The 22 Most Iconic Teen Movies Of The ’80s

The 1980s gave birth to the teen films, validating the angst, freedom and lives of a younger generation on the cusp of adulthood. At the helm of many of these fantastic film was writer/director John Hughes and ’80s teen queen Molly Ringwald; a partnership that could perfectly vocalized the final years of adolescence. From Pretty in Pink to The Breakfast Club here are the 22 most iconic teen movies of the ’80s.

Can't Buy Me Love
If you want to see Patrick Dempsey before he was McDreamy, then you must absolutely watch Can't Buy Me Love. Demspey stars as the nerdy Ronald, who pays a popular girl $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend. The movie is a great geek-to-chic flick, and was even remade in 2003 as Love Don't Cost a Thing, starring Nick Cannon. However, the real highlight of the film is a prepubescent Seth Green who stars as Ronald's annoying little brother.
Revenge of the Nerds
Every underdog has his day; at least in a perfect world that would be the case. In Revenge of the Nerds, that's exactly what goes down. This 1984 comedy chronicles a group of nerdy college kids, who strike back at a relentlessly cruel fraternity. This revenge fantasy film will keep you laughing until the very end.
Heathers is one of those epic films that was super unappreciated at the time of its release, but lives on as a pop culture obsession today. Winona Ryder's character Veronica Sawyer got revenge against some mean girls that went well beyond a burn book. It's a pretty kick ass to watch.
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Teen Wolf
If you're a fan of the MTV series, Teen Wolf then you should certainly check out the 1985 original film staring Michael J. Fox to see where it all began. This comedic film follows Scott whom after discovering that he is a werewolf, becomes the most popular guy in school. The best part about the film is seeing how far special effects have come in the past 30 years.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Amy Heckerling's  directorial debut, Fast Times At Ridgemont High proves that teens from the 1980's are just like millennials. From Sean Penn's hilarious performance as stoner/surfer Jeff Spicoli, to Phoebe Cates's character Linda's slow motion emergence from a swimming pool, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, proves just how quickly you have to grow up on high school. The film is also fantastic because you get to see Nicolas Cage and Forest Whitaker before they were super famous.
If there was ever a repressed decade in American history, it was the 1950's. However that doesn't stop Porky's from flipping this time period on it's head. This '80s teen sex comedy reminds us all that teenagers have been curious about sex since the beginning of time. On a quest to lose their virginity, a group of high school kids go out to a sketchy nightclub hoping to hire a prostitute for their escapades. Instead, they set off a chain of hilarious events. If you haven't seen Porky's iconic locker room scene, then you really haven't lived.
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Sometime the original is the only film that you need, as is the case the classic dance flick Footloose. It's Kevin Bacon exactly how we like him; raging against the machine. Footloose is a drama about the carefree days of youth and the willingness to do what feels right despite what others may think.
The Goonies
While The Goonies is a film that focuses on preteens, it's still a story that will make anyone nostalgic for more innocent times. The kids in this story happen upon a treasure map when they are trying to save their home from being demolished. If you ever wanted to escape from some of life's harsh realities, then The Goonies will certainly strike a cord with you. The film is also a fantastic opportunity to see Sean Astin before became a hobbit and he ventured to Middle Earth.
The Sure Thing
The Sure Thing is a teen romantic comedy that's nearly the opposite of the crass sex comedy Porky's. The 1985 film stars John Cusack and Nicollette Sheridan in the title roleand it's one of those rare teen films that looks beyond sex for something just a bit deeper.
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The Outsiders
This 1950s period drama by Francis Ford Coppola is not typical of the '80s teen flicks, but The Outsiders is still a film worth watch