February 21, 2024

They were everywhere…in theaters, in magazines, and in our hearts. The Brat Pack was one of the most memorable coming-of-age movies. The eternal projects lifted the veil on the life of teenagers. Prom queens, quarterbacks, and trusted characters appeared, but at the center of the stories were individuals questioning their place, aware that they might not fit the mold.


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Whether their characters were giving nerds panties or contemplating the future while stuck in a Saturday morning detention, the Brat Pack represented the teenagers and young adults of the ’80s who didn’t have it all figured out. RobLowe, MollyRingwald, EmilioEstevez, DemiMoore, JuddNelson, the allyterribly, AnthonyMichaelthe halland AndrewMcCarthy they had successes and obstacles on and off screen as they became representative of an entire generation.

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1 ‘The Outsiders’ (1983)

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Director Francis Ford Coppola, The outsiders It features a couple of Brat Pack members and plenty of other familiar (and good-looking) faces. With Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane (and much more), take the audience on an emotional journey as they play teenagers in the 1960s.

The book, by SE Hinton, continues to be read in middle schools across America, and the film offers the perfect visual to go along with it. At its core, the film shows how class affects America’s youth.

2 ‘Class’ (1983)

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The friendship between Skip (Rob Lowe) and Jonathan (Andrew McCarthy) gets off to a rocky start. The school pranks they play on each other could easily turn them into enemies, but instead it creates a bond between the youngsters.

Skip becomes Jonathan’s wingman, trying to achieve sexual success. When Jonathan realizes his new partner is too attached to his BFF, hilarity ensues and their friendship is tested.

3 ‘Sixteen Candles’ (1984)

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Brat packers Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall play characters who don’t stand out in Chicago High School. While Sam (Ringwald) dreams of a relationship with a major figure, Ted (Hall) sets his sights on the silent bus-riding protagonist.

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Feeling forgettable both at home and at school, Sam’s birthday turns from dreary to brilliant when Jake notices it. She is looking for a more real connection, and wants to ditch Long Duk Dong for better company. Ultimately, Ted’s noble partner makes it possible for Sam’s birthday dreams to come true.

4 ‘Oxford Blues’ (1984)

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Rob Lowe shows his versatility as he transitions from greaser to cook. He must become the latter to get the girl of his dreams. While working in Las Vegas for enough money to pay for his studies at Oxford, he knows that attending a prestigious school will help him win Lady Victoria’s heart.

Nick Di Angelo (Lowe) is a fish out of water, clinging to his newly formed friendship with fellow American Rona (Ally Sheedy). He moves from Vegas to Oxford and learns a lot about himself in the process.

5 ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ (1985)

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A story about graduate life, San Elmo fire He finds the Brat Pack struggling to transition into the real world. When Kirby (Emilio Estevez) falls in love with a taken medical intern (Andie MacDowell), Billy (Rob Lowe) struggles with his identity as a husband and father.

Leslie (Ally Sheedy) confronts that her fiance Alec (Judd Nelson) is cheating on her, and Jules (Demi Moore) finds herself unable to deal with the lemon life has thrown her. As Kevin (Andrew McCarthy) develops feelings for his roommate’s mistress, the entire crew faces growing pains together.

6 ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)

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Another movie filled to the brim with Brat Packers, Breakfast Club, it’s about an arrest with “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.” Teenagers leave the mandatory Sabbath punishment as very different people.

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As the group digs deeper and looks beyond stereotypes, they learn more about each other and themselves. What appears on the surface to be a teen movie is a dive into high school life and the secret struggles that come with it.

7 ‘Weird Science’ (1985)

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Brat Pack movies qualify for having at least two Brat Packers, so this is technically an exception. Anthony Michael Hall stars in another John Hughes classic Things get “weird” when he uses his mind to create a virtual dream girl.

Received continuously by Ian (Robert Downey Jr.) and Max, Gary (Hall) and their friend are lucky to have “Lisa” waiting for them. Despite the confusion it creates, the invented beauty helps them to let go and enjoy their high school experience.

8 ‘About Last Night’ (1986)

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While some of the Brat Pack continued to play high school students, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore began to choose more mature roles. They are a young couple About last nightliving together, loving each other and figuring out how to navigate the ups and downs of being in a relationship.

The chemistry is there between true friends. Despite taking some time off to figure themselves out, Danny (Lowe) and Debbie (Moore) pursue their dreams professionally and romantically. Their characters are quite different compared to the lost and confused twenty-somethings they play San Elmo fire.

9 ‘Pretty in Pink’ (1986)

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Another high school story set in the suburbs of Chicago, Pretty in Pink, it’s a cult classic that’s still popular today. Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy join the Brat Packers Jon Cryer, James Spaderand Kate Vernon.

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It’s a Cinderella story with Duckie (Cryer) as a modern-day fairy godmother. When Andie (Ringwald) gets close to Blane (McCarthy), they must overcome what their stuck-up counterparts don’t accept. As the cute couple becomes official, it looks like Duckie will also find romance by the end.

10 ‘The Pick-up Artist’ (1987)

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Another film with an official Brat Packer, Robert Downey Jr is an honorary member in this 1987 film. Molly Ringwald finds a role that takes her out of high school and into the real world.

As a tour guide, Randy (Ringwald) can put his womanizer in her place. Jack (Downey Jr.) sticks in Randy’s mind after a funny story, but he’s too busy helping his dad out of trouble to think about romance. When the two work together to keep Randy’s father safe from the mob, the pair spend more time together.

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