John Hughes' greatest movie quotes: 'Breakfast Club,' 'Sixteen Candles,' more...

The best evidence of John Hughes’ impact on popular culture might be the generation of people who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s who can recite multiple quotes from his movies from off the top of their heads. Here are a choice few from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller, and more. Kick back with some of the quotes and clips below, then let us know your personal favorites in the comments.

‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)

“Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” (quote at 0:12) — John Bender (Judd Nelson)

“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong, but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.” — Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall)
Watch the clip here.

“I never did it either. I’m not a nymphomaniac. I’m a compulsive liar.” (quote at 2:22) — Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy)
Watch the clip here.

“Obscene fingers gestures from such a pristine girl” — John Bender

‘Ferris Beuller’s Day Off’ (1986)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick)

“Oh, well, he’s very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, the geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads — they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.” (quote at 0:36)– Grace (Edie McClurg)

 “Beuller…Bueller…Bueller…” (quote at 2:40) — Economics teacher (Ben Stein)

‘Sixteen Candles’ (1984)

“What’s happening, hot stuff?” — Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe)

“I’ve never bagged a babe.” (quote at 1:24) — The Geek (Anthony Michael Hall)
“Fresh breath is a priorty in my life (quote at 2:25) — The Geek
Watch the clip here.

“I can’t believe I gave my panties to a geek.” — Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald)
Wach the clip here.

‘Planes Trains & Automobiles’ (1987)

“Those aren’t pillows!” (quote at 1:07) — Neal Page (Steve Martin)

‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ (1983)

“I don’t know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself, huh?” — Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid)

‘Weird Science’ (1985)

“Tell ya what: You bend over, and I’ll shove it straight up yo ass.” — Bartender (D’Mitch Davis)

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  • Al

    No more yanky my wanky- the donger need FOOD!
    Sixteen Candles
    Also Oh look Fred she got her boobies!
    Followed by I can’t believe I was just felt up by my grandmother.

    • Debbie B

      Those three were some of my repetoire….

  • Stephanie T.

    “Did your Mother marry Mr. Rodgers?!”
    – Breakfast Club

    “Merry Christmas! Sh-itters Full!”
    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

    – Planes Trains and Automobiles

    Hughes was an amazing director. He defined the eighties. The music ( A LOT of new wave,modern rock, and Punk musicians owe a huge thank you to him), the way teenagers were. He made geeks look chic. It’s a sad day in Hollywood. My heart goes out to his family.

    • Ceballos

      “Oh he’s drunk. How would HE know where we’re going.”

      R.I.P. John Hughes

    • Steve147b

      I am sad, His movies defined my teenage years.

  • paige

    “you’re what the french call ‘les incompentant”- home alone

    • A J

      that’s the best quote from a john hughes movie. period.

  • Red

    Pretty in Pink:
    “Blaine?? His name is Blaine?? That’s an appliance, not a name!”

    Ferris Bueller:
    “You’re not dying – you just can’t think of anything better to do.”
    “You killed the car.”
    “Abe Froman – the sausage king of Chicago.”

    Sixteen Candles:
    “Stop feeling sorry for yourself! It’s bad for your complexion!”

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles:
    “May I see your receipt?”
    “I threw it away.”
    “Oh, boy!”
    “Oh, boy what?”
    “You’re f***d.”

    A part of my youth died with you, John. Thanks for the great memories.

  • katie

    ferris beuller:
    Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his a**, in two weeks you’d have a diamond.

  • Jackie

    Vernon: “You want another one?”
    Bender: “I don’t know, how many is that?”
    Vernon: “Six.”
    Brian: “Actually it’s seven, sir, counting the one where he asked if Barry Manilow knows you raid his closet.”

  • bgl

    Is it just me or are we losing all the good ones this year. I grew up watching a lot of Hughes films and now my teenager is watching the same films. She’s laughing the same way I did. That’s the true test of timelessness; when your kids get it as much as you did when you were their age. John Hughes films were watched 20 years ago and they will be watched 20 years from now. He may be gone but he has left us with a great legacy of films.

  • KatyMay

    My teenaged daughter just watched Feris Bueller, National Lampoon Vacation and the Breakfast Club…and she loved them all. I guess that says something when films are still funny after all these years. RIP.

  • wg

    Happy Birthday, Samantha. Make a wish.
    It already came true.
    – Jake & Samantha, Sixteen Candles

  • Mary

    (John Bender is tearing up a library book).

    Andrew: That’s real intelligent.
    John: You’re right. It’s wrong to destroy literature. It’s such fun to read. And…MO-LAY really pumps my nads.

    Claire: Moliere.

    (Claire smiles at John)

    Brian: I love his work.

    (John throws the book)

  • LLM5326

    The entire script for “The Breakfast Club” is filled with incredible quotes.

    Then you have fro “Pretty in Pink”

    Andie – “You ever have one of these?” (referring, of course, to the wonderful Duckie!)

  • LLM5326

    “You look good wearing my future.” – Keith (Eric Stoltz) “Some Kind of Wonderful”

  • wtfnyc

    “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
    “But you can tell how much it’s gonna cost!”

    “I’m Dad. She’s Mom. And you’re nuts!”

    “This is what my girlfriend would look like without skin.”

    “I’d rather have you not see me and like me than see me and hate me. ‘Cause I can’t afford to have you hate me, Keith!!!”

    “You break his heart, I break your face.”


  • Melinda65

    Now I have an intense need to watch some John Hughes movies. It’s been too long since I’ve seen The Breakfast Club.

  • Minvike

    All of the ones mentioned are great, but the one quote I always use (and can be used in almost any situation) is from Weird Science:

    “He’s an A**hole. Look at his air cut. Anybody with a hair cut like that – you know he’s an a**hole.”

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