Top Five John Hughes Movies To Watch

By: Astrid Perez

One of the most recognized filmmakers of the 1980s would be John Hughes. His films about love, friendships and family helped define a generation and continue to inspire other filmmakers.

By now, many of you have probably watched the Netflix original rom-com, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” in the scene when the two main characters are drafting a contract for their fake relationship, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) suggests to Peter (Noah Centineo) that he should put his hand on her back pocket like in the opening scene from Sixteen Candles (1984).

Peter confused by the reference tells Lara Jean thats he’s never heard of the movie, she writes in the contract that they should watch Sixteen Candles because it's a “classic.” The exchange between Peter and Lara Jean made me realize that there might be more Gen Z and millenials who have never watched any classic films by John Hughes.

If you’re one of those people who has yet to discover any of his iconic films, check out my list for his best films

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Year: 1986

Starring: Matthew Brodrick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it,” Ferris Bueller.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  Photo Credit: Hollywood Reporter

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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In this comedy, a high school senior outwits his parents and pretends to be sick in order to ditch class and enjoy a day off before graduation with his best friend and girlfriend. Comedic drama ensues after his principal and sister attempt to catch him during his day out.

The Breakfast Club

Year: 1985

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy

"Like, when I step outside myself kinda, and when I, when I look in at myself, you know? And I see me and I don't like what I see, I really don't."—Brian

The Breakfast Club  Photo Credit: IMDB

The Breakfast Club

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This movie introduces us to a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal who meet for Saturday detention. Although they come in as strangers they leave with an understanding of each other and themselves. The relatable characters in this movie make it a timeless.

Pretty In Pink

Year: 1986

Starring: Molly Ringwald, John Cryer, Andrew McCarthy

“I just want them to know that they didn't break me.”- Andie Walsh.

Pretty in Pink  Photo Credit: Movie Web

Pretty in Pink

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One of the best ways to describe this movie is as a reinvented Cinderella Story. An eccentric misfit high schooler who lives in the “bad” side of town with her unemployed dad falls for one of the preppy rich kids. Their class status and social cliques result in problems with their relationship.

Sixteen Candles

Year: 1984

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

“I can’t get happy. It’s physically impossible for me to get happy,” Sam.

Sixteen Candles  Photo Credit: IMDB

Sixteen Candles

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Having a crush on a person who doesn’t know we exist is a problem we can all relate to. This movie, follows Sam, who spends her 16th birthday wishing her crush would notice her. All seems impossible for Sam who spends her day trying to brush off the “dorky” freshman who has a crush on her.

Weird Science

Year: 1985

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith

“If you want be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle,” Lisa.

Weird Science  Photo Credit: Slash Film

Weird Science

Photo Credit: Slash Film

What would a John Hughes movie be without “nerds.” In this movie, a pair outcasts create their ideal woman on a computer and freak electrical accident brings her to life. She transforms the boys lives by helping them with their confidence and a new look. All is well until people begin noticing that something is not right.

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