The Eighties answer to the Rat Pack, consisting of the most popular teen movie actors of the day. These included Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Matthew Broderick, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Andrew Mc Carthy, Robert Downey, Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon and arguably Tom Cruise and Judge Reinhold. Virtually synonymous with the films of John Hughes.
The Other Wiki also states:
"The Brat Pack is a nickname given to a group of young actors and actresses who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented coming-of-age films in the 1980s.
The term, a play on the Rat Pack from the 1950s and 1960s, was first popularized in a 1985 New York magazine cover story, which described a group of roughly interchangeable, but already highly successful and rich teen stars. The group has been characterized by the excessive partying of core members such as Rob Lowe, Robert Downey, Jr.., Judd Nelson and Emilio Estevez, while their films have been described as representative of "the socially apathetic, cynical, money-possessed and ideologically barren eighties generation." The movies made frequent use of adolescent archetypes, were often set in the suburbs surrounding Chicago, and focused on white, middle-class teenage angst.
The "Brat Pack" moniker, often considered in a pejorative sense, was not known to be used by members of the group."
Films commonly associated with the Brat Pack:
- The Breakfast Club
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Ferris Buellers Day Off
- Pretty in Pink
- St. Elmo's Fire
- Sixteen Candles
- The Outsiders
- Weird Science
- Alpha Bitch
- The Clique
- The Eighties (and how! there's no way NOT to know what decade the films are set in)
- In with the In Crowd