The 5 best movies from John Hughes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - John Hughes is one of the most influential names in 1980's Hollywood cinema. When he died of a heart attack in 2009, he left us an entire reel of unforgettable classics that continue to make us smile.

He helped showcase the works of iconic comedians such as Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd and many others. Not to mention his writing that's still going strong in pop culture today -- "Bueller anyone?"

Hughes leaves behind a legacy filled with many laughs, a few tears and dozens of memories that will last a lifetime.

We salute the great John Hughes with the top five movies of his career.

5. Sixteen Candles (1984)

Directed by: John Hughes

Written by: John Hughes

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry

Plot: A young girl's "sweet sixteen" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

4. Home Alone (1990)

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Written by: John Hughes

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Plot: An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.

3. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Directed by: John Hughes

Written by: John Hughes

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald

Plot: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention -- where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

2. Christmas Vacation (1989)

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Written by: John Hughes

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and Juliette Lewis

Plot: The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Directed by: John Hughes

Written by: John Hughes

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara

Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.

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