Darlings, I have a confession. Something you should probably know about me is I am obsessed with 80's movies...and not just the cult classic John Hugh's flicks. I know and love just about all of the obscure flicks produced in this era. I'm a self-proclaimed 1980's movie connoisseur.
My love for these ridiculous movies stems from my parents being products of the 80's. I grew up not just watching these movies. I've befriended the characters to the point I can finish sentences for them (some might call this movie quoting...). I've laughed at all the crazy outfits and dance moves; I've cried through the touching friendships and sappy love stories; and I've pulled all nighters from fear of falling asleep after a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon.
I was inspired to write this post after I recently learned my boyfriend has not seen one of the single greatest films to come out of the decade - The Breakfast Club! *Gasp* WHAT?! Yeah, I didn't think it was possible either. After I unpack my movies from their boxes once I move into my apartment, I'm sitting him down and forcing him to watch the following movies that I think everyone needs to watch at least once!
"The Breakfast Club" is one of those movies that will captivate you with its timeless teenage experience and is an absolute must see. Follow the day of the unlikely five students who cross paths while in detention and find a connection that is deeper than their high school stereotypes. John Hugh's was a master of capturing the essence of the teenage spirit and his films will always have a special place in my heart.
I also encourage you to watch "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles," "Say Anything," and "Pretty in Pink."
"Nightmare on Elm Street" is considered one of the best and scariest films from the 1980's and was Jonny Depp's debut film! This scary movie plays with the viewer's perception of what is real and what is a dream as it follows seven teenagers who are killed in their dreams by Freddy Kreuger. Many millennials may not find this film scary as we are desensitized but this film is where the "slasher films" originated.
I also encourage you to watch "The Lost Boys," "Tremors," "Maximum Overdrive," and "Gremlins."
"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" is totally outrageous, dude! The language alone will have you in hysterical laughter! This crazy adventure tale will take you on a time machine in the form of a telephone booth as Bill and Ted try to save their class project and ultimately, their grades.
I also encourage you to watch "Back to the Future", "Revenge of the Nerds", "Spaceballs", "Ghostbusters", and "Weird Science".
"Flashdance," like most of the dance flicks from this decade, is all about following your dreams and working hard to make them come true! Mixed in with a love story (of course), Flashdance will take you on an emotional journey through the character's hard times and success. What a feeling! With a killer 80's soundtrack, this movie is bound to get you groovin'.
I also encourage you to watch "Footloose", "Dirty Dancing", and "Fame".
I might let you get away with not watching "The Breakfast Club" but if you haven't seen "The Goonies" then we have a seriously problem on our hands! This is the adventure every kid wishes they could experience. After finding a treasure map, the five friends embark on a dangerous undertaking to find the treasure that could keep their homes from being replaced by a gold course. They find themselves in jeopardy often but thankfully, Goonies never say die.
I also encourage you to watch "St. Elmo's Fire", "Stand By Me", and "Dead Poet's Society".
If you haven't seen these movies, I encourage you to get on Netflix (or go old school by stopping by your local video rental store), pop some popcorn and grab a soda!
Whats your favorite 80's movie?