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

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#SaturdayScare A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is on @SYFY now and tomorrow at 3:30p. It brought on a new day in horror...and YET still reflects the '80s double standards. Here's a different perspective on Freddy Krueger: https://t.co/5m1gJtYdoo https://t.co/DFhrUQgwgm 80sMovieGuide photo
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Watching #TheShining on @AMC_TV? What's Stanley Kubrick trying to say? It's a new awakening of an insidiousness that's existed in households for years. After the movie (or prep for #DoctorSleepMovie), check out our podcast for a new perspective: https://t.co/h85jkUOPvd https://t.co/WF1CbOxOWo 80sMovieGuide photo
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#KarateKid marathon running on @BBCAMERICA. 1. Easy Halloween costume (if you go for Daniel's Halloween costume, even better. 2. Did you notice all the kids of famous actors in smaller roles (McQueen below)? There's a reason. Read all BTS info here: https://t.co/2wRKilo1xq https://t.co/ZI6TR19atD 80sMovieGuide photo
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Perfect #SaturdayMorning Snuggle: BULL DURHAM coming on @EPIXHD Drive-in channel right now (or on demand). Follow along with our behind the scenes guide: https://t.co/U9Bi27A3zr https://t.co/raFohneiGr 80sMovieGuide photo

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