80s Teen Movies Top 40

by alana-albert069 | created - 12 Sep 2014 | updated - 14 Sep 2014 | Public

This list is in random order, with most of the memorable quotes, 80s Babes, heartthrobs and more. Watch these movies and enjoy living through moments of the Totally Awesome 80s. These are classics.

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1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 328,311 | Gross: $45.88M

2. Porky's (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

40 Metascore

In 1954, a group of Florida high school students try to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seeking revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

Votes: 36,160 | Gross: $111.29M

3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 87,767 | Gross: $27.09M

4. Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Votes: 69,900 | Gross: $40.47M

5. Zapped! (1982)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

10 Metascore

A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.

Director: Robert J. Rosenthal | Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Robert Mandan, Felice Schachter

Votes: 5,769 | Gross: $16.90M

6. Class (1983)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

33 Metascore

A young man in private school spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is not who he expected.

Director: Lewis John Carlino | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 9,028

7. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 97,672 | Gross: $23.69M

8. The Last American Virgin (1982)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized by a romantic interest which may turn pals into bitter rivals.

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Lawrence Monoson, Diane Franklin, Steve Antin, Joe Rubbo

Votes: 7,415 | Gross: $5.83M

9. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 75,268 | Gross: $23.83M

10. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez

Votes: 33,661 | Gross: $37.80M

11. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 81,977 | Gross: $1.11M

12. Loverboy (1989)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

36 Metascore

Randy is still unfocused after 2 years in college. His dad will no longer pay tuition and Randy gets a job delivering pizzas. Several cute cougars pay him $200 for pizza delivery and "services rendered". Their husbands?

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty, Nancy Valen

Votes: 6,839 | Gross: $3.96M

13. Thrashin' (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Two skateboarding gangs battle each other for supremacy, and a member of one gang falls in love with the sister of his rival.

Director: David Winters | Stars: Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler, Pamela Gidley, Brooke McCarter

Votes: 3,332

14. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy

25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 43,126 | Gross: $33.09M

15. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

60 Metascore

A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 163,251 | Gross: $90.82M

16. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 299,043 | Gross: $70.14M

17. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 226,587 | Gross: $61.50M

18. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 75,931 | Gross: $63.50M

19. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 975,935 | Gross: $210.61M

20. Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

Votes: 78,408 | Gross: $20.78M

21. Hot Pursuit (1987)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

29 Metascore

Dan arrives too late for his girlfriend's family's plane to the Caribbean. He gets the next. Once there, Dan's hot pursuit of his girlfriend includes 3 friendly locals, a dubious yacht skipper, corrupt police, hijacker, pirates etc.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: John Cusack, Robert Loggia, Jerry Stiller, Wendy Gazelle

Votes: 3,209 | Gross: $4.22M

22. Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

27 Metascore

Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux

Votes: 16,195 | Gross: $35.66M

23. About Last Night... (1986)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 13,617 | Gross: $38.70M

24. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 103,879 | Gross: $40.49M

25. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

56 Metascore

Janey is new in town and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general and "Dance TV" in particular.

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Biff Yeager, Kristi Somers, Richard Blade, Ian Michael Giatti

Votes: 9,316 | Gross: $6.33M

26. Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.

Director: Linda Feferman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman, Alan Boyce

Votes: 1,343 | Gross: $0.03M

27. The Beniker Gang (1984)

G | 87 min | Drama

Five orphans in an orphanage don't want the authorities to break up the family they made of each other: Arthur, the eldest, who writes the advice column Dear Lola; Ben who eats paper; ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jennifer Dundas, Charles Fields, Jeff Alan-Lee

Votes: 308

28. Oxford Blues (1984)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A young American hustler pursues the girl of his dreams to Oxford, where he must enroll to obtain her.

Director: Robert Boris | Stars: Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Amanda Pays, Julian Sands

Votes: 2,809 | Gross: $8.79M

29. Heaven Help Us (1985)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Andrew McCarthy, John Heard, Mary Stuart Masterson

Votes: 3,797 | Gross: $6.07M

30. The Sure Thing (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines

Votes: 18,179 | Gross: $18.14M

31. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 85,738 | Gross: $79.57M

32. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 65,538 | Gross: $80.04M

33. Once Bitten (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

64 Metascore

A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall.

Director: Howard Storm | Stars: Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Karen Kopins, Cleavon Little

Votes: 12,517 | Gross: $10.00M

34. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary

Votes: 30,494 | Gross: $31.62M

35. One Crazy Summer (1986)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, Demi Moore, Linda Warren, Joel Murray

Votes: 13,189 | Gross: $13.43M

36. Some Girls (1988)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Michael flies up to French Canada to visit his girlfriend and her wacky family. She doesn't love him anymore, the grandma mistakes him for her late husband, the sister appears naked and makes advances, the dad likes to be naked as well.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley, Lance Edwards

Votes: 2,773 | Gross: $0.40M

37. Square Dance (1987)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Gemma is 13 years old lives and with her grandpa in the country, she has for many years. One day her mother shows up, and wants to take Gemma to the city. Her mother is married now, and can... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Winona Ryder, Rob Lowe

Votes: 825 | Gross: $0.23M

38. Better Off Dead... (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade

Votes: 39,608 | Gross: $10.30M

39. In the Mood (1987)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Talia Balsam, Beverly D'Angelo, Michael Constantine

Votes: 853 | Gross: $1.00M

40. Just One of the Guys (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

57 Metascore

Terry feels discriminated against when the summer jobs at Sun Tribune go to 2 guys. She decides to do something about it. She dresses like a guy and gets a haircut. Will students at the other high school notice? Girls notice "him".

Director: Lisa Gottlieb | Stars: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne, Toni Hudson

Votes: 12,896 | Gross: $11.50M



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