Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
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Movies Written or Directed by John Hughes, in Order

32. She's Having a Baby

31. Mr. Mom

30. Miracle on 34th Street

29. Home Alone 3

28. Nate and Hayes

27. Reach the Rock

26. Baby's Day Out

25. Just Visiting

24. National Lampoon's Class Reunion

23. Beethoven

22. Drillbit Taylor

21. Flubber

20. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

19. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

18. Dennis the Menace

17. Career Opportunities

16. Maid in Manhattan

15. Curly Sue

14. Dutch

13. 101 Dalmatians

12. The Great Outdoors

11. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

10. Home Alone

9. National Lampoon's Vacation

8. Weird Science

7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

6. Sixteen Candles

5. The Breakfast Club

4. National Lampoon's European Vacation

3. Pretty in Pink

2. Uncle Buck

1. Some Kind of Wonderful



Jolie Kerr will not harm you or touch your defenses.

90 Comments / Post A Comment

Matt Langer (#2,467)

Some Kind of Listicle!

skywalker (#240,350)

It should be noted that whilst ordering papers for sale at paper writing service, you can get unkind attitude. In case you feel that the bureau is trying to cheat you, don't buy term paper from it. Reasons

HiredGoons (#603)

So many holidays, birthdays, and rites of passage!

keisertroll (#1,117)

@HiredGoons Home Alone was not my first R-rated movie, but it sure felt like it.

sigerson (#179)

Some Kind of Wonderful??? Are you kidding me?

iantenna (#5,160)

no.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@sigerson She must be Some Kind of Monster.

hockeymom (#143)

16 Candles at number one, based solely on the closing song.

OR…

Pretty in Pink at number one based solely on the hotness that was a young James Spader.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@hockeymom She's Having A Baby should be higher up solely because of the trailer they included in the original Ferris Bueller VHS tape. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JArbB3kNmDw

hockeymom (#143)

@keisertroll That was a great trailer. Alec Baldwin…so blond.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@hockeymom For years I thought it was about how Kevin Bacon made a baby cry after seeing boobies, and how he was punished for it by being strapped to a crash-test machine.

zidaane (#373)

@hockeymom Do you want to come by for an Andrew McCarthy hate fest?
We could practice making tiny pursed lip pouty faces while we alternatively shout invectives at the television.

hockeymom (#143)

@zidaane I hate him so much in Pretty in Pink. MOLLY RINGWALD, YOU CHOSE WRONG.*

*any choice other than the young James Spader is the wrong choice.

Dave Bry (#422)

Those do all seem to be movies written or directed by John Hughes.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

@Dave Bry
Do these go from best to worst or from worst to best? Is there a way to tell?

jolie (#16)

@Dave Bry You had to rub it in, didn't you, Bry? BAH. So mad at Choire for the title mucking!

keisertroll (#1,117)

How dare you put Planes, Trains, and Automobiles below Home Alone 2. To be fair, though, my love of it is predicated on hopes of an expanded spooning scene in its legendary three hour cut.

djfreshie (#875)

@keisertroll

Yeah. "Those aren't pillows" is a better line than pretty much any content in many of the higher-ranked films, and should alone put Planes Etc. ahead of Home Alone 2, Maid in Manhattan, and Dennis the Menace. Objectively speaking.

gumplr (#66)

@keisertroll

That's not a duvet coverrrrrr!!!"

keisertroll (#1,117)

@djfreshie Their initial hatred for each other and actual affection in the spooning almost transcends it beyond the basic gay panic joke.

djfreshie (#875)

@keisertroll

They were so happy together for that one moment. So happy.

tomme (#4,473)

@keisertroll AND CURLY SUE? STARRING THE LESSER BELUSHI AND DOC?

@keisertroll: I'm with you on P, T & A – except for that crazy sentimental wife scene in the end.

Matt (#26)

I demand a recount. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York's ranking is biased due to the author's public aversion to pigeons.

Matt (#26)

I know a cat.

Matt (#26)

Who can really do.

Matt (#26)

The Cool Jerk

Matt Langer (#2,467)

@Matt Or is it rather the author's public devotion to Boston?

Matt Langer (#2,467)

@Matt (The city, I mean. Not the band.)

jolie (#16)

@Matt Langer I'm pahshil to both.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

cool Matt flashmob.

deepomega (#1,720)

They're all tied for last in my heart.

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

I'll never forget seeing Beethoven in the theater with my grandma when it first came out. She jumped out of her chair about every five minutes to yell "Get the dirty rotten shithead!" at whomever was chasing Charles Grodin at the moment. Other parents were covering their kids' ears. It was the most enjoyment that I have ever got out of watching a John Hughes film.

gumplr (#66)

@Pandemic Endemic

She must've really hated Midnight Run.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@Pandemic Endemic SO THAT WAS YOUR GRANDMOTHER.

hockeymom (#143)

@gumplr Serpentine!

jfruh (#713)

PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES BELOW MAID IN FUCKING MANHATTAN???

FUUUUUCCCCKKKK

keisertroll (#1,117)

@jfruh This statement is lacking about seventeen F-bombs and a chirpy retort by Edie McClurg.

HiredGoons (#603)

@jfruh (I know)

HiredGoons (#603)

FERRIS BUELLER IS NO. 1

THAT IS ALL.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

YOU JUST BOUGHT YOURSELF ANOTHER SATURDAY, MISTER.

HiredGoons (#603)

@Art Yucko YOU CANNOT TOUCH THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubpRcZNJAnE

iantenna (#5,160)

@HiredGoons if the gauge is how many classic lines i can recite from memory then yes, this is the clear winner.

HiredGoons (#603)

@iantenna: They like to contemplate their own existence in front of 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' generally.

becky@twitter (#14,213)

@HiredGoons the dream academy's cover of 'please, please, please, let me get what i want' alone is nine zillion times better than 'curly sue.'

iantenna (#5,160)

@HiredGoons in pleated shorts and tasseled leather jackets, while deciding whether to say their next line in an english accent.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

Your age is showing like a plumber's ass crack, Uncle Buck is good but Home Alone is better, and I'd just like to yell ERIC STOLTZ like a Basketball psyche-out.

VanityFeral (#6,607)

How the fuck is SHE'S HAVING A BABY dead-last? HOW THE FUCK?!

Bittersweet (#765)

@VanityFeral: The Kate Bush song and Elizabeth McGovern automatically move it ahead of Flubber.

VanityFeral (#6,607)

@Bittersweet Correct! Seriously, the five-minute "This Woman's Work" sequence alone would be a better movie than half of these.

mrschem (#1,757)

@VanityFeral yes! and also, Sharon Stone's early home-wrecking attempts.

hungrybee (#2,091)

The Vacation movies are in the correct order, which is all I really care about.

Matt Cornell (#8,797)

MR. MOM should be much higher on that list. Seriously. Michael Keaton, Teri Garr & Martin Mull all in their prime. And UNCLE BUCK needs to come down several notches. Also. http://www.slate.com/id/2150156/

VanityFeral (#6,607)

@Matt Cornell Teri Garr > all other 80s ladies

becky@twitter (#14,213)

@VanityFeral in gene wilder's book (kiss me like a stranger), he said that he and teri garr were lovers.

C_Webb (#855)

@Matt Cornell YES thank you. "Left to pick up, right to drop off, ASSHOLE!"

VanityFeral (#6,607)

@becky@twitter Then he was the luckiest.

becky@twitter (#14,213)

@VanityFeral schooner tuna, the tuna with a heart.

Bittersweet (#765)

@becky@twitter: "Roll, roll, roll in ze hay!"

becky@twitter (#14,213)

@Bittersweet it's fun!

mrschem (#1,757)

@Matt Cornell OH! the Woobie talk!

becky@twitter (#14,213)

@mrschem i need my woobie to read this list again.

C_Webb (#855)

@mrschem
Unemployed Michael Keaton to his wife's boss, Martin Mull: Wanna beer?
MM: It's 7 am.
MK: Scotch?

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

I won a free haircut once by correctly identifying the characters in a painting of two dogs dressed up as the Wet Bandits. Harry and Marv!

becky@twitter (#14,213)

uncle buck. yes!

becky@twitter (#14,213)

wait, maid in manhattan is #16?? that is not right. even hughes used a pseudonym because he knew it was going to be shit.

cherrispryte (#444)

I have seen five of these movies. Judge me.

BadUncle (#153)

And I used to have a warm spot in my heart for John Hughes. But not so after this cornea-tearing list.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Where was Easy A? Ohrightnemmind.

Mr. B (#10,093)

I can make no sensible argument with this list because every single item on it is so wrongly placed that I can only conclude that it must be a sick, sick joke and cannot be taken seriously on any level whatsoever. Thanks for ruining my week, Jolie.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Mr. B TP&A at #20 but uncle fucking buck at #2 i mean gah wtf JUST FOR EXAMPLE

jolie (#16)

@Mr. B Ahhhhhhhhh. There it is. There's the good stuff. (A little lower. No to the left. Ahhhh.)

Mr. B (#10,093)

@jolie: I have won just one award in my life. It's a plaque that says, "To a good sport."

bennimaddi (#314)

some kind of wonderful is an absolutely terrible movie.

Blackcapricorn (#4,791)

The genius that was Career Opportunities with the criminally underrated Frank Whaley and the white t-shirt bedecked Jennifer Connolly continues the good fight by placing 17th but to lose to Maid In Manhattan and Dutch? I mean, really? http://youtu.be/6HxnYXS1w_4

I love John Hughes. His classic 80's movies were the soundtrack to my childhood. With that said, what is this "Maid in Manhattan" bullshit? Flubber? Really? I could have gone my whole life without knowing he was responsible for some of the movies on this list.

Flashman (#418)

While I appreciate its placement at a fairly respectable No. 8, I think history will judge Weird Science to be Mr. Hughes' masterpiece, the work in which his recurring themes of adolescent longing, insecurity, and the search for identity came together with the most profound resonance. Also, Chet.

@Flashman "This isn't bullshit, this is a Persian missile, Chip."

I watched that movie at least 50 times growing up. I wore that VHS out.

Flashman (#418)

@Tina Steele Wiltzius@facebook
"It's Chet. My name is Chet.
And I didn't think it was a whale's dick, honey"

Yeah, me too.

selden (#12,493)

@Flashman Also, let's not forget: with precious little screen time, Robert Downey Jr. fashioned the proto-douche. On speed, no less.

Well said. I love Weird Science.
However, here's my comment-remix (edits bracketed):
"While I appreciate its placement at a fairly respectable No. [6], I think history will judge [Sixteen Candles] to be Mr. Hughes' masterpiece, the work in which his recurring themes of adolescent longing, insecurity, and the search for identity came together with the most profound resonance. Also, [Anthony Michael Hall's finest character, one so iconic Hughes didn't even bother to give him a name]."

@Tina Steele Wiltzius@facebook PERSHING missile.

lauralemay (#14,221)

I cannot complain at all about this list, including the placement of Some Kind of Wonderful, except that I have not seen Uncle Buck. Which makes me think that obviously I need to see Uncle Buck, as soon as possible.

I was just thinking the other day that half of my favourite music from the 80's was given to me by men I loved who did not love me back. The other half came from John Hughes movies.

becky@twitter (#14,213)

@lauralemay uncle buck is my favorite.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@lauralemay: You do not need to see Uncle Buck.

@lauralemay : I agree with Mr. B, and suggest instead re-watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

neuroboy (#14,229)

I think Reach the Rock is underrated. The soundtrack alone should net it a few more places.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the substantial minority view that Ferris Bueller is a sociopath.

Also, the version of the Ferris Bueller trailer re-cut as Fight Club, but you can Youtube that on your own time.

jeriapoutre (#14,277)

23. Beethoven

22. Drillbit Taylor

21. Flubber

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