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.