Can you name these 80s movies from their taglines?

John Miller

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Sometimes, all it takes is a catchy slogan to make a successful movie, and great taglines last far beyond a film's box office run. Can you name these 80s movies from their taglines?

"They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God."

Jake and Elwood, "The Blues Brothers," are on a mission from God. And it all starts when Jake gets released from prison. Their first goal? To save an orphanage.

"Who you gonna call?"

If you see a slimy ghost flying around the library, don't try to catch it yourself. Who you gonna call? "Ghostbusters!"

"You'll wish it were only a nightmare..."

Take one hockey mask, combine it with a psychopathic killer and you have Jason, from "Friday the 13th." Hockey will never be the same for anyone.

"Come to laugh, come to cry, come to care, come to terms."

"Come to Laugh, Come to Cry, Come to Care, Come to Terms." Also, come to vomit out all of your earnestness, when you watch "Terms of Endearment."

"It's a strange world."

Yeah, it's a strange world, all right. And a David Lynch movie like "Blue Velvet" will make you question whether you should ever even leave the house.

"He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born."

It was the movie that launched Michael J. Fox into superstardom. "Back to the Future" found him traveling through time in a desperate bid to save his family, and also have a lot of fun along the way.

"The first casualty of war is innocence."

In "Platoon," we come to realize that American soldiers had a really, really bad time in Vietnam, and sometimes they did awful things. Because, "The first casualty of war is innocence."

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

If you haven't seen "The Shining," it's basically Jack Nicholson playing his usual crazy self. Only he tries to murder his own family, too.

"Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight."

Gizmo was the cutest character in "Gremlins," the movie about adorable furry creatures that become homicidal if you don't follow the essential rules of the tagline.

"They're here..."

Horror movies are always scarier when little kids are primary characters. And when the young girl in "Poltergeist" says, "They're here..." you know she's not referring to the in-laws.

"Man is the warmest place to hide."

In "The Thing," from horror master John Carpenter, an alien being terrorizes an Antarctic base. The results are, shall we say, rather sinister. And you will never want to visit Antarctica.

"The creators of 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars' now bring you the ultimate hero in the ultimate adventure."

How many times can you use the word "ultimate" in one taglines? When it's for "Raiders of the Lost Ark," at least twice, it seems.

"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."

In "The Lost Boys," an all-star cast of teenage boys becomes a bunch of bloodsucking vampires, which makes them like all teenage boys, really.

"Every dream has a price."

If you thought Wall Street thieves were a relatively new phenomenon, we've got news for you, "Every dream has a price." That's what "Wall Street" taught audiences way back in 1987.

"When he pours, he reigns."

Tom Cruise as a hot bartender in a tropical locale? Watch him juggle bottles of booze like no one else, because in "Cocktail," "When he pours, he reigns."

"Only their mother can tell them apart."

In "Twins," Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger are twins separated at birth. The visual gags never end in this comedy, and later, Arnold surprised America with another gag ... by becoming governor of California.

"He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home."

In "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," a bug-eyed alien is stranded far from home. But a boy on a bicycle is here to save the day.

"It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble."

1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was a breakthrough film that blended live action with animation. And Roger Rabbit was suspiciously similar to Bugs Bunny.

"The man with the hat is back. And this time, he's bringing his dad."

In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Indy is back, and this time he has his dad, who is played by the grizzled Sean Connery.

"I feel the need, the need for speed."

If you ever wonder why Tom Cruise is still a thing, rewatch "Top Gun." You may still find his smirk annoying, but as a jet pilot he was "da bomb." Heh. Sorry.

"The snobs against the slobs!"

Bill Murray was definitely one of the "slobs" in "Caddyshack." Yet he was still ultimately the hero of this 80s classic.

"Vietnam can kill me, but it can't make me care."

In the 80s, America was still coming to terms with its defeat in Vietnam. Even the tagline of "Full Metal Jacket" reeks of resignation.

"Scream now, while you can still breathe."

The 1988 version of "The Blob" wasn't quite as terrifying as the mid-century original. But in a time when slime seems to rule the land, it's still relevant.

"All he wanted to do was dance."

In "Footloose," all the main character wanted to do was dance. And he also wanted the song "Footloose" to be played at every wedding reception until the end of time.

"Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement."

Looking back, "Robocop" was surely the inspiration for the "Terminator" franchise. Right? Right?

"The heat is on!"

Comedian Eddie Murphy created a sensation by being the hilarious cop in "Beverly Hills Cop." But somehow, he always managed to escape the heat caused by his crazy behavior.

"Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game."

How many baseball movies is Kevin Costner in, anyway? In "Bull Durham," he's not just on the baseball diamond, he's after a woman's heart, too.

"This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers."

It's Samantha's 16th birthday, but does anybody care? Nope, all they care about is her stupid sister's wedding!

"If you can't get a date, make one!"

In "Weird Science," a young man can't seem to land a woman. So he sets out to make one in a lab.

"Meet the model son who's been good too long."

Tom Cruise is the rich white kid whose parents leave town. Then? He goes completely and utterly crazy.

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