This week, Richard Linklater unveils Everybody Wants Some!!, his terrific, poignant coming-of-age film that pays homage to both his experience as a collegiate baseball player and the sex-crazed, party-hearty teen comedies of the 1980s. In honor of the writer-director’s achievement, we’ve ranked the 20 films that best epitomized that era’s horn-dog aesthetic.
In these movies, hormones and adolescent insecurities often went hand-in-hand as Hollywood cashed in on teenage boys’ insatiable desire to see T&A, no matter how skimpy the plot. (Remember, this is before the Internet existed.) Some of these films are classics, some of them are more than a little problematic — but all of them serve as a time capsule into a freewheeling, innocent age. Virgins, nerds, ski bunnies, Valley girls, peeping toms: All are welcome.