The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club (1985)
A brain. An athlete. A basket case. A princess. A criminal. These five teenage stereotypes are as recognizable today as they were two decades ago, and this coming-of-age film—written and directed by Hughes—inspired a genre. There are no action scenes and few plotlines, but the angsty dialogue instantly transports us back to the high school library where members of the Brat Pack bared their souls, outsmarted an overzealous principal, danced on bookshelves and learned to look beyond labels. And, if your daughter wasted her youth lusting after the bad boy, you can blame Claire.

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