Because most of your Netflix experience feels like this, I've created this guide to help you through.
My first guide is the Netflix (UK version) Guide to '80s Movies. '80s movies are my favourite type of movies for many reasons. '80s cinema brought with it an increasing focus on teens, high school, and rites of passage. Also, the same actors pop up in most of the films. Which for some reason I really like about them. Molly Ringwald taught me the right way to put on mascara. Emilio Estevez taught me to fight for love. Judd Nelson's triumphant raised fist is iconic. And I'm in love with John Cusack.
Here's the top 1980's films to watch on Netflix UK:
Ferris Beuller's Day Off
If you haven't seen this film, why not? Ferris Beuller was first introduced to me on late-night TV while I was babysitting. I bought it on DVD straight afterwards so I could show it to everyone I knew.
Its iconic and inspirational, and so damn funny as well. What are you waiting for? Press play!
How is the Heathers not held in the same regard as The Breakfast Club? Seriously, this must be one of the most under-rated 80's movies out there. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater have amazing chemistry as Veronica and JD.
It's also one of the only films where the guy isn't Mr. Perfect. And it deals with the too-often ignored topic of suicide in a really interesting way.
The movie that inspired a generation, and the first 80's movie I've seen told from the guy's perspective where he's the one longing after the girl. I also fell in love with John Cusack during the movie. He's amazing.
You also must watch it as Say Anything includes one of the most recognisable movie moments of all time.
Pretty In Pink
"You could say life itself is a stupid tradition."John Cryer, yano, from Two and A Half Men is starring alongside Molly Ringwald who may just be my favourite actress ever. Oh, and we've also got a semi-attractive James Spader before he was older, rounder, balder and on the Blacklist.
BUT what a movie! Challenging the issue of class in High School, Pretty in Pink is a super sweet story of teen love and standing up for yourself. I couldn't pick any particulat best bits, but this was a highlight:
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains
Starring a very young Ray Winstone, and yer one from Jurassic Park (Laura Dern), The Fabulous Stains are an all-female punk band who make it big. For like a week. With a loyal array of followers known as 'the Skunks', they're a bunch of girls who created themselves.
It's a story of feminisim, the commercialisation of punk music and a criticism of pop culture. Watch it. (By the way, Ray Winstone is in a different band. He's not playing a woman.)
St. Elmo's Fire
It's another coming of age story. But rather than being set n High School, this one is about college graduates trying to find their place in the world. Maybe I really liked it because it was basically me. From relationships, to careers, to responsibilities, the seven friends try to navigate life beyond campus. I do find a bit odd that in the same year, the same actors who play High School teens in The Breakfast Club, also play post-graduates in this film. But hey, that's just the beauty of acting.
'80s Movies that didn't make the cut:
- Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1982 - It's watchable. But it just wasn't gripping, exciting, or well, anything special.
- Teen Wolf, 1985 - As much as I love Michael J Fox, this movie had nothing really going for it.
- The Legend of Billie Jean, 1989 - It's okay, and all feminist-ey but the start is just so slow it's painful.
'80s Movies Netflix Needs:
- The Breakfast Club, 1985 - It's my favourite movie. I'd watch it on repeat.
- Labyrinth, 1986 - Because I've never seen this David Bowie masterpiece.
- Dirty Dancing, 1987 - 'I carried a watermelon.'
- The Outsiders, 1983 - Because it's got gangs and Matt Dillon and stuff.
- The Lost Boys, 1987 - One word: Vampires.
- Stand By Me, 1986 - This one was on Netflix but they've recently removed it. I'm reeling from the loss.
- Back to the Future (I, II, & III) - All of them. because they're awesome.
'80s Movies on Netflix on my 'to watch' list:
- Oliver & Company, 1988
- Drugstore Cowboy, 1989
- Colours, 1988