of Africa" was released in 1985 and grossed over $128 million at the box office.

After its December 1988 release, "Rain Man" became the highest-grossing film of 1988 with over $354 million. The film won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman.

Having written the screenplay and story, Dan Aykroyd starred alongside Chevy Chase in a film about two amateur spies who are sent to the Soviet Union. The film went on to gross over $60 million at the box office.

"National Lampoon's Vacation" was released in July of 1983. Since then, the film grossed over $61 million and spawned four sequels.

"Risky Business" debuted in 1983 and helped launch Tom Cruise's career. The film is particularly famous for the scene where Tom Cruise dances around his living room in a dress shirt and socks.

"Fatal Attraction" was released in September 1987. It was a major box office hit and received six Academy Award nominations.

Scarface was released in 1983 and is still considered one of the most successful mob films. Al Pacino and Steven Bauer both received Golden Globe nominations for their performances.

"Moonstruck" did well at the box office in 1987, with over $91 million. Not only did the film become the 5th-highest-grossing film of the year, but it also won 3 Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Cher.

"Heathers" was released in March 1989. Although the film didn't do well at the box office, it went on to become a cult classic.

Based on a novel, "The Witches of Eastwick" grossed over $63 million. The film was nominated for Academy and Grammy Awards.

"Wall Street" was released in 1987 and tells the story of greed in the corporate world. Michael Douglas, who starred as Gordon Gekko, won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

"Raging Bull" was released in 1980 and received many accolades. It also became the first movie to be preserved by the National Film Registry in its first year of eligibility.

"Twins" was released at the end of 1988. The film tells the story of twins who were separated at birth. It earned over $111 million and was the 5th-highest-grossing film of the year.

"Dead Poets Society" is a popular film released in 1989. The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In the 1983 film, "Octopussy," Roger Moore appears for the 6th time as James Bond. At the box office, the film grossed over $180 million.

"Do the Right Thing" was released in July 1989 and went on to receive a few Academy Award nominations. It has since been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.

"Pretty in Pink" was released in 1986 and quickly became a cult classic. The film grossed over $40 million in the US.

"Say Anything..." was one of the classic "high school" movies to appear in the 80s. The film is famous for the scene where John Cusack stands outside Skye's house with a boom box.

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