As the iconic scribe of teenage pop psychology for the 1980s, John Hughes became a cult classic filmmaker as well as a commercially viable hitmaker. Though he drifted into children’s films in the latter part of his career, his films remain a viable part of every subsequent generation.
These films make up the core of the Hughes fandom. Sadly, only three are readily available at the moment, but the first two especially are about as classic as it gets! Here are the main group from Hughes’ filmography.
- The Breakfast Club
Watch on Hulu
Five teenagers stuck in detention make the best of their time by illuminating their shared humanity despite belonging to different cliques.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Watch on Showtime
In the highest-grossing film of 1986, three teenagers skip a day of school led by the charmingly elusive legend played by Matthew Broderick.
- Uncle Buck
Watch on Starz
Ill-fitting role model Uncle Buck (John Candy) takes sole care of three nieces and nephews while their parents are away.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
She’s Having a Baby
John Hughes is much more prolific as a writer than a director, with over 30 film credits to his name. Here are the most convenient streaming options going beyond his directorial features.
- Mr. Mom
- Pretty in Pink
- Some Kind of Wonderful
Prime Video/Paramount Plus
- The Great Outdoors
- Home Alone
- Home Alone 2
- Dennis The Menace
- Baby’s Day Out
- 101 Dalmatians
- Home Alone 3
- Maid In Manhattan (story only)
Whether sticking to the core group or branching into his wider output, the John Hughes filmography is sizeably available online!