What Your Favorite '80s Movie Says About You
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Back to School1 of 9
By Shannan Rouss
With back-to-school season here, we're feeling nostalgic for some of the most influential high-school flicks from the '80s. Take a stroll down memory lane and find out what your personal favorite reveals about your teen self—based on our totally subjective and partially biased opinions and experiences.
Pack Mentality2 of 9
You weren't quite sure who you were—or would be—in high school: a prom queen, a basketcase, a geek, a rebel? In some way, you were maybe a little bit of each. The one thing you were certain of was that you didn't much care for the authority figures in your life, and assistant principals like the one in The Breakfast Club represented the worst kind of authority.
I Can See the Man in Motion3 of 9
While St. Elmo's Fire isn't actually a high school movie (the characters have all just graduated college), you loved it because you hated high school—or middle school—and couldn't wait to be older. No matter how complicated and messed up the crew from St. Elmo's may have been, their lives still looked better than yours. Plus, Kevin (played by Andrew McCarthy) was the kind of sensitive, struggling-writer type that you longed to be with.
Popularity Contest4 of 9
You related more to Can't Buy Me Love's Ronald Miller (a pre-McDreamy Patrick Dempsey) than Cindy Mancini, though you would have done anything to have her hair and VW Rabbit convertible. You knew how to do the African anteater dance and considered "Dancing With Myself" your own personal anthem.
Cool Rider5 of 9
You liked the first Grease, but you loved the second one. You were nostalgic for a time you never actually lived in. You had a slight chip on your shoulder, but you still believed in fairy tales and happy endings, preferably one that involved a guy with a British accent in a leather jacket.
Twist & Shout6 of 9
We all remember Ferris Bueller fondly, but if the movie is all-time tops in your book, then chances are you were the life of the party in your day. You actually look back on your time in high school with fondness, and keep in touch with most of your former classmates on Facebook.
Care to Dance?7 of 9
You moved your feet through Footloose's opening credits and fast-forwarded to the scenes where there was more dancing. You knew you were stuck in a one-horse town back then, but you had high hopes for getting out and making it in the big city. You thought the song was "Dancing in the Streets," and only later in life learned that it was "Dancing in the Sheets."
In the Pink8 of 9
You were a dreamer and a romantic. You shopped at vintage stores, watched black-and-white movies, and thought about making your own prom dress one day (just like Andie in Pretty in Pink), but never actually did.
Mean Girls9 of 9
Probably the darkest high school movie of the '80s, Heathers was your favorite if you went to a high school where slambooks were circulated and fitting in meant everything. You loved to hate the queen bees of the high school hierarchy, but deep down may have craved their acceptance—even though you'd never admit it.
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