Can You Guess The '80s Movie From a Single Photo?

Rebecca Deczynski | May 14, 2016 Movies
Can You Guess The '80s Movie From a Single Photo?

We have a lot to thank the '80s for: great pop music, fashion trends like leggings, and of course, plenty of cult classic films. From John Hughes romances to Steven Spielberg masterpieces, the decade was chock-full of plenty of cinematic moments. Over 30 years later, we're still happy to sit down and watch all our favorites—and even more happy to see how well we remember them.

Test your knowledge of '80s flicks by seeing if you can guess which film the following pictures correspond to—you might be surprised!


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  • Which is it?


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    A. The Breakfast Club (1985)

    B. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    C. Weird Science (1985)

    D. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)


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    No one was more aggravated by Ferris Bueller's antics than Principal Rooney. This film placed Matthew Broderick into the role of a high school troublemaker who skips school for a truly unforgettable day off.

  • Which is it?


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    A. Sixteen Candles (1984)

    B. Fresh Horses (1988)

    C. The Breakfast Club (1985)

    D. Pretty in Pink (1986)

  • Pretty In Pink (1986)


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    Molly Ringwald starred in this John Hughes–directed flick after appearing in The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. With a showstopping dress and a magical first love moment, this may be the quintessential prom movie.

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  • Which is it?


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    A. Falling In Love (1984)

    B. Plenty (1985)

    C. Out of Africa (1985)

    D. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

  • Out of Africa (1985)


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    Meryl Streep plays a baroness in this film opposite Robert Redford's big-game hunter role, making for one steamy romance based on a true story. This film wasn't Streep's first big '80s hit—she won an Oscar for her role in Sophie's Choice in 1982.

  • Which is it?


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    A. Raging Bull (1980)

    B. Chariots of Fire (1981)

    C. The Karate Kid (1984)

    D. Field of Dreams (1989)

  • Chariots of Fire (1981)


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    This film about two athletes in the 1924 Olympics is best known for its opening scene set to Vangelis's score. Chariots of Fire won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

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  • Which is it?


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    A. The Goonies (1985)

    B. Hook (1981)

    C. Gremlins (1984)

    D. Labyrinth (1986)

  • The Goonies (1985)


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    A treasure map, an adventure, a family of criminals, and a deformed-yet-ultimately heroic brother named Sloth: The Goonies has it all. The unending popularity of this flick shows that Goonies really do never say die.

  • Which is it?


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    A. Bad Boys (1983)

    B. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

    C. Better Off Dead (1985)

    D. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

  • Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)


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    Sean Penn played a bona fide surfer dude in this '80s film that chronicled some of the less academic aspects of high school during the decade. This SoCal–based movie makes teenagedom seem like a party.

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  • Which is it?


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    A. Coming to America (1988)

    B. The Golden Child (1986)

    C. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

    D. 48 Hours (1982)

  • Coming to America (1988)


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    This Eddie Murphy film was nominated for Academy Awards in both costume and makeup, but above all it's remembered as a hilarious film starring Murphy as an African prince making his way around Queens.

  • Which is it?


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    A. Footloose (1984)

    B. Dirty Dancing (1987)

    C. Flashdance (1983)

    D. American Fliers (1985)

  • Dirty Dancing (1987)


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    Nobody puts baby in the corner. Jennifer Grey starred in this film as the doe-eyed Baby Houseman, while Patrick Swayze played her dance instructor onscreen romance, Johnny Castle. With a killer soundtrack and quotable script, no wonder it's still so popular.

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  • Which is it?


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    A. Best Defense (1984)

    B. 48 Hours (1982)

    C. Trading Places (1983)

    D. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)


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    The '80s were comedian Eddie Murphy's breakout decade for sure. In Beverly Hills Cop, he plays a Detroit cop who finds himself investigating a murder in the very different neighborhood of Beverly Hills—a part so funny that Murphy is in production for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie.

  • Which is it?


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    A. Gremlins (1984)

    B. RoboCop (1987)

    C. Back to the Future (1985)

    D. Weird Science (1985)

  • Gremlins (1984)


    Image via Warner Bros

    Billy Peltzer only had to follow three simple rules to maintain his new pets—and when he fails to do that, all hell breaks loose. Gremlins may be cute, but that doesn't mean they can't do some damage. This was actor Zach Galligan's first major film role; he later starred in the 1988 horror film Waxwork.

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