Tribute to a Childhood Hero: John Hughes

One of my childhood heroes died today. His name was John Hughes and he was only 59. He died of a heart attack.

Hughes created some of my favorite films from my youth -- "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," just to name a few. His movies were like points of light in my childhood, bright moments of escape. I longed to be Molly Ringwald in "Sixteen Candles," wished I was part of that ragtag group of teens in "The Breakfast Club." I confess to even crushing on Matthew Broderick after seeing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

This summer has been so full of sudden loss that it's impossible to take it all in without feeling overwhelmed. But I wanted to shine the spotlight on this talented director who not only helped launch careers for young actors like Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick, but also helped shape the future of cinema. He will be missed.

Here are some of my favorite John Hughes movies. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

"The Breakfast Club"

"16 Candles"

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

"Mr. Mom"

ETA: Click here to see a Photo Gallery of John Hughes's most memorable movies.

Click here to read a stunning tribute written by a fan who was also lucky enough to be John Hughes's pen pal.

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