Be prepared for a tsunami of nostalgia when John Hughes' teen classic "The Breakfast Club" returns to theaters for its 30th anniversary March 26 and 31. With its definitive cast of so-called Brat Pack actors and its made-for-prom theme song "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds, the movie became a cultural touchstone of the 1980s and has exerted its influence on teen films ever since.

The man behind the movie eventually became a bit of a mystery, a J.D. Salinger figure who lived quietly out of the spotlight and refused to give interviews about his most beloved works. He stopped directing in the 1990s, and his later screenplays -- "Maid in Manhattan," "Drillbit Taylor" -- were desultory to say the least. He died in 2009 at the age of 59.

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By all accounts, Hughes was a normal guy with a normal upbringing (in suburban Illinois, where many of his films were set). That may be the best explanation for his magical ability to draw American characters so convincingly -- from children to teens to adults. Between 1982 and 2008, Hughes wrote, directed or produced 35 movies, some throwaways, some pure gold. Here are his 10 best.

(Tap the link above to see the list.)

WHEN / WHERE 7:30 p.m. March 26 and March 31 at Westbury Stadium 12; Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas; Island 16 Cinema De Lux, Holtsville; Stony Brook 17; and Hampton Bays 5

INFO $12.50-$13.50, fathomevents.com