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80 must-see movies: Which John Hughes film would you leave off the list?

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She_s_Having_A_Baby_231790s It hurts to make tough choices. Just ask Alec Baldwin and Kevin Bacon there. (You should have run, Kevin!)

As we continue to compile our list of the 80 must-see movies of the '80s, one thing is becoming very clear: It's going to be hard to pick which John Hughes movies to include.

As important as his work is, I think we need to leave at least one or possibly two movies off the list. Hughes himself would probably slap us if he thought we were including every single flick of his.

And so we come to today's exercise: Voting a John Hughes movie off the list of the 80 must-see movies of the '80s. And I'm not making it easy. For example, 1982's Class Reunion isn't among your choices (and it won't make the final list either). Neither is Nate and Hayes, Mr. Mom or the first Vacation movie (or European Vacation). No, you have to pick one of his better known works.

You're free to pick any of his movies to de-list, but here are the obvious candidates:

Weird_science WEIRD SCIENCE (1985): Aside from the soundtrack and actors, it doesn't feel much like a Hughes movie. Personally, I think he just wanted a break after The Breakfast Club. This one would be high on my list to throw off the list, except I love Bill Paxton as "Chet" too much. Fave line: "If he pukes, you die."

Wonderful SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (1987): Great soundtrack, a new cast of actors and the greatest on-screen kiss of the decade. For some, it's merely a "make-up ending" for Pretty in Pink. But to others, it's nearly forgotten. Fave line: "Get your skag and let's go."

Baby SHE'S HAVING A BABY (1988): Hardcore fans often have a soft spot for this take of a Chicago couple struggling with adulthood and the quest to begin a family. In a lot of ways, it feels like a Hughes bio-pic. Fave line: "People don't mature anymore. They stay jackasses all their lives."

Great_outdoors THE GREAT OUTDOORS (1988): Hughes loved working with John Candy, but I think Dan Aykroyd actually steals the great lines here. Fave line: "You know what hot dogs are make of, right? Lips and a--holes!"

Uncle_buck UNCLE BUCK (1989): If I had to pick, this would be first on my list to jettison, mainly because we're introduced to Macaulay Culkin, who would cheapen the Hughes Empire in 1990 with Home Alone. Again, I suspect a lot of people still love this movie dearly. Fave line: "A lot of people hate this hat. It angers a lot of people, just the sight of it."

Okay, time's up. Time to decide.

John Hughes movies
Which John Hughes movie should be left off the list of 80 must-see movies of the '80s?
Sixteen Candles
The Breakfast Club
Weird Science
Pretty in Pink
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Some Kind of Wonderful
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
She's Having a Baby
The Great Outdoors
Uncle Buck

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