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The Best Characters In John Hughes Movies

Updated May 12, 2021 823 votes 75 voters 1.2k views30 items

List RulesVote up your favorite characters in films that were directed or produced by John Hughes.

Get ready for a blast from the past as we rank some of John Hughes’ best and most memorable characters. There are so many great characters in John Hughes movies that it can be hard to pick a favorite. The writer/director/producer had an amazing output in the '80s and early '90s. His directorial debut was Sixteen Candles, which made Molly Ringwald a star. From there, he delivered the classics The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Hughes is best known for his teen comedies, but he was also responsible for films aimed at a more adult audience. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a prime example. That R-rated 1987 Steve Martin and John Candy comedy gave us two of the very best John Hughes movie characters - Neal Page and shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith. In every case, Hughes created fictional people who felt real and who dealt with issues audiences could identify with.

Vote up the best John Hughes characters from the list below. It includes characters from movies where he was both writer and director, as well as films in which he was the writer and producer only, such as Pretty in Pink and Home Alone.

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    She's Having a Baby
    5
    11

    Played by: Kevin Bacon

    Memorable quote: "And in the end, I realized that I took more than I gave, I was trusted more than I trusted, and I was loved more than I loved. And what I was looking for was not to be found but to be made."

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    Some Kind of Wonderful
    8
    21

    Played by: Mary Stuart Masterson

    Memorable quote: "Don't go mistaking paradise for a pair of long legs."

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    Pretty in Pink
    6
    18

    Played by: Molly Ringwald

    Memorable quote: "That girl was, is, and always will be nada!"

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    Some Kind of Wonderful
    3
    11

    Played by: Lea Thompson

    Memorable quote: "I'd rather be with someone for the wrong reasons than alone for the right."

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    Some Kind of Wonderful
    2
    11

    Played by: Eric Stoltz

    Memorable quote: "You always hurt the ones you love."