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8 Great John Hughes Movies

Updated on December 2, 2014

The Best John Hughes Movies

John Hughes! One of the most influential writers & directors of all time. His films will always continue to be relevant & withstand the test of time. They cover such hard hitting elements - surrounding teenage life & the journey into adulthood. No one else has been able to add such a charisma & attitude to the topics he's showcased. The perfect blend of comedy & drama! This article will showcase the best of his films and why they are so special.........

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John Hughes' Legacy

On August 6th, 2009 we lost a great spirit! He returned back to the light, from which we all come from. It's inevitable, that someday we will all have to trip the light fantastic.

Sadly, he is gone..... but he left behind a wonderful legacy! Not just a filmography of great movies to watch, but movies to feel, movies to make you think. Movies that defined what teenage life is all about....the angst, the pressure, the cliches, the cliques & the purest of emotions. He was able to grasp the concept of entering adulthood, so much so, that he was able to share it with the world and give it a voice & a meaning.

He was known to be an avid writer.....which is quite evident by the works he has written throughout his movie career & the level at which he operated during the filming and during his off time. It has been suggested that he had many, many scripts & movie ideas filed away, that sadly may never see the light of day. Although, it has been reported that there has been one script that made it, somehow, to the spotlight and someday may be made. Let's just hope that it's done well and by someone with the same panache, as it was meant to be declared.

Let's get right into the list of iconic movies that John Hughes was able to bring to the world..........

The Breakfast Club

Rated R. Made In 1985.

Written & Directed by John Hughes.

This movie centers around 5 kids who, each in their own self destructive ways, are disciplined by being sentenced to Saturday detention. It's a tale of the fitting in & falling out's of school's oppressive hierarchy. Each student has their own social standing in the cliques & stereotypes that are put on the modern teenager.

As they spend their long day of punishment together they deal with the rules and standards of what they should & shouldn't be held to. Comedy & drama collide as they get under each others skin and get to the root of life's understandings through rebellion & peer pressure. Realizing what the world might hold in store for each of them, they discard it..... all the while embracing freedom & what makes them who they are.

The first time I saw this movie I was about 15 and my friend owned it on VHS. He would recite funny lines from it and I was wondering what he was talking about and then I saw it. It's very funny & very deep. It's the epitome of social structure in school. It's about the worries, fears & acceptance that each kid suffers in the eyes of adversity. If you haven't seen it, then you're missing out on a story that's worth being told, as only John Hughes can tell it.

The Breakfast Club [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
The Breakfast Club [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)

Saturday Detention Is Much Better To Watch, Rather Than Being Disciplined Into Going!


Weird Science

Rated PG-13. Made In 1985.

Written & Directed by John Hughes.

This movie centers around two adolescent teenage males who yearn for two desirable girls..... who, unfortunately, already have two unsavory boyfriends. So, they decide to make their own computer program that will help them figure out girls and how to hopefully date the ones they're pining after.

They load up their computer with pictures of their favorite looking girls and information from magazines and other various forms of girl related information. They overload the computer and a power surge ends up making their perfect girl, who basically takes the role as their fantasy genie. She helps them climb the ladder of coolness, in the eyes of their school peers and with the girls they seek to be with.

It's pretty much a movie based on every teenage males have their own fantasy girl, who in turn will grant their every wish and whim. It's nice to dream! Well, why not see a movie about it?

It's funny & satisfying.

Weird Science
Weird Science

If You Can't Get Your Dream Girl....Then Why Not Make Her!?!


Sixteen Candles

Rated PG. Made In 1984.

Written & Directed by John Hughes

A girl turns 16, her family forgets her birthday while dealing with her sister's wedding. She wants the popular guy in school, but he's taken and probably doesn't know she exists. She has to sleep on the couch because her grandparents are sleeping in her room. Can it get any worse...... you bet! But as they say, "Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better".

Another part of this story revolves around a teenage male who's school social standings are that of a wannabe lady killer & nerd/dweeb/geek. He just wants to have the sexual misadventures that any other teen male wants & to hold himself higher than the rest in his niche.

I recommend this movie for anyone who's a fan of teen comedy movies and yearns for some good ole fashioned love, affection & acceptance.

Some Kind Of Wonderful

Rated PG-13. Made In 1987.

Written by John Hughes

The story of a high school senior, gifted in the arts of drawing & painting, who works at a gas station. His family isn't rich, like the girl he wants to date. He doesn't care about money or social standings. He sees everyone as an equal. His best friend is a tomboy.

He takes a chance and asks the most popular girl out and it works, seeing as how she's falling out of a relationship with the popular bad guy and semi uses him in a situation of weakness. It's a tale of wanting what you can't have and realizing that what you have is what you really want.

It has a great ending!

Some Kind of Wonderful (Special Collector's Edition)
Some Kind of Wonderful (Special Collector's Edition)

When You Just Gotta Have... Amanda Jones!


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Pretty In Pink

Rated PG-13. Made In 1986.

Written by John Hughes

About a girl whose senior prom is just around the corner and she wants to go out with a popular guy. The popular guy's close friend is a really bad guy who wants to get her for his own ego & ill intent. Her best friend, a social misfit from her level of clique status, wants her too.

It's another story of adolescent relationship yearning. She wants to be swept off her feet but knows that with school social standings it's a messy game of dating politics. It's a great movie of friendship and letting go of what others think of you.... through their foolish, petty materialistic stand points.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Rated PG-13. Made In 1986.

Written & Directed by John Hughes

Ferris thinks school is too passe. Skipping school is a much better way to spend the day. Why not get his best friend and girlfriend to join him, for an adventure in the city, on such a beautiful day! The principal is on to him and plans to ruin his fun, but this isn't Ferris' first rodeo. He's got everything well in hand, for every situation that may arise(or so he thinks).

As the three friends travel in style, they question their uncertain does his jealous sister. The principal tries to make Ferris pay for his carefree disregard for school duties and has some misadventures of his own.

It's a great movie about playing hookey and getting away with the finer things in life, with finesse and creativity. It's comic & happenstance make it a highly enjoyable movie...... especially for those of us who would've liked to have had this much fun skipping school.


Rated PG-13. Made In 1991.

Written by John Hughes

A spoiled brat, upset at his parents situation and putting unjust blame on his mother, doesn't want to leave his boarding school to go home for Thanksgiving vacation. His mother's new boyfriend shows up to take him home and quickly learns that he's dealing with a miserable, tough spirited adolescent. He takes him against his will and the road ends up being full of bumps.

During their road trip home they come upon many shortcomings due to both parties(mostly the spoiled brat though) & some other outside sources. It's a comedy dealing with breaking someone's feelings of resentment and their ill tempered attitude of entitlement. It has a definite traveling feel to it. As they get closer and closer to home it becomes tougher and tougher. A perfect ending!

Dutch (abe) [Blu-ray]
Dutch (abe) [Blu-ray]

Taking The Long Way Home, On Thanksgiving


Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Rated R. Made In 1987.

Written & Directed by John Hughes

One man(Steve Martin) tries to get home for Thanksgiving but is met with all sorts of problems blocking his way. One of those problems is in the form of an annoyingly funny, non-stop talking traveler(John Candy) who he keeps bumping into. They end up traveling together out of sheer convenience and misfortune.

It's a hilarious movie that pits an oblivious, happy go lucky, unbearable guy against a plain & bland existence, semi miserable, without excitement guy who doesn't want to be bothered. Another Hughes travel movie that contains a heartwarming ending. It's kind of like if "The Odd Couple" had to travel somewhere together, lol.

More To Come!

These are only some of his movies. I will be adding more of his great movies as time passes. I hope you've been fortunate enough to see some of his movies, or like me, almost all of them!

John Hughes will be sorely missed. Missed by his fans & most importantly, missed by his family and friends. His legacy, he left behind, will continue to flourish & inspire. Take a chance on these movies if you haven't watched them already. They're also great to watch again, if you haven't seen them in awhile.

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      Sunil 2 years ago

      August 8, 2009 5:27 am by soilyboy Wyatt, if I could shoot an egg out my ass right now, I would! Look we can deal with shame, death is a much deeepr issue.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Monika Weise: Weird Science is great! But, I think you're confusing actors and movies. Val Kilmer, wasn't in that movie, he was in a movie called "Real Genius" and that was way different than "Weird Science". Maybe you haven't seen the movie "Weird Science" then lol "Real Genius" was about genius college kids building a laser and partaking in shenanigans. "Weird Science" was about 2 teens building a computer born female genie and also partaking in shenanigans lol I really liked that movie "Real Genius" as well! I especially loved the "Tears For Fears" song that played in it, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World!" Thanks for stopping by Monika and checking out John Hughes' movies! Best Wishes!

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      Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I loved Weird Science, but of course that had a lot to do with a young Val Kilmer lol I had no idea John Hughes directed all of these movies.

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      Gail47 5 years ago

      I've watched The Breakfast Club at least a half dozen times as well as several of his others such as Pretty in Pink, etc.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: He can't hit, he can't hit, he can't hit, suhhh wing batter lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Batter, batter, batter, sch-wing batter

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These really are all great movies! My favorite line from any movie ever is from one of these movies: "Those aren't pillows!"