There's no question that John Hughes was a beloved and culturally significant filmmaker. The man practically created the teen angst film genre. His movies include such classics as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Home Alone, and those are just the very best John Hughes movies. He only directed eight films but wrote over 50, making his full list of films quite long. What makes his films immediately recognizable are the characteristic and ubiquitous '80s movie stereotypes that are now synonymous with his work.
Aside from teen movie clichés, the tropes used in John Hughes movies are especially specific to his style and sense of humor. Some of these include his love for Suburban Chicago, iconic music, and comically evil principals. Of course, what with it being the '80s and all, John Hughes's defining film characteristics were sometimes problematic.
For better or worse, here are all the things found in John Hughes movies. Perusing through his tropes is a reminder of just how much of his personal humor and lightheartedness the filmmaker put into his work. This explains why his films, despite their flaws, remain in the hearts of those who wouldn't have made it through the '80s without them.
- 138 VOTES
Inexplicable And Quirky Friendships
- 235 VOTES
Culturally Significant And Generally Awesome Music
- 340 VOTES
A Kid From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
- 427 VOTES
Evil, Awful, Terrible Siblings
- 535 VOTES
Principals Or Teachers Who Are Evil Kid-Haters
- 623 VOTES
A Member Or Two Of The Brat Pack In Attendance