The 10 Best '80s Movie Characters have become infamous and well loved throughout generations. Whether these characters were the result of the imagination of George Lucas or the vision of teen life according to John Hughes, these characters have launched the careers of now well known actors and visionaries.
- Luke Skywalker, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi. "The role played by Mark Hamill is one of the best known Sci-Fi heroes for many generations. This character took the audience through a journey proving that one simple man could become the hope that saves the entire universe. Hamill portrayed this Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars Trilogy beginning with the original "Star Wars: A New Hope" released in 1977. "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" was released in 1980 with "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" following in 1983.
- Princess Leia Organa, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Carrie Fisher proved with her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa that not all princess are prim and proper. She was for many young girls in this decade the first female action hero. Young girls world wide saw through three films that you can wear your tiara and pack heat too.
- Les Anderson, "License to Drive." Les Anderson portrayed by Corey Haim lived out every teen's nightmare—-failing their driving test. Throughout this journey Les proves that we are all human and even one misfortune can lead to a new adventure all its own. With diligence and perseverance we can accomplish all goals, and in this '80s character's case—get the girl.
- Ronald Miller, "Can't Buy Me Love." Before McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey introduced us to lawn boy Ronald Miller. With this nerdy outcast Dempsey shows his audience that although love isn't for sale, money can open the right door leading to it. In Ronald Miller's case money bought him a chance with head cheerleader Cindy Mancini. With the love story portrayed in this film audiences are reminded never to judge a book by its cover, and you can find love where you least expect.
- Johnny Castle, "Dirty Dancing." Before there was Sam, America's favorite ghost there was Johnny Castle. Among the best '80s movie characters, Johnny Castle portrayed by Patrick Swayze introduced the world to a new dance craze and led to a world dance tour. Girls all over instantly fell in love with this movie hunk, and would have loved to be in "Baby's" shoes.
- John Bender, "The Breakfast Club." Judd Nelson portrayed rebellious teen, John Bender. Bender's purpose within this mixed and unlikely grouping of teens reveals a hidden truth. Not all teens labeled troublemakers are in fact trouble, some are in fact crying for help. In Bender's case luckily this cry was heard in this John Hughes masterpiece co-starring Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez.
- Frances "Baby" Houseman, "Dirty Dancing." "Baby" portrayed by Jennifer Grey became the surprising love interest of Johnny Castle in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing. 'This '80s movie character was determined to save the world and fight for those who could not fight for themselves. However, in the end she soon learned she would have to fight the good fight against the most unlikely of opponents—Daddy. As the world would soon learn "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" (Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing, 1987).
- Marty McFly, "Back the the Future." Michael J. Fox starred as Marty McFly the teen who accidentally goes back in time to the 1950's. Throughout this Science Fiction/Comedy Marty fights not only to bring together his parents, but also for his very existence.
- Kevin Dolenz, "St. Elmo's Fire." Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy) was a newspaper man, who self identified as a fluff writer, finally made his stand in this film. Throughout the film the audience is aware of his life for Leslie played by Ally Sheedy. Finally thanks to the indiscretions of Alec Newbary played by Judd Nelson, Kevin gets his chance even if for one night to face his fears telling Leslie of his secret love.
- Lisa, "Weird Science." Who thought that two nerds could construct the woman of their dreams with a computer? Lisa (Kelly Lebrock) became an '80s movie icon all her own.
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