Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a movie freebie, so I decided to go with my favourite 80s movies, plus a few I still want to see. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with watching 80s movies, particularly John Hughes and the Brat Pack ones. Now, I just finished watching Stranger Things and, with all its homages and references to 80s movies, it reminded me again of why I liked watching them and why 80s movies are some of my favourites.
1. The Breakfast Club: I love books or movies or other media that take a quirky, diverse group of characters and throw them together in a situation. As they talk to and hang out with people they might never have associated with, tensions rise, secrets are revealed, and unexpected connections and friendships are forged. Bonus points if the characters are confined to a single room or location, because that really ramps up the conflict! The Breakfast Club is equal parts hilarious and touching, and I’ve loved it since the first time I watched it.
Favourite quote: “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: This movie is such a fun ride, with so many memorable scenes and funny quotes. Who wouldn’t want to play hooky with Ferris and Cameron?
Favourite quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
3. Stand By Me: Based on a Stephen King novella, four 12-year-old friends set out to find the body of a missing boy. I think it is one of the best coming-of-age movies of all time. It’s nostalgic and emotional, and it’s also hilarious and truthful in its portrayal of the kind of friends you have at twelve, the kind of friends that bicker with each other but also fiercely stand up for one another. I sometimes get a little teary watching it, and the ending is made even more sad knowing about the untimely death of River Phoenix.
Favourite quote: “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”
4. A Christmas Story: This is also one of my favourite Christmas movies. It’s about a boy who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but I like it because it’s more of a coming-of-age movie (can you tell I love coming-of-age stories?). It has so many funny and relatable scenes: Ralphie’s friend getting dared to touch a pole with his tongue and then getting stuck, Ralphie finally snapping and beating up the bully, the leg lamp, and Ralphie letting loose an F-bomb while helping his dad and then being terrified of the consequences.
5. Pretty in Pink: A classic Molly Ringwald/John Hughes/Brat Pack movie. I don’t think a list of 80s movies is complete without it.
Favourite quote: “It’s called a sense of humour. You should get one. They’re nice.”
6. Sixteen Candles: Another classic Molly Ringwald/John Hughes movie filled with classic teen angst.
Some 80s movies I still need to see:
7. The Goonies: This has been on my to-watch list for so long! There are similarities with Stand By Me, and now many are comparing it to Stranger Things as well. I just have to watch it.
8. When Harry Met Sally…: I can’t believe I haven’t actually watched this classic from beginning to end. I mean, I know about it, I’ve seen random clips, I know about the infamous diner scene. I’ve just never sat down and watched it.
9. St. Elmo’s Fire: As it says on imdb, “A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.” I can certainly relate to this, and it has many of the Brat Pack actors and actresses.