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Trivia Quiz: Best Picture Award 1981-1990

Updated on September 27, 2014

Oscar Winners for Best Picture 1981-1990

Aah, the glory years of the 1980s in the film/movie industry. This lens is a tribute to the best pictures from 1981 through 1990 in the form of quizzes.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Harrison Ford (Actor), Wolf Kahler (Actor) | Rated: PG |

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane. So, then: is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he's a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy's old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter, Marion (Karen Allen), evidently has a "history" with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark.


Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Ben Cross (Actor), Ian Charleson (Actor), Hugh Hudson (Director) | Rated: PG |

A tale of courage, motivation, true determination and inspiration, and the power of the human spirit.


The Right Stuff (1983)

Sam Shepard (Actor), Scott Glenn (Actor), Philip Kaufman (Director) | Rated: PG |

In the middle of the 20th century, America pondered its future - and looked to the skies. Based on Tom Wolfe's book, The Right Stuff is the tale of how that future began, a thrilling epic of intrepid test pilot Chuck Yeager and the seven pioneering astronauts of the Project Mercury space program. Philip Kaufman scripts and directs, pushing the envelope with a film-making bravado that matches this soaring story of training and heroism; and of sudden fame for which there is no training.

The Last Emperor (1987)

John Lone (Actor), Joan Chen (Actor) | Rated: PG-13 |

In this unprecedented Sino-Western co-production, Bernardo Bertolucci turned the strange life of final Chinese crown ruler Pu Yi into a sumptuous epic. The story is structured through flashback memories as Pu Yi comes to grips with existence as a villain and commoner under Communism. Many viewers agreed that Bernardo Bertolucci had created another visual marvel. Nominated for nine Oscars, The Last Emperor scored an unexpected sweep, winning all nine, including Best Picture and Best Director.


The Last Emperor - Trailer

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Kevin Costner (Actor), Graham Greene (Actor) | Rated: PG-13 |

Kevin Costner stars in and directs this triumphant masterpiece written by Michael Blake, based on his novel. Winner of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Directing and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Sioux Indians while stationed at a desolate outpost on the American frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments - from Dunbar's tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. When the encroaching US Army threatens to overrun the Sioux, he is forced to make a choice--one that will forever change his destiny and that of a proud and defiant nation.


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