John Hughes, best known for directing a string of 1980s hit movies, died on Thursday. He was 59. For those who came of age during that era, Hughes’ films — such as The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off— left an indelible mark. Many of us have watched these films over and over, memorized scenes and lines (“Dong, where is my…auto-mobile?” “Auto-mobile?!”), fallen in and out of love with his characters. With that in mind, several of Smart Set writers offer their thoughts on Hughes’ ouerve.

The Breakfast Club (1985) By Greg Beato

The first rule of Breakfast Club is that you totally talk about Breakfast Club. And then you shout some about Breakfast Club, and do some truly awful dancing about Breakfast Club, and then you cry.

But mostly you talk. In 1985, when The Breakfast Club was originally released, this was a… More…