The teen movie genre is filled with predictable throw-aways, but sometimes directors mine gold out of the lives of ordinary kids. How many of these classic teen films have you seen? While you are hiding from the heat this weekend, pop in a DVD or two to catch up on classics you may have missed.
1. The Graduate (1967) – we’re pushing a little beyond the boundaries of “teen” here, but, this movie just that good.
2. Sixteen Candles (1984) – for anyone who’s ever been the forgotten younger sibling.
3. Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home (1987) – Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer is at his charming best in this under-rated film.
4. Weird Science (1985) – Anthony Michael Hall was adorably nerdy.
5. The Breakfast Club (1985) – Easily among the best high school movies of all time.
6. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – THE classic teen drama.
7. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) – it has Helen Hunt and plenty of dance numbers, what more could you want?
8. Better Off Dead (1985) – a charming teen comedy about beating your fears.
9. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) – a great antidote for those who watched Pretty in Pink and thought that Duckie should have got the girl.
10. The Lost Boys (1987) – because vampires should eat their food, not fall in love with it.
11. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) – a fun take on the Joan of Arc story.
12. The Karate Kid (1984) – because it’s fun to see the underdog win.
13. The Outsiders (1983) – get ahold of the 2005 re-edited version if you can.
14. Say Anything (1989) – setting the bar impossibly high for nice guys everywhere for over 20 years.
15. Heathers (1988) – before there were Mean Girls, there were The Heathers.
16. Risky Business (1983) – Tom Cruise wasn’t always a couch-jumping, raving lunatic. Once upon a time, the idea of seeing him in his underwear was actually appealing.
17. Grease (1978) – Another entry in the “before they were whackos” category, this time with John Travolta.
18. Rock n’ Roll High School (1979) – deliciously silly.
19. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Matthew Broderick’s laid back hero reminds you to take time to relax.
20. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – one of the most quotable movies of all time.