Comedy Dramas Of The 80′s

Tuesday, March 22 by Shawn Lealos

The decade of the 80’s featured some great movies, specifically the teen movies of John Hughes, and the best comedy dramas of the 80’s come from this lineage of movies, both by the filmmaker as well as by his contemporaries. These films defined the generation and hold up as well today as they did over twenty years ago.

  1. “When Harry Met Sally…”Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as friends who consider taking their relationship one step further in this Rob Reiner movie. The film remains one of the best comedy dramas of the 80’s thanks to its intelligent dialogue and interesting situations.
  2. “Sixteen Candles” – John Hughes created one of the best comedy dramas of the '80s in this sweet film where a young girl is traumatized when no one remembers her sixteenth birthday. The movie also features a fun performance by Anthony Michael Hall as her perverted friend.
  3. “The Breakfast Club” – John Hughes directs this film about fiv high school students, all stereotypes, in after school detention. In one of the best comedy dramas of the 80’s, the movie has all of the students learn something about themselves and grow on this one solitary afternoon.
  4. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – Matthew Broderick enjoyed his breakout role in this John Hughes film and remains one of the most iconic comedy dramas of the 80’s. Broderick plays Ferris Bueller, a high school student who skips school one day and experiences the best day of his life.
  5. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”Cameron Crowe broke out with this tale of a group of high school students trying to get through their young lives. The movie features a number of actors who went on to big things including Sean Penn, Nic Cage, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
  6. “Big” – Penny Marshall directs this movie, featuring Tom Hanks starring as a young boy who wakes up in a grown man’s body. Hanks is perfect as the man with the excitement of a young boy, earning his first Oscar nomination.
  7. “Heathers” – This dark comedy stars Christian Slater as a rebellious young man who enters the life of a young girl, played by Winona Ryder, who wants to be part of the in-crowd. When the popular girls shun her, the two of them set out on a course of revenge.
  8. “Say Anything…”John Cusack stars as the normal, everyday guy in this movie and helps elevate it into one of the best comedy dramas of the '80s. Cusack works to win over his love despite her father’s disapproval. He wins her over with a boom box and a song.
  9. “Pretty in Pink” – If this movie feels like a John Hughes movie, that is because he wrote it. Molly Ringwald stars as a poor girl who falls for a popular, rich boy. The movie also stars Jon Cryer, who went on to fame as one of the stars of TV’s “Two and a Half Men.”
  10. “Good Morning, Vietnam”Robin Williams stars in this movie about the Vietnam War that retains fun moments amongst the horrors of war. Williams stars as a radio disc jockey who tries to keep troupe moral up despite higher authorities trying to calm him down.
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