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A writer, director and producer who redefined the "teen movie" genre in the 1980s with a string of now-iconic coming-of-age films, John Hughes was born Feb. 18, 1950, in Lansing, Mich., and grew up in Northbrook, Ill., where he set many of his best-loved pictures.

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.

John Hughes in The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

1985 R

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).

  • John Hughes in Ferris Bueller's Day Off Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • John Hughes in Planes, Trains and Automobiles Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • John Hughes in Uncle Buck Uncle Buck
  • John Hughes in Weird Science Weird Science
  • John Hughes in Sixteen Candles Sixteen Candles
  • John Hughes in Curly Sue Curly Sue
  • John Hughes in She's Having a Baby She's Having a Baby
  • John Hughes in Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace