Though he never won any of the movie industry's major awards, Hughes tapped into universal truths about being a teenager with films such as Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) -- and young audiences loved him for it. In addition, he helped propel young actors Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Matthew Broderick and Judd Nelson into the Hollywood mainstream.
Hughes also penned the screenplays for the family comedies Uncle Buck (1989) and Home Alone (1990) as well as the comedy classics National Lampoon's Vacation and Mr. Mom (both 1983). He died of a heart attack Aug. 6, 2009.
In writer-director John Hughes's seminal 1980s Brat Pack film, the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the princess (Molly Ringwald) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention. The disparate group clashes at first but begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their bully principal (Paul Gleason).