When we think of films from the 1930s and ‘40s, we think of classic cinema, Hollywood glamour and luminous movie stars. When we think of films from the ‘50s, we think of Technicolor musicals. When we think of films from the '70s, we think gritty realism and the rise of the celebrity director. And, when we think of movies from the ‘80s, we think of the teen sex comedy.

Movies from the 1980s may be the films closest to our heart, but as a genre, they were all kinds of face palm-ridiculous. We ‘80s teens are now parents and when we watch our favorite films that shaped our youth with our kids, well, we realize how screwed up they were…and for those who are truly reflective, how they may have influenced us.

So, here we go…take a look at this guide to ‘80s films. We lovingly explore what makes them iconic, relatable, memorable, absurd and so very ‘80s.

Cameron Ferris Bueller

"I'm not going to sit on my a** as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I'm going to take a stand." 

Cameron Frye

Ferris Bueller


"There is a shabby nobility in failing all by yourself."

Jamie Conway

Bright Lights, Big City

Jeff Spicoli

"Hey Bud, let's party!"

Jeff Spicoli

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Overboard Joanna

"I almost had to wait."

Joanna Stayton


William S Preston Esq

"Be Excellent to Each Other."

William S. Preston, Esq.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

2 days ago
Uncomfortable #FridayFeeling that the trend in school shootings might just go all the way back to HEATHERS. In this week's podcast, we look at how telling the dark comedy was about teen life in the '80s and its impact on high school now. Our take: https://t.co/3hkWPCMTNF https://t.co/wl8VU7siCs 80sMovieGuide photo
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@HDNETMOVIES On the other hand...1985: Back to the Future, Top Gun, Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Fletch, St. Elmo's Fire, Rambo, Cocoon, The Color Purple, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Out of Africa... https://t.co/D2DYme0NJO 80sMovieGuide photo
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@skinnyjoefan @JohnFusco12 says he wrote using Wanted Dead or Alive as mood music, so it was a nobrainer to use it in the film. Bon Jovi said, well, it's about touring, so, no. We'll write something else for you... & then it wasn't ready til YOUNG GUNS 2. #BlazeofGlory https://t.co/hEZW7S1EfN
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@HDNETMOVIES Actually, the game I think we should be playing is what was the 1939 of the '80s? Your list makes the argument for 1988: Big, Heathers, Die Hard, Young Guns, Beetlejuice, Coming to America, A Fish Called Wanda, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cocktail... https://t.co/U7p3FBQQsK 80sMovieGuide photo
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Well, 31st anniversaries tend to go unnoticed (just like this film's Tom Cruise cameo....) but just alerting you that YOUNG GUNS was released on this date in 1988. Here's how-it-all-came-together-and-went down story: https://t.co/8mhANAmyeR https://t.co/sHMaOPUIj9 80sMovieGuide photo

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