Aug 10 2009

Classic Clips From Every Movie Directed by John Hughes

Published by at 9:00 am under Movies

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Sadly, writer, producer, and director John Hughes died last week in Manhattan at the age of 59.  For me, as a child of the 80s, the loss of Hughes was particularly unsettling; some of my earliest and fondest memories of movies are of the ones Hughes was responsible for making.  Nobody is going to compare John Hughes to David Fincher, or even John Landis, but the man made fun, memorable, and perhaps most importantly, totally rewatchable films.

Hughes hadn’t directed anything since 1991, but his movies have nevertheless left a lasting impression on me and many others of my generation.  After the jump, in an homage to a man who really helped define cinema in the 80s, take a look at eight classic clips from movies directed by John Hughes.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tktNZpUTMoQ

Molly Ringwall’s springboard to teen idol started with this movie.  But it’s Dong who’s the real scene-stealer.  The above scene always cracks me up. More Long Duk Dong:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfTwTbXvR8Y

The Breakfast Club (1985)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4iNQC_XJ2k

More Ringwald, and the movie most associated with “The Brat Pack.”  I’d say that The Breakfast Club was the defining movie of the 80s, but I think that honor belongs to another movie…also directed by John Hughes.  Anyway, it’s impossible not to think of The Breakfast Club when hearing this song:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pybSRca-cA

Weird Science (1985)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfipl5BYBqo

Probably my favorite 80s comedy, and Kelly LeBrock drove me nuts.  This scene just kills me, though.  Weird Science, unlike most 80s comedies, still holds up real well today.  The scene where Gary gets drunk in the jazz bar is one of my favorite comedic scenes in any movie.  Here’s the bar scene:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOPyDQ90sW4

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO68zwTXFWk

Quite possibly THE movie most representative of the 80s.  I am yet to meet a person who doesn’t like this movie.  It’s incredibly rewatchable, and there are literally dozens of memorable, quotable lines.  Heck, I’d argue it even launched Ben Stein’s career.  Here’s some of those great lines:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91oESPRinas

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7v0eth4XAM

Steve Martin and John Candy when they both still had their fastballs.  A sneaky underrated comedy.  You see that Bears game last week?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCqcMOB6STc

She’s Having a Baby (1988)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MZWrEfB_VM

Hughes could do sappy and sentimental, too, in addition to comedy.  Most of Hughes’ characters are pretty memorable and have definitive characteristics, but you really have no choice but to root for Jake and Kristy Briggs.  The above clip shows some of their sweeter moments.

Uncle Buck (1989)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyUc6TebmFA

More classic John Candy.  I definitely miss him.  Here’s Candy with Macaulay Culkin:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZMWgW6QNuw

Curly Sue (1991)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69uS0nBnbo

Did you know that Steve Carrell was in this movie?





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3 responses so far

  • Laura

    Spot on about being re watchable. How many times has Ferris Bueller come on TV and you drop everything to watch it? And quote it like a mad man.

    16 Candles was on last night, and I found myself switching between that and True Blood. It was tough (I ended up DVR’ing (can that even be turned in to a verb?) it, even though I have seen it at least 20 times).

    You mess with the bull, you get the horns, man.

  • Lagrange

    haha, weird Science was the HAWTNEZZ! :D

  • Madison

    @ Laura

    Anytime Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Weird Science are on, no matter what part, I’ll watch for at least a little while. That’s the sign of a couple of great movies.

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