John Hughes, writer and director of many beloved movies, has passed away at the age of 59. He reportedly had a heart attack while taking a morning walk today in Manhattan.
Just hearing Hughes' name makes me feel nostalgic. When watching his movies it always strikes me that his stories, so often dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager (and frequently touching on issues of social class, the friction between the haves and the have-nots) shaped a whole genre of teen dramedy. Where would we be today without The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles? Or what about Pretty in Pink, Home Alone, and the National Lampoon's Vacation movies? The world of film has benefited wonderfully from his contributions.
John Hughes, you will be missed.
What are your favorite Hughes movies?