Five 80s Rom-Coms To Watch This Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, turn back the clock to the days of big hair, scrunchies and all things Molly Ringwald with an 80s movie marathon! Whether you have a date with a significant other, a group of “galentines” or a box of chocolates, here are some classic 80s rom-com movies that Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without:

“16 Candles” (1984)

“16 Candles,” directed by none other than John Hughes, is one of the most beloved rom-coms with memorable one-liners and some of the most iconic actors of the 80s such as John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald.   The film follows Ringwald’s character as she navigates the chaos of her 16th birthday. Plus, the film features one of the most idolized love interests of the 80s, Jake Ryan. “16 Candles”  will make you wish your sweet 16 was just as sweet as Molly Ringwald’s.

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“Pretty In Pink” (1986)

Is it even an 80s rom-com if the queen of rom-coms herself, Molly Ringwald, isn’t in it? Only two years later, John Hughes directed more iconic fan-favorites such as “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink,” starring the one-and-only Ringwald. “Pretty In Pink” follows Ringwald, a high school outcast, as she decides whether or not she’s in love with her best friend, Duckie, or Blaine, one of popular boys at school.

“Can’t Buy Me Love” (1987)

What’s Valentine’s Day without watching McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy in an 80s rom-com? A young Patrick Dempsey stars in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” a sweet story of two unlikely people falling in love after Dempsey’s character pays his love interest a thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

“Dirty Dancing” (1987)

“Dirty Dancing,” infamous for Patrick Swayze’s iconic line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” is one of the most notorious romantic films to date. For those who haven’t seen Patrick Swayze’s dancing, the film features “Baby,” a wealthy girl who spends the summer with her family in an upstate New York resort and falls in love with Patrick Swayze’s character, Johnny the dance instructor. By the end of the movie, you’ll be wanting to blast “The Time of My Life” and attempt to recreate the iconic “lift” scene.

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“Say Anything” (1989)

Just like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Say Anything” follows the love story of the unlikely pair of a class valedictorian and an “underachiever” as they navigate life right out of high school. Starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, “Say Anything” talks about falling in love for the first time as Cusack’s character, Lloyd and Skye’s character, Diane try to make the most of their time before Diane goes off to college. Not to mention, the film features the iconic moment where Lloyd holds a boom box outside of Diane’s bedroom to get her to “say anything.”


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