Fab Five Films: John Hughes

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John Hughes was the voice of a generation that prematurely went silent in 2009, when he died of a heart attack at just 59 years old. The prolific writer, producer and director of many hits in the ‘80s and ‘90s left behind a legacy of unforgettable films, especially those focusing on what many perceive to be the most difficult time of their lives — high school.

The most famous is “The Breakfast Club,” the tale of a brain, athlete, basket case, princess and delinquent stuck together in detention one Saturday morning. Most of us could identify with one of those characters (I was the princess, no wait, the brain), and easily related to their stereotypes and burdens. The way “The Breakfast Club” broke down emotional walls, exposing the truth behind the labels provided hope that maybe we could all survive high school after all.

If you’ve never seen “The Breakfast Club” or just want to experience it on the big screen again, you can catch it next week Wednesday, Dec. 12 12, at Consolidated Theaters as part of their Hana Hou Picture Show. In fact, Nonstop Honolulu will help you get there, giving away five free passes to the movie (each pass admits two). Leave a comment with your choice of favorite John Hughes movie, and we’ll randomly select five winners for the passes.

Also, in honor of John Hughes, I now present my Fab Five John Hughes films. There were many great ones to choose from and narrowing it down to just five proved to be very difficult. Here are my Fab Five choices.

Films that just missed the cut

John Hughes’ filmography is so extensive and full of hits that I can’t believe the following films didn’t make my Fab Five. Comedies including “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” the “National Lampoon” movies, “Uncle Buck,” “Curly Sue” and “Maid in Manhattan” all went through repeated viewings in my household. “Pretty in Pink” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” are also classic teen films that didn’t quite make my list. That’s how influential John Hughes was. But the following are the five that I consider my favorites.

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VictoriaSpr like.author.displayName 1 Like

Agree with you that The Breakfast Club was his best film! But my favorite quote has to be "So its sorta social. Demented and sad, but social."


of all Hughes' movies ( as director and / or writer ),  I've probably seen repeatedly,  "Breakfast Club, Home Alone, and National Lampoon's Xmas Vacation" the most

these films are eternal, they'll still be celebrated, enjoyed and discussed 100 years from now

and that's what truly defines film quality : endurance

.....side note : your quote for Breakfast Club is actually from "Some Kind of Wonderful"  spoken by Mary Stuart Masterson while she's gambling with the other limo drivers


@CodyZamboni1 I only saw "Some Kind of Wonderful" once so I don't recall that line in the movie but it was definitely spoken by the principal in "The Breakfast Club."

nonstopmari moderator

i take it we do not qualify to win? ;( i loved bkfast club, what time is the movie?

DotWarner like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Pretty in Pink! Andrew McCarthy!

Annoddah_Dave like.author.displayName 1 Like

MC:  I am too old to appreciate John Hughes films, although I thought Home Alone is a classic.  To me, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern made the movie.  Caulkin was a cute kid but I did not think at the time he had serious acting chops...his role was well written and directed...for me it could have been any kid who could follow direction at that age.   (See the Capital One commercials with Jimmy Fallon and the little girl)

Nanigurl like.author.displayName 1 Like

My favorite John Hughes film is Sixteen Candles.  Jake Ryan is a hottie. :)