By EW Staff
Updated August 07, 2009 at 05:45 PM EDT

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)

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

‘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

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

‘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)