Cop Movies of the '80s Quiz


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The classic cop film spread its wings in the '80s, branching into comedy, martial arts and even dogs. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of some of the greatest law enforcement films of the decade.

What year was "Die Hard" released?

The film, which centered around a group of thieves who took over a skyscraper, came out in 1988.


What actor starred as Officer John McClane in "Die Hard"?

Bruce Willis starred as McClane, a cop committed to saving his wife and other hostages from the evil Hans Gruber.


What location did terrorists takeover in "Die Hard 2"?

In the 1990 "Die Hard" sequel, terrorists laid siege to Dulles International Airport in Washington.


What 1986 thriller starred Sylvester Stallone as Marion Cobretti?

In the 1986 film "Cobra," Stallone starred as Cobretti (nicknamed Cobra), an elite member of the Los Angeles Police Department Zombie Squad.


What is the dog's name in "K-9"?

Jim Belushi plays Michael Dooley, a cop with a partner named Jerry Lee, in the 1989 film.


What 1987 police movie starred Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs?

Gibson played Riggs, with Danny Glover in the role of Roger Murtaugh in "Lethal Weapon."


What country's diplomats are featured in "Lethal Weapon 2"?

The 1989 movie centers around a group of South African diplomats who use their diplomatic immunity to get away with money laundering and other devious deeds.


What city is "RoboCop" set in?

The 1987 action flick takes place in Detroit.


What "RoboCop" character is transformed into RoboCop after death?

After he is killed by a gang, officer Alex Murphy, played by Peter Weller, is transformed into RoboCop.


What comedian starred in "Beverly Hills Cop"?

Eddie Murphy played Detroit cop Axel Foley in the 1984 film "Beverly Hills Cop."


What 1988 movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ivan Danko?

Schwarzenegger played Russian police officer Ivan Danko in the 1988 thriller "Red Heat."


Who played Schwarzenegger's American police partner in "Red Heat"?

Jim Belushi plays Chicago cop Art Ridzik, who partners up with Danko when he comes to the U.S.


What year was "Turner & Hooch" released?

The buddy police flick, which starred Tom Hanks as Detective Scott Turner, came out in 1989.


What kind of dog was Hooch?

Former junkyard dog Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux, a type of French mastiff.


What police force was Jackie Chan's character a member of in the 1985 movie "Police Story"?

Chan played Chan Ka Kui, an inspector with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.


What 1987 film starred Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez?

The 1987 movie "Stakeout" featured Dreyfuss and Estevez as Detectives Chris Lecce and Bill Reimers.


What future "Sex and the City" actress had a role in "Police Academy"?

Cattrall played Cadet Karen Thompson in the 1984 crime comedy "Police Academy."


What actor played Cadet Carey Mahoney in "Police Academy"?

Guttenberg played Cadet Mahoney, with Bubba Smith in the role of Cadet Moses Hightower.


What 1988 film was written by, directed by and starred James Woods?

James Woods not only wrote the screenplay and served as director of "Cop," but also took on the lead role as Sgt. Lloyd Hopkins.


What city is the backdrop for the 1989 movie "Tango & Cash"?

Tango and Cash were a pair of Los Angeles Police Department narcotics detectives who were framed for murder in this buddy cop film.


What actor made his film debut in the 1982 flick "48 Hrs."?

Murphy made his film debut in "48 Hrs." and even picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Reggie Hammond.


True or false: "The Blues Brothers" started as a "Saturday Night Live" sketch.

The Blues Brothers bits were such a smash on "SNL" that the concept was developed into a 1980 feature film.


What is the name of Dan Aykroyd's character in "The Blues Brothers"?

Aykroyd played Elwood Blues opposite John Belushi as Joliet Jake Blues.


What was the Bluesmobile in its former life?

The Blues Brothers pick up a former police car and mount a giant speaker to the top to help promote their concerts.


What year did the film "Alien Nation" hit theaters?

The Graham Baker-directed film premiered in 1988.


What is the name of the alien race in "Alien Nation"?

The Newcomers of "Alien Nation" included the first alien detective, with Mandy Patinkin as Sam Francisco.


What 1981 flick featured Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams as a pair of cops?

"Nighthawks" featured Sly Stallone as Detective Sergeant Deke DaSilva and Billy Dee Williams as Detective Sergeant Matthew Fox.


What branch of law enforcement is the focus in "To Live and Die in L.A."?

The 1985 film centers around a group of Secret Service agents on the trail of a counterfeiter.


Who played Eddie Cusack in "Code of Silence"?

The 1985 movie "Code of Silence" starred Chuck Norris as tough Chicago police officer Eddie Cusack.


Where do the cops in "Running Scared" plan to retire to?

"Running Scared" features a group of Chicago cops who plan to retire to Key West and open a bar — as soon as they close one last case.


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