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

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#DieHardIsAChristmasFilm? WE HAVE THE DEFINITIVE ANSWER! @jt_arn - TCM's author of "Christmas in the Movies" - joins our podcast & lays it all out Just enough time to listen before DIE HARD plays on @IFC at 8/5p tonight! https://t.co/1sTXsnSzuU
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BULL DURHAM coming on RIGHT NOW on @MLBNetwork HD! Can you guess what scene came STRAIGHT from Ron Shelton's baseball career? Answer in our complete guide: https://t.co/U9Bi27A3zr
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Check out our take on SPLASH! Tom Hanks #romcom runs on @Showtime today starting in 5 min on Showtime Showcase! You remember it as a lovable #familyfilm, but some of it is cringey in today’s era. Listen to our #80sMovies #podcast now: https://t.co/SIthBIJEOF https://t.co/D38TRlz1iV 80sMovieGuide photo
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HOLIDAY INN tonight at 8:15p! Saw Jeremy Arnold at #TCMFF and his intros are full of insights. This is the one thing you can't get advanced tix too, so show up & join us! https://t.co/h5N1cXu7C2
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Jeremy Arnold @jt_arn
LA folks - Please join me tonight at the Old Town Music Hall @OldTownMH in El Segundo for HOLIDAY INN (1942). I’ll be introducing the picture, then settling down to enjoy this dazzling musical with you. Can’t wait! #ChristmasInTheMovies https://t.co/Lhi3nD16kb
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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY airing on THIS TV at 2p. Filmmakers insisted it was NOT about "drugs and clubs." Ummmm...
Your complete guide: https://t.co/ljhTPTAU09 https://t.co/4uGwrc07X0
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