Can you name these '80s movies from their taglines?

By: John Miller
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Can you name these '80s movies from their taglines?
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Sometimes, all it takes is a catchy slogan to make a successful movie, and great taglines last far beyond a film's box office run. Can you name these '80s movies from their taglines?
"They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God."
"Blues Brothers"
Jake and Elwood, "The Blues Brothers," are on a mission from God. And it all starts when Jake gets released from prison. Their first goal? To save an orphanage.
"Aliens"
"Gremlins"

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"Who you gonna call?"
"Sixteen Candles"
"Ghostbusters"
If you see a slimy ghost flying around the library, don't try to catch it yourself. Who you gonna call? "Ghostbusters!"
"The Breakfast Club"

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"You'll wish it were only a nightmare..."
"Goonies"
"The Empire Strikes Back"
"Friday the 13th"
Take one hockey mask, combine it with a psychopathic killer and you have Jason, from "Friday the 13th." Hockey will never be the same for anyone.

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"Come to laugh, come to cry, come to care, come to terms."
"Top Gun"
"Terms of Endearment"
"Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms." Also, come to vomit out all of your earnestness, when you watch "Terms of Endearment."
"Days of Thunder"

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"It's a strange world."
"Highlander"
"Goonies"
"Blue Velvet"
Yeah, it's a strange world, all right. And a David Lynch movie like "Blue Velvet" will make you question whether you should ever even leave the house.

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"He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born."
"Back to the Future"
It was the movie that launched Michael J. Fox into superstardom. "Back to the Future" found him traveling through time in a desperate bid to save his family, and also have a lot of fun along the way.
"The Princess Bride"
"Weird Science"

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"The first casualty of war is innocence."
"Raw Deal"
"Airplane!"
"Platoon"
In "Platoon," we come to realize that American soldiers had a really, really bad time in Vietnam, and sometimes they did awful things. Because, "The first casualty of war is innocence."

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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
"The Shining"
If you haven't seen "The Shining," it's basically Jack Nicholson playing his usual crazy self. Only he tries to murder his own family, too.
"Return of the Jedi"
"Ordinary People"

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"Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight."
"Pee Wee's Big Adventure"
"The Mutilator"
"Gremlins"
Gizmo was the cutest character in "Gremlins," the movie about adorable furry creatures that become homicidal if you don't follow the essential rules of the tagline.

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"They're here..."
"Trading Places"
"Octopussy"
"Poltergeist"
Horror movies are always scarier when little kids are primary characters. And when the young girl in "Poltergeist" says, "They're here..." you know she's not referring to the in-laws.

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"Man is the warmest place to hide."
"The Thing"
In "The Thing," from horror master John Carpenter, an alien being terrorizes an Antarctic base. The results are, shall we say, rather sinister. And you will never want to visit Antarctica.
"Tootsie"
"Silent Rage"

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"The creators of 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars' now bring you the ultimate hero in the ultimate adventure."
"Police Academy"
"Three Amigos"
"Raiders of the Lost Ark"
How many times can you use the word "ultimate" in one taglines? When it's for "Raiders of the Lost Ark," at least twice, it seems.

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"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."
"Robocop"
"The Lost Boys"
In "The Lost Boys," an all-star cast of teenage boys becomes a bunch of bloodsucking vampires, which makes them like all teenage boys, really.
"Jaws"

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"Every dream has a price."
"The Blob"
"Friday the 13th"
"Wall Street"
If you thought Wall Street thieves were a relatively new phenomenon, we've got news for you, "Every dream has a price." That's what "Wall Street" taught audiences way back in 1987.

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"When he pours, he reigns."
"The Running Man"
"Cocktail"
Tom Cruise as a hot bartender in a tropical locale? Watch him juggle bottles of booze like no one else, because in "Cocktail," "When he pours, he reigns."
"The Accused"

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"Only their mother can tell them apart."
"Twins"
In "Twins," Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger are twins separated at birth. The visual gags never end in this comedy, and later, Arnold surprised America with another gag ... by becoming governor of California.
"Triplets"
"Quadruplets"

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"He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home."
"Aliens"
"Pee Wee's Big Adventure"
"E.T. The Extraterrestrial"
In "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," a bug-eyed alien is stranded far from home. But a boy on a bicycle is here to save the day.

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"It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble."
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was a breakthrough film that blended live action with animation. And Roger Rabbit was suspiciously similar to Bugs Bunny.
"Blade Runner"
"Pretty in Pink"

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"The man with the hat is back. And this time, he's bringing his dad."
"The Terminator"
"Stand By Me"
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Indy is back, and this time he has his dad, who is played by the grizzled Sean Connery.

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"I feel the need, the need for speed."
"Top Gun"
If you ever wonder why Tom Cruise is still a thing, rewatch "Top Gun." You may still find his smirk annoying, but as a jet pilot he was "da bomb." Heh. Sorry.
"Better Off Dead"
"Coming to America"

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"The snobs against the slobs!"
"Big Trouble in Little China"
"Escape from New York"
"Caddyshack"
Bill Murray was definitely one of the "slobs" in "Caddyshack." Yet he was still ultimately the hero of this 80s classic.

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"Vietnam can kill me, but it can't make me care."
"Full Metal Jacket"
In the 80s, America was still coming to terms with its defeat in Vietnam. Even the tagline of "Full Metal Jacket" reeks of resignation.
"Sid and Nancy"
"Bull Durham"

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"Scream now, while you can still breathe."
"Beetlejuice"
"The 'Burbs"
"The Blob"
The 1988 version of "The Blob" wasn't quite as terrifying as the mid-century original. But in a time when slime seems to rule the land, it's still relevant.

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"All he wanted to do was dance."
"Footloose"
In "Footloose," all the main character wanted to do was dance. And he also wanted the song "Footloose" to be played at every wedding reception until the end of time.
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
"Raging Bull"

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"Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement."
"Beverly Hills Cop"
"Robocop"
Looking back, "Robocop" was surely the inspiration for the "Terminator" franchise. Right? Right?
"Die Hard"

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"The heat is on!"
"Beverly Hills Cop"
Comedian Eddie Murphy created a sensation by being the hilarious cop in "Beverly Hills Cop." But somehow, he always managed to escape the heat caused by his crazy behavior.
"The Empire Strikes Back"
"The Shining"

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"Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game."
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
"Bull Durham"
How many baseball movies is Kevin Costner in, anyway? In "Bull Durham," he's not just on the baseball diamond, he's after a woman's heart, too.
"Field of Dreams"

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"This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers."
"Heathers"
"The Terminator"
"Sixteen Candles"
It's Samantha's 16th birthday, but does anybody care? Nope, all they care about is her stupid sister's wedding!

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"If you can't get a date, make one!"
"Weird Science"
In "Weird Science," a young man can't seem to land a woman. So he sets out to make one in a lab.
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
"Die Hard"

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"Meet the model son who's been good too long."
"Coming to America"
"Risky Business"
Tom Cruise is the rich white kid whose parents leave town. Then? He goes completely and utterly crazy.
"Tootsie"

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