Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club
The Movie: The Breakfast Club (1985)
Why It’s Defining: It’s the ultimate happy ending.
All ‘80s teen flicks have happy endings, no matter how unlikely they seem in the first act.
Whether they’re convoluted (Ferris Bueller, Back To The Future), implied in the title (The Sure Thing) or dependent on dance routines (Can’t Buy Me Love, Teen Wolf), you can be sure that by the time an ‘80s teen flick starts getting ready for the credits, your heroes will have big goofy grins on their faces.
And The Breakfast Club is the greatest example, because it has a record five happy endings, with a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal all gaining the kind of closure that makes you want to punch the sky and listen to Simple Minds.
Why It’ll Stay With Us Forever: It’s the only reason we’ve got Simple Minds on our iPod. Also, whenever something bad happens, we don’t mind so much, because there’s a happy ending around the corner. Right? Right?
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