Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman
Dirty Dancing (1987)

Jennifer Grey’s Baby comes from a privileged background and seems to have her life plans laid out for her – until she meets Patrick Swayze on a summer vacation. Expect lots of steamy Mambos and a ton of quotable dialogue, depicting a coming-of-age story that never “puts Baby in the corner”.

Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Matthew Broderick, the young man who taught us to “look around once in a while”, bred an entire generation of free-spirited youths when he skives off school for the day. Why go to school when you can lip sync to the Beatles’ Twist and Shout in downtown Chicago?

The Terminator
The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron’s cyber-punk sci-fi sees Arnie’s infamous robot assassin, with minimal dialogue, bar his catchphrase, “I’ll be back.” With a body-like-a-tank, he goes back in time on an assassination mission. The Terminator cemented Germany’s Ubermensch as a Hollywood icon for years to come.

Marty McFly
Back to the Future (1985)

Michael J. Fox is the eighties youngster who revisits the fifties, a time of the birth of the teenager, of rock n roll, and apparently the Oedipus complex. Often credited for the rise of the skateboarding sub culture, Marty McFly is the coolest kid to time travel and simultaneously create “that new sound you’re looking for”.