Monday, October 17, 2011

Remembering John Hughes and My 10 Favourite John Hughes Films

My last post about Sixteen Candles left me feeling nostalgic. I started thinking about John Hughes and the incredible collection of films he wrote and directed. Hughes became one of the most popular writer-directors of his generation and created a body of work defined by the age in which his films were made. The teen comedy genre of the 80’s began to carry his name and to simply be known as the John Hughes genre. He took simple concepts and settings – an afternoon in detention, a day skipping school, a first date, a family vacation – and filled them with relatable characters and honest, funny moments. He had a list of go-to actors as evidenced by the repeated presence of certain actors in several of his films. He made stars of Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, and made John Candy a household name.

Despite some of the now dated stereotypes, Hughes' films remain smart and compassionate explorations of teenage life and family life. Nearly every teen-related movie that was made in the 80's was compared either favourably or unfavourably to a John Hughes movie, and his influence on film can still be seen today. In honour of the late filmmaker, here are my top ten John Hughes films.

10. The Great Outdoors

9. Uncle Buck

8. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

6. Breakfast Club

5. Sixteen Candles

4. Pretty in Pink

3. Some Kind of Wonderful

2. Weird Science

1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What are you favourite John Hughes movies? Let us know in the comments section.


  1. Need to check out so many of these films ... most notably Sixteen Candles.

  2. 1. Breakfast Club
    2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    4. Home Alone
    5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    6. Pretty in Pink
    7. The Great Outdoors
    8. Weird Science
    9. Career Opportunities
    10. She’s Having a Baby

  3. 1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    2. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    3. The Breakfast Club

    The others are pretty much equal for me and a step down from these three.

  4. @Duke – They’re a great bunch of films and I think you'll enjoy them.

    @CS - Good list, too. I've never seen Career Opportunities. I'll have to check it out. She's Having a Baby is another great John Hughes film.

    @Chip Lary - That's a great top three as well. I haven't seen Planes, Trains and Automobiles in so long - I think I'll have to give that film another viewing soon.

  5. "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" is probably the favorite for me. I do have a bit of a soft spot for "Weird Science" too.

    Though not a great movie, I did have a poster for "Career Opportunities" on my wall 20 years ago. That's because of crushing on Jennifer Connelly...who cares if it was a good movie or not, she looked good on the poster.

  6. @Squonk - She looked even better riding the coin-op horse.


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