Can you I.D. which of these fantastical '80s movies are based on books?

Were these beloved movies adapted from novels?


The '80s gave the world some of the best entertainment around. Evolving technology in video effects, costuming, makeup and the like were giving creators the ability to make the characters and creatures of films more realistic than ever. This also opened up a whole new opportunity for book adaptation and bringing mystical and made-up beings to life. Stories that existed only on pages were put on the silver screen to delight and entrance audiences, expanding the reach of these well-written masterpieces to entirely new demographics. Not every adventure was based on a book, however; plenty of original plots and storylines were imagined as well. 

In an age where cinema and literature collide, it's time to test your knowledge of these magical journeys. Can you identify which of these fantastical '80s movies are adapted from books?

  1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)
  2. The Dark Crystal (1982)
  3. The Princess Bride (1987)
  4. The Goonies (1985)
  5. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
  6. Labyrinth (1986)
  7. Willow (1988)
  8. The Last Unicorn (1982)
  9. Ghostbusters (1984)
  10. Splash (1984)

Can you I.D. which of these fantastical '80s movies are based on books?

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DIGGER1 34 months ago
Can you I.D. which of these fantastical '80s movies are based on books?
You got 8 out of 10
breezyruth 46 months ago
“Labyrinth’s” storyline was at least inspired by Maurice Sendak’s picture book “Outside Over There.” Contention was formed between Sendak and Henson for the striking similarities between the plots. Apparently, Sendak complained of this for years after the film was released. Note the off-handed mention of Sendak in “Labyrinth’s” credits.
Walter 57 months ago
Splash is a reboot of 1948 movie Mr. Peabody & the Mermaid which is based on the 1945 book Peabody's Mermaid written by Guy and Constance Jones
Cynthia 58 months ago
"The Princess Bride" was scripted by William Goldman, based on his 1973 novel written under the pseudonym "S. Morgenstern."
LindaWilliams 59 months ago

You got 10 out of 10

MrBill 59 months ago
8/10; missed 6 and 7 - I was not sure on those and guessed wrong.
Sara 59 months ago
10 out of 10. The NeverEnding Story was a favorite movie of mine as a child, and is now a favorite book of mine as an adult (I have a copy, excellent read).
Barry22 59 months ago
8/10. The latest issue of Rolling Stone has an article about The Dark Crystal.
anthony 59 months ago
5/10.Like George Costanza from "Seinfeld" I'd rather watch the movie then read the book.😋
DaveBunzel 59 months ago
Dumb: if it's Lucas/Spielberg or Henson, it was original, pretty much follow that formula and it's 10/10. And they forgot the congratulatory silliness to boot.
DawnGraham 59 months ago
8/10, missed #6 & 7 never saw either one
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