Quiz: The Hardest Quiz '80s Movie Lovers Will Ever Take! How Will You Do?
The Hardest Quiz '80s Movie Lovers Will Ever Take! How Will You Do?
By: Torrance Grey
Image: Merchant Ivory Productions

About This Quiz

See how well you remember the movies of the 1980s -- in all genres -- with our quiz!

The Reagan era might have been "morning in America," but frankly, a lot of us missed it -- because we were up too late the night before at the multiplex, watching comedies like "The Breakfast Club" and tearjerkers like "An Officer and a Gentleman"! With VCRs barely on the scene, 1980s movie lovers saw their favorite films in all their big-screen glory ... which is definitely the way action epics like "Top Gun" were meant to be watched. (Besides which, ducking into a darkened theater was the only way to avoid seeing everyone's loud, color-blocked warm-up jackets and Swatch wristwatches).

But the cinema of the '80s wasn't all easy laughs, light romance and flashy action movies. There were, surprisingly, touches of seriousness, too. Remember, for example, the gorgeous foreign films made by producing duo Merchant-Ivory? Or "Platoon," the first of a series of socially conscious historical films by writer-director Oliver Stone? Then there was 1987's "The Last Temptation of Christ," made by Martin Scorsese. It generated a good bit of controversy, and foreshadowed Mel Gibson's equally eyebrow-raising "The Passion of the Christ" years later.

Whatever your personal tastes in movies, take a trip back with us to the smash hits and rare gems of 1980s cinema. Don't worry, we'll spend plenty of time reminiscing about the Brat Pack and "Ridgemont High," but with a few high-quality flicks thrown in, just to mix things up. So pour yourself a New Coke to wash down your popcorn, and test your knowledge on the classic movies of the 1980s.

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Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen both got their start in '80s films. What relation are they to each other?
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Which of these actors is NOT considered to be part of the Brat Pack?
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Which of these movies introduced Cary Elwes to legions of grateful female fans?
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"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" introduced which actress to the world as a precocious 6-year-old?
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Who played Elliott, the child star of "E.T."?
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In which film would you have met a strange creature called a "mogwai"?
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What was the name of Eddie Murphy's character in "Beverly Hills Cop"?
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What city was Murphy's character, in "Beverly Hills Cop," from?
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Which of the following was a 1985 Merchant-Ivory film?
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What is the name of Indiana Jones's sidekick?
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What was the name of the Ewoks' planet in "Return of the Jedi"?
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How many "Friday the 13th" movies did moviegoers endure in the '80s?
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Who co-starred with Emilio Estevez in "Repo Man"?
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Which of these actresses turned her back on fame for a time to live in France?
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Who played Ferris Bueller's uptight sister in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"?
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Which of these actors was NOT in "The Outsiders"?
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Who played bad boy Dallas Winston in "The Outsiders"?
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What year did Freddy first stalk Elm Street?
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Which of these movies was considerably controversial?
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Who played Pontius Pilate in "The Last Temptation of Christ"?
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Whose spectacular death reduced audiences to tears in "Platoon"?
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The hit Blondie song "Call Me" was part of the soundtrack for which movie?
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Which of these was a comedy that resembled the later "Scary Movie" franchise?
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What was the name of the stoner Sean Penn played in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"?
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A young actor in "Ridgemont High" was credited as "Nicolas Coppola." Now, he's better known as ______.
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The film "An Officer and a Gentleman" featured which hit song?
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Who played the lead in the remake of the classic "Cat People"?
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Pick the appropriate response to "Looking good, Billy Ray!"
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