12 Of The Best Things About Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

John Hughes made some of the most iconic coming of age movies in the ’80s such as The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, etc. These are movies that everyone watches in their teens, like a rite of passage. But if you ask me, none of them are as brilliant as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, you need to get your act together! But here’s the main gist: A popular and goofy high school student, Ferris, decides to plan the perfect day of hookey with his friends. Of course, they almost get caught a billion times, but that’s all part of the fun. This movie pretty much has everything you need: Humor, adventure, romance, angst…it’s all there and it all holds up almost 30 years after its theatrical debut.

So if you’re a fan of Ferris, you’ll agree with this list of the 12 best things about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Ferris' Brilliant Plan

I'm not advocating playing hooky, but if you're going to do it Ferris definitely raised the bar on doing it right. I mean, the recordings, the fake body in the bed...inspirational.

'Bueller? Bueller?'

When one little word said in a monotone voice is funny enough to be used by all of us when we're trying to get someone's attention, then you've hit comedy gold.

'Let My Cameron Go...'

We've all felt like this before having to get out of bed, haven't we?

That Phone Call

Ferris hatches up a plan to get his girlfriend, Sloane, out of school so that she can join him on his adventure. But when he convinces Cameron to call the school, pretending to be Sloane's father, Principal Rooney thinks that he has finally caught Ferris in one of his schemes. Or so he thinks, until Ferris calls Rooney on another line, as himself. Ridiculousness of the highest caliber ensues.

Everything About Cameron

Don't get me wrong, I think Ferris is amazing and Sloane is beyond cool, but it's Cameron that really stole my heart in this movie. Maybe it's because there was something charming in how neurotic he was about everything, or maybe I just like characters with daddy issues. Either way without Cameron this movie wouldn't be as brilliant as it is.

That Unexpected Self-Defense Lesson

Hey, remember that time when Jeanie kicked Rooney in the face? Yeah...yeah, that was a good moment.

Day At The Museum

I loved watching the gang visit all the amazing Chicago landmarks in this movie, but the museum scene was the best. Joining in with the little kids...Cameron's existential crisis while looking at the Seurat painting, a cover of a Smiths song playing in the background...perfect and heartwarming without being cheesy.

Parade Float Hijacking

If someone watched this scene and it didn't make their heart feel warm and fuzzy then that someone needs to get checked out. It should at least make 'em feel like jumping on a parade float and sing some Beatles songs. Who wouldn't do that if they had the opportunity?

The Damn Ferrari

From garages to joy rides to ditches, this car really saw it all. But who wasn't ridiculously stressed out every time it came on camera? I was always just waiting for something to go wrong because stealing your parents' car never ends well. This movie definitely didn't break that ol' pattern.

That Random Charlie Sheen Cameo

It's easy to forget that Charlie Sheen was a bit of a babe before he was an egocentric abusive jerk.

Sloane And Ferris: Cute Without Being Mushy

Here's what I loved about these two: There wasn't any relationship drama or super mushy scenes...they were just two teenagers who loved being around each other. I liked the fact that their romance was never really the center of attention. Everything was a lot more natural that way.

The Race Home

Dude was jumping over fences and hedges, got caught by his sister and Principal Rooney, but still managed to get back to his bedroom before his parents got home. This dude is magic. Ferris is magic. I would have broken my ankle after the first hedge vault.

What do you think was the best moment from Ferris Bueller? Favorite character? Is it really the best John Hughes movie? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Lissa

    Wait… that guy was Charlie Sheen? Oh God.

  • Morgana5953

    Fun fact: In the parade scene, there’s a couple of seconds where a construction worker is dancing. He wasn’t an extra, and he had no idea that there was a movie being filmed.