Mia Sara

Look, I’m sure your girlfriend is sweet and all. She probably makes you laugh and does that one thing in bed that you really like. But just as men have been completely ruined by characters like Westley from The Princess Bride and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, there are female characters that all women will be measured against. No matter what we do, we can never live up to these unrealistic ideals for both sexes.

For a lot of men, it’s the girls that they saw in teen movies when they were growing up. Just as girls will always long to have their very own Jake Ryan, the girlfriends in popular films shape the expectations of what boys should be looking for in a partner. So without further ado, here are some of the very best girlfriends from the 80s.

10. Diane Court – Say Anything

Say Anything

Hot and intelligent. What more can you ask for? Sure, she’s got some serious daddy issues, but who doesn’t? Diane is a sheltered rich girl who’s gone through her entire high school career only focused on schoolwork, and realizes at the end of it that she didn’t have the opportunity to make any real connections with her fellow students. Yeah, she’s got a bright future and an all-expenses paid trip to Oxford to keep her company at night, but is that really enough?

Enter Lloyd Dobler, classic endearing underachiever. I appreciate that things aren’t always smooth sailing with these two, but they manage to work things out in a realistic manner. For Diane’s part, she couldn’t be a sweeter, more caring person, and there’s an innocence about her that is entirely captivating.

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This article was first posted on August 19, 2013