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80's Teen Movies for Post-80's Teens

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Collector's Edition)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Collector's Edition)
"One of the earliest 80's teen flix.  Might as well start at the beginning.  1982"
Valley Girl [VHS]
Valley Girl [VHS]
"1983  Getting a feel for where the genre began..."
The Outsiders
The Outsiders
"1983  Before all 80's teen movies were comedies there was this film and "Taps" (1981).  Introducing Lowe as the wiseass he plays in every film.  Diane Lane, Ralf Macchio, Cruise... all here!"
Class
Class
"1983, another early one... Andrew McCarthy is undervalued for his role as the "sensitive guy" of 80's teen films. What? Rob a wiseass? No!"
Risky Business
Risky Business
"1983 Tom Cruise, train sex and Gweedo the killer pimp.  A must see!"
Footloose
Footloose
"This film is the reason all the nerds in 80's teen films mousse thier hair into spikes... they all want to be Renn. 1984"
Making the Grade
Making the Grade
"1984 My favorite Judd Nelson film (com'mon you know you have one too!)"
Purple Rain
Purple Rain
"1984 The only POC 80's Teen Movie I could think of."
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club
"The Best 80's Teen movie, from the year of the teen movie, 1985, from the offical director of the 80's teen movie, John Hughes."
Better Off Dead
Better Off Dead
"1985 John Cusack again... thankfully, he was too talented to be relegated to 80's teen icon"
Weird Science
Weird Science
"1985  Anthony Michael Hall at his geekiest... well, maybe not..."
St. Elmo's Fire
St. Elmo's Fire
"1985  not exactly "teen"... but this is how we were neurotic Friends back in the 80's before the neurotic Friends of the 90s."
Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink
"1986  Molly, queen of the 80's teen movie.  See also Sixteen Candles, same character, same story two years sooner."
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
"1986 One of the best 80's teen films.  Hughes' follow up after Breakfast Club."
Lucas [VHS]
Lucas [VHS]
"1986 "Rudy" ripped scenes from "Lucas."  Corey Haim, trying to  be a cross between Anthony Michael Hall and Andrew McCarthy, probably heralds the death of the 80's teen film."
Some Kind of Wonderful
Some Kind of Wonderful
"1987  the only 80's teen flick (I can think of) in which the geeky best friend is a girl.  Love Eric Stoltz!"
The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys
"1987 what if Molly, Emilio, Anthony and Andrew were wanna-be-cool vampires?"
Less Than Zero
Less Than Zero
"1987 again, not exactly "teen" but illustrates Nancy Reagan's advice to us to "Just Say No."  Drugs are bad..."
License to Drive [VHS]
License to Drive [VHS]
"1988  the Coreys (Cories?) and Heather Graham.  80's Teen movies are just bad in 1988.  See below."
Fresh Horses [VHS]
Fresh Horses [VHS]
"1988 Same actors, same characters, same story... the devolution of a genre"
Young Guns (Special Edition)
Young Guns (Special Edition)
"80's Teen Movie goes Western.  Look for Tom Cruise in a bit part.  1988"
Say Anything
Say Anything
"1989  Cameron Crow perfects the "crow-mance" (comedy/romance) with John Cusack... really, one of the best films of all time and significant spike in the genre of 80's teen films."
Heathers (THX Version)
Heathers (THX Version)
"Where 80's teen movies went... the pinnacle of the genre and not a year too soon  1989"