Are these sci-fi movies from the 1950s or the 1980s?

Both decades were great eras for science fiction and horror.

A quick glance through the movies of both the 1950s and the 1980s shows some immediate connections. There were nostalgic films from the eighties like Stand By Me and Back to the Future which harkened back to a time thirty years earlier. There were also direct remakes like The Blob and Invaders from Mars.

Here are the titles of 20 movies from both decades. Some are true science fiction while others are horror movies with a science fiction element. Can you properly label which ones are from the 1950s and which came out 30 years later?


  1. Forbidden Planet
  2. They Live
  3. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  4. The Wasp Woman
  5. Critters
  6. Rocketship X-M
  7. Cat-Women of the Moon
  8. Night of the Comet
  9. The Twonky
  10. Swamp Thing
  11. Tobor the Great
  12. The Quiet Earth
  13. Night of the Creeps
  14. This Island Earth
  15. The Brain Eaters
  16. The Stuff
  17. Attack of the Giant Leeches
  18. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
  19. The World, the Flesh and the Devil
  20. Bloodsuckers from Outer Space

Are these sci-fi movies from the 1950s or the 1980s?

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Snickers 17 days ago
18/20 Loved the 50's and 60's sci fi movies. And how could you not include " Day the Earth Stood Still" or the 50's version of "War of the Worlds"?
tsgabel 14 months ago
16 out of 20. Oh well, I never heard of #20 either, but I SHOULD have know the other three! My bad.
Clark 15 months ago
19 for 20. Never even heard of number 20.....
Snickers Clark 17 days ago
I never heard of # 9 What the heck was The Twonky?
vbellomo927 16 months ago
Wow. I did badly. And I call myself sci-fi pro.....lol....guess not
Snickers vbellomo927 17 days ago
Anyone out there remember "When Worlds Collide"?
John 16 months ago
20/20

First time in about six months that I swept one of these quizzes.
daDoctah 16 months ago
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman - 1958
Attack of the 5 ft. 2 Women - 1994
Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold - 1995
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader - 2012
Yolandadiana 16 months ago
9 out of 20 Scifi is just not my genre!
DIGGER1 Yolandadiana 16 months ago
Just remember what George Francisco said in the movie "Alien Nation": "We're only human". LOL!
bewest169 16 months ago
The King of sci fi not even listed the Thing from another world 1950's version with your favorite Marshall Matt Dillion as the Thing
Snickers bewest169 17 days ago
Didn't include " Invaders from Mars" or "It came from Outer Space" either. The 50's were a great time to be a sci-fi fan
jimmyvici 16 months ago
17/20 very cool buckaroo banzai is one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time. A true cult classic
UnicornPrincess 16 months ago
14/20?? I'm disappointed in myself.
DIGGER1 UnicornPrincess 16 months ago
You're still amazing in my book, UnicornPrincess.
DIGGER1 16 months ago
Are these sci-fi movies from the 1950s or the 1980s?
You got 20 out of 20
Did you stick the landing for this quiz?
cperrynaples 16 months ago
18/20! Missed 12 & 18! The second one confused me because there was a shrinking man in the '50's and a shrinking woman in the '80's!
Snickers cperrynaples 17 days ago
Lily Tomlin was the shrinking women and it was a comedy.
DavidH 16 months ago
20/20 And I have seen every one of them
Snickers DavidH 17 days ago
Would loved to see "War of the Worlds" in 3-D. How cool would that be watching the war machines coming at the camera firing their heat rays?
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