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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This year marks the 40th anniversary of THE BLUE LAGOON. This one film really signifies so many societal issues that would plague Gen X as teens and still play out today. Our podcast (also on Stitcher): https://t.co/PVrQIGan9m https://t.co/7g8QhXo8yT 80sMovieGuide photo
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Just so you know what it was like to be a kid in the 1970s, it wasn't enough we had to deal with bullies, we had dads who wanted to make sure we weren't "soft." This is a real TV movie from 1978: https://t.co/4lmBr9VNgP
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Crying during the Tom Hanks CLIP pkg. Fell hard for @tomhanks back to Bosom Buddies and playing Uncle Ned in family ties. Thx Hanx for making the last 40 years better. #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/l83MXJuwu0 80sMovieGuide photo
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#80sonTCM alert: ANNIE (1982) is on @tcm in 5 min! (5:45e/2:45pst) Carol Burnett is the best Miss Hannigan of all time! And if you don’t like today’s news, remember #TomorrowisJustaDayAway https://t.co/XLTVfl3esh 80sMovieGuide photo

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