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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Walter 24 days 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 1 month ago
"The Princess Bride" was scripted by William Goldman, based on his 1973 novel written under the pseudonym "S. Morgenstern."
LindaWilliams 2 months ago
CAN YOU I.D. WHICH OF THESE FANTASTICAL '80S MOVIES ARE BASED ON BOOKS?


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MrBill 2 months ago
8/10; missed 6 and 7 - I was not sure on those and guessed wrong.
Sara 2 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 2 months ago
8/10. The latest issue of Rolling Stone has an article about The Dark Crystal.
anthony 2 months ago
5/10.Like George Costanza from "Seinfeld" I'd rather watch the movie then read the book.πŸ˜‹
DaveBunzel 2 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 2 months ago
8/10, missed #6 & 7 never saw either one
Rickey 2 months ago
You got 8 out of 10. 6,7 got wrong.
cperrynaples 2 months ago
10/10! 2 perfect scores in a row!
teire 2 months ago
7/10, got the first three wrong, so whew on the recovery!
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