How to Understand Your Generation X Host Parents

So What Are Generation X Host Parents?

Generation X is anyone born from the 1960s through the 1980s. They are the children of the Baby Boom Generation. When we think of Gen X, we almost always think of the 80s with its music, politics, movies and popular culture. Most likely, your host parents are Generation Xers!

The L.A. Cultural Exchange team always tries to think of fun ways to help our "rad" exchange students adjust to life in Los Angeles and understand some pop culture references. So we decided to poll our Gen X friends on must-see 1980s movies. Here's our list, and it was hard to choose only 40.   

  1. Valley Girl movie with Nicolas CageBack to the Future
  2. Beverly Hills Cop
  3. Big
  4. Blood Sport
  5. Breakin’
  6. Can't Buy Me Love
  7. Coming to America
  8. Color Purple
  9. Die Hard
  10. Dirty Dancing
  11. E.T.
  12. Flashdance
  13. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  14. Goonies
  15. Gremlins
  16. Karate Kid
  17. Heathers
  18. Lethal Weapon
  19. Lost Boys
  20. Mommie Dearest
  21. Nightmare on Elms St.
  22. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
  23. Poltergeist
  24. Pretty In Pink
  25. Princess Bride
  26. Purple Rain
  27. Raiders Of The Lost Arc
  28. Red Dawn
  29. Say Anything
  30. Stripes
  31. Terminator
  32. The Breakfast Club
  33. The Never Ending Story
  34. The Outsiders
  35. Top Gun
  36. Trading Places
  37. Valley Girl (a must-see for anyone living in the Valley, a.k.a. the 818. For sure!)
  38. War Games
  39. Weird Science
  40. When Harry Met Sally

There are so many more movies to add but the list would be more than 100 movies. You can watch many of these using on your computer using NETFLIX. So on a rainy day (we have few of those here in sunny Los Angeles!), take a moment to check out some of these movies. Better yet, watch one with your "awesome" host parents!

Happy movie watching!

The  L.A. Cultural Exchange Team

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