5 John Hughes Movies Everyone Needs To See

Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall in "The Breakfast Club"

Are John Hughes movies old? Yes. Are they dated? Most definitely. Do they all share a generically 80’s cheesy plot? Heck yes. Here are five John Hughes movies you have to watch, and why you can’t miss them.

Pretty In Pink (1986)

The Plot: Andie (Molly Ringwald) is a social outcast thanks to the prominent class divide in her school. Her best friend is in love with her but she wants rich kid Blane.

Why We Love It:The scene when Duckie (Jon Cryer) dances to Otis Reading in the record store and the sassy attitude and all round loveliness of Molly Ringwald.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

The Plot: Samantha (Molly Ringwald) is pining for an older guy in the run-up to her sixteenth birthday.

Why We Love It: “That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call them something else.” Still one of the truest lines from any teenager movie.

Home Alone (1990)

The Plot: Eight-year-old Kevin gets left alone when his parents go on holiday. He soon realizes that burglars are trying to break in while his parents are gone and devises a series of traps to get rid of them.

Why We Love It: It’s funny, charming and we are rooting for Kevin from start to finish.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Plot: An athlete, a princess, a basket case and a criminal all end up in detention and learn that they’re not that different after all.

Why We Love It: It’s a feel-good movie that teaches high school kids that we all have something in common once you look beneath the surface. Also, that final scene is iconic.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The Plot: Ferris Bueller decides to skip his day in school and embark on an adventure.

Why We Love It: It will make you smile all the way through and reminds us the importance of slowing down every now and then to enjoy being alive. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”