Why John Hughes Movies are Classics

Molly Ringwald in PRETTY IN PINK (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)
Molly Ringwald in PRETTY IN PINK (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

As “Don’t You Forget About Me” plays in the background, one of John Hughes most iconic movies comes to an end. But as a member of the Breakfast Club, you watch the movie again, you become friends with the characters and you are able to recite some of their best quotes.

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. 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 basket case…

…a princess…

…and a criminal…

Does that answer your question?…

The most classic movies of all time come from the mind of John Hughes, a film genius. His movies are the types of movies that you can watch repeatedly and never get sick of. They are the movies you quote on many occasions with your friends. And they are the movies that influence you as a person.

Hughes’ ability to take on so many different characters, different perspectives, and different storylines is why his movies are must-sees. The characters are memorable and the plots are timeless.

As a child, my family and I would watch Home Alone every Christmas. To this day, we still gather around our television with our hot chocolates, and watch Home Alone and Christmas Vacation. That’s the great thing about his movies, they bring people together and they’re films everybody can enjoy. Want a funny movie? Watch The Great Outdoors or Uncle Buck. How about a romantic comedy? Sixteen Candles or  is for you! His movies appeal to an array of generations.

If you haven’t seen any John Hughes movies, grab a bag of popcorn, an extra comfy couch and get ready for some of the greatest movies of all time.

If you like romantic comedies, my personal recommendations to you would be to watch the Molly Ringwald collection including Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. These movies take you back to what it’s like to be a teenager (unless you are currently a teenager, then you can majorly relate to each of these movies in some way or another.) Molly Ringwald became an icon because of these movies, and after you watch them you’ll understand why.

One of my personal favorites that I recommend to any age group is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This movie has everything! Action, drama, comedy and romance! Who wouldn’t want to tag along with Ferris as he and his friends skip a day of school to go drive around Chicago in a sleek Ferrari, making stops at high class restaurants, appearing in a crowded parade and running from a relentless principal?

For those of you who love comedies, John Candy and Chevy Chase are always fun to watch. The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck, Christmas Vacation and European Vacation will have you laughing until the end. All these movies deal with family, and we all have some part of our family that;s dysfunctional, which is why everybody can relate to these movies on a humorous level.

Finally, there is a long list of movies I recommend for the whole family. A few of these movies are the Home Alone movies, 101 Dalmatians, the Beethoven movies, and Flubber. Each of these movies are heart warming and teach you valuable lessons. They are great for young children and parents will enjoy them too!

John Hughes creates some of the greatest stories that everybody can enjoy watching come to life. These are the iconic movies that I can’t get enough of. Each of these movies are relatable, humorous and classic.

            “Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”

 

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Paige always has E! News playing on her television while she simultaneously flips through the latest issue of Vogue. She is a sophomore at Emerson College majoring in Journalism.

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