Today is a sad day for movie fans around the world. Director John Hughes died today of a heart attack early this morning. He was only 59.
Here’s a 9 minute tribute video that contains clips of his most popular films including The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
John was indeed the king of the 80’s teen movie genre. After working for National Lampoon magazine in the 70’s he went on to direct some of the most iconic teen films of the 80’s. Molly Ringwald, Emilo Estevez, and John Candy owe a good bit of their success to Hughes.
Even though he stopped directing movies in 1991, his legacy lives on through today’s teen movies. It’s safe to say that modern teen films like Mean Girls and Superbad would have never been possible if it weren’t for John Hughes’ influence.