8 Radical High School Flicks from the 80’s

After watching the movie Pitch Perfect, and hearing The Simple Mind’s 8o’s anthem from  The Breakfast Club I was immediately transported back in time to the first time I saw The Breakfast Club.  I can still smell the Aqua Net and White Rain scented air and taste the lip smackers bubble gum lip balm combined with Dr. Pepper and buttery microwave popcorn laced with m&m’s.

I remember the escalating heartbeat as we watched Bender, Claire, Allison, Brian and Andrew race the halls to beat Principal Dick Bender back to the library.  I remember groaning at Allison’s cereal and pixie stick laced sandwich, trying Claire’s lipstick trick, and gasping and blushing  when Judd Nelson was under the table  looking up Molly Ringwald’s skirt.



Most of all, I remember the swell in my heart, the romantic adrenaline rush that accompanied “Don’t You Forget About Me” as it crescendoed in the background and then the exhalation of 4 teenage girls breaths as Judd Nelson’s fist pumped in the air.

Even now, when that song comes on the radio – I’m whisked back in time.  That movie and song resonated so deeply with my generation that we made it our Senior Anthem, and it was heard at every party, every river floating trip and even at graduation.

In a fit of melancholy and memories, I took to Facebook to ask what the most epic movies of the 80’s were – the ones that defined something about the 80’s and resonated deeply, the movies that to this day still take us back to the first time and will forever and always be classics.

These are the 8 movies that defined the 80’s – according to my Facebook friends.



  • The Breakfast Club 1 of 8
    The Breakfast Club
    This is the movie that I immediately think of whenever I think epic High School Movie. This quote from the movie still gives me the swoons: "But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... ...and an athlete... ...and a basket case... ...a princess... ...and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club." and then you have Judd Nelson walking away with the fist pump after putting Molly Ringwald's earring in his ear... {sigh} Image from IMDb
  • Sixteen Candles 2 of 8
    Sixteen Candles
    Oh Jake Ryan {swoon} I don't know any girl that grew up in the 80's and possibly early 90's that didn't have a thing for Jake Ryan. The daydream of being Molly Ringwald and sitting on the table in her bridesmaid dress with the cake and the candles .... Image via Amazon
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 3 of 8
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    "Bueller... Bueller" This movie highlights excess, friendship, family relationships and the exaggerated emotions of high school in a way that resonated with, and still resonates with high schoolers across the decades. Image via Amazon
  • Heathers 4 of 8
    The original mean girls. Heathers was dramatic, scary, exaggerated, and filled with excess. Plus it had Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. So there's that. Image via Amazon
  • Can’t Buy Me Love 5 of 8
    Can't Buy Me Love
    Before he was McDreamy... he was a lawn mowing geek with a major crush on the popular blonde girl. With a great lesson, and of course dramatics and love. This movie had every girl in the 80's hoping to be swept off her feet by the guy on the John Deere. Image via Amazon
  • Say Anything 6 of 8
    Say Anything
    Oh Loyd. Girls across the country hoped and prayed a boy would stand outside their window with a boombox held up over his head declaring his love for her with an awesome 80's ballad. image via Amazon
  • Pretty in Pink 7 of 8
    Pretty in Pink
    Another Brat Pack movie... More Drama, Love Triangles, The Geek, The Poor Girl, The Rich Boy, The Snob... The stereotypes run rampant in this movie, and the fun and fashion never stops. Oh Duckie, Iona, Andie, Steff, and Blane. Thanks for the memories Image via Amazon
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High 8 of 8
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    No 80's High School Movie Round-up would be complete without a nod to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Whether it was Phoebe Cates in a swimsuit or Jeff Spicoli's antics in Mr Hand's class... this movie is epic 80's. Image via Amazon


Did we leave a movie out?  Which 80’s movie is your favorite?

Article Posted 4 years Ago

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