The 80’s were a time for many things – big hair, bigger shoulder pads, jazzercise. But one of the things that decade did best was high school movies. John Hughes pretty much invented the genre, giving us classics like National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science.
One of his crowning glories, however, is The Breakfast Club. Released in 1985, it stands as one of the most iconic teen movies of all time. Here are all the reasons why we think it’s the best teen high school movie ever made.
It’s endlessly relatable. A lot of the lines are ad-libbed (such as the scene where they go around talking about why they were in detention).
Ally Sheedy said of her character, “Allison is a part of me. She didn’t have to come from anywhere, I didn’t have to find her.” She’s based on Sheedy’s own high school experience, making it feel very real. She also gave us this beautiful, if slightly nerve-wracking line: “When you grow up, your heart dies.”