Sitting down and remininscing about the 80’s brings me great joy.
The VHS/Beta wars were hot back then, as were my tight rolled jeans, Keds, and mall hair.
I couldn’t wait for school to let out every day so I could indulge in my favorite movies. Over and over and over again.
These treasures helped shape my moral compass and I am sharing a list of the most poignant quotes from my faves.
They may not be the most popular quotes from each movie, but they are the ones that meant the most to me.
Bonus points if you add your own quotes at the end. Here we go:
1. The Goonies (1985)
Mikey: The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the bestest stuff for us. But right now they gotta do what’s right for them, ’cause it’s their time. Their time, up there. Down here it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.
2. The Karate Kid (1984)
Mr. Miyagi: Show me sand floor.
Daniel: I can’t move my arm, alright? What are you doing? What? Ow! Ow, what are you doing?
Mr. Miyagi: Now show me sand floor.
Daniel: How did you do that? How did you do that?
Mr. Miyagi: SHOW!!!
3. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Baby: Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life… the way I feel when I’m with you.
4. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
Billie Jean: From now on we’re doin’ this our way. No lyin’, no cheatin’, fair is fair. $608 dollars for the scooter your son trashed. That’s what you owe, and we’re NOT turnin’ ourselves in til we get it. Fair is fair! We didn’t start this, we didn’t mean it to happen, but we’re not givin’ up til you pay. FAIR IS FAIR!
5. Teen Wolf (1985)
Harold Howard: I want you to leave my son alone. He’s a good kid… he’s just having a tough time right now. Okay?
6. Weird Science (1985)
Wyatt: Gary?… By the way, why are we wearing bras on our heads?
Gary: It’s ceremonial.
7. The Breakfast Club (1985)
Brian: Have you seen some of the dopes that take shop?
Bender: I take shop. You must be a f***** idiot!
Brian: I’m a f***** idiot because I can’t make a lamp?
Bender: No, you’re a genius because you can’t make a lamp.
Brian: What do you know about Trigonometry?
Bender: I could care less about Trigonometry.
Brian: Without Trigonometry there’d be no engineering.
Bender: Without lamps, there’d be no light.
8. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Howard: Dong. Where is my automobile?
Long Duk Dong: Otto-mo-biiile???
9. Footloose (1984)
Willard: People think she’s a hellraiser.
Ren: Is she?
Willard: I think she’s been kissed a lot.
10. The Outsiders (1983)
Johnny: Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That’s Gold. Keep it that way, it’s a good way to be. I want you to tell Dally to look at one. He’ll probably think you’re crazy, but ask for me. I don’t think he’s ever really seen a sunset.
11. Back to the Future (1985)
Biff Tannen: What are you looking at, butthead?
12. The Terminator (1984)
Reese: Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
13. Mask (1985)
Rusty Dennis: First you told me he was gonna be retarded, then you told me he was gonna be blind AND deaf. If I’d dug his grave every time one of you geniuses told me he was gonna die, I’d be eating f***** chop suey in China by now!
14. Pretty in Pink (1986)
Blane: You couldn’t buy her, though, that’s what’s killing you, isn’t it Stef? That’s it, Stef. She thinks you’re sh*t. And deep down, you know she’s right.
15. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee: That’s not a knife.
Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee: THAT’s a knife.
16. Stand By Me (1986)
Gordie: I don’t want to be a writer. It’s stupid. It’s a stupid waste of time.
Chris: That’s your dad talking.
Chris: Bull true.
Chris: I know how your dad feels about you. He doesn’t give a sh*t about you. Denny was the one he cared about and don’t try to tell me different. You’re just a kid, Gordie.
Gordie: Oh, gee! Thanks, Dad.
Chris: Wish the hell I was your dad. You wouldn’t be goin’ around talkin’ about takin’ these stupid shop courses if I was. It’s like God gave you something, man, all those stories you can make up. And He said, “This is what we got for ya, kid. Try not to lose it.”
Chris: Kids lose everything unless there’s someone there to look out for them. And if your parents are too f***** up to do it, then maybe I should.
Bonus quote: Old Yeller (1957) ***This quote is not from the 80’s, but it has to be included in this list, it is huge.
Travis Coates: No, Mama!
Katie Coates: There’s no hope for him now, Travis. He’s suffering. You know we’ve got to do it.
Travis Coates: Yes, Mama. But he was my dog. I’ll do it.
It was so hard to pick just one quote from each movie. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to. Which ones would you add?
*Movie pics courtesy of IMDb and the web.