St. Elmo's Fire is one movie that comes to mind that is a prime example of the typical eighties film. All of the stars were at the top of their game during this time. Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Ron Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and Mare Winningham were the perfect age for the relationship films of this decade. They have all starred in other films together in this era as well. Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson were in The Breakfast Club, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore were in About Last Night. Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy were in Oxford Blues. Eighties movies tend to have the same people in them. Several actors and actresses became very popular during this era and have not been seen in anything recently. With a few other stars, such as Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, these people dominated the circuit in eighties Hollywood. You can find one of them in every popular teen and young adult film of the decade.
The movies tend to cover similar subjects, nothing too heavy or controversial. Each movie throws together a group of people from different backgrounds and by the end of the movie they end up together. Eighties movies were all about relationships.
They also tend to have soundtracks with only music from that era. Movies today seem to find a good mix of oldies, goodies, and up-to-date music to complement the film. The movies of the eighties stuck with the synthesized pop tracks popular in that day. The songs serve to set the mood and reenforce the ideals of the eighties film.
It seems as if no one wanted to experiment with topics in that day. Not that I have seen every film of the eighties, but all of the popular titles cover basically the same story. No one tried anything new or different because the films worked as they were. I am thankful that not every popular film today covers the same story over and over again. I do enjoy the eighties movies, but simply for the reason that they are so genuinely eighties.