CATEGORIES FeaturesFor many, the 1980s were a time of rock-'n'-roll hair bands, banana clips, wild wardrobes and rebellious attitudes. Perhaps no other element of the decade, however, stands out more than its famous teen comedies -- most of which are considered classics today. Because everyone loves a good '80s Brat Pack re-run, we're going to count down the 10 best '80s teen comedies that have kept us laughing, crying and wishing for the "good ol' days." For many, the 1980s were a time of rock-'n'-roll hair bands, banana clips, wild wardrobes and rebellious attitudes. Perhaps no other element of the decade, however, stands out more than its famous teen comedies -- most of which are considered classics today. Because everyone loves a good '80s Brat Pack re-run, we're going to count down the 10 best '80s teen comedies that have kept us laughing, crying and wishing for the "good ol' days."
10. 'Better Off Dead' (1985)
In this teen comedy, John Cusack plays Lane Meyer, a miserable teenage boy who has recently experienced the ultimate rejection from the girl of his dreams, is forced to live through irritating family experiences, and lives to avoid torturous encounters with the paper boy and his repulsive next door neighbor. Meyer's repeated suicide attempts and sullen life makes us feel better about ourselves while we hope for his hasty comeback. After all, everyone loves to root for an underdog.
9. 'Weird Science' (1985)
'Weird Science' has just enough unrealistic humor to make it an excellent candidate for a top 80s teen comedy. Gary and Wyatt are two ostracized teens that dream of one day dating the girl of their dreams. After an experiment gone wrong, the two find out they may be in for more than they bargained for. Every teenage boy that watched the movie probably secretly wished he could trade places with the characters. While we all know that the perfect virtual reality girl will never materialize and walk out of our bathroom, it doesn't hurt to dream.
8. 'Pretty in Pink' (1986)
Molly Ringwald plays the role of Andie Walsh in the beloved 1986 teen flick, 'Pretty in Pink.' This Brat Pack movie is a classic John Hughes-written film in which the drama of teen romance and social cliques creates a lovable plot and a fairytale love story that we all want to believe in. Every teen (and adult) knows how it feels to be classified in a social caste. This movie dares mix unpopular rejects with the elitist in-crowd to grant a feel-good experience we'll never forget.
7. 'Footloose' (1984)
With just the mention of the movie's name, that punchy beat begins to play in our heads: "Loose, footloose, kick off your Sunday shoes..." The inescapable lyrics and plot line have a way of getting us off on our feet and evoking memories of our rebellious teenage years. Kevin Bacon's defiant character boldly changes the despotic rules in his community – a change that everyone can believe in.
6. 'Teen Wolf' (1985)
Michael J. Fox plays teenage Scott, an unpopular teen who's luck is beginning to change as he suddenly excels at basketball and relationships. The only problem is that he happens to be a werewolf. After a series of problems and a desire for normalcy, 'Teen Wolf' reminds us that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
5. 'Heathers' (1989)
Coming in at the very end of the decade, is the darkest movie of the bunch, but its still darn funny. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star as an outcast boyfriend and girlfriend who try to rebel against the cruel and powerful Heathers, the similar-named, most popular girls in high school. What start out as pranks, quickly turn into murders, and are covered up to look like suicides. Soon enough, dying becomes the coolest thing to do in this classic and biting take on high school cliques.
4. 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982)
This movie is an edgy look at American teen life and all of its components. While none of us actually wanted to watch it with our parents, the movie's overall themes of sex, drugs and loud music had a way of advocating otherwise taboo cultural normalities. While many movies have exceeded the risky plot of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High,' it remains the first of its kind to be audacious enough to portray teen culture so candidly.
3. 'Sixteen Candles' (1984)
Another John Hughes classic, 'Sixteen Candles' presents Molly Ringwald as Samantha, a distraught teenager whose birthday is forgotten by her busy family. Because every girl dreams of her sixteenth birthday, none of us could wait for Samantha's retribution. It's another come-back story that we watch again and again.
2. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985)
Perhaps the most notorious of the Brat Pack movies, 'The Breakfast Club' brings together students from all social statuses and reputations to an all-day Saturday detention class that none of them will forget. With a host of hormonal teenage emotions running throughout the movie, every teenager can find a character that they love (or love to hate).
1. 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986)
"Buelleeeerrrrr......" We all know that Ferris Bueller wasn't in class that day, because there simply cannot be anyone that has not seen this number one 80s teen comedy. 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' propels high school skip days into an unbelievable experience that leaves us wondering, "Why didn't we ever try anything that crazy?" Most high school students have skipped class before, but not many have done it with as much class as Matthew Broderick did. It is for this reason that Ferris Bueller will live on in teen nostalgia for years to come.