Can You Correctly Fill In the Blanks of These '80s Movie Titles?

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Ariana Perez

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The ‘80s were great, in general, and in terms of music, fashion and cinema. In fact, some of the greatest movies that are still spoken about today came out in the ‘80s (think "Scarface" and "The Breakfast Club"). Some were really fresh; some were not. But regardless, it was a good decade for horror films, comedies, romance and action films.

Many sequels followed from originals that aired in the ‘80s. All in all, it was a great time for movies (and the actors who gained international star status thanks to their roles). Additionally, high-concept films were introduced during this era, with producer Don Simpson being credited with the creation of the high-concept picture. Basically, these were films with cinematic plots that could be easily summarized and therefore became easily marketable to the masses. Hollywood blockbusters were the most popular film format during this time.

Now, we did our research and looked at all sorts of movies that came out in the ‘80s. From the ones that performed really well and had international recognition, to the ones that, well, maybe should have never been released (not trying to be harsh over here!). Do you think you can correctly fill in the blanks of these ‘80s movie titles without a problem? Take this quiz and test your knowledge to find out!

A comedy-drama​ starring Emilio Estevez, “St. __ Fire” was a movie about a couple of Georgetown graduates who, like many other graduates, worried about their future and struggled with adulthood. Can you fill in the blank?

"St. Elmo’s Fire" was a 1985 comedy drama about Georgetown graduates struggling with adulthood. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, had a runtime of 110 minutes and estimated box office budget of $10 million.

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“__ and __ Excellent Adventure” is an action and adventure comedy about a couple of rockstar wannabes who, after the breakup of their band, were transported to the past through a time machine to meet the people they were studying about. What’s the full title of the movie?

"Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure" is an action and adventure comedy from 1989 featuring two teenage boys who are about to prepare the ultimate historical presentation after traveling back in time. The movie was directed by Stephen Herek and starred Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin and Rod Loomis.

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Girl meets guy, guy meets girl and despite their huge differences, it works out after they fall in love. “__ Girl” is a 1983 romantic comedy closely based on "Romeo and Juliet." What’s the full title?

"Valley Girl" is a romantic comedy from 1983 starring Nicholas Cage, Deborah Foreman and Michelle Meyrink, among others. The plot, closely based on "Romeo and Juliet," is about a valley girl who falls for a punk from the city despite being from two very different worlds.

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“Baby __” is a romantic comedy about a young professional woman who gets custody of a 6-month-old baby after a long-lost cousin dies. Can you fill in the blank?

"Baby Boom" is a 1987 romantic comedy about a yuppie who gets custody of a young baby after a family member dies. Starring Diane Keaton, the film transitioned into a TV show a year later and was soon nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.

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“Return to __” is an unofficial sequel to an earlier film. Though it performed poorly in the U.S., it was received well abroad and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Can you identify the full title?

"Return to Oz" is a 1985 fantasy film and a follow-up to the original "Wizard of Oz." The film was directed by Walter Murch and starred Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson and Stewart Larange, among others. This time, Dorothy returns to Oz to find out the land has been overthrown by a villain​, prompting her to restore the peace with the help of a couple of new friends.

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Pretty similar to "E.T.," “Short __” is a comic science fiction film about an experimental military robot that gains more human-like intelligence after being struck by lightning. What’s the title?

"Short Circuit" is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by John Badham and starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens and Austin Pendleton. “Johnny 5,” a robot, escapes from the NOVA research facility and ends up in Oregon. After being struck by lightning, he learns how to interact with humans with the help of an animal caregiver.

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A story about six women in a small Louisiana parish, “__ Magnolias” is a comedy-drama film starring some of the very best American actresses. Can you identify the title?

"Steel Magnolias" is a 1989 comedy-drama film starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, and Daryl Hannah, among a series of American favorite stars. The story is based on the real-life experiences of Robert Harling, who lost his sister in 1985 due to complications from Type 1 diabetes.​

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One of Eddie Murphy’s most famous comedies, “Coming to __” casts the actor as a pampered African prince who gets fed up with the good life and decides to leave his country to avoid an arranged marriage. Where did the prince go?

In "Coming to America," Eddie Murphy, who plays the role of a wealthy African prince, gets fed up with his pampered lifestyle. His realization of wanting to do more with his life happens after his parents present him with an arranged bride-to-be on his 21st birthday. This prompts him to pack his bags and leave for the Big Apple to find an independent woman who wants to be with him for who he​ is and not what he has.

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“Revenge of the __” is a film about a college fraternity comprised of the school’s most socially awkward students who decide to take revenge on the football players who have constantly humiliated and embarrassed them. What’s the film's title?

"Revenge of the Nerds" is a comedy directed by Jeff Kanew that aired in theaters in 1984. The 90-minute film is about a college fraternity made up of the school’s most socially awkward individuals who, after repeatedly being humiliated by the football players, decide to take matters into their own hands.

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“The Adventures of __” is a sci-fi parody about an adventurer, a brain surgeon, a rock musician and a crime-fighting team who collectively must stop evil alien invaders from conquering Earth. Can you fill in the blank?

"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" is a sci-fi parody directed by W.D. Ritcher and starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin and Jeff Goldblum. The group must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension, known as the Red Lectroids from Planet 10, and save the world before it’s too late.

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An action movie, “Beverly Hills __” is a film about a Detroit street-smart cop who struggles dealing with the Beverly Hills culture while pursuing the murder investigation of his best friend. Can you identify the correct title?

"Beverly Hills Cop" is a 1984 action comedy directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy. The first film of this series was what opened the doors of international stardom for Eddie Murphy, winning him a People’s Choice Award and a nomination for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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In “The Lost __,” two brothers discover a town full of vampires after moving in. What’s the title?

Directed by Joel Schumacher, "The Lost Boys" is a 1987 horror-comedy about two brothers who move to a town only to discover that they’re surrounded by vampires. The film was followed by two direct-to-video sequels and became a huge franchise with the same title.

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Directed by Jim Jarmusch, “Mystery __” is a comedy crime-drama about three people connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. Can you fill in the blank?

"Mystery Train" is a 1989 comedy crime-drama directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Masatoshi Nagase and Youki Kudoh, among others. The setting takes place in a low-rent Memphis motel dedicated to Elvis Presley, where three overlapping, yet very different, stories take place in one evening among foreign tourists, criminals and the spirit of Elvis himself.

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A vampire film, a western, and a family tale, “Near __” is an action crime-drama based on a small-town boy who joins a traveling group of vampires after being bitten by one of them. What’s the title?

"Near Dark" is a 1987 film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton. The film is about a group of vampires traveling across the West looking for human blood and later finding and kidnapping a farm boy.

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“The Return of __” is a film about a mysterious military chemical that gets into the atmosphere and ends up soaking into the ground of a cemetery, resuscitating the corpses. Can you identify the full title of this movie?

"The Return of the Living Dead" is a 1985 film directed and written by Dan O’Bannon. The 90-minute movie is about a military chemical that spills into the ground of a cemetery, bringing the bodies back to life - this time, with an appetite for human brains.

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A Disney animation film, “The Little __” is an all-time favorite about an undersea princess. What’s the title?

"The Little Mermaid" is a 1989 film that ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with fun, charming sea characters. Written by John Musker and Ron Clements, the film featured Ariel, the daughter of King Triton, who travels beyond her world to the surface and falls in love with a prince.

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“My Life As a __” is a 1987 film about a young man who lives with his dying mother and a mean older brother. It is based in Sweden. Can you fill in the blank?

"My Life As a Dog" is a 1987 film directed by Lasse Hallstrom that runs 105 minutes long. The film is about a young man, who despite living with his dying mother and mean older brother, survives life’s bumps by comparing himself to those who are in worse situations, including that of the Russian space dog, Laika.

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“__ Cowboy” is a film about dopeheads who go around the country robbing pharmacies to satisfy their addictions. What’s the full title of this drama film?

"Drugstore Cowboy" is a 1989 film in which Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of druggies who go around the country robbing pharmacies. Things take a turn when one of the young addicts dies, prompting Matt Dillon to change his life for the better.

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One of the Indiana Jones epics, “Indiana Jones and __” takes Harrison Ford in a wild ride down a Himalayan river to retrieve a precious gem and save several kidnapped boys. What’s the name of this movie?

"Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" played in theaters in 1984, running 118 minutes long. In this film, Indy is tasked with not only finding a gem but also saving several kidnapped boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village and bringing them back home to safety.

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“Lost in __” is a satire based on the fantasy of leaving everything behind and starting over. Two yuppies leave their suburban lives to travel across America. Can you correctly name the movie?

"Lost in America" is a 1985 film about two dissatisfied yuppies who leave their suburban lives to discover America on their own. The comedy goes from what the two individuals think is a great idea to a nightmare of enlarged confusion about their lives.

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“Goodbye, __” is a autobiography of a childhood spent in a WWII boarding school during the Nazi occupation of France. Can you identify the correct title?

"Goodbye, Children" (originally titled in French as "Au revoir les enfants"), is a 1987 film written by Louis Malle and running 104 minutes long. It’s about a young Catholic boarding-school student who witnesses the courage of his teachers during the Nazi occupation of France as they confront the anti-Semitic policies of the Germans.

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“My Left __” stars Daniel Day-Lewis in a film based on the true story of an Irish man who had cerebral palsy. Can you complete the title?

"My Left Foot" is a 1989 film directed by Jim Sheridan and running 103 minutes long. The film is based in the true story of Christy Brown, a boy who was paralyzed from birth and whose mother taught him how to write using his left foot, the only part of his body that wasn’t afflicted by his cerebral palsy.

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A crime thriller based on a book by a U.S. Secret Service agent, “To Live and Die in __” is a film about a Secret Service official who wants to get a specific man at any cost. What’s the full title of the movie?

"To Live and Die in L.A." is a 1985 film directed by William Friedkin and based on a book by U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich. The Secret Service official is obsessed with getting a sleek counterfeiter who has managed to escape from the police for years.

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“Pretty in __” is a romantic comedy about a poor girl stuck between deciding to date her childhood sweetheart or going for a rich playboy. What’s the title of the movie?

"Pretty in Pink" is a 1986 romantic comedy about a girl who is stuck between deciding whether to date her childhood sweetheart or going for the rich playboy. Directed by Howard Deutch, the film features a girl who works at a record store and is a misfit in her preppy high school but rises above them all when confronted with the tough decision of choosing between two guys.

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“Blue _” is a film about a young man who embarks in an investigation that leads him to a beautiful nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who kidnap her child. What’s the full title of the movie?

"Blue Velvet" is a 1986 drama film that begins with the discovery of a severed ear. The film, directed and written by David Lynch, stars Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern, among others, and runs 121 minutes long.

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An action sci-fi, “Escape From __” is a film about a bank robber sent to rescue the U.S. president. What’s the title of the movie?

"Escape From New York" is a 1981 post-apocalyptic film about how the president's plane, Air Force One, is hijacked and crashes into Manhattan, which has been converted into a maximum security prison, and the president needs to be saved. And who best for the job than a convicted bank robber? The ex-soldier and federal prisoner is given only 24 hours to rescue the president and get him out safely.

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“The __” is an action film about what happens after a professional assassin accidentally damages a singer's eye during a shootout. What’s the movie?

"The Killer" is a 1989 action crime-drama written and directed by John Woo and starring one of his favorite actors, Chow Yun-Fat. After accidentally shooting and damaging a singer's eye, he accepts one last assignment,​ hoping to earn enough money to restore her vision.

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“Broadcast __” is a film about two rival reporters and a successful female producer who struggles with an empty personal life. Can you identify the title of the movie?

"Broadcast News" is a 1987 film about two rival and ambitious reporters and a female producer. One reporter is incredibly smart, one is incredibly appealing, and the producer, Jane Craig, works well with them but struggles with the frustration of an empty personal life. Let the sparks fly!

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One of the four films in the franchise, “Lethal __”, focuses on Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh following the trail of South African diplomats who use immunity to participate in criminal activities. Can you identify the correct title of the movie?

"Lethal Weapon 2" was released in 1989, once again starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. This time around, the two LAPD officers take on a gang of South African drug dealers who use diplomatic immunity to participate in criminal activities.

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“After __” is a film about a word processor who has a wild night with a ​girl in SoHo after meeting her at a coffee shop. Can you name the movie?

In “After Hours,” a word processor has a rough night and decides to visit a girl he randomly met one evening at a coffee shop. The comedy crime-drama was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette and Verna Bloom in the 96-minutes film.

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“Mad Max 2: __” is the sequel to an earlier '70s film, bringing back a more intense and exciting sci-fi fiction version. This film is set in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. What’s the title of the sequel?

“Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” is a 1981 film proving that not all sequels are bad. In this movie, Mel Gibson is tasked with helping a small gasoline-rich community escape from a horde of marauders, a journey that helps him rediscover his humanity while helping the settlers.

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“Trading __” is a film about an investor and a con artist who switch roles as part of a bet made by two millionaires. Can you fill in the blank?

A 1983 film, “Trading Places” is about an investor and a shifty, street-smart con artist who reverse their roles as part of a bet made by two millionaires. The film stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.

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“Full __” is a movie that defines the experience of the Vietnam War by placing the focus on Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford’s, “The Short-Timers,” novel, can you identify the name of the movie?

“Full Metal Jack” is a 1987 film about a U.S. Marine who observes the effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits as a result of the brutal training and the bloody street fighting. The action and adventure drama was directed by Stanley Kubrick and is 116 minutes long.

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“This Is __” is a spoof about a filmmaker making a documentary about a British heavy metal band that was nearly forgotten before making a comeback for a tour 17 years later. What’s the full title?

“This Is Spinal Tap” is a 1984 film directed by Rob Reiner that runs 83 minutes long. The music-comedy focuses on the return of a fictional British band, Spinal Tap, and the filmmaker charged with writing about their experience.

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“A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: ______” is the third installment in the franchise. This fantasy horror film focuses on a psychiatrist helping teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who invades their dreams. Can you identify the full title of the movie?

“A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” is a 1987 film directed by Chuck Russell. The third installment in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, the plot is about a psychiatrist helping teens battle Freddy, the killer who invades their dreams.

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