‘The Breakfast Club’ is possibly one of the most important and highly praised pictures in the future-of-age genra, directed by John Hughes and released in 1985. In a very simple novel, his investigation of adolescence focuses on the slow growth of the relationship between individuals. The youthful nerd, the beautiful athlete, the spoilt princess, the quirky outcast, and the rebellious criminal are all gathered together to make a Saturday arrest.
Even if everyone from different cliques shares nothing common at first sight, they peel down their stereotypical masks progressively and encounter similar battles, to which they may empathize and passionately identify. Many more films have been investigating and approaching the route of teenage hood in many various ways. Either we can relate directly to the story or not, emotions, sentiments or perhaps memories will always arise since, after all, one way or the other, we all have experienced being a teenager. We have tried to create a list of films that are our recommendations similar to The Breakfast Club. You could want to stream certain movies such as The Breakfast Club on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu if you are interested.
1. Heathers (1988)
Let’s begin with another classic, one again placed between high school living walls. Veronica (Winona Ryder) is one of her popular cliques, and three other rich females, all of them are known as the “Heather.” After becoming bored of the reputation of her “mean girl,” she decides to quit the group and soon becomes angry with a disturbing outsider and then a deadly plot. In this lauded dark comedy, we immerse ourselves in an exploration of peer pressure, gossip and drama in the world of adolescents. Through its unexpected twist to the typical secondary storyline, we observe young people growing up in competitiveness and hostility, where status frequently appears more significant than it should be.
2. Pretty In Pink (1986)
Once again Molly Ringwald shines as the lead role in this romantic comedy set on a volatile high school background, split by clicks. Although predictable in its secret world of romances, contradictory friendships and kisses, its sweetness and appeal go much beyond its clichés. Andie was a middle class student who reached the senior level of her high school, who was invited on a date by a lad from the haughty “rich children” click. Ignoring the cautions of her best friend Duckie, who is secretly in love with her, she goes down the path of the youthful hood and feels the spirit of young passion. An excellent rendition of the redhead beauty of The Breakfast Club which undoubtedly reminds us of this classic we love.
3. Grease (1978)
A music classic that lives through decades, for the energy and entertainment it transports us back to the heart of the two-sided youth. It is also the iconic face of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The purity and naivety of the charming and beautiful Sandy is defined and fascinating, while the bad boy and rebellious position of the greaser Danny takes the lead on the opposite side. Through breakups, makeups and all of the high school drama and thrill, we have a plot which, while sweet and cliché, brings young people to dance and to sing their emotions and impressions that are realistic and true.
4. Stand By Me (1986)
Though it recounts the lives of slightly younger children than those we generally deal with, this coming-of-age play reflects the same importance of friendship in young people’s times, when their parents do not always understand the problems and concerns their children face. Based on a novel by Stephen King and on the music of Ben E. King’s renowned song, we are told about the journey of four 12-year-old boys on their way to uncover the body of a local missing youngster. Together on an intense journey, they grow internally and connect through the experience, as well as the end of their childhood and the beginnings of something new.
5. American Graffiti (1973)
Prior to the creation of a worldwide renowned and renowned film franchise that lead George Lucas to become one of the best-suited filmmakers ever, he co-wrote and directed this new-age comedy with various performers and inspired by his own upbringing in the town of Modesto in California. Set in the early sixties, this is the last summer evening of a group of secondary school graduates in the background of the popular baby boomer’s culture of cruising the streets to the rock and roll. Filled with splendid characters it covers the attitudes, sentiments, desires and regrets of these young people towards the end of their famous high-school experience that is long remembered. After all, it is one through which everyone can live in one way or another.
6. Kids (1995)
This autonomous coming-of-age movie certainly is a bold, brutal and raw observation of adolescent youth with a clear message when dealing with sex and drugs in the hands of careless children adrift in a world in which they are likely to know nothing more than to do what they do. Led by Larry Clark, it centres around a day in the lives of a group of teens who participate in hazardous sexual behaviors and chat while drinking, smoking and skating. While some are hanging around the city’s streets, parks and attending an unattended party, one of them is trying to locate another after testing for HVI. Although it won’t leave you with a smile or a sense of satisfaction on your face, it contained an honest and realistic approach to children’s hazards, through an even more essential societal comment and serious alert.
7. The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Going through high school is not always easy, particularly when you are a beginner and need to find your way in a classroom full of unknown happy faces, which could welcome you and judge you. Young Charlie has just come out of an institution for mental health due of depression and is about to begin his new year. Shy, introverted and shrunk in the busy and eventful high school stream, at first it struggles to establish friends until Seniors Sam and Patrick meet who open him doors in a joyous, freeing lifestyle to get a taste of what life truly may be. With the brilliant ensemble of Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller, it’s an excellent representation of teenage hardships and how it makes life clearer and lighter with bonds and friendships.
8. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
The protagonists in this incredibly fun and beautiful romantic comedy certainly remind us of the five in detention heroes, because of their stereotype-based characterization, that their inner similarities and attitude are nevertheless overtaken. It presumably includes all kinds of high school students and cliques from the charming, innocent new student, the popular beauty queen and the egotistical elder to the revolting bad boy, the geek and the uncomfortable antisocial sibling. In a plot that connects the story of every individual, we are again facing adolescent gossip influences and judgement misunderstandings. However, under every first impression, a person has sentiments and confusing mismatches, features which form a part of growing up and a subject which this light heart film watches immensely in a joyful and delightful way.
9. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Just like “The Breakfast Club,” we are presented here to a wide range of stereotypical characters who present a set of feelings and reasons under their well-defined layers of character, uniting them all in the careful yet typical world of adolescence. The plot, set in the late 1970’s, goes back to the last school day for different groups of new older and newcomers, where initiation rituals and parties will toss their way into the air to unwrap wild and eventful adventures into the beat of a gorgeous and feisty rock n’roll playlist. This comedy is another classic of the coming-of-age kind that shouldn’t miss when there is a large ensemble cast including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Adam Goldberg, Milla Jovovich, etc.
10. Thirteen (2003)
Although 20 years later, it came more and more darkly and heavily in the choreography, most of it is the same as the 1985 classic of John Hughes. When Tracey, 13, strips her good girls and makes friends of the popular and rebellious Evie, things begin to change as provocative dress, sex, drink and pharmaceuticals seep into her lifestyle and generate upset in her mother’s relationship. In this teenager’s life the high school pressures to “fit in,” “be cool” and to find a place in this world of judgment and social structure. This is the misunderstanding and disregard of the adults around her which further widen her doubts into greater disarray.
11. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Ferris Bueller is a cheerful and positive adolescent who experiences and enjoys life every second. Like that, he resolves to attend to school and take a trip after his wake. Smartly as he is, he manages to accompany his friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane to Chicago town, drive through Cameron’s red daddy Ferrari and join a jubilant mob in a parade. Exploring the various mindsets of teenagers that form each character in its own way, the film acts as an inspiration and an explosion of positive for all the downfalls, difficulties and weaknesses present in the growth of people. In combination with its unmistakable sense of comedy, Ferries talks to the audience and encourages them wonderfully to open their eyes and accept the beauty of life.
12. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Just a year before the spectacular premiere of ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Director John Hughes introduced the disturbing and difficult teenager world to ‘Sixteen Candles’ casting Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. In this coming-of-age comedy, we find high school student Samantha in repeated embarrassment as she spends the sixteenth anniversary of her family’s forgetting because of the marriage of her sister until the day following. With classes, bus rides and free-house parties, everything has been made for an honest and narrative portrait of hardships, fears and the successes of adolescents.