Growing up, our generation bridged the gap between adjusting the rabbit ear antennas on our television sets and eagerly watching the launch of MTV as video killed the radio star. Movies and entertainment are the ties that bind us. Gen X movies helped portray the angst, cynicism, and fears that run deep in a generation of latch key kids imprinted by divorce, economic uncertainty, and the end of the Cold War.

How many of us use iconic lines from movies such as “I want my two dollars,” only to have our kids look at us like we have truly lost it. Tell me you weren’t waiting for the day you could watch 16 Candles with your kids, only to realize when you did that it was a lot more racist and misogynistic then you remembered and not as appreciated in the midst of the #MeToo movement?

Looking through the list, I realize how far we have come in terms of diversity in Hollywood — not that there isn’t sooo far still to go. Looking through a more mature and evolved lens, I’m always curious to see which movies stand the test of time and which fall flat.

Yet these are the movies that shaped us. Movies that can still make us laugh just thinking of certain scenes. Movies that we can recite by heart. Movies of OUR generation.

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Gen X Movies

How many of these have you seen? Leave a comment below to let us know. And yes, I’m sure I have missed so many that are important to you. Have a movie that you love that you think should be on this list? Add it in the comments as well.

These are in no particular order. I’ve also resisted the urge to group them by decade or genre, because it makes the scanning of the list for new discoveries more fun.

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  1. The Breakfast Club
  2. 16 Candles
  3. Fletch
  4. Say Anything
  5. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  6. Pretty in Pink
  7. Better off Dead
  8. Stripes
  9. Top Gun
  10. St. Elmo’s Fire
  11. Risky Business
  12. Titanic
  13. Nightmare on Elm Street
  14. Stand by Me
  15. Forrest Gump
  16. Halloween
  17. E.T.
  18. Jaws
  19. Jurassic Park
  20. Grease
  21. Friday the 13th
  22. Star Wars: A New Hope
  23. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
  24. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  25. Schindler’s List
  26. Saturday Night Fever
  27. Scream
  28. The Goonies
  29. Gremlins
  30. I Know What you Did Last Summer
  31. Officer & a Gentleman
  32. Boyz n’ the Hood
  33. Animal House
  34. The Shining
  35. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  36. Back to the Future
  37. Ghostbusters
  38. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  39. Terminator
  40. Pretty Woman
  41. The Princess Bride
  42. Alien
  43. Caddy Shack
  44. Heathers
  45. Poltergeist
  46. Dirty Dancing
  47. Beetlejuice
  48. Do the Right Thing
  49. The Godfather
  50. Airplane
  51. Platoon
  52. Rambo First Blood
  53. A Christmas Story
  54. This is Spinal Tap
  55. Lethal Weapon
  56. The Little Mermaid
  57. Rocky
  58. Footloose
  59. The Lost Boys
  60. The Karate Kid
  61. Weird Science
  62. When Harry Met Sally
  63. Beverly Hills Cop
  64. Mad Max
  65. Splash
  66. Flashdance
  67. Steel Magnolias
  68. Purple Rain
  69. American Pie
  70. Mystic Pizza
  71. There’s Something About Mary
  72. Mr. Mom
  73. Scarface
  74. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  75. Pulp Fiction
  76. Goodfellas
  77. Matrix
  78. Silence of the Lambs
  79. Fargo
  80. Clueless
  81. The Lion King
  82. Trainspotting
  83. Saving Private Ryan
  84. Good Will Hunting
  85. Home Alone
  86. The Usual Suspects
  87. Blair Witch Project
  88. Braveheart
  89. Men in Black
  90. City Slickers
  91. The Truman Show
  92. Independence Day
  93. The Big Lebowski
  94. Dumb & Dumber
  95. Apollo 13
  96. Mrs. Doubtfire
  97. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  98. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  99. Die Hard
  100. Tommy Boy
  101. The Sixth Sense
  102. Trading Places
  103. Alladin
  104. The Outsiders
  105. Ghost
  106. Philadelphia
  107. Jerry Maguire
  108. Beauty & the Beast
  109. Speed
  110. The Exorcist
  111. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  112. Superman
  113. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  114. Wayne’s World
  115. Coming to America
  116. Police Academy
  117. Spaceballs
  118. Three Men and a Baby
  119. Romancing the Stone
  120. Desperately Seeking Susan

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