9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Before we get into exactly why Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is heartbreaking, there’s a whole other aspect of the movie which might make you think twice. Jeffrey Jones, who plays the Principal who pursues Ferris so fervently, was later arrested for possession of child pornography. Which makes the scenes when he tries to sneak into the house just a little different.
On with the main focus though. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a film built around a simple idea: do what you want, and don’t worry about the consequences. It’s a refreshing ‘say yes’ philosophy, and one that has made Matthew Broderick’s Bueller one of the most popular and endearing characters in cinema.
You know what the worst thing about a life without consequences is though? The consequences.
Ferris remains largely untouched by the days events, but the same can’t really be said for Cameron, his sister or the Principal. While Jeffrey Jones might not deserve sympathy, the character themselves is more deserving.
It’s not heartbreaking in an acute sense like some others here, but if you stop and look around, you’ll realise that Ferris will likely continue to be the type of person that gets his friends in trouble and walks away clean.