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John Hughes

Lowest Rated:   0% Nate and Hayes (1983)
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Birthplace:   Lansing, Michigan
Once dubbed the "philosopher of adolescence" by film critic and fellow Chicagoan Roger Ebert, John Hughes made his mark as the man most frequently associated with the 1980s teen angst genre. With his name attached in some form to such genre classics as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful, Hughes was in large part responsible for defining the cinematic mood of a certain era. From Molly Ringwald's red hair to Ben Stein's monotonous "Bueller....Bueller," the characters and images in his films are still able to evoke a certain nostalgia in people who suffered through adolescence during the 1980s and remain as much of an embodiment of the decade's culture as shoulder pads and junk bonds. Originally hailing from Lansing, MI, where he was born February 18, 1950, Hughes was 13 when he moved with his family to the Chicago suburbs. His adopted city would figure largely in his films, providing both a source of inspiration and a familiar setting for his stories. Hughes also found a good deal of inspiration in old Three Stooges movies, and hoped to one day bring his own spin on the Stooges' brand of slapstick to his own movies. His dreams of providing such slapstick for future generations were interrupted by a brief stint at Arizona State University (he dropped out during his junior year) and a subsequent job as an advertising copywriter, although he spent much of his spare time writing short stories, magazine articles, some unpublished novels, and jokes for stand-up comedians. In 1979, Hughes was made the editor of National Lampoon magazine, which at the time was basking in the warm glow of the success of joyfully ribald National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). The film's popularity led Hollywood to recruit various Lampoon writers to come up with movie ideas, which effectively provided Hughes with his first break as a professional screenwriter. While penning scripts for National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982), Mr. Mom (1983), and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) -- the last of which was based on a short story he had written about his family's own disastrous vacation -- Hughes saw a number of early '80s teen films, including WarGames (1983) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and decided that he had the ability to produce teen films of superior quality. In 1984, he entered the arena and emerged triumphant with his directorial debut, Sixteen Candles. Starring Molly Ringwald as its embattled teen heroine, the film was funny but never condescending in its treatment of the woes of Ringwald's protagonist, a girl whose 16th birthday is ignored as her family prepares for her older sister's wedding. Sixteen Candles launched the career of both its director and its star, and laid the foundation for the niche Hughes went on to build for himself as the foremost purveyor of '80s adolescent misery. The following year, Hughes entered into a multiple-picture contract with Paramount and began producing films under his own banner, the John Hughes Company. He scored a double hit that year as the director, writer, and producer of Weird Science and The Breakfast Club, the latter of which was written before Sixteen Candles. The Breakfast Club proved to be a particular success for Hughes, an earnest, at times amiably dopey drama about a group of high school archetypes (the nerd, the jock, the social queen, the delinquent, the freak) finding common ground during a Saturday detention session; the film became a cult favorite for millions of teens. It also helped give rise to the Brat Pack, a moniker attached to a group of young actors -- Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, to name a few -- many of whom populated Hughes' films. Hughes scored his next major triumph with Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), a film that was both an ode to Chicago and one of the most popular teen comedies of all time. Starring Matthew Broderick as its titular hero (and partially

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Beethoven's 5th
  • Producer
2003
40% Maid in Manhattan
  • Screenwriter
$93.9M 2002
33% Just Visiting
  • Screenwriter
2001
38% Reach the Rock
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1998
27% Home Alone 3
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1997
23% Flubber
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1997
72% The Fifth Element
  • Head of Military
1997
38% 101 Dalmatians
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1996
61% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Producer
1994
21% Baby's Day Out
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1994
23% Dennis the Menace
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1993
27% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1992
14% Curly Sue
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1991
14% Dutch
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1991
62% Only the Lonely
  • Producer
1991
38% Career Opportunities
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1991
56% Home Alone
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1990
64% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1989
61% Uncle Buck
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1989
40% The Great Outdoors
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1988
94% Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
80% Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1987
81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
80% Pretty in Pink
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986
56% Weird Science
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1985
39% National Lampoon's European Vacation
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1985
89% The Breakfast Club
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
86% Sixteen Candles
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
0% Nate and Hayes
  • Screenwriter
1983
93% National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet That Sinking Feeling
  • Vic
1979
91% National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Screenwriter
1978

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