YMMV / Streets of Fire

  • Ear Worm: "Let the revels begin, let the fire be started, we're dancing for the restless and the brokenhearted; let the revels begin, let the fire be started, we're dancing for the desperate and the brokenhearted..."
  • Evil is Cool: Raven and the Bombers. Leather and bikes make for a very good combination.
  • Face of the Band: Ellen Aim is the lead vocals for the Attackers. Stoney Jackson is the lead vocals for the Sorels.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Raven and his gang.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film was very popular in Japan as the main characters - the wandering mercenary with a Hidden Heart of Gold, the sneering villain who leads an army, the beautiful temptress beloved by her hometown, the Cool Big Sis, The Lad-ette, the weak-yet-courageous tagalong - are uncommon in American fiction, but beloved elements of Japanese culture. A number of video games were inspired by the film; Final Fight, Street Fighter, and very obviously Streets of Rage. More obviously, every rock and roll Idol Singer in anime is essentially Ellen Aim, the Trope Codifier being Bubblegum Crisis' Priss Asagiri.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • About halfway into the sledgehammer fight, the music turns really creepy.
    • Ellen's kidnapping at the beginning of the film.
  • Playing Against Type: Rick Moranis as the popular, powerful, and surprisingly street-smart Billy Fish. The role definitely makes for a double-take for anyone used to Rick Moranis' typecast Hollywood Nerd roles.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Robert Townsend. The film came before he struck it big with Hollywood Shuffle.
  • Special Effect Failure: Clyde the Bartender has a dark front tooth after getting punched out by the bombers. It's apparently supposed to look like it's missing.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending. The music helps a lot.
    • Both ending songs qualify.
    But I can dream about you if I can't hold you tonight...
    • Ellen calling out Tom in the rain.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The explosions!
  • What Could Have Been: Dafoe's performance in this film is part of the rumors that he was one of the people targetted to play The Joker in Batman. Dafoe has denied this, but he was considered for the role of Batman.