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Can You Name The Stars of All of These '80s Films?
By: Bambi Turner
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
The '80s had plenty to offer movie fans, from action-packed flicks to sci-fi classics to some of the most angst-filled dramas ever made. Take our quiz to see if you can match the '80s film to its star!
The Producer Circle Company/Peregrine Productions/Hawk Films
Who is this star from "The Shining"?
Jack Nicholson starred as Jack Torrance in "The Shining." Hired as the caretaker for the isolated Overlook Hotel, Jack slowly goes mad and tries to kill his wife and son.
Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment
Who is this star from "E.T."?
A young Drew Barrymore starred as Gertie in the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie, "E.T." In the film, her brother, Elliott, finds an alien and brings him to live in their suburban home.
A&M Films/Channel Productions
Who is this star from "The Breakfast Club"?
In the 1985 movie, "The Breakfast Club," five students are stuck in Saturday detention with the ruthless Mr. Vernon. While Molly RIngwald was the official star, Ally Sheedy captured viewers' hearts as Allison Reynolds -- the basket case.
Who is this star from "Top Gun"?
Tom Cruise plays Navy Pilot, Maverick, in the 1986 hit, "Top Gun." Maverick is a legend in the sky, but becomes close to a civilian instructor and eventually turns to teaching.
20th Century Fox/Brandywine Productions
Who is this star from "Aliens"?
Signourney Weaver played Ellen Ripley in the original "Alien" and its 1986 sequel. In "Aliens," Ripley is awakened from hypersleep to learn that aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon.
Hemdale/Pacific Western Productions/Cinema '84
Who is this star from "The Terminator"?
James Cameron's, "The Terminator," came out in 1989. The film features a cyborg sent from the future to destroy Sarah Connor -- played by Linda Hamilton -- before she can give birth to a son that will take on the robots in a war to save humanity.
The Geffen Company
Who is this star from "Beetlejuice"?
Michael Keaton starred as the title character in Tim Burton's 1988 flick, "Beetlejuice." The film focuses on a young couple, who must work hard to evict the new tenants from their home after they themselves wind up dead in a car accident.
Act III Communications/Buttercup Films/The Princess Bride Ltd.
Who is this star from "The Princess Bride"?
Mandy Patinkin stars as Inigo Montoya in the 1987 flick, "The Princess Bride." In the classic film, Patinkin's character is a skilled fencer looking for revenge against the man who killed his father.
The Ladd Company/Shaw Brothers/Blade Runner Partnership
Who is this star from "Blade Runner"?
Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard in the 1982 action flick "Bladerunner." Set in the far-off year of 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner assigned to kill evil androids that are bent on destruction.
Amblin Entertainment/Universal Pictures
Who is this star from "Back to the Future"?
Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly in the 1985 favorite, "Back to the Future." Thanks to the experiments of Dr. Emmett Brown, McFly is sent back to 1955, where he must make his parents fall in love, or else he'll never be born.
Touchstone Pictures/Silver Screen Partners IV
Who is this star from "Dead Poets Society"?
Robin Williams played English teacher John Keating in the 1989 movie, "Dead Poets Society." As Keating, Williams helped a group of students -- including Ethan Hawke as Todd Anderson -- transition to manhood and learn to think for themselves.
Who is this star from "The Outsiders"?
Matt Dillon stars as Dallas Winston in the 1983 film, "The Oustsiders," which focused on a battle between the Greasers and the Socials. The film also starred Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze,
Who is this star from "Raging Bull"?
In the 1980 film, "Raging Bull," Robert De Niro transformed himself into prize fighter Jake La Motta, whose success in the ring was dampened by the violence and turmoil in his home life.
A&M Films/Channel Productions
Who is this star from "Sixteen Candles"?
Eighties favorite Molly Ringwald stars as Samantha in the angst-filled John Hughes film, "Sixteen Candles." Throughout the 1984 flick, Samantha is subject to everything terrible that could possibly befall a teen on her birthday, including family and school drama and her own family forgetting her Sweet Sixteen.
Who is this star from "Full Metal Jacket"?
Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" stars Vincent D'Onofrio as Private Leonard Lawrence. Nicknamed Gomer Pyle for his ineptitude, Lawrence struggles to fit in as a new Marine recruit in the 1987 film.
Who is this star from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"?
Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" ranks among one of the most beloved teen movies of the '80s. Written by Cameron Crowe, the film stars Sean Penn as stoner Jeff Spicoli.
Who is this star from "Scarface"?
The iconic 1983 film, "Scarface," stars Al Pacino as drug lord Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who strikes it rich in the U.S. Michelle Pfeiffer was a relative unknown when she was chosen to play his girlfriend, Elvira Hancock.
Who is this star from "Pretty in Pink"?
What's an '80s teen movie without Molly Ringwald? In "Pretty in Pink," Ringwald plays an outcast named Andie. John Cryer plays her platonic best friend, Duckie.
Great American Films/Limited Partnership
Who is this star from "Dirty Dancing"?
It's summer in the Catskills when Baby Houseman meets dance instructor Johnny Castle -- played by Patrick Swayze. The 1987 flick featured an illegal abortion, family drama and plenty of dancing.
Warner Bros. Pictures/Guber-Peters Company
Who is this star from "Batman"?
Michael Keaton starred as Bruce Wayne in the 1989 film, "Batman." Jack Nicholson played The Joker, while Kim Basinger starred as Batman's love interest, Vicki Vale.
Gordon Company/Silver Pictures
Who is this star from "Die Hard"?
Bruce Willis is the ultimate action hero in the 1988 film, "Die Hard." Willis plays off-duty cop John McClane, who takes on Hans Gruber and his gang of criminals at an L.A. skyscraper.
Who is this star from "The Empire Strikes Back"?
Harrison Ford returned for the third film in the Star Wars franchise with "The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980. Carrie Fisher stars as Princess Leia and the film ends with one of the best twists in film history.
Who is this star from "The Return of the Jedi"?
In this sequel to "The Empire Strikes Back," Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker, who seeks out a teacher who can help him avoid the power of the dark side.
Who is this star from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"?
Matthew Broderick just needed a mental health day when he skipped school as the title character in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Alan Ruck played his very nervous BFF, Cameron, in the 1986 film.
Who is this star from "Airplane!"?
The 1980 comedy, "Airplane," was a parody of scores of disaster films that came before. The film starred Robert Hays as former fighter pilot Ted Striker.
Who is this star from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"?
Harrison Ford returned as Dr. Indiana Jones in the 1981 film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark." In the film, Jones is hired by the government to locate the lost Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can get their hands on the priceless treasure.
Embassy International Pictures N.V.
Who is this star from "Legend"?
The 1985 movie, "Legend," focused on classic fairy tales and myths. Tom Cruise starred as Jack O' The Green, while Tim Currey played the evil Darkness.
Columbia-Delphi Productions/Black Rhino
Who is this star from "Ghostbusters"?
The 1984 flick, "Ghostbusters," starred Bill Murray as a parapsychologist named Dr. Peter Venkman. Along with two pals, Venkman holes up in a New York City firehouse to figure out how to capture and eliminate ghosts.
Hemdale Film Corporation
Who is this star from "Platoon"?
Charlie Sheen starred as Chris Taylor, a man who left college to fight in Vietnam, in the 1986 film, "Platoon." The movie also stars Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger.
Universal Pictures/Dino De Laurentiis Company/Edward R. Pressman Film
Who is this star from "Conan the Barbarian"?
Who else but bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger could play the mighty Conan? In this 1982 flick , Arnold plays the mighty Cimmerian, a slave who takes on bad guy, Thulsa Doom, played by James Earl Jones.
Who is this star from "The Blue Lagoon"?
Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins star as Emmeline and Richard, two children marooned on a South Pacific island in the early 20th century. The 1980 movie was controversial because it featured the young Shields without clothes and in mature scenes with her co-star.
The Ladd Company/Embassy International Pictures/PSO Enterprises/Rafran Cinematografica
Who is this star from "Once Upon a Time in America"?
"Once Upon a Time in America" (1984) was Sergio Leone's last film. The movie starred Robert De Niro as Noodles and James Woods as Max, and told the story of two poor kids growing up in NYC.
Who is this star from "Heathers"?
The 1988 film, "Heathers," took bullying to a whole new level. Winona Ryder starred as Veronica, who formed a popular girl clique with three fellow students -- all named Heather -- at Ohio's Westerberg High School.
Who is this star from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"?
Everyone knows the role of Indy was played by Harrison Ford, but it was Sean Connery who starred as Jones' father in the 1989 film, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Who is this star from "Road House"?
Patrick Swayze plays a tough bouncer named John Dalton at a roadside bar called the Double Douce in the 1989 flick, "Road House."
Delphi II Productions/Jerry Weintraub Productions
Who is this star from "The Karate Kid"?
In the 1984 film, "The Karate Kid," a boy named Daniel faces bullying after moving to Los Angeles until Mr. Miyagi teaches him karate to defend himself. Ralph Macchio stars as Daniel LaRusso, aka The Karate Kid.
Phoenix Pictures/IndieProd Company Productions/Silver Screen Partners
Who is this star from "Footloose"?
Kevin Bacon stars as Ren McCormack in the 1984 film, "Footloose." When Ren moves to the small town of Bomont, he is shocked to learn that music and dancing are forbidden, and sets off to make it legal once again.
Who is this star from "The Evil Dead"?
Bruce Campbell plays Ash Williams in the 1981 horror flick, "The Evil Dead." When Ash and his friends go camping at a cabin in the woods, they make the mistake of reading from the Book of the Dead, which causes the dead to rise from their graves and attack.
AVCO Embassy Pictures/International Film Investors/Goldcrest Films International
Who is this star from "Escape From New York"?
It's the far-off year of 1997 and Manhattan has been reduced to a massive island prison. Captive snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell, has 24 hours to help the president get off the island if he wants a shot at a pardon for his crimes.
Who is this star from "Spaceballs"?
In this sci-fi film parody, Bill Pullman stars as Captain Lone Starr, a man hired to rescue the kidnapped Princess Vespa. John Candy plays the shaggy Barfolomew, and Joan Rivers stars as Dot Matrix.
Cinema Group Ventures/Eddie Murphy Productions
Who is this star from "Trading Places"?
Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy star as two men who unwittingly switch lives thanks to a couple of wealthy brokers in the 1983 comedy, "Trading Places."
Who is this star from "The Untouchables"?
The 1987 film, "The Untouchables," captures the drama of Prohibition-era Chicago. Robert De Niro stars as Al Capone, while Kevin Costner plays Eliot Ness, who is doing whatever it takes to take down Capone and his gang.
The Ladd Company
Who is this star from "Police Academy"?
In the 1984 flick, "Police Academy," a group of misfits is assigned to join the Academy and become members of the force. Steve Guttenberg plays Carey Mahoney, a petty criminal sentenced to train as a police officer -- and willing to do anything to avoid his sentence. Kim Cattrall stars as Karen in the film.
Act III Productions
Who is this star from "Stand By Me"?
Wil Wheaton starred as Gordie LaChance in the 1986 flick, "Stand By Me." Based on a Stephen King story, the movie tells the tale of four teens who find a body in the woods over Labor Day weekend in 1959.
Who is this star from "The Goonies"?
Sean Astin, son of Patty Duke and John Astin, starred as Mikey in the 1985 film, "The Goonies." Josh Brolin co-starred as Brand, with Corey Feldman as Mouth.
The Turman-Foster Company
Who is this star from "The Thing"?
Kurt Russell starred as helicopter pilot MacReady in John Carpenter's "The Thing." The 1982 horror flick focused on a shapeshifter monster that left everyone wondering who was human and who was a predator in disguise.
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