A True Movie Buff Should Be Able to Name All of These '80s Movies. Can You?

By: Khadija L.
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When you think about the 1980s amid all the big hair, boom boxes, neon and shoulder pads, some of the most successful movies were released. We saw a rise in science fiction and adventure films, as well as classic remakes and numerous sequels being created. We also saw musical and dance montages and the formation of the Brat Pack.

Some of the most popular ones include Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Return of the Jedi, The Shining, The Terminator, The Breakfast Club, Aliens and Rain Man. With the popularity of many of those movies, certain celebrities' careers skyrocket and are still known today for some of the iconic roles that they played. We also heard some of the most memorable movie phrases like "I am your father", "I'll be back" and "They're her-ee", many of which are still being said more than three decades later.

If you're given an image from some of the greatest 1980s movies, will you be able to identify them? Are you a true 1980s movie buff, because only they will be able to identify them correctly. Take this quiz to test just how much you know about this decade's movies. 

Back to the Future is a 1985 American adventure film starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. Michael stars as the teenager Marty McFly who is sent back to 1955 where he meets his future parents and accidentally becomes the object of his mom’s affection.

Scarface is a 1983 American crime film and is a remake of the 1932 film with the same name. The film tells the story of Tony Montoya who arrived in Miami with nothing and becomes one of the most powerful drug kingpins. The movie starred Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Loggia.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American action film which was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Harrison Ford and Karen Allen as its main cast. The movie is the first installment in the film franchise and follows Indiana, who is in a race to find the Ark of the Covenant against the Nazis.

Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film which followed a group of teenagers who were murdered after trying to reopen an abandoned campground. The movie, which was directed by Sean S. Cunningham, included actors like Kevin Bacon, Betsy Palmer, Harry Crosby and Adrienne King.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film which was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace. The movie follows a young boy who befriends an extraterrestrial and tries to help it find its way home.

Blade Runner is a 1982 American science fiction film which was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young and was loosely based on a Philip K. Dick novel. The movie is set in the future where a group of synthetic humans are hunted down by a police officer.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American space opera film and the second installment in the Star Wars trilogy. It follows the rebels who were overpowered by the Empire and Luke Skywalker, who began his Jedi training with master Yoda.

The Lost Boys is a 1987 American horror comedy about two brothers (Sam and Michael Emerson) who move to California and end up fighting a group of vampires. The film’s name was based on the lost boys from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American comedy film which starred Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It follows three professors who set up a ghost removal agency in New York city. The movie inspired several video games, its own animated series and a 2016 remake.

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 British-American war film which was based on a novel called The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford. The movie, which was named after a type of bullet, follows a group of U.S. Marines as they struggle through training and also through the Vietnam War.

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film based on Richard Thorp’s book series which starred Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman and was the first of the Die Hard franchise. It followed an off-duty police officer who was caught in a Los Angeles skyscraper during a heist on Christmas Eve.

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. The film stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis and follows a young naval aviator who is given the chance to train at a Navy’s Fighter Weapons School.

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated film which was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animations. It followed a mermaid princess name Ariel, who makes a bargain with a sea witch in order to become human and meet a human prince.

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He played the role of the Terminator, a cyborg assassin who was sent back in time to kill someone whose son would one day become the savior of a dystopian future.

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film which was based on the novel Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr. It follows a group of American researchers who travel to Antarctica and encounter an extraterrestrial lifeform which is able to imitate other organisms.

The Shining is a 1980 horror film based on a 1977 Stephen King novel with the same name. The movie follows an aspiring writer who accepts the position of off-season caretaker at a historic hotel which is influenced by supernatural forces.

Silverado is a 1985 American western film starring Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and John Cleese. It follows a bunch of misfit friends who try their best to correct the injustices that exist in their small town.

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy drama film and one of the famous John Hughes movies. It follows a group of five teens who come from different high school cliques who happen to spend Saturday detention together. The actors in the movie make up the famous Brat Pack, who starred in a string of movies together.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American comedy film which was based on a 1981 book by Cameron Crowe with the same name. The film followed a group of high school students, specifically two friends, each of whom believe that they are better in the romance department than the other.

Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror film which tells the story of a young man who received a mysterious pet as a present from his father with specific instructions about its care. When they are not followed, the pet gives birth to an evil and destructive little creature.

Weird Science is a 1985 American science fiction film which starred Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as two high school nerds who attempt to create the perfect woman, who turns out to be much more than they expect.

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy film which was directed by Tim Burton and starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. It tells the story of a deceased ghost couple whose home was invaded by a family and in an effort to get rid of them, the couple hires a ghost to scare them off.

Caddyshack is a 1980 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Michael O’Keefe as members of an exclusive golf club who have to deal with an annoying new member as well as a destructive gopher wreaking havoc all over the golf course.

Rain Man is a 1988 American comedy drama film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as its main cast. It tells the story of a selfish young man who after discovering that his wealthy and estranged father dies, left his multimillion-dollar estate to his other brother who had no clue existed.

The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American drama film which was based on a 1908 novel by Douglas Day Stewart with the same name. The film stars Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins as two children who end up shipwrecked and learn to explore much more than the island that they are stranded on.

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy film which was based on a film with the same name. It starred Chris Sarandon, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes and André the Giant and tells the story of a farmhand and his friends who embark on a journey to save his beloved Princess Buttercup.

The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural film which tells the story of five college students who head to an isolated cabin for vacation. After finding an audio tape which released a group of evil spirits, a reign of terror is unleashed in the little cabin.

Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American action film starring Danny Glover, Tom Atkins, Mel Gibson and Gary Busey and was directed by Richard Donner. It follows an unlikely pair of police officers who must work together in order to catch a gang of drug dealers.

The Blues Brothers is 1980 American musical comedy which stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The two actors star as “The Blues brothers," two characters who were developed from "Saturday Night Live." The film follows the brothers on their quest for redemption.

Stand By Me is a 1986 American comedy drama film starring River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell as its main cast. The film was based on a Stephen King novella called The Body. The movie tells the story of four boys who after going on a hike, find the body of a missing child.

Airplane! Is a 1980 American parody disaster film which was said to be inspired by the 1957 film Zero Hour!. It tells the story of an ex-fighter pilot and traumatized war veteran named Ted Striker, who gets on one to in an attempt to win back his girlfriend, only to try to safely land the plane after the pilot becomes sick.

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 crime drama film starring James Wood and Robert De Niro and was based on The Hoods novel by Harry Grey. It followed the lives of David Aaronson, a young kid who grew up in the slums and rose to be one of the biggest Mafia bosses in the city.

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and David Moscow. It followed a teenage boy who wishes to be a grown up and wakes up the next morning as a 30-year-old man who later moves to New York where he gets a jobs testing toys.

Platoon is a 1987 American anti-war film which is the first of three films in the series. The film was well received and won several Academy Awards, some of which include Best Picture and Best Director. It followed a young soldier in Vietnam who faces multiple crises including the horrors of war.

Raging Bull is a 1980 American sports drama film which was adapted from Jake LaMotta’s memoir, Raging Bull: My Story. It features Robert De Niro as the boxer whose rage and animal-like nature destroys his relationship with both his wife and family. It also features Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent and Theresa Saldana.

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American neo-noir film which was named after a 1963 Bobby Vinton song with the same name. It features Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini and Kyle MacLachlan and tells the story a young man who, after finding a severed human ear, goes on an investigation which will change his life forever.

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure film starring Sean Astin, Kerri Green, Corey Feldman and Josh Brolin. Written by Chris Columbus with executive producer Steven Spielberg, it follows a group of kids on a quest to find pirate’s treasure in order to save their homes from foreclosure.

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American thriller starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer. The film is centered around a married man who has a weekend affair with a woman, who later becomes obsessed with him and refuses to allow the relationship to end.

Aliens is a 1986 science fiction film which was directed by James Cameron and starred “Sci-Fi queen” Sigourney Weaver. It is the sequel to the 1979 film Alien and a part of the Alien franchise.

Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen and Oliver Stone. It follows a young and impatient stockbroker who becomes involved with a wealthy and greedy corporate raider, who teaches him the ropes.

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