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What ’80s Teen Movies Have Stood Test of Time? [Video]

The ’80s teen flick “Say Anything,” starring John Cusack, turns 25 years old today.  

I saw it recently on cable, and it holds up pretty well. (With exceptions made for bad ’80s fashion choices, of course).

What ’80s teen movies have stood the test of time?

“Say Anything,” the Cameron Crowe-penned movie about high school kids dreading their entry into the “real world”, and dealing with the direction their relationships were heading was released on this date in 1989.

Its themes of facing your fears and building relationships around communication, still ring true after all that time.  

Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler was a great role model for teen boys, by relishing in his outsider status and facing problems down with good old fashioned guts. Although, he was far from perfect. (He was kind of a thief.)

Besides, it has the most honest dialogue of any 80′s teen movies, as evidenced by this exchange:

Mike Cameron: “I don’t know you very well, you know, but I wanted to ask you – how’d you get Diane Court to go out with you?”

Lloyd Dobler: “I called her up.”

Mike Cameron: “But how come it worked? I mean, like, what are you?”

Lloyd Dobler: “I’m Lloyd Dobler.”

Mike Cameron: “This is great. This gives me hope. Thanks.”

And then there’s the iconic scene of him standing outside his girlfriend’s house with the boombox blaring Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, a scene that launched a thousand parodies.

And last but not least, there’s Lloyd’s declaration of what he wants to do with his life.

All of those things would still hold the interest of today’s teen, wouldn’t it?

The ’80s were a great time to be a teen, between Crowe and the great John Hughes and their imitators, dozens of teen-age angst films made their way to the multiplex.  

So, which ones still hold up over time?

On Facebook, the conversation is ongoing, but most agree “The Breakfast Club” stands the test of time. Meanwhile, some disagree over “Goonies” and “Sixteen Candles.”

My favorite in that conversation was the vote for “Three O’Clock High,” a high school comedy loosely based on the 1949 classic “Twelve O’Clock High.” Starring Casey Siemaszko, the theme of trying to avoid a confrontation with the school bully seems especially relevant today.

I don’t think “Pretty In Pink” could hold the interest of a millenium teen, but “Stand By Me” and “Grease” probably still could (although “Grease” is ’70s, isn’t it?)

What do you think? What ’80s movies stand the test of time?

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