Screenwriter Profile: John Hughes

The Writer:

Few writers see the level of mega-success that John Hughes achieved in his short 59 years. Hughes was the undisputed master of teen angst with such hits as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, and he went on to become the king of the family film with such blockbuster hits as Home Alone and Beethoven. While some of his later films might have been a bit on the cheesy side (he used a pen name for a few of his… let’s call them “less artsy” films) they all have one thing in common: a whole lot of heart.


Drillbit Taylor (story / as Edmond Dantes) – 2008

Beethoven’s 5th (video) (characters / as Edmond Dantes) – 200

Maid in Manhattan (story / as Edmond Dant├Ęs) – 2002

Home Alone 4 (TV movie) (characters) – 2002

Beethoven’s 4th (video) (characters / as Edmond Dant├Ęs) – 2001

Just Visiting (screenplay) – 2001

Beethoven’s 3rd (video) (characters / as Edmond Dant├Ęs) – 2000

American Adventure (TV movie) (characters) – 2000

Reach the Rock (written by) – 1998

Home Alone 3 (written by) – 1997

Flubber (screenplay) – 1997

101 Dalmatians (screenplay) – 1996

Miracle on 34th Street (screenplay) – 1994

Baby’s Day Out (written by) – 1994

Beethoven’s 2nd (characters / as Edmond Dant├Ęs) – 1993

Dennis the Menace (written by) – 1993

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (characters / written by) – 1992

Beethoven (written by / as Edmond Dant├Ęs) – 1992

Curly Sue (written by) – 1991

Dutch (written by) – 1991

Career Opportunities (written by) – 1991

Home Alone (written by) – 1990

Christmas Vacation (written by) – 1989

Uncle Buck (written by) – 1989

The Great Outdoors (written by) – 1988

She’s Having a Baby (written by) – 1988

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (written by) – 1987

Some Kind of Wonderful (written by) – 1987

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (written by) – 1986

Pretty in Pink (written by) – 1986

Weird Science (written by) – 1985

European Vacation (screenplay / story) – 1985

The Breakfast Club (written by) – 1985

Mr. Mom (TV movie) (characters) – 1984

Sixteen Candles (written by) – 1984

Nate and Hayes (written by) – 1983

Vacation (screenplay / short story “Vacation ’58”) – 1983

Mr. Mom (written by) – 1983

At Ease (TV series) – 1983

Class Reunion (written by) – 1982

Delta House (TV series) – 1979


At the time I came along, Hollywood’s idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity, usually involving boys in pursuit of sex, and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers!

I so desperately hate to end these movies that the first thing I do when I’m done is write another one. Then I don’t feel sad about having to leave and everybody going away.

I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, ’cause they were cooler; they had better taste in music, for one thing, I guess because they had more time to develop one with the lack of social interaction they had!

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