Brat Pack America Watchlist

Kevin Smokler's book, Brat Pack America, releases on October 11, 2016. He examines the era/genre of 1980's American teen movies and how they impacted and were impacted by their physical shooting locations. This is a list of the movies Smokler examined in his road trip through the movies, from the proto-teen eighties movies of the late seventies through the last gasp of 1989, plus a few stragglers that get a significant mentions for comparison (in order of mention in the text).

(In the interests of full disclosure, Kevin is a friend. He's a pretty rad dude.)

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  • Star Wars
  • Jaws
  • American Graffiti
  • Grease
  • Breaking Away
  • My Bodyguard
  • Animal House
  • Fame
  • The Warriors
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Lucas
  • About Last Night...
  • Valley Girl
  • The Karate Kid
  • Suburbia
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • The Sure Thing
  • Wild Style
  • Beat Street
  • House Party
  • Back to the Future
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Stand by Me
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Hairspray
  • The Outsiders
  • All the Right Moves
  • Vision Quest
  • Caddyshack
  • Better Off Dead...
  • Johnny Be Good
  • Weird Science
  • Real Genius
  • My Science Project
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Gremlins
  • WarGames
  • Over the Edge
  • Taps
  • Bad Boys
  • River's Edge
  • The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Running on Empty
  • Heathers
  • Footloose
  • The Goonies
  • Mystic Pizza
  • The Lost Boys