The Best Characters In John Hughes Movies

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Vote 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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  • Del Griffith
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

      Played by: John Candy

      Memorable quote: "The last thing I want to be remembered as is an annoying blabbermouth!"

    • Buck Russell
      Uncle Buck

        Played by: John Candy

        Memorable quote: "We've done the battle of the wills. The deck's stacked in my favor. You're just gonna lose again."

      • Ferris Bueller
        Ferris Bueller's Day Off

          Played by: Matthew Broderick

          Memorable quote: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

        • Kevin McCallister

            Played by: Macaulay Culkin

            Memorable quote: "This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I'm living alone."

          • John Bender
            The Breakfast Club

              Played by: Judd Nelson

              Memorable quote: "Being bad feels pretty good, huh?"

            • Brian Johnson
              The Breakfast Club

                Played by: Anthony Michael Hall

                Memorable quote: "You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions."

              • Andrew Clark
                The Breakfast Club

                  Played by: Emilio Estevez

                  Memorable quote: "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

                • Cameron Frye
                  Ferris Bueller's Day Off

                    Played by: Alan Ruck

                    Memorable quote: "Ferris Bueller, you're my hero."

                  • Claire Standish
                    The Breakfast Club

                      Played by: Molly Ringwald

                      Memorable quote: "Do you know how popular I am? I am so popular. Everybody loves me so much at this school."

                    • Andie Walsh
                      Pretty in Pink

                        Played by: Molly Ringwald

                        Memorable quote: "If somebody doesn't believe in me, I can't believe in them."

                      • Sloane Peterson
                        Ferris Bueller's Day Off

                          Played by: Mia Sara

                          Memorable quote: "Sooner or later, everybody goes kazoo."

                        • Neal Page
                          Planes, Trains and Automobiles

                            Played by: Steve Martin

                            Memorable quote: "As much fun as I've had on this little journey, I'm sure one day I'll look back on it and laugh."

                          • Duckie Dale
                            Pretty in Pink

                              Played by: Jon Cryer

                              Memorable quote: "May I admire you again today?"

                            • Allison Reynolds
                              The Breakfast Club

                                Played by: Ally Sheedy

                                Memorable quote: "It's kind of a double edged sword isn't it? Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have, you're a slut. It's a trap. You want to, but you can't, and when you do, you wish you didn't, right?"

                              • Grace
                                Ferris Bueller's Day Off

                                  Played by: Mia Sara

                                  Memorable quote: "Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude."

                                • Harry Lime
                                  Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Home Alone

                                    Played by: Joe Pesci

                                    Memorable quote: "I don't care if they give me the chair, I'm going to kill that kid!"

                                  • Ed Rooney
                                    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

                                      Played by: Jeffrey Jones

                                      Memorable quote: "Les jeux sont faits. Translation: the game is up. Your a** is mine."

                                    • Ted the Geek
                                      Sixteen Candles

                                        Played by: Anthony Michael Hall

                                        Memorable quote: "Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?"

                                      • Marv Merchants
                                        Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Home Alone, Home Alone 4

                                          Played by: Daniel Stern

                                          Memorable quote: "I hope your parents got you a tombstone for Christmas!"

                                        • Richard Vernon
                                          The Breakfast Club

                                            Played by: Paul Gleason

                                            Memorable quote: "Don't mess with the bull, young man - you'll get the horns."

                                          • Samantha Baker
                                            Sixteen Candles

                                              Played by: Molly Ringwald

                                              Memorable quote: "I can't believe this. They f*cking forgot my birthday."

                                            • Long Duk Dong
                                              Sixteen Candles

                                                Played by: Gedde Watanabe

                                                Memorable quote: "What's happenin', hot stuff?"

                                              • Jeanie Bueller
                                                Ferris Bueller's Day Off

                                                  Played by: Jennifer Grey

                                                  Memorable quote: "Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe Ferris isn't such a bad guy... But still, why should he get to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants? Why should everything work out for him? What makes him so god d*mn special? Screw him."

                                                • Jake Briggs
                                                  She's Having a Baby

                                                    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."

                                                  • Watts
                                                    Some Kind of Wonderful

                                                      Played by: Mary Stuart Masterson

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