Director: John Hughes
Stars: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason
Lesson Learned: Looks can be deceiving, but, more importantly, prudes are way sexier than open-legged broads.

Like Martin Scorsese to gangster movies, or Alfred Hitchcock to suspense, John Hughes is the all-time king of teen-centric films, and The Breakfast Club is his best work. Written and directed by the late Hollywood maverick, The Breakfast Club takes an everyday high school set-up—misbehavers locked up in detention hall—and uses the familiar situation to explore the psychology of teenagers both popular and socially ostracized. It might be set in 1985, but Hughes' funny and revelatory flick speaks volumes about modern-day youngsters, just like it did twenty-six years ago.

Cleverly, Hughes carefully chose the most stereotypical teenaged caricatures and systematically ripped through preconceptions. The abrasive hoodlum (Judd Nelson) is really a lonely basket-case with serious daddy issues; the star athlete (Emilio Estevez) makes his classmates envious yet can't seem to make his father happy; and the popular girl (Molly Ringwald) that all the guys want to sleep with is actually a mega-prude. The Breakfast Club is like a group therapy session, just much more fun to watch.

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