John Hughes


For as long as I can remember, I have loved John Hughes films. The first movie of his that I ever saw was Home Alone. As a kid, I loved this movie. When I got older, I started seeking out Hughes’ films because of my fond memories with this film. Of his teen movies, the first I saw was The Breakfast Club and I became obsessed with his work. I continued my Hughes education by watching Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Each movie has solidified my love for Mr. Hughes. His films are different than any other writer/directors work that I have seen. What makes him unique is the way in which he is able to connect and relate to teenagers and life in high school. All of his movies feature an array of different characters, each of which are special in their own right. Hughes has a way of developing his characters so well that the audience knows them inside and out. This is a rare trait to find in the writers and directors today.

All of the films that I mentioned above were written by Hughes. His scripts are incredible and include a lot of dialogue between the characters that are true representations of what teenagers actually talk about, which I love. They feel like a true conversation that isn’t forced or fake. Even though these films were made in the 1980’s, they transcend time and can relate to teens in any day and age. This is a testament to John Hughes and his distinct way of making films.


Sixteen Candles (1984) starring Molly Ringwald as Samantha, Michael Schoeffling as Jake, and Anthony Michael Hall as The Geek

“When you don’t have anything, you don’t have anything to lose, right?”- Samantha

“That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they would call them something else.”- Jim

“Relax, would ya? We have seventy dollars and a pair of girl’s underpants. We’re safe as kittens.”- The Geek

“I want a serious girlfriend. Somebody I can love, that’s gonna love me back. Is that psycho?”- Jake

Brenda: Don’t be a smartass. Mike: Okay, I’ll be a dumbass.”


The Breakfast Club (1985) starring Molly Ringwald as Claire, Judd Nelson as John Bender, Emilio Estevez as Andrew, Ally Sheedy as Allison, and Anthony Michael Hall as Brian

Andrew: Why do you have to insult everybody? John Bender: I’m being honest, asshole. I would expect you know the difference.”

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”- Andrew

“I hate it. I hate having to go along with everything my friends say.”- Claire

“Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that’s what it is”- Brian

“You wanna know what I did to get in here? Nothing. I didn’t have anything better to do”- Allison

“The next time I have to come in here, I’m crackin’ skulls.”- Principal Vernon

“You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase,  a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club”


Pretty in Pink (1986) starring Molly Ringwald as Andie, Andrew McCarthy as Blane, and Jon Cryer as Duckie

“It’s called a sense of humor. You should get one, they’re nice.”- Duckie

“You know, it’s so insane that someone you’ve never met, never talked to, can be your enemy”- Andie

“You said you couldn’t be with someone who didn’t believe in you. Well, I believed in you. I just didn’t believe in myself.”- Blane

Duckie: What now? Andie: Bed. Duckie: Yours or mine? Ours?”


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) starring Matthew Broderick as Ferris, Alan Ruck as Cameron, Mia Sara as Sloane, and Jeffrey Jones as Ed Rooney

“I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.”- Cameron

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

Ed: I don’t trust this kid any further than I can throw him. Grace: Well, with your bad knee Ed, you shouldn’t throw anybody… It’s true.”

“Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.”- Ferris

What do you think about John Hughes and his movies? Any other fans out there? Would you want to see any of these quotes on the walls of your bedroom or movie room? Leave me a comment with your thoughts!


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