Pretty In Pink (1986)--It's cheating to name a Brat Pack movie as Ringwald's career swan song, but the facts are undisputable: After Pretty in Pink, Ringwald's cultural memory--and livelihood--were frozen in amber. But make no mistake: this film is hot. White hot.
Anthony Michael Hall:
Edward Scissorhands (1990)--After being typecast as "The Geek" for his entire youth, Hall made a surprise turnaround as "The Jock" in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. Little Anthony finally got his turn to be the manipulative, tough, asshole jerk he always dreamed of being.
Transformers: The Movie (1986)--It may seem sad that Nelson's last good movie was a kids cartoon about talking robots, but it is. Luckily, he played the hero "Hot Rod," who magically transformed into "Rodimus Prime" because he had "the touch." Awesome.
Short Circuit (1986)--Robots are good, and Number 5 was gooder than most. After all, he was trained to be a vicious killer for the military, but a bolt of lightning turned him peaceful. And with the help of Ally Sheedy (and Steve Guttenberg), Number 5 became a robot who learned to love--giving me hope that I too might someday learn to love as well.
Young Guns II (1990)--While Emilio did have the most career longevity of all the Breakfast Club stars, it really waned after Young Guns II. Sure, Judgment Night had a great soundtrack (Helmet and House of Pain?!), but YGII broke the cliché of sequels being much worse than their predecessors. MANU BERELLI