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The Best Brat Pack Movies 

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List Rules Movies on this list must have been released in the 1980s and have had one or more cast member who also appeared in The Breakfast Club or St. Elmo's Fire.

The Brat Pack, a group of young actors and actresses who appeared in many films together, dominated Hollywood in the 1980s. Their films were primarily teen-oriented coming-of-age stories involving young romance, troubled youth, and plenty of fast times.
 

The Brat Pack refers to the constellation of actors that appeared in either St. Elmo’s Fire or The Breakfast Club. Notable Brat Packers include Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Molly Ringwald.
 

On this list of the best Brat Pack films of the 1980s, you’ll find memorable titles like Pretty in Pink, The Outsiders, and Weird Science. Vote up your favorite Brat Pack movie below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel ...more

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Young Guns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez

Released: 1988

Directed by: Christopher Cain

Young Guns is a 1988 Western action film directed by Christopher Cain and written by John Fusco. The film was the first to be produced by Morgan Creek Productions. The film stars Emilio Estevez, ...more

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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Released: 1987

Directed by: Marek Kanievska

Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for ...more
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Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy

Released: 1987

Directed by: Michael Gottlieb

Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more

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About Last Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally

Released: 1986

Directed by: Edward Zwick

About Last Night is a 1986 American romantic dramedy film. The film was directed by Edward Zwick, and stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the ...more

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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Badham

WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and ...more

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One Crazy Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

Released: 1986

Directed by: Savage Steve Holland

One Crazy Summer is a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland, and starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Curtis Armstrong, and Joel Murray. The ...more
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Class is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lewis John Carlino

Class is a 1983 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by Lewis John Carlino, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe and Cliff Robertson, and is also the film debut of Andrew McCarthy, John ...more

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The Pick-up Artist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1987

Directed by: James Toback

The Pick-up Artist is a 1987 American romantic-comedy film written and directed by James Toback, starring Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey Jr. The film is noted for being one of Ringwald's more ...more

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Oxford Blues is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Cary Elwes

Released: 1984

Directed by: Robert Boris

Oxford Blues is a 1984 film written and directed by Robert Boris and starring Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy and Amanda Pays. It is a remake of the 1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film A Yank at Oxford.
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Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Keanu Reeves, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1986

Directed by: Peter Markle

Youngblood is a 1986 drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Peter Markle, and starring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb and is also Keanu Reeves' second film appearance.
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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown

Released: 1983

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

Bad Boys is a 1983 drama film written by Richard Di Lello and directed by Rick Rosenthal.

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Johnny Be Good is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1988

Directed by: Bud S. Smith

Johnny Be Good is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Bud Smith, starring Anthony Michael Hall as the main character, Johnny Walker. The film also features Robert Downey Jr., Steve James, ...more
20
Heaven Help Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Michael Dinner

Heaven Help Us is a 1985 comedy-drama film starring Andrew McCarthy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon, Donald Sutherland, Wallace Shawn, Stephen Geoffreys, John Heard, and Patrick Dempsey.

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Blue City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, David Caruso

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michelle Manning

Blue City is a 1986 drama film based on the 1947 Ross Macdonald novel of the same name about a young man who returns to a corrupt small town in Florida to avenge the death of his father. The ...more
22
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Matt Dillon, Kyra Sedgwick, Andrew McCarthy

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Stevens, David Stevens

Kansas is a 1988 film starring Matt Dillon and Andrew McCarthy. It tells the story of a young man returning home to attend a wedding who hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent ...more
23
Betsy's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Betsy's Wedding Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1990

Directed by: Alan Alda

Betsy's Wedding is a 1990 American romantic-comedy film written, directed by and starring Alan Alda. It co-stars Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joey Bishop, Joe Pesci, Anthony ...more
24
Fresh Horses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Ben Stiller, Viggo Mortensen, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Fresh Horses is a 1988 coming of age drama film directed by David Anspaugh, and starring Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald.
25
No Small Affair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Brat Pack Movies
Demi Moore, Jennifer Tilly, Tim Robbins

Released: 1984

Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg

No Small Affair is a 1984 comedy-drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Jon Cryer and Demi Moore. Cryer, Jennifer Tilly and Tim Robbins make their film debuts.