Hughes died while taking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan to visit family.
He made a teen star of Molly Ringwald with 1984's "Sixteen Candles," about a girl's nightmarish birthday on the eve of her sister's wedding. Ringwald also starred in "Breakfast Club," about a group of high school misfits during Saturday detention, and "Pretty in Pink." He also wrote and produced 1990's "Home Alone."
Hughes lived in Illinois and set many of his films in the Chicago area.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons, John and James, and four grandchildren.
A John Hughes filmography follows:
Curly Sue (1991)
Uncle Buck (1989)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Weird Science (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)