Very Rare near mint original Australian Daybill movie poster. The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. It starred Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. Critics consider it one of the greatest high school films of all time, as well as one of Hughes' most memorable and recognizable works. The media referred to the film's five main actors as members of a group called the "Brat Pack". The Breakfast Club's title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for morning detention at New Trier High School, the school attended by the son of one of John Hughes' friends. The film has gone to be a cult classic.