Guess the '80s movie from an emoji sequence!

Ana Todorovic

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About This Quiz

Did you ever think of describing your favorite '80s films using only emojis would be a thing? While communicating with the use of emojis is only getting more popular, we thought we'd bring in the old with the new for this quiz! 

Which '80s classic does a sailboat, a bag of cash and a map make you think of? How about emojis for two airplanes and a first place gold medal? It's time to combine your knowledge of movie history with your everyday use of emojis to see if you can ace this quiz. 

The worldwide popularity of emojis reached an all-time high starting around 2010 but they've actually been around since 1997 so it's not too far from the decade we're asking you to look back on. 

Cinema in the 1980s includes some of the most beloved films of all time including Sixteen Candles, Top Gun, The Goonies, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  and Scarface.  What emojis would you use to describe each of these films? Time to act like the detective emoji and get to thinking in visual terms so you can end up like the mindblown emoji once you figure it out. Put up a fingers crossed emoji and take this quiz! 

Which '80s movie corresponds to this emoji sequence?

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Which '80s movie includes a train and four boys?

"Stand By Me," which was released in 1986, takes place in 1959 and is based on the novella by Stephen King called "The Body." It's a fictional story of four boys in a small town in Oregon who follow train tracks to find the dead body of another boy. The film received an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Which '80s movie features a princess and swordfights?

"The Princess Bride" is one the most beloved romantic comedies of the '80s. It stars Robin Wright and Cary Elwes as Buttercup and Westley as two would-be lovers who face trials and tribulations (and plenty of swordfights) on their path to ending up together.

Which '80s movie features a variety of different characters forced to spend time together?

"The Breakfast Club" is one of the most iconic '80s movies of all time. The Brat Pack stars in this famous film about five teens who are seemingly complete opposites but form a bond in the span of their time in detention.

Which '80s movie features a group of ghost fighters?

"Ghostbusters" is one of the most successful fantasy comedies of all time. The film, released in 1984, was written by and starred Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Bill Murray rounds out the cast of ghost catchers who run a business in New York City catching a range of supernatural beings.

What's the name of the film that includes bats and millions of dollars?

In "Batman," the Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, is a billionaire whose parents were murdered and he sets out to use his money for good by developing technology to help him fight crime.

Which film includes two men traveling in a car?

"Back to the Future" is a classic that stars Christopher Lloyd as the eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown and Michael J. Fox as a high school student and Doc's assistant, Marty McFly. Doc transforms the DeLorean into a time-traveling car that takes Marty back to 1955 and a variety if crazy antics ensue that include his parents. The beloved film spawned two sequels and is still considered one of the greatest films of all time.

Which '80s film features a crazed man and an ax?

In "The Shining," a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific visions from the past and of the future.

What movie features a young woman taking care of kids?

Another classic '80s comedy starring Elizabeth Shue with the memorable line, "Don't &%^# with the babysitter."

Which '80s movie is about a young girl upset on what's considered a major birthday?

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible in "Sixteen Candles." This John Hughes classic starring Molly Ringwald was a box office classic and is considered emblematic of the '80s.

What's the '80s film that features to cool, sunglasses-wearing men?

"Joliet" Jake Blues, played by John Belushi, just out of prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood, played by Dan Aykroyd, were raised. Aykroyd and director John Landis wrote the film that's inspired by the "Saturday Night Live" characters.

Which '80s movie about violence, money, and a rage-filled man is this?

Oliver Stone wrote "Scarface" while battling an addiction to cocaine, a drug that's intertwined into the movie's storyline. This 1983 film starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana features the famous quote, "say hello to my little friend!"

Which '80s movie is about America and Vietnam?

A war movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, Matthew Modine stars as Private Joker and Vincent D'Onofrio as Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence. A full metal jacket is a type of bullet consisting of a soft core (often lead) encased in a shell of harder metal.

Which '80s movie features a replicate of a woman?

Director Ridley Scott achieved the famous "shining eyes" effect by using a technique known as the "Schüfftan Process" where light is bounced into the actors' eyes off a piece of half mirrored glass mounted at a 45-degree angle to the camera.

What is the name of the '80s film about high-level aviation?

The movie "Top Gun" is based on a real flight school called U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School or "TOPGUN." Capitalizing on the success of the film, the U.S. Navy set up recruiting booths outside theaters.

Which '80s movie includes someone who lies about being sick?

Ferris knows how to have fun which is why he pretends to be sick to get a day off from school. All kinds of crazy antics occur on his adventure with his two friends and he occasionally breaks the fourth wall, explaining his thoughts and tactics.

What is the name of the '80s film about scary aliens?

1986's "Aliens" is the sequel to the 1979 blockbuster "Alien," both starring Sigourney Weaver as Officer Ripley, for which she received a best actress nomination. James Cameron wrote and directed the film.

Which '80s movie features a police officer and a man asking for money?

In "Die Hard," NYPD officer John McClane tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others who were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Which '80s movie features a young couple and a magical creature from a book?

This is a story about a boy who escapes to a magic world within an old book where he's entrusted with the responsibility of stopping a dark force called the Nothing from taking over the mystical land. The 1984 fantasy film from West Germany is based on a book by the same name.

What is the '80s movie that features a dead man and a bride?

Tim Burton guides a stellar cast including Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder through a comedy where a couple of ghosts have their home taken over by trendy yuppies. The "bio-exorcist" ghost Beetlejuice, played by Keaton, is summoned by Ryder's character (a human) to help the ghosts and get rid of the humans but he then tries to marry her.

Which '80s movie is about a young couple in love on an island?

Causing quite a bit of controversy when it was first released in 1980, Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins star as shipwrecked teens learning about love.

Can you name the '80s film that features a muscular man and a car?

"Road House" is the stuff that B-movie legends are made of. Patrick Swayze's Dalton is perhaps the only Mercedes-driving, philosophy-majoring bouncer at a rowdy Southern bar in history.

Which '80s movie is about a man, a princess, and takes place in space?

"Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," won numerous awards and was nominated for 4 Oscars, including best effects and art direction. It was originally called "Revenge of the Jedi" but creator George Lucas didn't believe revenge matched a Jedi's ethics.

Which '80s movie is about a group of rivals?

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other in "The Outsiders."

What '80s film is about an alien on a bicycle?

Producer and director Steven Spielberg came up with the concept based on an imaginary friend he created after his parents' divorce in 1960. The film is considered a classic ode to friendship where the protagonist, a young boy named Elliot, befriends ET who is stranded on Earth and trying to find a way home.

Which '80s movie features a quirky character and an airplane?

This slapstick disaster comedy starred Leslie Nielsen and includes one of the most famous movie quotes of all time: "Surely you can't be serious." "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

Which '80s film includes a bear-like creature and a princess?

Disney bought the rights to "Star Wars" franchise back in 2012 along with Lucasfilm for a staggering $4.05 billion. This installment is many fans' favorite.

What is the name of the '80s film about dead writers?

In "Dead Poets Society," English teacher John Keating, played by Robin Williams, inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective. It is considered one of Wiliiams' best roles especially in a drama.

Which '80s movie is about a strong man and technology?

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor and prevent her unborn son to become a savior against the machines in the future. The film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2008.

What is the '80s movie about dancing and romance?

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), and learns some hard truths about life. The famous final dance with Baby and Johnny to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" includes a lift that's been imitated by many including Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in "Crazy Stupid Love."

Which '80s movie is about an alien creature and soldiers?

This movie featured Arnold Schwarzenegger battling an alien hunter in Central America while on a military mission to rescue hostages in guerrilla territory. Though critics panned it for a thin plot line but theater-goers made it a box office success.

Which '80s movie features vampires and a character named Star?

The title is a reference to the "lost boys" of Peter Pan but director Joel Schumacher didn't want to a story about young boys as vampires so they developed older characters for the film.

Which '80s movie is about young girls in school and murder?

In order to get out of the snobby clique known as the Heathers that is destroying her good-girl reputation, Veronica (Winona Ryder) teams up with a dark sociopath, played by Christian Slater, in a plot to kill the cool kids. Though it wasn't a box office success, it's considered a cult classic.

Which '80s movie is about a post-apocalyptic world?

The film stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in a post-apocalyptic Australia. Tina Turner was cast as Aunty Entity because of her positive persona according to Turner.

Which '80s movie is about travel and features a man with a famous fedora?

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is the first installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and was the top-grossing film in 1981. Fun fact: In the famous scene where the Arab with the swords confronts Indy, he was supposed to disarm the man with his whip. Harrison Ford had the flu, so he resorted to using his pistol.

Which '80s movie features a dog, a shotgun, and a man in his car in the desert?

Max Rockatansky, played by Mel Gibson, is traumatized by the death of his family and roams the desert in a post-apocalyptic Australia. He's in his car looking for food and gas with his sole companion being an Australian cattle dog.

Which '80s movie is about a parasitic alien?

Director John Carpenter created an excessively gory masterpiece of suspenseful storytelling in his remake of "The Thing." A group of American researchers in Antarctica encounter a parasitic alien that assimilates, then imitates other organisms which makes them paranoid about who is actually human.

Which '80s movie is about a desert in space?

The film centers around a conflict amongst nobles in the desert planet Arrakis aka Dune. The planet is the only source of the melange known as "the spice," which makes space travel possible and thus is the most valuable commodity.

Which '80s movie highlights the art of karate?

"Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important." Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) is an iconic character and that exchange is often quoted even by people who may not have even seen the film because it's that popular.

Which '80s movie features a prince traveling to the U.S.?

A prince from Africa goes to America to find his future wife since he does not want to marry the brainwashed woman his parents picked for him.

Which '80s movie features romance and skiing?

Lane, an emotional teenager, decides it's better to commit suicide than to face another day feeling rejected by his ex-girlfriend. As he journeys through this sadness he discovers new love and builds his confidence.

Which '80s movie is about murder and nightmares?

Freddy Krueger is the stuff of nightmares ... literally. The murderous villain attacks people in their dreams (causing them to die in real life) with his gloved hand with razors.

Which '80s movie features a magical king, a quest, and a baby?

Jennifer Connelly plays 16-year-old Sarah who is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King played by rockstar David Bowie. Muppet creator Jim Henson directed the fantasy film, which was produced by George Lucas, and most of the puppets are from Henson's Creature Shop.

What is the name of the '80s film about evil spirits and murder?

Bruce Campbell, the B-movie legend, stars in this one and its two sequels. The movie is about the evil that's unleashed after five college students in an isolated cabin play an audio tape they find that leads to demonic possessions and murder.

Which '80s movie takes place in a high school and features complicated relationships?

With an all-star cast including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, and Ray Walston, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" also debuts future stars including Nicholas Cage, Eric Stoltz, and Anthony Edwards. The coming-of-age comedy was Amy Heckerling's directorial debut, she would later gain fame once again for her other high school comedy, "Clueless."

Which '80s film is about money and the term "noodles" as a name?

This 1984 epic crime drama film follows David "Noodles" Aaronson and Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz as they lead a group of Jewish gangsters who gain power amongst the mobs in New York City.

Which '80s movie features cops and Vietnam also comes into play?

An iconic buddy cop movie that spawned three sequels, "Lethal Weapon" is a cut above the standard action movie as far as many critics are concerned.

Which '80s movie includes a high school setting and a magical woman of sorts?

Another classic from director John Hughes, "Weird Science" is basically what happens if Frankenstein were to take place in the 1980s. Legend has it that Hughes wrote this film in only two days.

Which '80s features the search for a religious relic and a fedora-wearing man?

The Indiana Jones franchise is estimated to be worth over a billion dollars. In this one, Ford stars opposite Sean Connery as his father, who is a professor of Medieval literature and was more preoccupied with looking for the Holy Grail than raising his son which inevitably brings up pent up frustrations on this journey.

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