A couple days ago a friend of mine asked for old school movie recommendations for his teenage daughter.
And while I’m still a few years away from Number 4 being a teenager, I thought about what movies I watched when I was that age. What movies I still remember quotes to. What movies I watched over and over and over again until I had pretty much memorized them. What movies I want to watch with her when she hits the teen years.
And here are my Top Twenty. All from the 80’s. Put ’em in your Netflix queue this weekend.
20. All the Right Moves
19. Officer and a Gentleman
I’ve got nowhere else to go!
And who doesn’t dream of being carried out of a factory by a young, hot Richard Gere in a uniform?
18. Stand By Me
Because everyone should have total recall of that puking scene in their heads for all of eternity.
And I miss River Phoenix.
17. Red Dawn.
I watched that movie with my brother about a thousand times.
16. The Princess Bride
My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
15. Uncle Buck
Didn’t we all want an uncle like that?
14. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
“Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebs, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.”
13. Real Genius
Val Kilmer was the hottest and coolest smart guy ever.
12. Weird Science
You’re out of shape, Al. I’ll kick your ahhhssss.
How about a nice, greezy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?
And a super young Robert Downey Jr.
11. Some Kind of Wonderful
Cause the tomboy who can fix cars wins.
10. Top Gun
Take My Breath Away and Highway to the Danger Zone
And who didn’t want a dude to serenade them with You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling after that?
9. Say Anything
And I’m still waiting for a guy to hold a boom box over his head for me.
8. Dirty Dancing
Long rolled up jean shorts and Keds.
That little move Baby does when she messes up at the dance contest.
And Nobody puts baby in the corner.
I’m still trying to perfect my sexy lobster eating.
6. Risky Business
Joel, STEP AWAY FROM THE BABYSITTER.
And Sometimes you just gotta say, what the fuck.
5. Better off Dead
I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS.
And more John Cusack.
When we left that movie my cousin said, “Kevin Bacon looks like he’s a good kisser.”
I had no idea what she meant by that or how she would even know that.
But now I bet she’s right.
3. Pretty in Pink
I still feel bad for Ducky.
I still wish I could sew like Andie.
And James Spader plays such a good dick.
2. The Breakfast Club
Don’t you, forget about me.
1. Sixteen Candles
A super young and super dorky John Cusack.
Because we can all relate to Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.
Because we’ve all said “No more yankie my wankie, the Donger need food!”
And because we all still dream about Jake Ryan.