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The Best Feel Good Chick Flicks From The 80s

by Emma Menteath, Editorial Lead

To get us over the fact that things feel very odd at the at the moment, we’ve rounded up 14 of the best feel good chick flicks from the 80s that are guaranteed to lift your mood. What better way to switch off and relieve some of the anxiety than by immersing yourself in a couple of cheesy love stories complete with 80s songs and bad hairstyles.

Stay tuned for next week’s 90s roundup. It’s a goodie!

1. Sixteen Candles, 1985

What it’s about: A girl's sweet 16th birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every kind of embarrassment. Sixteen Candles is a hilarious journey into young womanhood.

Iconic line: “I can’t believe that I gave my panties to a geek.” – Samantha Baker

2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, 1985

What it’s about: Janey is new in town and when she befriends Lynne they discover that they both share a passion for dancing, and “Dance TV” in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular couple, Janey and Lynne are determined to audition. The only problem is that Janey's father doesn't approve.

Iconic line: “Whenever I'm in a room with a guy, no matter who it is - a date my dentist, anybody - I think, if we were the last two people on earth, would I puke if he kissed me?” – Lynne Stone

3. Just One of The Guys, 1985

What it’s about: Convinced that being female lost her a journalism award, a high schooler switches schools – and sexes – going undercover to prove her point and win the writing prize.

Iconic line: “All balls itch, it’s a fact.” - Buddy

4. Secret Admirer, 1985

What it’s about: Michael’s life gets disrupted when an anonymous love letter is slipped into his locker. He suspects the writer is Debora Ann, the most beautiful girl of the school. To test it, he gets help from Toni, his friend. It gets messy when Michael's mother and Debora's father find the letter and begin to suspect their own spouses.

Iconic line: “You are one gutsy virgin!” – Michael

5. The Breakfast Club, 1985

What it’s about: 5 high school students as they report for Saturday detention. They discover how they all have a lot more in common than they originally thought.

Iconic line: “Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” – John Bender

6. Pretty in Pink, 1985

What it’s about: A poor girl must choose between the affections of her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy. Who will she pick?

Iconic line: “Andie. Listen, hon. It’s after seven o’ clock. Don’t waste that lip gloss!” – Iona

7. The Princess Bride, 1987

What it’s about: A young boy’s grandfather reads him a story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters obstacles in his quest to be reunited with his one true love.

Iconic line: “It’s not my fault being the biggest and the strongest. I don’t even exercise.” – Fezzlk

8. Moonstruck, 1987

What it’s about: A bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, Loretta, finds herself in a tough situation when she falls for the brother of the man she’s agreed to marry. Anything can happen when it’s a full moon.

Iconic line: “Love don't make things nice - it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die.” – Ronny Cammarerl

9. Dirty Dancing, 1987

What it’s about: A family spend their summer in the Catskills where “Baby” falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor.

Iconic line: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Johnny Castle

10. Some Kind of Wonderful, 1987

What it’s about: When Keith goes out with Amanda, Amanda’s ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith’s best friend Watts realises she has feelings for Keith. Sounds complicated, but trust us, it’s not.

Iconic line: “You break his heart; I break your face.” – Watts, aka Drummer Girl.

11. Some Girls, 1988

What it’s about: Michael flies up to Canada to visit his girlfriend only to find out that she does not love him anymore. Her Grandma mistakes him for her late husband, her dad likes to hang around naked and her sister starts making advances on him.

Iconic line: “Mysteries... mysteries going on all the time. Every moment. Right under our noses.” – Mr D’Arc

12. Mystic Pizza, 1988

What it’s about: 3 teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlour in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Iconic line: “Yeah, well, don't worry about me. I'm gonna be slingin' pizza for the rest of my life!” - Daisy

13. When Harry Met Sally, 1989

What it’s about: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Iconic line: “I’ll have what she’s having.” – Older woman in the deli

14. Say Anything..., 1989

What it’s about: A high school valedictorian begins dating an irresponsible army brat but breaks up with him just before leaving for her scholarship. He desperately attempts to win her back over the summer.

Iconic line: “She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart; she gave me a pen.” – Lloyd Dobler