The '80s Romance Movies Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

Who won the best actress Oscar for her screen debut in "Children of a Lesser God"?

Matlin, who was 21 years old, was the youngest-ever best actress winner.

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Who was Matlin's co-star in the film?

Hurt played James Leeds, a teacher at a school for the deaf, who falls in love with Matlin's character, former student Sarah Norman.

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With whom did William Hurt star in "The Accidental Tourist"?

In "The Accidental Tourist" Geena Davis plays a quirky dog trainer who teaches Hurt's character a thing or two about life.

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And who was Hurt's leading lady in "Broadcast News"?

Holly Hunter plays a news producer to Hurt's anchorman.

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British romance "A Room With a View" was adapted from a novel by this author.

Ismail Merchant and James Ivory adapted E.M. Forster's 1908 novel for the 1986 film.

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Who plays the romantic heroine of "A Room With a View"?

"A Room With a View" was one of the first of many period dramas for Helena Bonham Carter.

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In "Out of Africa," Meryl Streep plays a woman who moves from this European country to this African country.

The movie is based on Karen von Blixen-Finecke's memoir of moving from Denmark to Kenya (then known as British East Africa).

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Where does the action of "Against All Odds" take place?

In "Against All Odds," Jeff Bridges plays a football player who falls in love with the daughter of the owner of his team, whom he's been hired to find after she runs away to Mexico. Long story.

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Adrian Lyne, the director of "9 1/2 Weeks," also directed this classic '80s romance.

Lyne's other critically panned but still-watched '80s movie was "Flashdance."

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In the famous "Say Anything …" scene, Lloyd holds a boom box aloft as a song by this artist plays.

Lloyd blasts "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel outside of Diane's house.

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In "Say Anything …" Lloyd aspires to be this kind of athlete.

Lloyd dreams of being a professional kickboxer.

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Where does Maverick first meet Charlie in "Top Gun"?

Maverick (Tom Cruise) unsuccessfully tries to pick up Charlie (Kelly McGillis) in a bar one night, and the next day he realizes that she's his Top Gun instructor.

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What Madonna ballad is the love theme of "Vision Quest"?

Madonna actually appears in "Vision Quest," singing "Crazy for You" at a bar.

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Where does "St. Elmo's Fire" take place?

The "St. Elmo's Fire" gang has just graduated from Georgetown University in Washington.

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In "St. Elmo's Fire," who plays Dale, the older woman on whom Kirby (Emilio Estevez) has a hopeless crush?

MacDowell plays Dale, who, as it turns out, has a boyfriend.

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Who won an Oscar for "An Officer and a Gentleman"?

Louis Gossett Jr. won best supporting actor for his role as Marine drill instructor Emil Foley.

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In the famous last scene of "An Officer and a Gentleman," Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of …

Zack (Gere) arrives at the factory where Paula (Winger) works, declares his love and carries her out, to the cheers of the workers.

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In "Moonstruck," what's the profession of Nicolas Cage's character?

Cage plays Ronny, a baker who's in love with his brother's fiancee.

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In "Moonstruck," what does Loretta say to Ronny after she slaps him for confessing his love?

Loretta tells Ronny to "snap out of it!" because she's engaged to his brother.

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Who plays Amanda Jones, the popular girl in "Some Kind of Wonderful"?

Thompson's Amanda doesn't turn out to be so bad after all.

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In "Pretty in Pink," where does Andie work?

Andie's after-school job is in a record store.

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With whom does Andie leave the prom in "Pretty in Pink"?

In the original version of the ending, Andie leaves the prom with Duckie, but audiences preferred her with Blane.

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Where do Harry and Sally start their road trip at the beginning of the movie?

Harry and Sally drive from Chicago to New York City.

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On which holiday do Harry and Sally finally kiss?

Harry and Sally share a long-awaited kiss at a New Year's Eve party.

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Roger Ebert wrote that this '80s romance film "made him itch."

To put it mildly, "Blue Lagoon" didn't fare well with the critics.

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What's the real name of "The Princess Bride"?

Princess Buttercup is the Princess Bride.

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Who's the pirate who kidnaps Westley in "The Princess Bride"?

Because of his exemplary behavior as a captive, Westley eventually takes the title of Dread Pirate Roberts.

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In "Dirty Dancing," what is Baby's real name?

"Nobody puts Frances in a corner" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

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What does Baby carry into the staff party where she first sees people dirty dancing?

Baby's first words to Johnny are "I carried a watermelon."

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Which '80s romance was also named the greatest sports movie ever by Sports Illustrated?

Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon hit it out of the park in "Bull Durham."

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About This Quiz

The '80s is chock-full of sappy, funny and dramatic romance movies. From "Pretty in Pink" to "Top Gun," the movies in this quiz are sure to give you a dose of colorful nostalgia. See how much you remember about them!

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