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The Best Brat Pack Movies

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List RulesMovies 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
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Outsiders
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Pretty in Pink
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in... more on Wikipedia
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    St. Elmo's Fire
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    St. Elmo's Fire

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1985

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Sixteen Candles
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Weird Science
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes... more on Wikipedia
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    Young Guns
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    Young Guns

    Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1988

    Directed byChristopher Cain

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    About Last Night
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    About Last Night

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1986

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Less Than Zero
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    Less Than Zero

    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1987

    Directed byMarek Kanievska

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    WarGames
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Mannequin
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    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

    Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall,... more on Wikipedia
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    One Crazy Summer
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    One Crazy Summer

    Demi Moore, John Cusack

    Released1986

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

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    Class
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    Class

    Rob Lowe, John Cusack

    Released1983

    Directed byLewis John Carlino

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  • 15
    The Pick-up Artist
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    The Pick-up Artist

    Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper

    Released1987

    Directed byJames Toback

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    Oxford Blues
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    Oxford Blues

    Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Boris

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    Youngblood
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    Youngblood

    Keanu Reeves, Rob Lowe

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Markle

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  • 18
    Bad Boys
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    Bad Boys

    Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy

    Released1983

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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    Blue City
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    Blue City

    Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy

    Released1986

    Directed byMichelle Manning

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    Johnny Be Good
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    Johnny Be Good

    Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman

    Released1988

    Directed byBud S. Smith

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    Heaven Help Us
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    Heaven Help Us

    Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Dinner

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    Kansas
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    Kansas

    Matt Dillon, Kyra Sedgwick

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Stevens, David Stevens

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  • 23
    We're No Angels
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    We're No Angels

    Demi Moore, Robert De Niro

    Released1989

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    Fresh Horses
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    Fresh Horses

    Ben Stiller, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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  • 25
    Betsy's Wedding
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    Betsy's Wedding

    Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byAlan Alda

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