Ranking John Hughes, the director


Was saddened by the news of John Hughes’ passing. Probably a lot of people around my age (and beyond) are.

Hughes directed some great films. If you are of a certain age, the list reads like the canon of what it was like to be a teenager in the 1980s. If you grew up during that time, you were influenced

He wrote plenty. He produced plenty. But he only wrote, produced and directed eight. Here they are, in order of importance (at least according to the staff of the Ramble).

  1. Sixteen Candles (1984): Thank you for Molly Ringwald. Thank you for Jake Ryan, Long Duck Dong (gong) and all the others. But most of all thanks for The Geek.
  2. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987): One of the only films I ever laughed so hard I cried. When Steve Martin gets picked up by the crotch …
  3. The Breakfast Club (1985): An “important” movie. It set the template and will continue to do so for decades to come.
  4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986): We all have a part of us who wants to be Ferris, don’t we?
  5. Uncle Buck (1989): Macauley Culkin? Ok, but only as long as I get John Candy.
  6. Weird Science (1985): They wore bras on their head so we didn’t have to.
  7. She’s Having a Baby (1988), and
  8. Curly Sue (1991): I rank them 7 and 8 … But really they could be interchangeable.

OK. You’re turn.

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One thought on “Ranking John Hughes, the director

  1. Wow. I go on vacation for a week and then find out John Hughes died. Uncle Buck will always be a favorite of mine. John Candy is awesome in it. I love it when he starts intimidating the guys going after his niece.

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