An 80’s staple and a 90’s thumbtack (and a 2000’s bottle of correction fluid), filmmaker John Hughes was influential (Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow site him as such), omnipresent (he released at least two pictures a year for awhile there), and iconic (see below).
For those that grew up with his films, the majority of his earlier works stand out in our memories mostly because of the songs associated with them. With his passing at the age of 59, let’s synch up his celluloid hits and misses with their synonymous Billboard hits and misses.
MOVIES NAMED AFTER SONGS
- Sixteen Candles (wrote and directed)
- Pretty In Pink (wrote and produced)
- Some Kind of Wonderful (wrote and produced)
- Only the Lonely (produced)
MOVIES THAT HAD MEMORABLE THEME SONGS
- National Lampoon’s Vacation (wrote)
- The Breakfast Club (wrote, produced, and directed)
- Weird Science (wrote and directed)
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (wrote, produced, and directed)
- Home Alone (wrote, produced, and directed)
Thank you, Mr. Hughes, for the fond memories. Not so much so for the Flubbers.
(P.S. You were thisclose to being featured in one of my The Sh– To Just Sh–ty posts. Bullet dodged, my friend. Farewell, and well done…)