Director John Hughes made his directorial debut at Universal with the film Sixteen Candles (1984). Starring Molly Ringwald as the high school sophomore everyone forgets on her 16th birthday, Sixteen Candles (1984) marked one of the first entries in a line of successful films that marked the 1980s as a generation of teen angst, frustration and social apathy. As one of the most influential directors speaking out for this generation, Hughes redefined the teen comedy genre by adding a sense of seriousness and depth to his characters. He was also responsible for jumpstarting the career of a group of young actors that we associate as the “Brat Pack.” Director John Hughes continued his exploration in the 1980s teenager with other Universal films like The Breakfast Club (1985) and Weird Science (1985). Hughes passed away in 2009 leaving behind a legacy of timeless films that still resonate to today.