92% of people can't name all of these John Hughes movies from screenshots. Can you?

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J. Scott Wilson

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John Hughes is well known for his series of 1980s high-school movies featuring the Brat Pack. John Hughes is a writer, director and producer of some of the most well-respected films in Hollywood. See how many of these John Hughes movies you can name from their screenshots.

Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This was Molly Ringwald's coming-out party in the world of John Hughes films. She plays Sam, the girl having the title birthday.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Hughes wrote "Beethoven" under a pseudonym, but it was one of his favorite creations. It went on to spawn seven sequels, most of which you've probably never heard of.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

The original vacation film was such a hit that it didn't take long for Hughes to come up with a sequel. The entire movie is a fish-out-of-water joke, with the clueless Americans bumbling amongst European culture.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

"Home Alone" caught lightning in a bottle, but the sequel proves that you can't do that twice. It's funny, especially with Tim Curry as the hotel concierge, but the sentimental bits come off as treacly and the entire plot is fairly predictable. Watch it just for Curry, though.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Brat Pack fans can be split into two groups, based on whether they prefer "Sixteen Candles" or "Pretty in Pink." For me, the immortal character of Duckie in the latter film makes it the clear winner.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

The '80s loom large in this movie, from the hairdos and clothes to the music and TV shows. But the spirit, especially for boys under 12, is completely timeless.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

As a Mr. Wilson, I found this movie to be tremendously annoying. However, as comic adaptations go, it was a pretty good one. Casting grumpy Walter Matthau as Mr. Wilson was a stroke of genius.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

You might be surprised at how young Kevin Bacon looks in this movie, but you should really be frightened at how little he's aged. Alec Baldwin, also looking fairly baby-faced, plays his best man.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Macy's wouldn't participate and Gimbel's had long gone out of business, so fictional stores Cole's and Shopper's Express were created. The story's the same, though, and Richard Attenborough makes a great Santa.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Think of this as a poorly executed "Home Alone," but with a baby instead of Kevin. Three kidnappers grab the baby of a wealthy family, the baby escapes and ... well, it just gets sillier from there.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This is the movie that created the Brat Pack. It's been picked for countless "best of" lists and even enshrined in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress for being "culturally significant."

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

On its face, remaking a cherished (but completely daffy) old Disney live-action movie seemed like a bad idea. Then Robin Williams signed on as the lead, and suddenly it all made sense ... and money.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Glenn Close chewed scenery and wore lots of fur as Cruella de Vil, the villain in the movie. She scored a Golden Globe nomination for the part, but lost to Madonna in Evita, proving that the Golden Globes is nutty.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Before the term "buddy comedy" was invented, this was one of the finest of the genre. Steve Martin and John Candy play polar opposites who, through a series of transportation misadventures, form a bond. The end is just as sappy as it needs to be.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

How do you make a movie about a cute dog even cuter? Add puppies, of course! In this sequel, Beethoven finds a lady friend, and four puppies soon join the four-legged cast.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

John Candy plays his classic bumbling, largely unaware guy in this comedy. This time, he's the titular uncle called on to watch his young nieces and nephews while their parents are away, with predictably wacky (but heartwarming) results.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Just when you think this movie can't get any more gonzo, it does. There's a kidnapping, a Christmas light-induced power outage and, finally, a flaming Santa and reindeer launched skyward by a sewage gas explosion.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

John Belushi's brother Jim stars in this fairly treacly dramedy about a homeless father-daughter pair. It turns out he's not really her father, but of course in the end everything works out fine.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This third film in the series probably would have stood fine on its own, but as a sequel to the original it suffers from the comparison. This time, four hit men after a missile guidance computer chip harass a precocious 8-year-old who unwittingly got the chip after it was hidden in a remote-controlled car.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Jennifer Lopez reached the apex of her movie career with this film, a Pygmalion-tinged poor-girl-meets-rich-guy romantic comedy. Ralph Fiennes, the future Voldemort, is considerably less evil here as her erstwhile love interest.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Stephen Furst is aboard from the original "Animal House" (not as Flounder), but none of the other cast members appear. Also missing are the humor and gonzo antics that made the first film such a timeless classic. This one was a flop.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This first of several direct-to-video sequels to the shaggy original wasn't actually a Hughes creation, but used his canine character. It starred Judge Reinhold, whose comedy staying power can be measured by the fact that you have no idea who he is.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This was Hughes' last film as a writer, and while one could wish he'd gone out with a bigger box-office win, it still held echoes of his high school-set films. Owen Wilson plays a homeless doofus hired by some high school kids as their bodyguard. He slack-jaws his way through the film, but it's got some funny moments.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Oddly enough, this is the only time Dan Aykroyd and John Candy ever headlined a movie together. Seeing the chemistry they have on-screen, it's surprising nobody else ever hired them. They could have been the Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock of the '80s!

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This movie would never get made today, but it's an absolute classic. Michael Keaton and Teri Garr have to swap roles when he's laid off, and he goes through culture shock trying to make it as a stay-at-home dad. Hijinks, of course, ensue.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

The premise of this sort-of reboot of the original is that Rusty, Clark Griswold's son, decides to replicate the original family cross-country vacation experience. It manages a good deal of yuks, and Chris Hemsworth is a scream as a guy who's way too proud of his body and certain ... assets.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

One of the unsung heroes of this movie is Buck's car: a 1977 Mercury Marquis that belches more smoke than a tramp steamer. Seeing Candy heave his ponderous self in and out of the vehicle is a sight gag in and of itself.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

There are some subtle jokes in among the uproar and wackiness. For example, two security guards (one played by the always-awesome Clancy Brown) sent to try to steal Flubber are named Smith and Wesson.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Not many movies sold as many T-shirts as this one did in the '80s. If you were a teen then, and you didn't have a "Save Ferris" shirt in your closet, you probably weren't in the in-crowd.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Those familiar with Hugh Laurie as Dr. House will have a surprise with this movie. He plays one of Cruella de Vil's thieving henchmen, drawing on his early comic training with Stephen Fry in "Fry and Laurie."

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This movie hit like an atom bomb for a certain segment of the teen/young adult population when it came out. The idea of, just for one day, walking away from life and all your responsibilities and doing whatever you wanted was, understandably, highly attractive.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

There are sight gags aplenty in this movie, as you'd expect with Aykroyd and Candy around. The ski-less water ski ride, with John Candy being pulled along behind Aykroyd's boat, will make you wince and howl at the same time.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Alisan Porter, who played the title character, seemed poised to have a Culkin-like career breakout, but she instead stepped back and ended up doing musical theater on Broadway and releasing a couple of albums. She even won season 10 of "The Voice!"

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Fans of Tim Allen's "Home Alone" series will recognize the Christmas lights gags in this film. I'm not sure if Allen was directly inspired by the film, but Tim Taylor's yearly attempts to outdo the neighbors certainly relate.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

The title of the movie was taken from an old comic from the days before the Comics Code cleaned them up. The plot came from a story in the fifth issue of the comic, titled "Made of the Future."

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Fitting in was a big thing in the '80s, even more so than now. Cliques of various types ruled the social scene with iron (or fingerless gloved) fists. "The Breakfast Club" poked holes in that ethic and gave all us secret misfits a chance to breathe.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This workplace comedy takes place in a Target store after hours. The hero is a night-shift cleanup guy whose boss locks him in the store all night. Hijinks, of course, ensue.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Tommy Lee Jones leads the cast of this pirate adventure flick, which degenerates into a series of cliffhanger set pieces reminiscent of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Bet you didn't know Hughes wrote a pirate flick, did you? This was a flop, thus explaining why you didn't know.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

The theme of this movie goes back at least as far as Victorian England: The rich man who falls in love with the serving-girl and elevates her by marrying her. J-Lo puts a modern spin on her character, though, making her a success in her own right.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Richard Attenborough takes a powder from his "Jurassic Park" duties to play Kris Kringle in this one. I kept expecting velociraptors to be pulling his sleigh.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Ask 100 people their favorite line from this movie, and it's a safe bet 99 of them will say, "Those aren't pillows!" I won't spoil the movie by telling you where that line comes in, but you'll laugh. Trust me.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This is one of the simpler of Hughes' high school-based movies. Boy has poor girl as friend. Boy meets rich girl. Boy ends up happy with poor girl. The end.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Ed O'Neill, of "Married... with Children" fame, plays a blue-collar guy who fetches his would-be girlfriend's snobby son from a boarding school for Thanksgiving. Fireworks accidents, car wrecks and male bonding ensue.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Hughes himself didn't exactly have a happy high school career, and you can see him indulging in a little wish fulfillment here. From Kelly LeBrock having magical powers to a Trident missile appearing in the middle of a house, there's all manner of adolescent fun in progress.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Has there ever been a funnier road trip movie? Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold is every father who's ever piled the family into the roadster and headed out for the Great Unknown, although hopefully without a dead grandmother strapped to the roof.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

So much of this movie has made its way into the modern lexicon, with Facebook memes and Photoshopped movie stills of all types. None, perhaps, is more popular that John Candy's wistful, "Sorry, folks, the park's closed. The moose out front should have told you."

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

Molly Ringwald's character, Samantha, has a classic Hughes trainwreck of a life in this movie. One boy's after her, she's in love with another, there are people out to sabotage her and, on top of all that, a "sex quiz" she filled out is circulating around campus.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

This absurdist remake of a French film is almost saved by Malcolm McDowell as a barely competent wizard, but only almost. Christina Applegate, as a museum employee, shows all the dramatic depth of Kelly Bundy.

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Which John Hughes movie is shown in this screenshot?

You might be excused for needing to shake your head to clear the confusion if you watch this one. Hughes actually had nothing to do with it, but it uses some of the same character names ... but played by different actors.

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