The 1980s were the Golden Age of teen movies, with perhaps none more cherished and beloved than John Hughes‘ masterpiece of teenage angst, The Breakfast Club, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this week. Aside from just being a great movie, The Breakfast Club solidified the group of young actors Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, and Molly Ringwald as the teen idols of the day, then forevermore known as “the Brat Pack.”
There were popular high school movies in the ’80s before The Breakfast Club, and there were many after, but none spoke to an entire generation as much as this one did. And for those of us born of into a certain generation, we can’t hear Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” on the radio or in the grocery store or wherever, without thinking of Judd Nelson doing a fist pump into the air on a football field. It’s ingrained into our psyches forever.
Now a Youtube user by the name of Robert Jones has uploaded a tribute video to the great teen movies of the ’80s, centered around The Breakfast Club’s anthem, “Don’t You (Forget About Me.)” Almost every great teen centric movie of the era is showcased here, including all the John Hughes movies like Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, plus other favorites like Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Heathers, and The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio, which was the closest any of these movies had to an ethnic lead character (not everything was great about the ’80s.)
So check out this great tribute video below, or I’m gonna start “crackin’ skulls!”
Be sure to pick up The Breakfast Club soundtrack on vinyl, so you can enjoy the movie’s music the vintage/correct way.