‘The Breakfast Club’, directed by John Hughes and released in 1985 is perhaps one of the most important and critically acclaimed films of the coming-of-age genre. Revolving on quite a simple storyline, it focuses its exploration of adolescence on the gradual development of the characters’ interaction. Five teenagers come together for a Saturday detention: the young nerd, the handsome athlete, the spoiled princess, the weird outcast and the rebellious criminal.
Although all from different cliques and sharing nothing in common at first sight, they slowly take down their stereotyped masks and find themselves with similar struggles to which they can empathise and strongly relate. Many other films have taken the route of teenage hood, exploring and approaching it in different ways. Wether we can directly relate to the story or not, there will always be emotions, feelings or perhaps memories that will emerge because, after all, we’ve all experienced being a teenager in one way or another. We have tried to come up with a list of films similar to The Breakfast Club that are our recommendations. If you are interested, you might be able to stream some of these movies like The Breakfast Club on Netflix or Amazon Prime or even Hulu.
12. Heathers (1988)
Let’s start with another classic, once more set in between the living walls of high school. Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the popular clique consisting of her and three other wealthy girls all named “Heather”. After becoming tired of her “mean girl” reputation, she decides to leave the circle and quickly becomes attached to a disruptive outcast and subsequently to a murderous plot. In this praised black comedy, we dive into an exploration of peer pressure, gossip and drama as a perpetual heavy element in the world of youth. Through its unconventional twist to the typical high-school storyline, we see teenagers growing up in a world of competition and anger, where status often seems more important than it should be.
11. Pretty In Pink (1986)