In honour of me watching the breakfast club for the first time today (we don’t count the actual first time because I was 12 and in that ‘I must hate everything my parents like because I’m just that cool’ phase), I have decided to list my top 5 favourite 80s films. Just as a bit of background information, I first got quite into 80s films last summer so I haven’t seen that many but I’ve seen enough to have a top 5.
- Back to the future (1985) –
My brother and I watched the franchise back to back years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s a film about Marty Mcfly travelling 30 years into the past in a time machine called the Delorean (if anyone can find me one let me know) to try and get his teenage parents together. It’s hilarious and the plot is really clever; I should really watch it again sometime.
2. Ferris Bueller’s day off (1982) –
This is a comedy about high school student Ferris Bueller as he, his girlfriend and his best friend ditch school to have an eventful (and vaguely destructive) day out. Ferris is definitely the best thing about this film, his casual cockiness and underlying kindness is really endearing. I watch this film whenever I’ve had a bad day and it never fails to make me laugh.
3. Pretty in Pink (1986) –
This is a film starring Molly Ringwald as a quirky teenage girl who is asked out by a popular guy in her school, leaving her best friend Duckie (my favourite person ever) feeling very jealous. This is one of the only films with a love triangle I actually like. While I’ll admit I was mainly there for Duckie and his adorableness, Blane was pretty okay too. The ending caught me by surprise but I kind of like the ending now too.
4. Heathers (1988) –
This was the film that got me into films from this era; I watched it one afternoon last summer and fell in love with it. Be warned, Heathers is a rather weird film. In the past when I’ve tried to explain it to people I’ve been given a few funny looks but here goes. Veronica is part of a horrible clique of girls (who are all called Heather) and she hates them all so when she meets a new guy who offers to help her kill them and fake their suicide notes she thinks it’s a good idea. It’s vaguely disturbing but JD was kind of funny in his own twisted way and it really did suck you in.
5. The Breakfast Club (1985) –
The breakfast club is essentially 5 high school students attending detention on a Saturday but it’s so much more than that. It is a film that shows how little labels mean and how ridiculous stereotypes are. While this film doesn’t have a plot as such, the characters are captivating and the ideas and thoughts it puts across are so important.
So that’s my top 5, there are so many more I want to watch and would be super grateful for any recommendations. The next film I plan on watching is The Outsiders as I’ve read the book but am yet to watch the film.