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

Jamie-Conway-Bright-Lights-Big-City

"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

Overboard

William S Preston Esq

"Be Excellent to Each Other."

William S. Preston, Esq.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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My Bodyguard is film that sticks with you, ranked 30 in 1980 at the box office. Matched w the power of @HBO in the '80s, it was widely viewed by latchkey kids. https://t.co/JchYkKa3PO
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You know we live for this stuff, right? https://t.co/sF021Bpcmn
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Bill & Ted 3 @BillandTed3
Look at these bodacious behind-the-scenes photos from Excellent Adventure, courtesy of @Winter! ⚡️️Tag someone who needs to see these! https://t.co/nbbldNWRDn
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Fantastic photo by your wife!! https://t.co/oXnGsZRFbO
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John Fusco @JohnFusco12
Happy Birthday to a Regulator of the highest rank, a true Pal and brother: @LouDPhillips in this never-before-seen horsing around pic (by Richela Fusco, Santa Fe). https://t.co/nDwDmIDrdt
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Scrunchies & Leg Warmers! #LucyHale tells us what other '80s artifacts she fantasizes about bringing back, now that 80s TV series #FantasyIsland is in theaters! Check our our interview: https://t.co/DYKzLMGyNM https://t.co/bs9xaLmeEV 80sMovieGuide photo
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#FridayFeeling grateful to @Karaszewski for introducing us to Dan Waters! His #Heathers insights are hilarious & satisfying (& you're name checked often! ). We're thrilled to offer a #GenZ term for his (or your?) next movie. #FlashbackFriday https://t.co/mPSMsg5RAS

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