There is nothing like coming home from a rough day at work and sitting down to watch an ’80s teen movie. There’s something about the way people acted and dressed back then that makes you escape the present and fall inlove with the Eighties.
Firstly, kids those days had no mobile phones or social media and that instantly made them cooler than a lot of teenagers nowadays.
Secondly, most of these movies treat the subject of love and friendship in a more genuine way than teen movies currently do.
Thirdly, teenagers and people in general were so daring with their outfits and hairstyles (read about Fashion in the Eighties) and it just seems as if they weren’t afraid to experiment and stand out.
At least that’s how it was in the movies. So here is a list of my top 10 favourite movies from the Eighties:
1) Can’t Buy me love
I love this movie a lot! I didn’t think much of it as I started watching it, but as the plot unwrapped not only did I get a lot of inspiration from Cindy – most popular girl in school, but also learned that no matter how cool you are, you still can’t buy someone’s love (literally or otherwise).
‘Loverboy’ Randy meets quite a few ladies during his summer vacation, all older than him and all with a unique sense of style. The outfits I like most in this movies are the frocks and vibrant two-piece suits worn by Randy’s ‘girlfriends’:
3) Pretty in Pink
This is probably the best source for ’80s fashion inspiration; Pretty in Pink is the main reason I decided to write this post. There are many references to fashion and style in this movie, and the main character, Molly, and her best buddy Duckie are perfect examples of 80s fashionistas. Even though she gets mocked for her style, I think we can all agree she looks pretty darn cool. She also makes me want to wear more pink.
4) Fast Times at Ridgemont High
This movie is just crazy, the perfect example of 80s high school movie, it has every character from the stoner, to the jock and promiscuous girl. It’s based on a real highschool which the director of the movie attended undercover in order to represent teenage life accurately.
5) Girls just want to have fun
It’s great to see young, innocent Sarah Jessica Parker in a role so different to Sex and the City. The role suits her perfectly and she sure can dance! This film is very girly and a lot of fun. (I don’t want to give too much away)
6) Ferris Bueller’s day off
Ferries Bueller is a very cheeky teenager who tries everything possible in order to skip school. His techniques are hilarious and his luck incredible. He has a best friend who does him favours all the time, a pretty girlfriend with lovely style and everybody (but his sister) loves him! This film will cheer you up any day.
7) Say Anything
John Cusack is such a don in that long mac. And how romantic is the scene with the huge boombox? This is a movie about first loves and having to grow up. Diane’s style is classic and simple and I love that she wears a lot of pastels.
All of the ‘Heathers’ in this film are slightly deranged (some more than others). What I enjoyed most are the preppy outfits and all the effortless chic when it comes to their outfits and hair.
9) Tuff Turf
Tuff Turf is about a guy who fails to make friends at his new school and gets in trouble constantly. Most of the characters in this film are unnecessarily angry. Apart from young Robert Downey Junior <3. Ok, I admit, I only watched the movie to see him.
10) The Breakfast Club
Molly Ringwald is again the girl with the best fashion sense (just like Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles – which I have yet to see).
What are your favourite ’80s teen movies? Do you know any others that I haven’t talked about? Help me watch them all!