John Hughes's coming-of-age classic The Breakfast Club is a movie that forces the viewer to ponder what they would have done differently during their school and college years, and for that reason alone it's never less than powerfully nostalgic viewing.
The teen dramadie is one of the most relatable movies of the 1980s. There's a little something of each of its five detained students in all of us, whether it's Claire’s social awkwardness or Andrew’s grades anxiety. These were problems everyone faced growing up, and many continue to battle them in some form today.
It's Hughes's razor-sharp screenplay that made The Breakfast Club a hit back in 1985, but it's stood the test of time because it of its ability to bittersweetly whisk the audience back to a more care-free time.
Few filmmakers captured the zeitgeist of '80s teendom like Hughes, and it's his touch that made the likes of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty In Pink almost as rewatchable as The Breakfast Club.