10 Movies Where The Last Scene Is The Best

8. The Breakfast Club

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It's absolutely fair to say that not everything about John Hughes' '80s classic The Breakfast Club has aged spectacularly, but for as long as human beings exist, there will be many who love that Simple Minds-scored ending.

As the titular group's detention session comes to an end, they ponder whether their shared bonding experience will let them see each other in a new light, or they'll simply revert back to the "before times."

As "Don't You (Forget About Me)" plays out, the various members of the group make tender goodbyes and go their separate ways, all while Vice Principal Vernon (Paul Gleason) reads their completed essay, which admonishes him for his already-set opinions of who they are.

And then, of course, it ends with John Bender (Judd Nelson) walking across the football field and triumphantly pumping his fist in the air, resulting in the rarest of things: a freeze-frame ending in an '80s movie that somehow isn't totally cheeseball.

It's a scene so inherently iconic on its own merits that even those who've never seen The Breakfast Club will associate that Simple Minds song with that fist pump.


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