CATEGORIES FeaturesThe 1980's was a big decade -- for hair, shoulder pads, and teen comedy movies. Sit back and reminisce as we take a look back at the 10 Best '80s Teen Comedies.
The 1980's was a big decade -- for hair, shoulder pads, and teen comedy movies. Sit back and reminisce as we take a look back at the 10 Best '80s Teen Comedies.
10. 'Say Anything' (1989)
John Cusack starred as an average joe who dates the class valedictorian after high school graduation. Movie critic Roger Ebert called 'Say Anything' "one of the best films of 1989." Lacking the pratfalls and raunchy jokes found in many teen movies of the era, this was a teen romantic comedy with substance.
9. 'Back to the Future' (1985)
Smack-dab in the middle of his stint on the TV series 'Family Ties,' Michael J. Fox starred in this Robert Zemeckis film. Fox played Marty McFly, a teenager who gets transported back in time to the year 1955 and to his parent's high school. McFly must find a way to get his teenaged parents to fall in love and then get himself back to 1985.
8. 'Pretty in Pink' (1986)
This comedy drama starred Molly Ringwald as a poor punk rocker who pines away for a rich, preppie boy (Andrew McCarthy). When he becomes intrigued by her and asks her to the prom, his friends talk him into snubbing her. Meanwhile her loyal childhood friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) still has eyes for her.
7. 'Risky Business' (1983)
Tom Cruise was virtually unknown when he starred as enterprising teen Joel Goodson in this edgy comedy. Joel is set on getting into Princeton and has even joined a group called Future Enterprisers to help beef up his resume. After he gets mixed up with a fetching prostitute (Rebecca De Mornay), Joel comes up with money making scheme that changes his life.
6. 'Weird Science' (1985)
This John Hughes vehicle starred Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall as a computer geek who tries to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock) . The movie's tagline? "If you can't get a date, make one." Nuff said.
5. 'Sixteen Candles' (1984)
This John Hughes film starred Molly Ringwald as a hapless teen whose family forgets her 16th birthday. Samantha Baker (Ringwald) has to deal with her older sister's impending wedding, a geeky freshman admirer, and a foreign exchange student in her room, all the while pining away for the most popular guy at school, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). It's coming-of-age teen angst at its best.
4. 'Heathers' (1988)
This movie is dark -- very dark -- but its satirical look at high school cliques makes it one of the most memorable comedies of the '80s. It's not slapstick, mind you. Winona Ryder stars as Veronica, a girl at the fictional Westerberg High School who aspires to be part of the popular clique. Three of the intimidating popular girls are named Heather and one of the Heathers always rules the nasty chick clique. But when Veronica starts dating a rebel (Christian Slater), some of the popular kids start dying.
3. 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982)
Based on the book by Cameron Crowe, this movie about California high school students featured plenty of scenes at the mall. Sean Penn immortalized the character of stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli, while model Phoebe Cates' pool scene is legendary.
2. 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986)
Matthew Broderick starred as Ferris Bueller, a slick high schooler who has big plans when he fakes illness and cuts school for a day. With his suspicious sister (Jennifer Grey) and the school's dean on his tail, however, Bueller spends most of his day dodging the principal while trying to cover his tracks. Another John Hughes contribution.
1. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985)
This movie follows five high school students (played by Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall) as they endure a Saturday in-school detention. While they have nothing in common and barely know each other at the beginning of the film, by the film's end they share an uncommon bond. This film (directed by John Hughes) is considered to be one of the most important coming-of-age films of the 1980s.