See How John Hughes’ Films Stack Up Against Each Other

The late writer, producer and director John Hughes was a film legend. If you came of age during the 80’s or ’90s then you’ve surely seen several of his timeless classics. Hughes used cinema to speak to teens and affirm youth culture. Though Hughes wrote over thirty films including Maid in Manhattan, Flubber and Beethoven, he made his mark as a director on just eight of these films. See how these eight of John Hughes’ films stack up against one another.

Curly Sue
Though we adored Curly Sue as a child, it's a bit of a strange film when you re-watch it as an adult. John Hughes final directorial effort steps away from teens and moves more toward adult issues which is why it kind of throws you for a loop. Admittedly, Alison Porter is super cute as Sue, but she's also rather annoying when she bellows out The National Anthem, and goes into fake crying fits. Also we think it's just super unrealistic that a single Manhattan business woman would invite two homeless con artists into her home. Kid or not, its just ridiculously unsafe. If James Belushi in long underwear couldn't save this strange hybrid of a kiddie flick, rom-com and buddy film, then not much could.
She’s Having A Baby
People always have bad things to say about She's Having A Baby, mostly that it's not as funny as the rest of John Hughes films. However, we would argue that it's one of his most poignant films, especially for 20-somethings. The transition from singledom to having the responsibilities of a family is terrifying! Kevin Bacon is fantastic as Jake Briggs and the neighborhood cookout scene makes it worth the watch. Just try not to be too annoyed that this Hughes film abandons teenagers in favor of adults. Oh and there is the added bonus of seeing Alec Baldwin in the '80s. YES PLEASE.
Weird Science
Before Harry Potter, people had to make their own magic. Weird Science follows a group of nerdy teenagers who accidentally create their dream woman. Not only is she a goddess, but she also has genie like-powers to grant them wishes. Though the premise is absolutely absurd, its Anthony Michael Hall and Kelly LeBrock's performances that make this film a gem. The theme song is also amazing as well and you get to see a young Robert Downey Jr.
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Sixteen Candles
We're just going to go ahead and admit it, we like Pretty in Pink better. However, though John Hughes wrote and produced Pretty In Pink it was directed by Howard Deutch;  therefore it doesn't quite work on our list. However, Hughes directorial debut starring '80s teen queen Molly Ringwald definitely still has its merits. Ringwald is perfection (as usual) as 16-year old Sam who is forgotten by her parents and overlooked by the boys at school. (Seriously what kind of shitty parents forget your 16th birthday?!!) The dialogue is amazing (as always) but Sixteen Candles loses at bit of its footing because the plot is a bit all over the place. Also the racial stereotyping of Long Duk Dong, is pretty horrifying to watch (something that definitely couldn't fly during the 21st century). Still, Anthony Michael Hall as The Geek and the ending scene with Sam and Jack sharing a smooch over her birthday cake is iconic.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
John Candy and Steve Martin in a road-trip disaster movie, is just as good as it sounds. It's the ultimate odd couple buddy comedy. The ridiculous gags in this film are both endless and hilarious as Hughes invites his audience to look gleefully in on all that goes wrong. The chemistry between the comedic icons is off the charts, and though this film is certainly far away from his teen centered films, Planes, Trains and Automobiles gets everything right. Though the last frame of the film is totally gut-wrenching, it's totally worth the ride.
Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck is the film that inspired John Hughes to write Home Alone for Macaulay Culkin, so for that reason alone it's legendary. John Candy is the star here. It's some of his best slapstick comedy as the ridiculously outlandish Uncle Buck who is begrudgingly put in charge of his brother's children for a week. It's an out and out comedy, from the pancake shovel scene to Culkin interrogating Candy. The film is a gut-busting ball of fun, and should be seen as such. You may be interested to know that ABC has revived Uncle Buck as a sitcom (starring comedian Mike Epps) which is due to premiere in 2016.
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Bueller… Bueller… Bueller… Ferris Bueller's Day Off is the quintessential high school film. It's a simple premise, and yet  it's a film of teenagers' dreams. Matthew Broderick's Ferris Beueller effortless cool, like seriously, just think off all the things he got away with. Not only is the film endlessly re-watchable even after all of this time, it's also a love letter to Hughes beloved Chicago, which we are totally down for.
The Breakfast Club
In what is probably John Hughes most iconic film, Hughes brings together five very different high school students for a day of Saturday detention, that turns out completely differ than they expected. The Breakfast Club is much more than a teen film. As the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal come to learn more about one another, they are also surprised to discover some things about themselves. The Breakfast Club has the perfect formula; some hilarious moments, some dramas, and an epic soundtrack. This is all topped off with The Brat Pack as the perfect cast. The film may have just turned 30 years old, but it's definitely still a timeless classic.