Can You Name These '80s Childhood Movies From an Image?

By: Khadija Leon

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is a 1982 American Sci-Fi movie produced by Steven Spielberg which follows a lonely boy named Elliot who becomes friends with an extraterrestrial named E.T., who is stranded on planet Earth. With the help of Elliot’s siblings, E.T. returns home to his family.

"The Breakfast Club" is a 1985 American comedy-drama film and one of the classic John Hughes movies. It followed five teenagers, each from a different high school clique, who are forced to spend Saturday in detention together.

"The Goonies" is a 1985 American adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg about a bunch of kids who try to save their homes from demolition. While on their mission, they discover a Spanish map that sends them on an adventure to find a pirate’s lost fortune.

"The Monster Squad" is a 1987 horror comedy film that followed some of the universal monsters (Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, the Invisible Man and the Wolf Man) who battle a group of kids for control of the world.

"The Wizard" in a 1989 American adventure drama film about some kids who run away to California to compete in an ultimate video game championship. It starred Luke Edwards, Vince Trankina and Wendy Philips as its main cast.

"The NeverEnding Story" is a 1984 German fantasy film based on a novel by Michael Ende with the same name. They both tell the story of a boy who reads a magical book about a young warrior who has to stop “the Nothing” from consuming the world.

"The Karate Kid" is a 1984 American martial arts film and the first of four movies in the series and a remake in 2010. It followed a young teenager who is taught martial arts in order to defend himself from bullies.

"All Dogs Go to Heaven" is a 1989 American animated comedy about a German Shepherd who is killed by his former friend and gives up his place in heaven to return to Earth to teach his best friend the importance of kindness and love.

"Labyrinth" is a 1986 British-American fantasy film about a 16-year-old girl who goes on a quest to save her brother by going to the center of an otherworldly maze. Its main cast consisted of David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud.

"Back to the Future" is a 1985 American Sci-Fi adventure film about a 17-year-old who is sent back to 1955 where he meets his future parents and accidentally becomes his mom’s love interest. It stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson.

"The Princess Bride" is a 1987 American romantic adventure film based on a 1973 novel by William Goldman with the same name. It tells the story of a farmhand and his friend who must rescue his true love, Princess Buttercup, from the wicked Prince Humperdinck.

"The Boy Who Could Fly" is a 1986 fantasy comedy film which followed an autistic boy who dreams of flying and leaves a positive effect on everyone that he meets. It stars Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood and Bonny Bedelia.

"Mac and Me" is a 1988 American Sci-Fi film about a “Mysterious Alien Creature” (MAC) that escapes from a NASA and befriends a paraplegic boy. The movie was created due to "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’s" success but was called one of the worst films ever made.

"Ernest Goes to Camp" is a 1987 American comedy and the second of the Ernest P. Worrell films. In this movie, he works as a summer camp handyman but has dreams of becoming a guidance counselor. Jim Varney reprised his role as Ernest P. Worrell and was joined by Victoria Racimo and John Vernon.

"Flight of the Navigator" is a 1986 American Sci-Fi film about a 12-year-old boy who was abducted by an intelligent alien ship and taken to a world that he doesn’t recognize. It starred Paul Reubens, Joey Cramer and Cliff De Young.

"The Last Unicorn" is a 1982 animated film about a unicorn who after learning that she was the last of her kind, goes on an adventure to find out what happened to the other unicorns and to defeat an evil king.

"Gremlins" is a 1984 American comedy horror film about a young man who receives a mogwai as a pet from his father. After breaking one of the rules which the pet came with, it turns into a demonic little creature that unleashes havoc on the tiny town.

"Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" is a 1986 American teen film and one of the popular John Hughes movies. It stars actor Matthew Broderick as the lead character, Ferris, who wants to take a day off school with a few of his friends.

"Weird Science" is a 1985 John Hughes movie based on a 1950s EC Comics magazine with the same name. It stars Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock and Bill Paxton and tells the story of two nerds who try to create the perfect woman.

"The Dark Crystal" is a 1982 fantasy adventure film which tells the story of Jen the Gelfling who is on a mission to restore balance and order to his alien world by finding the missing shard of a magical crystal.

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is a 1988 live-action and animated film that starred Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Joanna Cassidy. It follows Roger the Rabbit who is framed for a murder he didn’t commit. His only hope of freedom is a detective who hates toons.

"SpaceCamp" is a 1986 American space film about some young space camp students who find themselves in space when their shuttle is accidentally launched into space. After failing miserably at the box office, the movie was adapted into a novel.

"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is a 1989 American Sci-Fi film about an inventor who accidentally shrunk both his and his neighbor’s children and throws them and the machine into the trash. The film was later the basis for another movie and was also adapted into a television series in 1997.

"Return to Oz" is a 1985 fantasy film based on L. Frank Baum’s novels, The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz. It focused on the few months after "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," when Dorothy returned to help save the land of Oz.

"The Transformers: The Movie" is a 1986 Japanese-American animated film based on a television series and Hasbro toy line with the same name. It followed the Autobots as they battled the Decepticons and a planet-consuming robot.

"Pee-wee’s Big Adventure" is a 1985 American adventure film about an eccentric and childish man named Pee-Wee Herman who after getting his bike stolen, sets out on a trip across the United States, which turns out to be an adventure of a lifetime.

"Adventures in Babysitting," also called "A Night on the Town," is a 1987 American comedy film about a babysitter who must find her way around the big city of Chicago with the kids​ she babysits after being stranded there.

"An American Tail" is a 1986 American animated film about a family of mice that emigrate to the United States from Russia. One of the mice, Fievel Mousekewitz, gets lost and must find his way back to his family.

"A Christmas Story" is a 1983 American comedy film based on Jean Shepherd’s 1966 novel, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash and the director’s own book, Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories. It followed a young boy named Ralphie who tried to convince his teacher and Santa that he should get a BB Gun as a Christmas gift.

"War Games" is a 1983 American sci-fi​ film about a young hacker named David Lightman who accesses the War Operation Plan Response, a United States military computer which was programmed to predict the potential outcomes of the nuclear war.

"Little Monsters" is a 1989 American comedy film about a boy who befriends a monster and discovers a secret world where monsters escape from to play pranks on children. The movie stars Fred Savage as the young Brian Stevenson and Howie Mandel as the monster, Maurice.

"The Land Before Time" is a 1988 animated drama film produced by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of an orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot, who befriends some other dinosaurs and helps to reunite them with their families.

"The Brave Little Toaster" is a 1987 American animated film based on a 1986 novel named The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances. It followed a group of old appliances who travel to the city to find their owner after they were abandoned in a cabin in the woods.

"Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters" is a 1988 Looney Toons/Merrie Melodies film based on a Warner Brother's Cartoon character. It follows Daffy Duck as he opens up a detective agency for the supernatural and his other Looney Toons friends.

"Beat Street" is a 1984 American drama film about an aspiring DJ from the Bronx who tries to make it big by introducing people to the culture and art of hip-hop. The movie starred Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davies, Jon Chardiet and Leon. W. Grant.

"Annie" is a ​1982 American musical adapted from a Broadway musical based on the 1924 comic, Little Orphan Annie. The movie tells the tale of an orphan named Annie who is taken in by America’s richest billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

"The Last Starfighter" is a 1984 American space film about a teenager who after playing a video game, is recruited by an alien defense force in order to help fight in an interstellar war for Earth. Its main characters include Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason and Lance Guest.

"Beetlejuice" is a 1988 American comedy film about a recently-deceased couple who begin to haunt their home after turning into ghosts. It is also haunted by a devious ghost named Beetlejuice who wants to scare away the people living there.

"The Little Mermaid" is an American animated movie produced by Walt Disney Animations in 1989. It is based on a Danish fairy tale with the same name. It follows a teen mermaid princess who dreams of what it would be like to live as a human.

"Explorers" is a 1985 American sci-fi film about a group of teenage boys who build a spacecraft to explore outer space. It stars Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson and although it flopped at the box office, it made up for it in VHS sales.

"Oliver & Company" is a 1988 American animated movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animations. It was adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. It follows a lost kitten that joins a gang of dogs who take part in crimes in New York.

"Ghostbusters" is a 1984 American comedy film about three retired parapsychologists who start up a ghost removal service in New York City. The movie’s main cast included Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.

"The Toy" is a 1982 American comedy film based on the 1976 French film, "Le Jouet." It followed an underemployed married reporter who was purchased as a toy for a rich little brat. The movie’s main cast included Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason and Ned Beatty.

"The Empire Strikes Back," also known simply as "Star Wars: Episode V," is a 1980 American space film that is a continuation of the previous films. It follows Luke Skywalker as he begins his Jedi training, and Darth Vader as he hunts down Luke’s friends.

"The Fox and the Hound" is a 1981 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions which is loosely based on a Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name. I​t tells the story of a red fox and a hound dog who struggle to keep being friends as their instincts pit them as advisories.

"Stand by Me" is a 1986 American comedy film named after a Ben E. King song. It was based on the Stephen King novel, The Body. It follows a writer who recounts the details of his childhood and his journey trying to find the body of a missing boy.

"Big" is a 1988 American comedy film about a young boy who makes a wish to be big, and as a result, is aged to adulthood over the course of a night. The movie’s cast includes Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

"The Secret of NIMH" is a 1982 American animated film which is an adaptation of the children’s novel, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. It follows a field mouse who needs help from a group of mice in order to save her ailing son.

"Willow" is a 1988 American fantasy film produced by George Lucas. It followed a dwarf who plays a crucial role in protecting a gifted baby from an evil queen. Its main cast included Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Warwick Davis.

"Harry and the Hendersons" is a 1987 American fantasy film that followed a family from Seattle who adopted a friendly Sasquatch named Harry but are finding it difficult to keep him a secret. Its main cast included John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon and Kevin Peter Hall as the Sasquatch​.

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About This Quiz

After a string of disappointing movies in the 1970s, the 1980s were seen as exciting and refreshing to many people. The decade was characterized mostly by actors like Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Michael J. Fox and Winona Ryder, and it was also known for the many John Hughes movies, including "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink" and "Weird Science," dance movies like "Dirty Dancing," "Footloose" and "Flashdance," three Indiana Jones films (1981, 1984 and 1989) and numerous Sci-Fi movies like "Star Wars," "Ghostbusters" and "Aliens." 

Before the 1980's, there weren't that many movies specifically made for children, but once the decade began, films like "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "The Never Ending Story," "The Goonies," "The Princess Bride," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Ernest Goes to Camp" and "The Little Mermaid" all made the decade that much more enjoyable for children growing up during that time. 

If you were given some images of the most popular 1980s children's movies, would you be able to correctly identify them? Well, this quiz was designed to test just that. Only one in 22 people can get them all right, will you be one of them? The only way to find out is to take this quiz!

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