Published May 23, 2013
They had us at hello, with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” blasting on a boom box, and tugged out heartstrings for a decade… Our friends at Snakkle look back at your favorite ‘80s teen crushes. See if you can remember who got your pulse racing over two decades ago (are we that old!?).
Phoebe Cates as Linda Barrett in “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” (1982)
Hoowee! Phoebe Cates wowed in a red bikini in the iconic '80s coming-of-age film, “Fast Times At Ridgemont High.” She gave us an eye-popping topless scene in the film, fulfilling Brad's fantasy.
Phoebe Cates didn't land any other roles as notable as the one that made her famous (and then that movie “Gremlins”)... she quit onscreen acting altogether after 2001. Outside of acting, she is a talented dancer. She has two children with Kevin Kline, who she married in 1989.
John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in “Say Anything” (1989)
John Cusack was the sensitive Lloyd in Cameron Crowe's iconic '80s romance flick “Say Anything.” Lloyd fell for the high school valedictorian, Diane Court, and proceeded to win the rich girl's heart by holding a boombox over his head blasting their song, "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.
Today, John Cusack is an '80s crush turned contemporary A-lister. With movies like “Being John Malkovich,” “High Fidelity,” and “2012” under his belt, John Cusack has proven himself an all-star actor and producer in the film industry. While Lloyd had only aspired to be a kickboxing champion, John Cusack has a real life black belt in Urquidez's Ukidokan Kickboxing.
Kelly McGillis as Charlie in “Top Gun” (1986)
Sure, we all remember Tom Cruise serenading her with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," but Kelly McGillis was just as memorable as the sexy Charlie with a Ph.D. in Astrphysics. Maverick is impressed by her strong intellect, but her golden locks and good looks don't hurt either.
Still as beautiful as ever, Kelly McGillis has continued to act since her role as Charlie in “Top Gun.” Her most recent onscreen appearance was in 2011's “The Inn Keepers.” but she's in upcoming films, due for release in 2013.
Christian Slaters as J.D. in “Heathers” (1988)
Christian Slater played the dark and brooding J.D. of the 1988 hit, “Heathers.” As Winona Ryder's love interest in the unusual high school romance, J.D. makes the bad boy look hot albeit totally psycho.
After “Heathers,” Christian Slater kept girls swooning with his role in another dark film, “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” with heartbreakers Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. One of his most successful roles though, was as a voice actor on the popular TV series “Robot Chicken” from 2005 to 2012. In 2007, Slater made headlines when he said he was still in love with his “Heathers” costar, but it doesn't look like they'll be hooking up on or off screen anytime soon.