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John Hughes Movies List

Updated on July 13, 2011

John Hughes is, by many, one of the greatest directors of all time. Just a quick glimpse at the list of movies he's directed, written, literally created just out of his own imagination and experience is phenomenal; at least one of his movies you've seen; in fact at least one of his movies is probably one of your favorite movies of all time. The way he was able to convey his characters, their emotions, their demons was simply... amazing.

John Hughes died at the age of 59 - of course he didn't truly die. He made so many unique and timeless movies that he will continue to live on for years to come.

The memories, the laughs, the shown fears, the accomplished feats of a John Hughes movie will live on for eternity.


John Hughes Movies List - The Best John Hughes Movies

What's the difference between a John Hughes movies list and a list of the best John Hughes movies? There is none. He directed eight movies in his movie-making career and you could make a case for each one to the best of the eight. They are all hidden gems of sorts, speaking to a different audience, a different part of man-kind, each and every time. Spend a day watching John Hughes movies and you'll feel like you've been through all the fundamentals of emotion, motivation, inspiration.


Molly Ringwald plays the part of Samantha wonderfully in Sixteen Candles.
Molly Ringwald plays the part of Samantha wonderfully in Sixteen Candles. | Source

Sixteen Candles (1984)

His first in high-school dramas, Sixteen Candles is a stark few of the teenage life. It's about Samantha Baker, played by Molly Ringwald, and her teenage life which, to her, is in turmoil. The best part about Sixteen Candles is that there isn't some lavish story; no it's about Samantha and how she deals with the different people and situations of her life.

John Hughes shows that at fifteen going on sixteen is one of the most dynamic times of our lives - better to embrace it.


The cast of Breakfast Club were recently awarded the Silver Bucket of Excellence.
The cast of Breakfast Club were recently awarded the Silver Bucket of Excellence. | Source

The Breakfast Club (1985)

John Hughes is a mastermind when comes into portraying the difficulties as well as the wonderment of teenage life. A year after Sixteen Candles comes Breakfast Club, another story about the teenage life. This one is almost the opposite of Sixteen Candles; instead of showing the dynamic life a teenager has, John Hughes decides to look more into the internal of teenage life.

The movie is about how five individuals, all of different backgrounds and cliques, have to spend detention together for entire a today. On paper it looks like a boring story; but when you watch it you see with amazing clarity how important a story it is.

The John Hughes movie message in this one: embrace each other.


Anthony Michael Hall plays the lead in one of the weirdest John Hughes movies.
Anthony Michael Hall plays the lead in one of the weirdest John Hughes movies. | Source

Weird Science (1985)

Of all John Hughes movies this is the least serious, as well as the most fun. It follows two unpopular teenagers who, after failing to be accepted be the world around them, create a digital woman. She's beautiful and they use her in various situations to to try to prove themselves as 'men'.

Although a John Hughes movie that doesn't demand to be taken seriously, Weird Science proves to be an invaluable look into the nature of ourselves anyway. Have a little fun along the way, maybe?


Mathew Broderick plays the lovable character of Ferris Bueller.
Mathew Broderick plays the lovable character of Ferris Bueller. | Source

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Of all the John Hughes movies that were about teenagers this was the zenith; this was the pinnacle. One of the most popular movies of the 80s, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, follows the character of Ferris. Like all John Hughes movies, the story is simple, but the environment in which it is told is not.

Ferris skips school by pretending to be sick - remind you of anyone yet? He then proceeds to go around down, helping his best friend, hanging out with his girlfriend, as well as doing other amazing things. It's a bit preposterous (he goes on a parade and sings the Beatles?) but that's the whole point.

At the end of the film Ferris, played by Matthew Broderick, looks at the camera and says, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." It seems John Hughes knew something about life we didn't - luckily he hid all of the clues in his movies.


One of the funniest movies of all time is a John Hughes movie.
One of the funniest movies of all time is a John Hughes movie. | Source

Planes,Trains and Automobiles

Hilarious. Lovable. Heartwarming. Annoying. Thoughtful. Adventurous.

Planes, Trains is a tour de force of movie in so many ways that's it almost seems impossible.

Once again - the story is simple. See a pattern yet for all John Hughes movies? A man, played by Steve Martin, is trying to get home for Christmas. Another man,played by John Candy, of opposite personality, tries to help. Chaos, adventure and humor ensue.

A John Hughes movie featuring two of the greatest comedians of our time? I think the message is clear.


She's Having A Baby.
She's Having A Baby.

She's Having a Baby (1988)

This one flopped in the box office? Why? Maybe because it was one the first films by John Hughes that wasn't entirely about high-school. Maybe because this one was about growing up and facing the responsibilties; maybe there was a trend in John Hughes filmaing and overall message he was trying to tell? Maybe.

She's having a Baby is about Jake and Kristy Briggs, a couple who have just gotten married. They're young and inexperienced - and there's your story. It follows the choices the make, as well as the revelations.

It's one of the most truthful John Hughes movies.


John Candy is a gem as Uncle Buck.
John Candy is a gem as Uncle Buck. | Source

Uncle Buck (1989)

Out of all John Hughes movies there are two movies that are above and beyond more silly and fun then the rest. One of them is Weird Science and the other is Uncle Buck.

The story follows the arrival of Uncle Buck, played by John Candy, and his duty to babysit his family. Goofs are abound and John Candy is incredibly funny and lovable as Uncle Buck. Uncle Buck is a movie you can watch over and over again.


The last of the John Hughes movies.
The last of the John Hughes movies.

Curly Sue (1991)

A much more serious John Hughes film and that's a good thing. It follows two homeless people, Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue, and their ingenuity of their will to survive. They con people, but to become rich, but to get food for the night.

Eventually they are taking in by a rich family and from their the problems start. Don't expect as many laughs as other John Hughes films but expect the same kind of heartwarming and true message.


Well that's it.  John Hughes directed only eight movies - he did write a lot more, however.  There seems to be an underlying theme in every single one them; each has their unique own heart and soul but if, looked at from a distant, you can see something similar.  it's fleeting, a quick sparkle in the distant landscape - but it's there.  It's intangible.

What do you think the theme was?


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      Randy Ray 

      8 years ago from Texas

      John Hughes was so awesome. The tribute to John Hughes during the Academy Awards got me all choked up--seeing all the stars who had appeared in his movies during the 80s was really touching.


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