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How Many of These '80s Comedy Movies Can You Name?
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In 2016, Netflix released an original series called "Stranger Things," and fans went wild for the series' throwback '80s vibe. If "Stranger Things" left you feeling seriously nostalgic for the '80s, take a chill pill; the '80s nostalgia lives on thanks to plenty of classic films released during the decade -- particularly when it comes to comedies.
The decade of big hair, Hammer pants and the Walkman brought us some seriously funny films. Some were simply vehicles for legendary comedians, like Eddie Murphy, John Belushi or John Candy. Others were epic parodies, such as "Airplane!," "Spaceballs" or "This is Spinal Tap." Even more '80s comedies took advantage of the teen movie craze of the decade, pairing John Hughes with Molly Ringwald and other members of the Brat Pack for onscreen magic.
No matter what your comedic style, there's at least one '80s film that will leave you rolling right out of your tight-rolled jeans. Think you can recognize the funniest '80s films to ever hit the big screen? Take our quiz to find out!
This cult favorite has been keeping fans entertained since its 1980 release. Can you name this classic comedy?
The 1980 disaster parody, "Airplane!," starred Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Rumack, who is tasked with coming up with a cure for a nasty case of food poisoning. The plane was in good hands though, thanks to an inflatable doll named Otto who served as the trusty autopilot.
This '80s classic tells the story of Marty McFly. Know what this movie is called?
The DeLorean wasn't around for long, but it lives on thanks to this classic '80s comedy. The 1985 flick, "Back to the Future," stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a teen who teams up with Doc Brown, and goes back in time to make sure his parents fall in love.
This movie features one very expensive and very smashed Ferrari. Know which '80s movie included this scene?
Bueller? Anyone? The 1986 teen comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," features Matthew Broderick in the title role. Determined to take a day off from school and have a big adventure, he drags his friends Sloane and Cameron along for the ride, with Principal Rooney hot on their heels.
This classic comedy combined live action with colorful animation. Remember the name of this '80s comedy favorite?
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is the ultimate '80s movie that combines real-life action with wacky animated characters. Set in '40s Hollywood, the film focuses on Attorney Eddie Valiant and his attempt to get Roger Rabbit off on some pretty major murder charges.
What do you do if you lose your job? If you're the crew from this movie, you start your own spirit-seeking biz. Match this scene to the correct movie.
Who you gonna call? If spooky spirits are messing with your day, call on Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, who starred in the 1984 flick, "Ghostbusters," as a pair of amateur spirit hunters.
Spinal Tap Prod.
No, it wasn't a real band, but the actors certainly brought these characters to life. Think you know which '80s flick featured this scene?
"The is Spinal Tap" is a 1984 mockumentary that tells the story of a British rock band embarking on a U.S. Tour. Christopher Guest, Michael Mckean and Harry Shearer star as over-the-top rockers in this largely improvised flick.
This movie shows what happens when you get mad enough at someone that you're willing to chow down on their pet. Which comedy flick contained this scene?
"A Fish Called Wanda" is a 1988 heist comedy starring Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese and Kevin Kline. The classic comedy tells the story of a trio of jewel thieves who are so willing to double-cross one another that one resorts to eating another's pet fish.
Circle Films/Twentieth Century Fox
This '80s favorite starred a very young Nicolas Cage. Match this image to the correct movie.
Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter star as an ex-con and a cop in the 1987 film, "Raising Arizona." After they struggle to have a child, they decide to simply steal one, resulting in a run-in with a determined bounty hunter.
American Entertainment Partners II L.P. (produced in association with) Gracie Films Twentieth Century Fox
Zoltar can't help you ace this quiz! Can you ID this comedy classic?
Even if you've never seen the 1988 movie, "Big," you've probably seen a clip of Tom Hanks dancing on that giant piano. Hanks plays a boy who wishes he was big -- and wakes up to find himself in an adult body.
Columbia Pictures Corporation,Mirage Enterprises,Punch Productions
This film proves that how you treat people really matters, no matter who you are. What's the name of this movie?
In the 1982 movie, "Tootsie," Dustin Hoffman plays an actor who is so hard to work with that he must disguise himself as a woman to land work. The film also stars Jessica Lange, and features Geena Davis in one of her earliest movie roles.
Universal Pictures (presents) A&M Films Channel Productions
This John Hughes film stars Molly Ringwald as Claire. Know the name of this '80s comedy flick?
Because every one of us is a rebel, a princes, an outcast, a brain and a jock -- that's the essence of "The Breakfast Club." This 1985 John Hughes movie featured Molly Ringwald and company spending Saturday morning in detention under the eye of Assistant Principal Vernon.
Gracie Films/Twentieth Century Fox
This '80s film came with one memorable boombox scene. Pick the movie that goes with this image.
The 1989 movie, "Say Anything," shows us what happens when the valedictorian hooks up with the classic underachiever. If the movie is anything to go by, this situation results in John Cusack holding a boom box under your window, blasting out Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."
The Geffen Company/Marty Katz Productions
This '80s favorite stars Albert Brooks as a man searching for a whole new way of life. Match this scene to the correct '80s comedy.
"Lost in America" stars Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty as a pair of hard-working corporate employees who quit their jobs and take off across the U.S. After ending up broke and living in a trailer park, they decide that maybe the business world isn't so bad after all.
Castle Rock Entertainment
Do you know which movie -- famous for its unforgettable diner action -- this scene is from?
"When Harry Met Sally" attempts to answer the just-friends question by telling the story of a man and a woman living in NYC. The film is perhaps best remembered for the infamous deli scene, in which Meg Ryan proves that faking it is easier than men think.
Warner Horizon Television
This movie proves that no one looks good dressed in a bunny suit. Name this '80s classic.
You'll shoot your eye out kid! In the 1983 movie, "A Christmas Story," Ralphie wants nothing more than an air rifle to call his own. Even the town bully and some tough love from mom and dad won't deter him from his dream gift.
This throwback '80s movie was set in the '60s. Remember the name of this feel-good flick?
Ricki Lake stars as Tracy Turnblas in the 1989 John Waters film, "Hairspray." Together with her friend Penny Pingleton, Tracy must not only fight racial segregation, but also keep her spot on "The Corny Collins Show."
Like many great comedies, this film got its start as an SNL skit. Pick the movie title that goes with this image.
"The Blues Brothers" began as an SNL skit before John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd brought the concept to the big screen in 1980. As Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, the pair must reunite the old band to save an orphanage -- even if it means a high-speed chase through a shopping mall.
Edge City/Universal Pictures
Can you ID this '80s movie, which features Emilio Estevez?
"Repo Man" is a 1984 comedy starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez. In the film, a punk rocker named Otto is actually an out-of-this-world repo man, complete with a flying Malibu.
From which '80s movie, which stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, is this scene taken?
The Griswald family sets out on a cross country trip to Wally World in the 1983 film, "National Lampoon's Vacation." Things go wrong from the start, resulting in a dead dog and a body strapped to the roof of the car.
New World Pictures (presents)/Cinemarque Entertainment (in association with)
You never know who your friends are, especially if you're part of this clique. Match this scene to the correct '80s dark comedy.
"Heathers" is a 1988 film that shows that popularity comes at a high cost. It focuses on four friends, three of whom are named Heather, and stars Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty and Christian Slater.
A & M Films
From which classic comedy movie, which features John Cusack as a teen who is down on his luck, is this scene taken?
The 1985 comedy, "Better Off Dead," stars John Cusack as a student named Lane who decides to commit suicide after being dumped. However, he is unable to finish the job, despite inhaling Jello and skiing the highest peak in town.
What mind-control assassin movie is this?
"The Naked Gun" was a 1988 film starring Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin. This classic comedy was also notable for one special guest star -- O.J. Simpson, who played Detective Nordberg.
The Geffen Film Co
Put on your socks and your favorite button-up and pick the movie that goes with this image.
Who can forget Tom Cruise sliding across the floor in his socks in "Risky Business"? The 1983 film also starred Rebecca De Mornay as a prostitute named Lana.
The Geffen Company
Sometimes the afterlife can be quite a drag. Which '80s comedy included this image?
In the 1988 comedy, "Beetlejuice," a newly dead couple are determined to evict the new occupants of their home. They hire a poltergeist named Beetlejuice -- played by Michael Keaton -- to handle the job in this Tim Burton classic.
Which '80s comedy, which stars Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, gave us this memorable scene?
"Caddyshack" stars Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray, and is set at a country club with a serious gopher problem. The 1980 film marked the directorial debut of Harold Ramis.
Warner Bros. (presents) Amblin Entertainment
The kids save the day in this '80s classic. What's the name of this movie?
When evil developers come along, it's up to the kids from the Goon Docks to save their neighborhood in the 1985 flick, "The Goonies." Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and friends team up to find the treasure of One-Eyed Willy and save their homes.
Paramount Pictures (presents)/Eddie Murphy Productions (in association with)/Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Eddie Murphy was riding high when he starred in this 1984 flick. Can you name this classic '80s comedy?
The 1984 movie, "Beverly Hills Cop," stars Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a police officer from Detroit who heads to the west coast to solve a murder. The comedy favorite also features others beloved '80s actors like Judge Reinhold and Bronson Pinchot.
Universal Pictures (presents)/Refugee Films
Remember which movie, which features Sean Penn as a stoner slacker, gave us this scene?
Written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was one of the most beloved teen flicks of the '80s. It features Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicolas Cage. Sean Penn plays the slacker, Spicolli, who takes on teacher, Mr. Hand.
Twentieth Century Fox
Which comedy flick, starring a young Matt Dillon in the role of a tough bully, contained this scene?
The 1980 comedy, "My Bodyguard," stars Matt Dillon in the role of bully Melvin Moody. Determined to keep Moody from tormenting him, Clifford Peache hires Ricky Linderman -- played by Adam Baldwin -- to run interference.
Warner Bros. (presents)/Aspen Film Society
This '85 flick gave rise to a beloved Saturday-morning kids' show. Match this image to the correct movie.
What do you do when your bike gets stolen? If you're Pee-Wee Herman, you hitchhike to Texas to get it back. The 1985 flick, "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," was Tim Burton's debut directing a major movie.
Can you name this movie, which provides a comical look at a birthday that's not quite so sweet?
In the 1984 teen comedy, "16 Candles," everyone forgets Sam's birthday. Fortunately, cool kid Jake finally returns Sam's crush on him, and the two share a kiss over a cake lit with 16 candles.
I'll be home for...Thanksgiving? Know which '80s movie included this scene?
It might not seem like his normal work, but "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" was written and directed by John Hughes. The 1987 flick stars Steve Martin and John Candy as a mismatched pair trying to make it home for Thanksgiving.
Can you ID this comedy classic, which aims to answer the nature vs. nurture debate?
The 1983 movie, "Trading Places" was basically a modern retelling of Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper." The film featured Dan Aykroyd as a businessman who finds himself swapping lives with a hustler, played by Eddie Murphy.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away, this "Star Wars" parody was released. Remember what it was called?
The Star Wars trilogy was such a huge hit that it's no surprise people have been parodying it almost since the beginning. The 1987 Mel Brooks flick, "Spaceballs" tells the story of what happens when a planet runs out of air, and features the Jaba-like Pizza the Hutt.
In this classic comedy, the guy who claims to be an African Prince actually is one. Remember what this movie is called?
The 1988 movie "Coming to America" is a comedy-romance starring Eddie Murphy. Murphy plays an African prince who comes to America to wed, then falls for a woman named Lisa who thinks he is a simple goat herder.
"Act III Communications (presents)/Buttercup Films Ltd. /The Princess Bride Ltd."
This 1987 cult classic is the classic princess rescue tale with a twist. Remember the name of this '80s comedy favorite?
As you wish.... "The Princess Bride" is a fun fantasy flick that came out in 1987. It tells the tale of a farmhand named Westley, who must take on Prince Humperdink to rescue Princess Buttercup.
The Ladd Company/Warner Bros
They'll let anyone in these days...Think you know which '80s flick featured this scene?
The 1984 comedy, "Police Academy," reveals what happens when the police force eliminates all standards for new recruits. This classic flick stars Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith and George Gaynes.
Columbia Pictures Corporation
This flick features Bill Murray in a buddy-comedy pairing. Match this image to the correct movie title.
In the 1981 film, "Stripes," Bill Murray plays a cab driver who joins the Army after hitting rock bottom. The buddy military comedy also stars John Candy and Sean Young.
Twentieth Century Fox (presents)/Interscope Communications/Zacharias-Buhai Productions
Can you ID this '80s movie, set at the fictional and very cliché Adams College?
"Revenge of the Nerds" is the first in a classic series of college comedies. It tells the story of a group of nerds at Adams College, who are willing to stop at nothing to keep the Alpha Betas at bay.
Paramount Pictures (presents)/Mirage Productions (in association with)
Which '80s comedy, which brings Charles Dickens into the 20th century, included this image?
The 1988 Christmas comedy, "Scrooged," stars Bill Murray as TV exec Frank Cross. After forcing his staff to work overtime on a special holiday production, it takes visits from a few ghosts to help him regain his Christmas spirit.
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