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1980s Movies by Plot

Try to guess these 1980s movies from a description of their plot.
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Year
Clue
Movie
1986
Teenager fakes illness, skips school, and visits Chicago landmarks with his friends
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
1985
Laws of space-time are casually violated as a teenager goes back in
time to ensure that his parents hook up
Back to the Future
1984
Buying exotic pets from Chinatown has disastrous consequences as new owner
fails to heed explicit feeding instructions
Gremlins
1980
The ultimate case of cabin fever. All work and no play make a writer
want to kill his family.
The Shining
1983
Maniacal dancer uses urban dance skills to win admission
to the Pittsburgh Dance Conservatory
Flashdance
1985
Flamboyant man in a gray suit goes on an epic search for his lost bicycle
Pee-wee's Big
Adventure
1984
Four parapsychologists must save New York City from a giant gooey monster
Ghostbusters
1988
Pampered African prince travels to New York City to find a bride
Coming to America
1986
Missing boy reappears after eight years but hasn't aged a day. Scientists discover
that his mind is filled with star charts.
Flight of the Navigator
1984
After enduring many embarrassing situations, a sixteen-year old girl enjoys a kiss
over birthday cake with a popular boy
Sixteen Candles
1984
Disfigured villain kills local teenagers in their dreams
A Nightmare on
Elm Street
1986
Robot becomes intelligent after a lightning strike - but must flee to avoid reprogramming
Short Circuit
1986
Four Oregon preteens go on a coming-of-age journey to see a dead body
Stand by Me
1989
In this Spike Lee joint, a young man named Mookie must decide whether to riot
against intolerant Italian pizza parlor owners
Do the Right Thing
1989
Local loser wins love of valedictorian by holding a boom box above his head
Say Anything
1988
Annoying ghost is hired to scare off the human inhabitants of a haunted house
Beetlejuice
1989
To keep the party going, two young men must convince people that their
boss's dead body is still alive
Weekend at Bernie's
1984
Fraternity of dweebs outsmarts their preppy enemies and also
commits sex crimes against a sorority
Revenge of the Nerds
1988
A Los Angeles skyscraper is hijacked by a Euroterrorist named Hans, and only
a tough New York cop can save the day
Die Hard
34 Comments
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Level 85
Jun 1, 2017
Winston Zeddemore was no parapsychologist!
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2021
I second that! He was the only one of the 4 who had no science background at all. He just responded to a help wanted ad.
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Level 84
Jun 6, 2017
It's not so much that Number 5 didn't want to be reprogrammed, but disassembled. Perhaps the spark of life would have gone out of him?
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Level 89
Sep 29, 2019
I fortunately short curcuited on the title of that movie and have erased it from my memory.
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Level 72
Jun 9, 2017
Great quiz, needs more time though.
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Level 90
Sep 18, 2017
Never realized that the setting of the film based on "The Body" was moved from Maine.
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Level 67
Sep 18, 2017
Lots of Stephen King adaptations are set in Maine (which is King's home state) but don't really mention it specifically. I believe Shawshank, for example, is also set in Maine.
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Level 41
Sep 18, 2017
the green mile is set in a southern state im pretty sure.... I want to say Alabama but it may not be haha
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Level 41
Sep 18, 2017
i stand corrected its louisiana
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Level 89
Sep 29, 2019
Stand By Me was based on something that actually happened while Stephen King was growing up in Durham, Maine. Although many of his movies are filmed in Maine, that one was done in Oregon for some reason.
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Level 71
May 13, 2024
Someone booked their scouting location trip to the wrong Portland and decided to cover up their error.
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Level 65
Sep 18, 2017
How many times has "Back to the Future" been a JP answer!?
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Level 63
Sep 18, 2017
I've gotten the point where I just try BTTF on any relevant movie quiz
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Level 41
Sep 18, 2017
how can only 30% get flight of the navigator or short circuit???? my two fave movies as a child
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Level 82
Sep 18, 2017
Definitely big during the decade but they haven't really remained relevant in the decades following. I got both... but I could understand how someone born later might have never heard of them. Don't get much play on HBO.
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Level 60
Sep 25, 2017
Ally Sheedy and software jokes are timeless.
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Level 88
Sep 18, 2017
Yeah, but they were just nice little movies. Do the Right Thing, at the time, was regarded as one of the most important movies of the era and seemed to start an entire genre. That it is last is shocking.
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Level 77
Nov 10, 2021
That probably says something about JetPunk users...
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Level 83
Sep 18, 2017
Do not disassemble
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Level 89
Sep 19, 2017
I about half expected the Big Lebowski to be on here, even though it wasn't made in the 80's! ;)
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Level 77
Sep 19, 2017
Sorry, but Stand By Me takes place in Maine, not Oregon
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Level ∞
Sep 20, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_by_Me_(film)
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Level 41
Oct 25, 2017
book maybe set in Maine but film is set in Oregon
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Level 38
Sep 27, 2017
Could remember them all, even being hard to remember the original titles after so many years watching them in Brazilian TV with titles in portuguese...
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Level 83
Apr 2, 2019
Plenty of content for version #2! Terminator, Raiders, ET, etc.
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Level 71
Nov 10, 2021
Police officer killed and resurrected with cybernetics struggles to regain his humanity!
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Level 77
Nov 10, 2021
Inspector Gadget!
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Level 43
Nov 10, 2021
If only other countries made movies....
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Level 85
Nov 12, 2021
Should add The Goonies for part 2!
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Level 76
Mar 28, 2022
Nitpicky commment: on the first movie, he doesn't actually go back in time to ensure that his parents hook up. The latter arises from him messing things up. The time travel is an accident.
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Level 25
May 11, 2024
I tried Fame, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing before giving up and missing out on Flashdance.

Stupid 'dance' movies, I'm a boy, I watched action movies :-)

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Level 60
May 11, 2024
Even with the answers I jave never heard of 10 of these films. Very US.
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Level 34
May 13, 2024
arent most films released everywhere? Maybe not in countries where it is blocked or something
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Level 58
May 13, 2024
I immediately knew the first one but failed to spell "Bueller"...