Can You Identify All 50 '80s Movies From Just One Screenshot?

By: Ana Todorovic
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Can You Identify All 50 '80s Movies From Just One Screenshot?
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About This Quiz

What a time it was for Hollywood! With the birth of the blockbuster in the 1970s, the '80s was a decade when directors and screenwriters were eager to look outside the box for big ideas. Stars were born, the Brat Pack reigned supreme, and movie execs ran with it all the way to the bank (and to their own private islands).

The 1980s saw a sci-fi renaissance with offerings from George Lucas, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. Horror auteurs like Wes Craven, John Carpenter and Sam Raimi killed it on the big screen. And nobody had a finger on the pulse of teen angst like writer-director John Hughes.

These are the classics you know by heart. The classics that make you drop everything when they're on TV (even though you've seen them a hundred times). After all, house cleaning can wait when there's a Holy Grail to be found or Fast Times to be had.

But for every timeless gem, there's a guilty pleasure (many of which star Patrick Swayze) that holds a special place in our hearts. Are you an expert on '80s cinema? Take this quiz and prove it!

Beetlejuice Which film gave us this classic moment?
"Spaceballs"
"The Evil Dead"
"Beetlejuice"
Tim Burton's 1988 ghoulish comedy about the "ghost with the most" will get the Broadway treatment in 2019.
"The Goonies"

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Know which film this scene comes from?
"Footloose"
"Spaceballs"
"Airplane!"
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
John Hughes wrote and Harold Ramis directed this 1983 introduction to the Griswold family.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Which movie does this image come from?
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
The iconic bicycle/moon shot from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" is a key part of the logo for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.
"Krull"
"Little Shop of Horrors"
"Moonstruck"

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The Karate Kid Can you select the production that provided this panorama?
"Back to the Future"
"The Shining"
"The Outsiders"
"The Karate Kid"
The 1984 original with Pat Morita launched four other installments that also included actors such as Hilary Swank and Jackie Chan.

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T-800 Pick the flick that pairs with this panorama.
"Glory"
"The Terminator"
"The Terminator" includes many familiar faces from James Cameron's "Aliens" — including actors Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton.
"Superman III"
"Ordinary People"

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Scarface Test your movie memory by matching this scene to the film.
"Lethal Weapon"
"Scarface"
Did you know? It is commonly held that musical group Blink 182 took their numerical name from a certain obscenity Al Pacino frequently uses in "Scarface."
"The Untouchables"
"Bloodsport"

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John McClane Pick the title that correlates to this scene:
"Die Hard"
Never let anyone tell you "Die Hard" is not a Christmas movie. Enjoy it this holiday season!
"Batman"
"The Terminator"
"Haunted Honeymoon"

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The Goonies Can you match this picture to the right title?
"The Goonies"
Written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus, Richard Donner directs this childhood must-see from 1985.
"The Karate Kid"
"The Thing"
"Adventures in Babysitting"

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The Blue Lagoon Can you match the movie to this image?
"The Blue Lagoon"
Randal Kleiser's oft-panned film about two shipwrecked kids falling in love was Oscar nominated for Best Cinematography in 1981.
"Road House"
"The Lost Boys"
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

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Predator Know which production this picture comes from?
"Alien"
"Predator"
Did you know? The first "Predator" (1987) starred two future state governors — Jesse Ventura (MN) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA).
"Masters of the Universe"
"Blood Simple"

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RIpley - Aliens Can you name this '80s flick?
"The Shining"
"Aliens"
"Aliens" (1986) is James Cameron's action-packed follow-up to Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979). Both star Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
"Psycho"

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Mad Max 2: Road Warrior Pick the flick that gave us this scene.
"Explorers"
"The Road Warrior"
While the first "Mad Max" landed in 1979, no one says "Mad Max II" these days. Everyone calls the second installment "The Road Warrior."
"Re-Animator"
"The Living Daylights"

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Back to the Future Can you name this '80s flick?
"Back to the Future"
The "Back to the Future" screenplay was turned down somewhere around 40 times before it got picked up.
"Lethal Weapon"
"Weird Science"
"Dune"

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Lethal Weapon Do you know which silver screen classic this clip comes from?
"The Money Pit"
"Wild Orchid"
"Lethal Weapon"
In 1987, director Richard Donner and screenwriter Shane Black made it look effortless with this classic buddy cop movie that led to three sequels and a TV show.
"The Year of Living Dangerously"

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Test your movie memory by matching this scene to the film.
"Return to Oz"
"Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Indy owned the '80s with three globe-trotting adventures from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
"Popeye"
"Explorers"

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The Joker - Batman 1989 Pick the flick that pairs with this pic.
"Batman"
Director Tim Burton brought the Dark Knight to the big screen with the help of Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in 1989.
"Beetlejuice"
"The Outsiders"
"Dead Poets Society"

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Full Metal Jacket Pick the flick that gave us this scene.
"Kickboxer"
"Flash Gordon"
"Risky Business"
"Full Metal Jacket"
Stanley Kubrick directs Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D'Onofrio in this 1987 war classic.

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Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) Can you select the production that provided this panorama?
"They Live"
"See No Evil, Hear No Evil"
"The Goonies"
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
John Hughes was at it again with 1986's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." The poster tagline says it all: "One man's struggle to take it easy."

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Road House Remember which silver screen classic included this clip?
"Platoon"
"Empire of the Sun"
"Rocky"
"Road House"
Nominated for multiple Razzie Awards in 1990, "Road House" is a classic guilty pleasure starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott.

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Airplane! Can you match this picture to the right title?
"Cocktail"
"Top Secret!"
"Airplane!"
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, "Airplane!" is a colorful comedy starring serious actors like Peter Graves and Leslie Nielsen.
"Christine"

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5 As You Wish Most Romantic Moments of ’80s Movie History Can you match the movie to this image?
"The Breakfast Club"
The Brat Pack stars in this John Hughes classic about five teens who learn about one another while stuck in weekend detention.
"The Outsiders"
"Adventures of Babysitting"
"Back to the Future"

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Coming to America Pick the title that correlates to this scene:
"Coming to America"
Actors Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall play many roles in this 1988 comedy about an African prince who comes to America looking for a bride.
"Harlem Nights"
"The Last Emperor"
"The Mission"

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Ghostbusters
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Pick the title that correlates to this scene.
"The Thing"
"Aliens"
"Ghostbusters"
Ivan Reitman directs a cast of notorious ad-libbers in this paranormal classic from 1984.
"Die Hard"

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Weird Science Can you identify the movie from just this screenshot?
"Back to the Future"
"Weird Science"
Legend has it John Hughes wrote this 1985 comedy in two days.
"The Meaning of Life"
"SpaceCamp"

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Do you know these famous Dirty Dancing quotes? 2 Remember which feature included this iconic scene?
"Footloose"
"Valley Girl"
"Pretty in Pink"
"Dirty Dancing"
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze cut a rug in this beloved dance film from 1987.

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Can You Finish These Quotes From Top Gun Quiz 1 Pick the movie that goes with this classic scene.
"Rain Man"
"Top Gun"
Tony Scott's 1986 high-flying flick features an all-star cast, memorable lines and turbo-charged tunes from Kenny Loggins.
"Clue"
"RoboCop"

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Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Down Know which film this scene comes from?
"Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back"
Disney bought the rights to "Star Wars" and Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion dollars in 2012.
"The Big Blue"
"Spies Like Us"
"Major League"

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The Outsiders Know which production this picture comes from?
"Come and See"
"The 'Burbs"
"The Outsiders"
Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 gang film features an all-star cast of leading men such as Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.
"Trading Places"

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Sixteen Candles Remember which motion picture provided this scene?
"The Breakfast Club"
"Stand by Me"
"Sixteen Candles"
John Hughes directs Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in this 1984 comedy.
"The NeverEnding Story"

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The Lost Boys Strain your brain to match this scene to the movie.
"Mischief"
"Explorers"
"Young Guns"
"The Lost Boys"
Joel Schumacher's 1987 vampire film stars '80s luminaries Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Remember which motion picture provided this scene?
"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"
"The Mission"
"Leviathan"
"Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"
Mel Gibson returns as Max in George Miller's "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome." This one's got Tina Turner.

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The Neverending Story (Falkor) Remember which feature included this iconic scene?
"Labyrinth"
"Conan the Barbarian"
"The NeverEnding Story"
A boy journeys into a storybook in this 1984 tale from director Wolfgang Petersen.
"Legend"

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Blade Runner (1982) HD Which of these titles goes with this screenshot?
"Pretty Women"
"Blade Runner"
Ridley Scott's 1982 "Blade Runner" was based on the 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by science fiction author Philip K. Dick.
"Beverly Hills Cop"
"Willow"

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The Shining Strain your brain to match this scene to the movie.
"Heathers"
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
"The Shining"
Film legend Stanley Kubrick worked on the screenplay and directed this scare show based on the Stephen King novel.
"Predator"

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Stand by Me Which movie does this image come from?
"The Goonies"
"The Breakfast Club"
"Stand by Me"
"Stand by Me" is a classic coming-of-age movie we really hope you've seen. The 1986 movie is based on "The Body," a novella by Stephen King.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

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The Blues Brothers Which film gave us this classic moment?
"The Outsiders"
"Dirty Dancing"
"The Women in Red"
"The Blues Brothers"
The Blues Brothers act was first seen on "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. The film followed in 1980.

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Adventures in Babysitting Which '80s classic does this image come from?
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
"Adventures in Babysitting"
Elizabeth Shue stars in this 1987 comedy from director Chris Columbus.
"Dirty Dancing"
"The Goonies"

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"Mississippi Burning"
"Witness"
"Dead Poet's Society"
Robin Williams was nominated for an Oscar for his dramatic turn as teacher John Keating in "Dead Poet's Society" (1989).
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

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Labyrinth Do you know which silver screen classic this clip comes from?
"The NeverEnding Story"
"Labyrinth"
David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly headline this 1986 tale from the much-beloved creator of the Muppets.
"The Last Dragon"
"The Color of Money"

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Know which blockbuster featured this scene?
"Urban Cowboy"
"Fletch"
"Heartbreak Ridge"
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) features an all-star cast with the likes of Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Ray Walston, Nicolas Cage, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker.

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Return of the Jedi Remember which silver screen classic included this clip?
"Conan the Destroyer"
"Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi"
"Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi" won numerous awards and was nominated for four Oscars including Best Effects and Original Score.
"Cinema Paradiso"
"The Name of the Rose"

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Can you identify the film that brought us this spooky scene?
"Heaven's Gate"
"Against All Odds"
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Wes Craven's iconic 1984 horror film led to more than half a dozen follow-up films and countless sleepless nights.
"Body Double"

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Princess Bride Know which flick gave us this freeze frame?
"Coming to America"
"Sixteen Candles"
"Once Upon a Time in America"
"The Princess Bride"
"The Princess Bride" is one of the top romantic comedies of all time. If you haven't seen it yet, put it on your list!

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Bruce Campbell The Evil Dead Can you identify the film that brought us this spooky scene?
"The Evil Dead"
Writer-director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell kicked off the franchise in 1981. Most people generally agree "Evil Dead II" is the best of the series.
"The Accused"
"Cyborg"
"Near Dark"

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Dune Pick the movie that goes with this classic scene.
"Red Heat"
"Dressed to Kill"
"Dune"
David Lynch directed and penned the screenplay for this 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel.
"The Return of the Living Dead"

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 7 Pick the title that goes with this scene.
"Hoosiers"
"Raiders of the Lost Ark"
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" also stars Sean Connery as the elder Dr. Jones.
"Black Widow"

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Robert De Niro Once Upon A Time In America Can you identify the movie from just this screenshot?
"Once Upon A Time in America"
Sergio Leone directs Robert DeNiro and James Woods in this 1984 crime drama.
"Endless Love"
"Perfect"
"Hannah and Her Sisters"

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Heathers Which '80s classic does this image come from?
"Teen Wolf"
"Heathers"
Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star in this 1987 dark comedy that is darker than you remember.
"The Big Chill"
"Vision Quest"

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The Thing Which of these titles goes with this screenshot?
"The Big Chill"
"Rambo"
"Possession"
"The Thing"
John Carpenter directs Kurt Russell and Wilford Brimley in this 1982 horror thriller set in Antarctica.

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Better Off Dead Know which blockbuster featured this scene?
"Summer School"
"Better Off Dead"
In this dark romantic comedy, John Cusack plays a teenager in the dumps after his girlfriend leaves him for the ski team captain. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, there is help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to reach a skilled, trained counselor 24/7.
"Just One of the Guys"
"Always"

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