Bad Boys of the ’80s

If you’re anything like me, then you’re all about the cinematic bad boys. According to an article I read in Cosmo, women like bad boys because we like the challenge of the change. While this may be true for some girls wielding baggage of daddy issues, I think it’s far simpler than that. I think we like them because there’s a little bit of bad in all of us that we like to retreat to when we’ve just been too good—or when we’ve had a couple cocktails. I love movies from the ‘80s because the bad boys are edgier and real. Here are four of my favorite on-screen bad boys.

Matt Dillon as Dallas Winston in The Outsiders (1983)

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Admittedly, it has been a really long time since I’ve seen this movie, but I’ll do my best to reminisce on this bad boy. He sports a leather jacket, carries a switch blade, and smokes in a hospital. I mean what more could a girl want? He takes pleasure in bullying little kids, but he’s fiercely loyal to his friends. When he’s gunned down by police, we see the soft side of a misunderstood kid.

 

 

 

 

 

Kiefer Sutherland as Ace Merrill in Stand by Me (1986)

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Ace falls more on the villain side of the bad boy scale because there isn’t a good side that is revealed. But still, he’s got us swooning with his ‘50s hairstyle and his hardcore attitude. And who could forget the part where he’s involved in a game of chicken, heading full speed into a truck that swerves out of the way at the last minute. That twisted smirk has got a girl all hot and bothered.

 

Charlie Sheen as Ricky Vaughn in Major League (1989)

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Bad attitude baseball player Ricky Vaughn gives zero shits about anything. Of course, this was when Charlie Sheen was younger and cooler. Right after he was fired from Two-and-a-half Men he looked like he had aged fifty years over night. So I prefer to remember him fondly as dangerous Ricky Vaughn in tight baseball pants. Or, as “guy at the police station” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) where he again, plays a bad boy arrested for drugs of some sort. Love it.

Judd Nelson as John Bender in The Breakfast Club (1985)

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This movie is always a crowd pleaser. We love the way John Bender constantly over-steps his bounds and how he makes conversations go from funny to painfully real. In a couple moments of weakness when his good nature is revealed, we feel sorry for him, and I think that’s the major swoon factor. That, and the fact that his clothing makes him the epitome of the ‘80s bad boy; jean jacket, fingerless gloves, plaid button-up, ripped jeans. And don’t even get me started on the hair.

 

 

 

 

AbbeyS

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