Can You Name These '80s Sports Movies?

By: Olivia C

Can You Name These '80s Sports Movies?
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About This Quiz

The 1980s were one interestingly strange, quirky, exciting and ambivalent decade. Of course, everything that happened during that time is included in that characterization! Be it people, places, food or politics, everything was strange yet effective during that time.

The same is true for movies. The '80s was also a great decade for a lot of interesting sports movies. And we're not just talking about the usual movies that get made, featuring one specific "popular" sport. There are so many kinds of sports out there, and the '80s filmmakers and storytellers were quick, witty, and resourceful enough to turn these sports stories into film stories. 

It's also interesting to spot your favorite leading man, heartthrob, leading lady or veteran actor in one of these dated sports movies. While it may also date you, don't let that tiny bit bother you! These days, many young ones are also looking at past pop culture products for inspiration. So looking at '80s movies is just cool. 

So, you think you can guess the titles of these sports films by looking at some scenes? Then let's get it going!

Major League Can you name this baseball comedy?
Bad News Bears
The Misfits
Taking Care of Business
Major League
Major League is the 1989 comedy baseball hit. It’s about the Cleveland Indians.

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Hoosiers How about this basketball drama?
Hoosiers
Hoosiers is a film that focuses more on a sports coach. It stars Gene Hackman.
Hoop Dreams
Mr. Fantastic
Keeping Up With The Joneses

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The Karate Kid What’s the title of this famous fighting film?
Dr. Who
The Karate Kid
"The Karate Kid" has earned its place in global pop culture over the decades. It still remains a classic today.
Moonraker
The Spy Who Loved Me

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Cannonball Run How about this car race comedy?
Devil Racers
Cars
Le Mans
Cannonball Run
"Cannonball Run" is a very funny race film released in 1981. It has a great ensemble of characters!

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The Color of Money Can you name this pool film?
The Color of Money
Pool hustling looked so cool with Paul Newman. But "The Color of Money" now finds him teaming up with Tom Cruise for a pool coolness partnership.
Marked Money
The Schemers
Expendables

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Chariots of Fire How about this running-themed film?
Cool Runnings
Entourage
Chariots of Fire
The UK film "Chariots of Fire" might be remembered more for the Vangelis soundtrack than the story. It’s about 1920s Olympian runners.
Flashdance

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Raging Bull Can you name this boxing film?
Raging Bull
Martin Scorsese directed the 1980 film "Raging Bull." Robert De Niro is the boxer here.
Quicksilver
Desperado
The Rock

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BMX Bandits What about this biking film?
Jaws
E.T.
BMX Bandits
"BMX Bandits" is actually an Australian caper film featuring a couple of cyclists. It stars a very young Nicole Kidman!
Flying Men

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Vision Quest Do you know this wrestling-themed film?
With Honors
Vision Quest
"Vision Quest" is a wrestling film starring Matthew Modine. But what outlasted the film was Madonna’s song featured in it, entitled “Crazy for You.”
Body Heat
La Bamba

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All The Right Moves Can you name this ‘80s sports movie?
All The Right Moves
Tom Cruise also has a high school football character in his filmography. Watch him in "All The Right Moves," released in 1983.
Do The Right Think
If These Walls Could Speak
You Are Number One

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Field of Dreams Can you name this Kevin Costner starrer?
The Durant
Epic
Field of Dreams
Kevin Costner loved to be in baseball films. His "Field of Dreams" one was the most memorable in terms of story, though.
Rango

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Caddyshack Can you name this golf-themed film?
Shack
Naked Gun
Police Academy
Caddyshack
Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield all appeared in "Caddyshack." The comedy level of this golfing film is outrageous!

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Kickboxer Can you name this martial arts movie?
Butch Cassidy
Sundance Kid
Kickboxer
The Muscles from Brussels stars in "Kickboxer." That’s Jean-Claude Van Damme for you kiddos!
Moonbeams

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The Natural What about this ‘80s baseball flick?
The Natural
"The Natural" is unforgettable due to Robert Redford. The 1984 film was directed by Barry Levinson.
My Antonia
Leave It To Beaver
Quick and the Dead

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Rocky III What’s the title of this famous third sequel of this ‘70s-originating film?
Back to the Future III
Rocky III
It was in "Rocky III" where Balboa battled B.A. Baracus. That’s Mr. T, yo!
Superman III
Batman III

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Rad Can you name this one?
Team Ann
Shipwrecked
Rad
Bicycle motocross-riding was a huge craze back in the ‘80s. It was immortalized here in 1986’s "Rad."
Love Fool

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Oxford Blues What about this rowing film?
Oxford Blues
Oxford Blues stars Rob Lowe during his super-cute younger years. Well, he’s still super-cute today!
Shane
Goodbye Mr. Chips
Schindler's List

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Eight Men Out Can you identify this popular baseball flick?
The Fan
Three Amigos
Steel Magnolias
Eight Men Out
"Eight Men Out" is an interesting film about game throwing. How can professional baseball players sell out a game? Watch and learn!

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Bloodsport What about this fighting flick?
The Raven
Bloodsport
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in yet another martial arts film to exhibit his fighting prowess. "Bloodsport" was released in 1988.
Romeo Must Die
Rush Hour

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Over The Top Can you name this Stallone starrer?
Over The Top
"Over The Top" focuses on arm wrestling. Yep, Sylvester Stallone's huge biceps are the real stars here.
Mrs. Doubtfire
The League
No Ordinary Men

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Lucas What about this teen film?
Hairspray
Sixteen Candles
Heathers
Lucas
Little Corey Haim stars as Lucas. He tries to become a football player in his high school here.

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Personal Best How about this lesbian-themed sports film?
Lily of the Valley
Personal Best
"Personal Best" is about track and field athletes encountering challenges and love. Only the two track women fall for each other, which was so radical for 1982’s standards.
Desert Hearts
All The Right Moves

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Bull Durham Yet another Costner starrer, and the title is …?
Transformers
Freaky Friday
Heat
Bull Durham
Kevin Costner shares billing with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins in "Bull Durham." But yeah, that’s still him playing ball!

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Teen Wolf What’s the title of this basketball sub-themed film?
Teen Wolf
"Teen Wolf" is the unforgettable 1985 comedy cashing in on Michael J. Fox’s popularity back then. His teen character becomes a star basketball player due to this wolfish transformation.
Mr. Doolittle
My Fair Lady
Swamp Thing

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The Slugger’s Wife How about this baseball-related story?
The Shining
Band of Brothers
The Slugger’s Wife
"The Slugger’s Wife" has an interesting storyline. It’s about a baseball player who seems to score big whenever his wife is there to cheer for him.
Diamond in the Rough

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Wildcats What’s the title of this?
Wildcats
Goldie Hawn stars in the football comedy "Wildcats." This was released in 1986.
Smorgasbord
Alfie
Get Smart

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North Shore Can you name this surfing movie?
The Champ
Four Horsemen
North Shore
"North Shore" is a film dedicated to surfing. Real-life surfing legend Laird Hamilton makes an appearance here.
The Quick and the Dead

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No Retreat, No Surrender Can you identify this fight film?
She Got Game
Girlfight
Silverado
No Retreat, No Surrender
"No Retreat, No Surrender" is an interesting 1986 fighting film. Jean-Claude Van Damme is here, but is kinda the villain this time.

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Brewster’s Millions How about this comedy?
My Own Private Idaho
To Each His Own
Little Ole Dad
Brewster’s Millions
"Brewster’s Millions" is a funny 1985 baseball-themed film. It stars Richard Pryor and John Candy.

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Escape to Victory What’s the title of this soccer film?
Escape to Victory
"Escape to Victory" is an interesting World War II film. Soccer becomes a pivotal sport inside a German POW camp.
Free Willy
Sea Shore
Misty

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Split Decisions This boxing film is entitled what?
Marker
Jab
Split Decisions
"Split Decisions" is an interesting 1988 revenge film. Only this time, the revenge is within a boxing ring.
Starry Night

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Stealing Home What’s the title of this baseball sub-themed drama?
Foxes
The Graduate
Stealing Home
Jodie Foster appears in "Stealing Home" in flashbacks. The 1988 film stars Mark Harmon.
Gia

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The Best of Times How about this football film?
The Best of Times
"The Best of Times" is a 1986 comedy starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell. It’s a coulda-woulda-shoulda film about past glories re-lived.
Mystic Pizza
Happy Gilmore
Groundhog Day

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Speed Zone How about this racing film?
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Lift
Speed Zone
"Speed Zone" is a film about car racing. It was released in 1989.
Heavyweights

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The Baron and the Kid This billiards film is entitled what?
The Birds
Murder She Wrote
Camp Sawi
The Baron and the Kid
"The Baron and the Kid" is an interesting 1984 TV movie. It stars Johnny Cash as a pool hustler.

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Body Slam How about this wrestling-themed sports film?
Iron Eagle
Body Slam
"Body Slam" is, of course, a film with wrestling or wrestlers in it. It was released in 1987.
Top Gun
Die Hard

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8 Seconds This rodeo film is called what?
Kramer vs. Kramer
The Wild One
8 Seconds
"8 Seconds" focused on rodeo riding. The 1988 biopic stars Luke Perry portraying Lane Frost.
Lone Ranger

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American Anthem What’s the title of this gymnastics film?
American Anthem
"American Anthem" stars a real-life Olympian. That’s Mitch Gaylord, who competed in the 1984 LA Olympics.
Olympia
Battleship Potemkin
Anna Karenina

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Johnny Be Good What’s the title of this teen football comedy movie?
Mandalay
Starship Troopers
Johnny Be Good
"Johnny Be Good" is a 1988 film starring Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr. and Uma Thurman. What a cast, eh!
Casino

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Youngblood Last but not the least, how about this hockey film?
Attack of the Titans
Youngblood
"Youngblood" is an ice hockey film with Rob Lowe, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. What a hunk-fest this is!
Candyman
The Omen

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