Must-Watch Movies That Defined a Generation
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“You know what they say about the 80s. Everything was better. It was a time when we all watched Chevy Chase pratfall his way through life in The Breakfast Club, where we could watch “Weird Al” Yankovic sing his way into the hearts of millions with songs like “Eat It” and “Fat,” and it was a time when movies like Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark were released to critical acclaim.”

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a classic that defined a generation. It’s about five high school students in detention, who are forced to bond with each other and learn more about themselves than they ever thought possible. The movie stars Molly Ringwald as Claire, Emilio Estevez as Andrew “Andy” Clark, Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson, Judd Nelson as John Bender and Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds.

The director of The Breakfast Club was John Hughes and it was released in 1985

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 American teen coming-of-age comedy film written and directed by John Hughes, and co-written with producer Jeffrey Weitz. The screenplay was inspired by a short story written by Hughes for National Lampoon entitled “Scent of a Human”.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has become something of an icon in popular culture, referenced in other movies such as The Simpsons Movie (2007), the horror film Scream 4 (2011) and 30 Rock episodes “Audition Day” (2010) and “Queen of Jordan” (2010). It also provided inspiration for the 2009 film Not Another Teen Movie.

The Wizard of Oz

Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and directed by Victor Fleming. It stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, who is swept away to a magical land after a tornado hits her farmhouse. She meets Tin Man (Jack Haley), Scarecrow (Bert Lahr) and Cowardly Lion (Burl Ives). They journey together through Munchkinland and Oz where they encounter witches, flying monkeys and other creatures that want to stop them from getting back home safely.

Stand by Me

Stand by Me is a 1986 movie about four boys who go on a journey to find a dead body. It was based on the short story “The Body” by Stephen King, who also directed the film and produced it. The movie was released in 1986, during the 1980s when there were many other movies like this one being made.

Stand by Me has become a classic among millennials because it reminds us of our childhoods and helps us understand what life was like back then. Many people have seen this movie since they were young kids, so they know all of its famous lines by heart!

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is a box office success and won multiple awards, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards. In addition to being an incredible film, it also has a great soundtrack. This movie is one that you can watch with your family or friends and enjoy every second of it!


Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling, which follows the lives of Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a fashionable and popular girl at Beverly Hills High School, her brother Josh (Paul Rudd) who falls for Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy), a new student at their school who does not fit into any social group, and Tai’s stepbrother Christian Troy (Andrew Wilson). The film also stars Stacey Dash as Dionne Davenport; Brittany Murphy as Tai Frasier; Paul Rudd as Josh O’Hara; Wallace Shawn as Mr. Hall; Donald Faison as Murray Langston; Justin Walker as Travis Birkenstock; Elisa Donovan as Amber Lancaster; Alexander Scourby as Principal Richard Belding

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a classic. It’s funny, it has great effects and a good soundtrack. The cast is also very good. It’s easy to see why this movie defined an entire generation: it’s just so damn good!

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age romantic comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. It was the first film to be produced by Universal Pictures’ new home video division (then known as MCA Videocassette Inc.),[4] and was also one of the first major studio releases to be shot on videotape instead of film.

The movie tells the story of Samantha “Sam” Baker (Molly Ringwald), who has just turned 16 years old but has yet to have her party; her father forgot about it because he had to work late, so all her friends forgot about it too, except for her popular ex-boyfriend Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) who shows up uninvited with his girlfriend Caroline Mulford (Hanna Hall). Sam convinces him not only that they should pretend she still has a party going on but also that he should take her out on their date anyway–which leads them into all sorts of trouble including getting locked in an elevator together!

Some movies define a generation.

Movies are more than just entertainment. They can shape the way we view the world and each other, creating lasting impressions that stay with us for decades. Some movies define a generation–and if you’re alive today, there’s no doubt that some of them have already shaped yours.

These films capture our collective experiences as well as the cultural climate at large, giving us insight into what was important at that time in history and what has been left behind by those who came before us. They show us how much things have changed over time (or not), while also providing glimpses into who we used to be as people–or perhaps more importantly: who we still are now!


These are just a few of the many movies that defined a generation. Each one has its own unique message and themes that resonate with people from all walks of life. Whether you love them or hate them, these films are part of our shared cultural experience–and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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