Being a products of the 80′s, the films of John Hughes were a big part of our early entertainment.
Hughes was without a doubt one of the most iconic writers/directors from the 80′s. While he may have been primarily known for his “Brat Pack” movies, he also wrote some of the decade’s best comedies, like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
Many have shown their respect by applauding his classics, but many forget that Hughes was also an accomplished screenwriter. Here’s a rundown of all the classics he help bring to the table.
Class Reunion (1982)
This was the first movie written by Hughes, and it was made through the publication that he worked for, “National Lampoons”, which Hughes would work with again.
Mr. Mom (1983)
Hughes follow-up to Class Reunion was a more family-friendly fil about Michael Keaton losing his job and becoming a stay at home dad. This movie always put the dream in my head about becoming a Mr. Mom myself.
Hughes wrote the first Griswold adventure about the Chicago family taking a road trip to Wally World. Of course, chaos ensues, thanks in part to the good-hearted family man but clueless Clark. We also met cousin Eddie for the first time and got to see Beverly D’ Angelo’s tits. This has way to many classic scenes.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Hughes made his directorial debut with Sixteen Candles, which also introduced us to Molly Ringwald. I don’t know too many guys who would admit to watching a movie about a girl’s 16th birthday party, but Hughes managed to sneak in some humor to make it amusing.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
To me this will always be his landmark film. It’s pretty much timeless and has been referenced in everything from “Family Guy” to JC Penny commercials. Bender from “Futurama” is named after Judd Nelson’s character and Kevin Smith gave the movie a shout out in Dogma. Of course, it was spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie. We also can’t forget about Bart Simpson stealing the line “eat my shorts”.
Weird Science (1985)
I always thought the absurd concept of creating a girl through a computer was so cheesy, yet awesome at the same time. There were also some great roles by Bill Paxton and Robert Downey, Jr.
We’ll skip another Molly Ringwald collaboration Pretty in Pink.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Another Hughes classic that taught us how to play hooky and gave us some great ideas on how to spend our sick day off from school.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
I wish Steve Martin and John Candy had teamed up some more.
She’s Having a Baby (1988)
I think he tapped into every man’s nightmare, being told that his significant other is prego.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Hughes teamed up with John Candy, again, with another comic great Dan Akroyd for a family vacation gone wrong.
Uncle Buck (1989)
Hughes and Candy were back at it again to make a movie about every uncle that we wish we could have.
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Forget It’s A Wonderful Life, this is the greatest Christmas movie ever.
Home Alone (1990)
Hughes hit a home run with another Christmas movie.
Career Opportunities (1991)
Not one of his best, or maybe well known, but it’s got Jennifer Connelly looking hot in it.
Anything with Ed O’ Neil in it is good enough for me.
Curly Sue (1991)
Sadly this was Hughes last film that he directed. And yes, that was Steve Carell.
After this, he stuck to writing kids flicks like Beethoven and Baby’s Day Out, but he’ll always be remembered for the films that came before.
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