The 10 best John Hughes movies are a great legacy left behind by one of the greatest writer/directors in recent years. He's mainly known for his ‘80s movies starring the Brat Pack, and for filming in his native Chicago suburbs, but he did stray from that quite successfully a few times.
1. "The Breakfast Club." What puts this at the top of the best John Hughes movies list is his knack for knowing not just teenagers, but human nature as well. The principal challenges them to write a paper on why they're in detention, and by the end of the day, they learn more about themselves than they ever could somewhere else.
2. "Sixteen Candles." Once again Hughes is able to tap into the psyche of the American teenager to place it on the list of the best John Hughes movies. What could be a worse thing to happen to a 16-year-old girl than her family forgetting her birthday because they're too busy with her older sister's wedding?
3. "Risky Business." Just as the previous movie was every teenage girl's nightmare, this is every teenage guy's dream, to be left in charge of the house for the weekend and run a brothel out of the house. But what makes it one of the best John Hughes movies is the one unforgettable iconic scene of Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear.
4. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." If you're going to play hooky from school, you better make it worth your while, and Ferris does just that. Yet it's the ridiculous legend that his name becomes at the school that makes the writing over the top, placing it among the best John Hughes movies.
5. "Vacation." Clark Griswold dreams of taking his family on vacation, yet there isn't one thing that goes right the entire time. John Hughes' creation of Chevy Chase's hapless character makes this movie. And who doesn't want to go to Wally World?
6. "Home Alone." Just like many of the other best John Hughes Movies, this one taps into every day fantasy. Everyone fears leaving your kid behind at a store or gas station, but who would accidentally leave their child home alone at Christmas when you leave on vacation? No one has a better time alone than Macaulay Culkin, who learns having the house to himself isn't all it's cracked up to be.
7. "Uncle Buck." What we have here to place this on the best John Hughes movies list is more great writing and two great comedic talents in John Candy and Macaulay Culkin. Both appear often in Hughes' movies, just like the Brat Pack. Their repertoire back and forth is great writing and great comedic timing on both of their parts.
8. "Some Kind of Wonderful." It's not so much of a comedy like the other best John Hughes movies, but again Hughes taps into what makes American teenagers tick. Nothing says it better than Eric Stoltz' words to his dad, "I like art, I work in a gas station, my best friend is a tomboy. These things don't fly too well in the American high school."
9. "Mr. Mom." This came out before "house husband" became a common term. Michael Keaton defined the role for us. He didn't have a clue what he was doing taking care of the house. "220, 221, whatever it takes." A new term came out of this movie, that of the "woobie."
10. "Christmas Vacation." Clark Griswold makes the best John Hughes movies list yet again. Just like Hughes knew how this hapless dad would vacation, he also knew how he would decorate a house at Christmas. People across the country still try to emulate that decorating success every holiday season.