The 1980s were an extra special decade filled with new music, heated political discussions and (of course) some of the best movies ever produced. From high school stereotypes to the golden age of the slasher film, '80s movies gave us some of the most memorable plots and memorable characters. And these characters had love stories that you wouldn't believe ... by which we mean they were totally unrealistic storylines, but we loved them anyway, and we still love them. While it wasn't necessarily the right message, the 1980s taught us that love was always right in front of our eyes, and you could get the girl (or the guy) of your dreams if you were just persistent enough and convinced them that it worked. These days, there is a fine line between persistence and creepiness, but back then, persistence was fruitful.
While many think of 1980s couples as those in John Hughes films, every genre gave us a couple that we loved to see interact with each other. From horror to comedy to science fiction, the couples of the 1980s were mainly wholesome with a dash of real, and when they argued, we laughed. If you're an '80s movie buff, take this quiz to see if you can name these 40 movie couples from the decade.
They say opposites attract. Can you name these two animated opposites?
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) was a pretty intense movie if you knew what you were watching. It was fun for the kids, but there was a lot of adult humor involved. Remember a PG rating in the '80s was closer to an R rating these days.
Do you recognize this sci-fi couple?
In "Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), we learn quickly that Han Solo and Leia are in the middle of something more than a screaming match. Though they are constantly bickering, the audience can clearly see that they have feelings for each other.
Which couple from "Back to the Future" is this?
If you're looking for a girl who will hop in your friend's car and go to the future with you without question, Jessica is the one you are looking for. Luckily, Marty McFly found her and life was good in the "Back to the Future" world.
Everyone loves "The Karate Kid" (1984), but can you name the romantic duo?
Though we have yet to see her in "Cobra Kai" (2018), Ali was an excellent character. She was strong-willed and did what she pleased. She was caring and ready to help. Her relationship with Daniel led to a lot of problems.
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This one's easy, but we can't have a couple's quiz without these two dirty dancers. Who are they?
"Dirty Dancing" (1987) is thought to be one of the greatest love stories of all time, but when you really break it down to what it is, it's about a summer fling between two people from opposite sides of the tracks. It's still amazing, of course.
Who are these lovebirds from this '80s cult classic?
Ferris Bueller will do anything to skip school. However, he can't really enjoy his day off without getting his girlfriend and best friend involved. Of course, he gets her out of school in the most terrifying way possible.
Who are the two characters in this adventurous couple?
In "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), we see some steamy moments between Marion and Indiana Jones. While we generally watch any "Indiana Jones" movie for the fun and adventure, we'll take a few hot and heavy moments with this one.
Do you recognize this couple from this comedy?
The Griswalds graced the big screen several times over the years, and to see Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo play Clark and Ellen is always a delight. They are an honest couple who doesn't mind telling each other what's on their minds.
Can you remember the name of this couple who gets together at the end of "Sixteen Candles" (1984)?
When everyone you know forgets what you consider your most important birthday, what are you to do? Simply fantasizing about the hunk in your class won't do it. Andie does what she can and is pretty strong throughout the entire situation.
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This animated couple had some trouble with communication. Can you name them?
Alright, we all know that it's kind of stupid to sell your soul to get some legs so you can attract a dude, but "The Little Mermaid" (1989) still holds up in the Disney Classic category. She tries to get Eric to fall in love without talking, which is possible, but a little more difficult.
Can you name this couple from "Pretty in Pink" (1986)?
Think back to the first time you saw "Pretty in Pink" (1986). You may have thought that Andie and Ducky were destined for each other because it fit the formula. However, in the end, Andie and Blane end up together, even though they're from opposite ends of the social spectrum.
This couple's love is threatened in "Coming to America" (1988). Do you recognize them?
"Coming to America" (1988) showed the range of comedian Eddie Murphy. He played multiple characters and delivered an interesting performance that was both hilarious and dramatic, and the forbidden love story completed the movie.
The caped crusader had a love interest in "Batman" (1989). Can you name the couple?
We all know (and most of us knew) that Bruce Wayne was supposed to be a billionaire playboy (or at least make it look like he was). Instead, in the 1989 rendition of "Batman" we see him as cool, calm, collected and interested in a reporter.
"Flashdance" (1983) was a huge hit, but do you know the names of these characters who made a great couple?
We always want our loved ones to support us, and when Nick supports Alex, our hearts are just happier. "Flashdance" (1983) was a wildly popular film that mixed everything the '80s needed: dancing, love and drama.
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Do you recognize these lovebirds from "Beetlejuice" (1988)?
Though "Beetlejuice" (1988) isn't technically a love story, we can see Barbara and Adam as a happily married couple through life and death. They have to work together to understand how to be dead and what to do from there.
Can you name this couple who ended up together in "The Breakfast Club" (1985)?
"The Breakfast Club" (1985) had a character for everyone. It even went so far as to separate the nerds from the basket cases. While we love to watch this movie, we can't help but wonder what is going to happen at school the next day.
Do you remember this parody couple?
"Spaceballs" (1987) is a parody of the "Star Wars" franchise. Not only did we get to see some of our favorite characters re-imagined, we got the genius of Mel Brooks to go along with it.
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These two are so in love, but do you remember their names?
Fantasy movies were nothing new in the 1980s, but fantasy comedies were pretty cutting edge. "The Princess Bride" (1987) showed us that true love exists and that giants are just plain awesome.
Can you name this couple that includes one supernatural person?
"Mannequin" (1987) was a movie that got a little weird, but it knew it. A man meets a store mannequin who comes to life. He promptly falls in love with her, but no one else can see her in motion.
Can you name this romantic duo from "Ghostbusters" (1984)?
While they don't stay together (as we learn in the second movie), these two are clearly from different worlds, but when Peter helps save the world, they come together in a big kiss at the end.
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The movie is about when they met. Can you name this couple?
In a memorable scene that has been parodied time and again, Meg Ryan orders a salad. This movie is about love and loss and change and realizing that no one is perfect, but there is someone out there who is perfect for you.
Do you remember the couple in this story about a man and his mermaid?
"Splash" (1984) is the story of a young boy who almost drowns, but is saved by a mermaid. Some years later, he meets that mermaid (who now has legs), and falls in love with her (not knowing that she's the same mermaid).
This odd couple ends up together at the end of a comedy. Do you remember their names?
"Trading Places" (1983) really opened a lot of eyes in the business world. Sometimes, it didn't matter where you came from, as long as you knew people. And no one knew people better than Ophelia. She helps Louis get his life back.
This moonstruck couple came to the big screen in 1987. Do you know who they are?
"Moonstruck" (1987) is a story with a love triangle that involves two brothers and the woman who loves them both. This movie is all about choosing love over duty ... and the weird conversations that come with that.
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This "Romance" included this couple. Can you name them?
What happens when a romance writer and a mercenary get together to save a woman (the writer's sister). Love happens, and "Romancing the Stone" (1984) delivers an interesting relationship between the two.
Which characters make up this couple from "Top Gun" (1986)?
Though it's not the best love story, we do get one of the most passionate love scenes in '80s movie history. Not only do people love "Top Gun" (1986), they can't help but re-watch it time and again to see the love story.
Can you name this couple who met in detention?
"The Breakfast Club" (1985) was considered one of the best '80s teen movies. It has two love stories with people who you might not think should end up together, but in the end, we learn that clique stereotypes mean nothing.
Do you know this couple that has to work together to make ends meet?
Desperate times call for desperate measures as an out-of-work engineer takes on the role of househusband in the classic movie "Mr. Mom" (1983). These days, the movie would just be called "Jack," because gender stereotypes are heading out the window.
Do you remember the names of these two lovebirds in a little-known '80s film?
If you haven't seen "Better Off Dead" (1985), it's time for you to go back to your '80s library and see just what love really is. When a foreign exchange student meets a recently single high schooler, everything changes for him.
If you blink, you might miss which couple getting together?
While it is an odd scene about a drunk girl and a teenage boy, it is clear that these two end up together at the end of "Sixteen Candles" (1984). Caroline even thanks Ted for treating her so gently.
Who are these two characters who fell in love on screen?
What happens when dancing is against the law in a small town? Break the law, duh! We aren't sure how weddings were even fun back then, but when Kevin Bacon starts to dance, life changes for everyone.
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Do you recognize this couple from an '80s baseball movie?
"Bull Durham" (1988) was a movie about a minor league baseball team. Every year, Annie picks out a young star to "help" get to the show. Of course, when she meets Crash, passion ensues, and we love watching their relationship bloom.
Can you name this married couple who just wanted a vacation?
"The Great Outdoors" (1988) is one of those movies that you just want to watch over and over. While it doesn't have a deep plotline, it does give scene after scene of entertainment, and as you watch, you see that Chet and Connie are deeply in love.
What are the names of these high school sweethearts who were married?
While "She's Having a Baby" (1988) wasn't a box office smash, it did bring up some important topics that many John Hughes movies in the past completely denied: What happens after the happily ever after feeling disappears?
New World Pictures
Can you name this dysfunctional couple who didn't make it to the end of the film?
"Heathers" (1988) wasn't your average teen movie of the time. There were deadly moments, and some pretty terrible things had to happen. It did encompass what it is like to live in a clique-based high school, though.
It could be considered kidnapping, but we called it love. What couple is this?
When it comes to interesting situations in movies, "Overboard" (1987) shows us that it's totally cool to kidnap and enslave a rich woman, as long as the two of you fall in love later.
This is one of the most beloved movie couples of all time. What are their names?
"An Officer and a Gentleman" was a love story that attracted both men and women. It was a tough military story, but an interesting love story. You'd never know that the actors involved did not like each other at all.
This couple gets together in an unconventional way. Who are they?
"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987) is about a young boy with money to burn. He helps a girl get out of a $1,000 jam, and in exchange asks her to act as though they're dating for an entire month. Obviously, she falls in love with him.
These two had one of the best kisses in teen movie history. Who are they?
"Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987) was a typical "love is right in front of your eyes" movie, where you watch a character completely deny the fact that his or her best friend is the one they love. We are happy to see these two end up together.
Can you name this "Friday the 13th" couple?
Not only do these two have minor arguments that every couple would understand, they work as a team to survive until the end. In this epic slasher film, there might not be much love to share, but when you really think about it, love always comes from chaos.
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