I don't know if anyone else has a comparable body of work about adolescence and family in suburbia. Surely none would be as influential on me and my peers, as his films were largely released during my teenage years, and filmed in nearby familiar places. And none were created by another local product. If I had the means, I'd have "BYE, JOHN" painted on Northbrook's water tower, as "SAVE FERRIS" once was. What his films left out of their reflection of youth in our shared native suburb I will write off as not relevant to the story or too much for a 90-120 minute production. As time's gone on, I see little beyond some small details have changed between life now and life in the 80s. It stands to reason much was similar between the 80s and Hughes' 60s. So of course he was well positioned to tell such relevant stories.
I long hoped we would see something new from him. That's not to be, but a generation of us will treasure what we do have, and we'll see his influence for some time to come.