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

12 hours ago
Get out of the #HeatWave and roller skate on Venice Beach with XANADU (airing on @HDNETMOVIES)! Here's our take on how the roller disco musical neon fever dream that is so bad and yet so good (& why it held women back): https://t.co/7uPo3LkXNd https://t.co/KBK3GsWazY 80sMovieGuide photo
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Remember the dawn of product placement in film? @LeaKThompson talks about how weird it was to the actors in BACK TO THE FUTURE #Iconic80s https://t.co/ADJVMQxbmJ
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@MattWolking You mean people thinking that when a racist says something that sounds racist and they think - "hey, he must be saying something racist?" that, somehow, they're in the wrong?

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