The Best Teen Movies and Where to See of the 1980s and 1990s

The Best Teen Movies and Where to See of the 1980s and 1990s

Have you ever stopped to think about what your teen years would be like if it were directed, written or produced by John Hughes? No? Like this? The filmmaker, who died in 2009, was responsible for several best teen film titles in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to him, others managed to bring to the screen teen films, clichés at the time, but which are now considered classics and even cults.

Most of the feature films were also known by the Brazilian public, who dreamed of the abolition of school lockers or even uniforms, through Ceso da Tarde, Globo or Cinéma m Casa on SBT. And when it comes to nostalgia (or curiosity, in the case of someone who wasn’t born at the time), there’s nothing quite like reviewing the best teen movies of the distant decades now.


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thinking about it, digital look best listed in my opinion Teen movies of the 1980s and 1990s. But more importantly, let’s help them find you among the many streaming platforms available. Because we can be impatient, but we can never get old! Oh, and the order of features is from oldest to smallest, because it’s hard to decide on a definitive ranking.

Unfortunately amazing titles like ‘Rental Girlfriend’ (1987), ‘Say What You Want’ (1989) and ‘She’s Awesome’ (1999) are currently not on any streams.

let’s Dance? Image: Paramount / Reproduction

The film, also known as ‘Crazy Rhythm’, propelled Kevin Bacon to stardom. The feature, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker, tells the story of Rainn McCormick, a Chicago boy who moves to a small country town where dancing is prohibited. ‘Footloose’ is available on Telecine’s streaming service.

Kittens and Cats (1984)

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Molly Ringwald as the hero remembers it was the 1980s

1980s teen muse Molly Ringwald was in the John Hughes film alongside Anthony Michael Hall, another starlet in teen cliché at the time, and Michael Schöffling, who quit acting a few years later. Called ‘Sixteen Candles’ in English, the story precisely shows Sam Baker’s 16th birthday. It can be rented on YouTube for R$9.90.

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Club of Five (1985)

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Again Molly Ringwald, just to remind you how perfect she is. Image: Universal / Reproduction

Another title from John Hughes with Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. This is probably the greatest teen classic of the 1980s. The ‘Breakfast Club’, its original name, returned to theaters with a special screening 30 years after its release. The film was already in the Netflix catalog, but is currently available to rent on YouTube, also for R$9.90.

Enjoying the Crazy Life (1986)

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“twist and Shout!” Image: Paramount / Reproduction

The afternoon nostalgia session hits hard at this. There is also ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in the collection of John Hughes. Who doesn’t remember the scene where Ferris, played by Matthew Broderick (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance), sings the Beatles at a parade in the middle of the street? The film is available on Telecine Streaming.

Pink Shocking Girl (1986)

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A third time from Molly Ringwald, just to keep the habit up. Image: Paramount / Reproduction

I swear it’s not on purpose, but it’s just that John Hughes really is the king of 1980s teen movies and has worked on back-to-back cliché titles. In “Pretty in Pink,” the filmmakers were responsible for the script (and they didn’t like how to put the ending on the big screen) and once again had their muse Molly Ringwald in the lead. Despite being targeted more towards a teenage audience, the film also addresses serious issues such as unemployment, alcoholism, and social differences in the United States. and is smile of Andy McCarthy and the young Jon Cryer. It can be seen on Telecine.

Somebody Very Special (1987)

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Another way to watch the previous movie. Image: Paramount / Reproduction

Produced and directed by him. she herself. John Hughes. Being dissatisfied with the ending of ‘The Girl in Pink’ is shocking, the filmmakers decided to retell the story, only changing the protagonist’s style, and end the film in their own way. Also, ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ stars Eric Stoltz (who wanted to be Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future’ but was replaced by Michael J. Fox), Lee Thompson (yes, Lorraine, Marty’s mom) and Mary Stuart Masterson Actors Class. The film is available on Telecine.

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Dirty Dance: Hot Rhythm (1987)

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Seriously, let’s dance! Image: reproduction

If you started dancing while reading this list, there is a reason why. Patrick Swayze as Johnny and Jennifer Gray Baby in ‘Dirty Dancing’. The late actor and dancer played a dance instructor at a resort while on vacation, the target of the young protagonist’s passion. A story based on the teenage years of screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein. The film is available on Netflix.

These Girls (1988)

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Have you seen young Patrick Dempsey? Image: MGM / Reproduction

If you can’t watch young Patrick Dempsey on streaming in “Rental Girlfriend,” at least you can see him in “This Girls” alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly for Best Supporting Actress in “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) by Michael As can be seen. . The film can be watched on the Amazon Prime Video platform.

Beverly Hills Patties (1995)

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The friendship trio of dreams of any teenager of that time. Image: Paramount / Reproduction

A romantic comedy based on the book “Emma” by Jane Austin, “Beverly Hills Patties” is probably the biggest teen icon of the 1990s. Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, the late Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash and Donald Faison give it all in this afternoon classic. Session. Who never wanted to dress up as Cher Horowitz? Seriously, there must be something that is definitely back in fashion! The catalog features HBO Max.

From Magic to Temptation (1998)

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Bullock and Kidman, nothing could be better! Image: WarnerBros / Reproduction

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. do i need to say something else? The film Descendants of the Witches featuring two sisters, Sally and Gillian, is based on a book (but not as old as Miss Austin) by Alice Hoffman. Ah, the still feature in the feature is Camilla Belle, an American actress who, like young Sally, is the daughter of a Brazilian woman. It is also available on HBO Max.

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I’ve Never Been Kissed (1999)

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Drew Barrymore in her perfection. Image: Fox / Breeding

A 25-year-old journalist returning to high school, will it be a nightmare? No, it’s just ‘I’ve never been kissed’, the movie of everyone who was the ugly duckling in high school and the beginning of the wonderful bun into adulthood. Drew Barrymore stars as Josie Geller in the decade’s best teen clichés. Not to mention the funny scenes of David Arquette as Josie’s brother Rob. With Fox purchased by Disney, 20th Century Movie Mickey’s is available on Disney+ streaming.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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To see this also have to memorize the lines. Image: Disney / reproduction

To close the list with a flourish, another adaptation of a classic. Yes, ’10 Things I Hate About You’ is a retelling of ‘The Tamed Shrew’ by William Shakespeare. Walter Stratford, played by Larry Miller, the father of protagonist Kat, played by Julia Stiles, was asked, “Have you made anyone cry to date?” “No, but it’s half past four,” said the bitch. Apart from being gripping with praise, the film has many extremely current dialogues, even ones that are over 20 years old. Oh, and try to hold back the tears when Heath Ledger appears with that beautiful Patrick Verona smile. The film is available on Disney+.

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About the author: Will Smith

Will covers public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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