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The Brat Pack and Some of Their Movies

Updated on July 21, 2013

Many of the Brat Pack Starred in The Breakfast Club

This is my fourth copy of this! One of my favorite movies of all times!
This is my fourth copy of this! One of my favorite movies of all times! | Source

Who Was The Brat Pack?

Almost anyone who was old enough to go to the movies on their own in the eighties, remembers the Brat Pack – a group of young actors that were in just about every great movie of that era. The core group of actors were the group from the movies “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” They include Emilio Esteves, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. There were more that drifted in and out of the group including actors from the S.E. Hinton movies “The Outsiders”, “Rumble Fish” and “That Was Then, This is Now” – but this core were in some of the best movies of the ‘80’s. Here are some of the movies of the Brat Pack.

The Breakfast Club

Iconic movie featuring many from the core group of Brat Packers – Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Esteves and Judd Nelson. The story of five young high school students who are sentenced to a Saturday of detention at school for various offences. While there, they each learn that they are more alike than different.

Patrick Swayze - Honorary Brat Packer


St. Elmo's Fire

Many of the Brat Packers a little older and learning to live on their own. Emilio Esteves, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Mare Winningham are friends who learn through experience that not everyone stays the same as they grow older. Some learn the lessons they need, and others don’t – but they all grow in different ways.

About Last Night

Rob Lowe and Demi Moore along with James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins star as four friends who live through the ins and outs of the relationship between Lowe and Moore. James Belushi has some great funny lines in this movie – and the rest of the cast make it a great movie.

The Outsiders

Based on a novel by S.E. Hinton, this movie stars Brat Pack add ons C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, and Patrick Swayze as well as regular Brat Packers Emilio Esteves and Rob Lowe. It’s the story of two rival gangs – the Greasers and the Socs – and the troubles that occur when one night the fighting goes too far.

Sixteen Candles

Molly Ringwald stars as a girl whose family has forgotten her sixteenth birthday. But things only get worse for her as she is embarrassed time after time throughout the day. This movie also stars Anthony Michael Hall as one of those who embarrasses her.

Red Dawn

Red Dawn – Small town America defends themselves against an invasion of Russians in this movie that stars more of the Brat Pack add ons. This movie has Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, and Charlie Sheen – brother of Brat Packer Emilio Esteves.

Although this group of young people hung out together and were considered friends for much of the eighties, the article that coined the term the Brat Pack was not a favorable article. It mentioned some of the failures of these young people – failures that are common among the young in Hollywood, mostly drug and alcohol abuse. Because of this, the group began distancing themselves from one another and soon, they were no longer friends. Many of the members of the Brat Pack have gone on to bigger fame – although some careers have fizzled. But to all who watched their movies in the ‘80’s they will always be stars.


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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      To Start Again - thanks for reading! these movies are etched in the souls of many!! I'm glad you liked my list!

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      I think some of these movies are forever etched into my soul :) The Breakfast Club is one of my all time very favorites and 16 candles should be required watching for every teenager before they graduate high school. I liked St Elmos fire but I never really liked Red Dawn. Nice list :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank - thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed remembering the Brat Pack!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      a very entertaining walk down memory lane here with the Brat Pack good hub justateacher :)