By Mark A. Leon
There are so many movies that have taken on teen issues. Many have succeeded, while others failed. Some are wrought in drama, while others have found a following in its raw campy humor. We have looked at and determined our top ten list based on films that truly have left its mark on teen life and cinema. Each of these films has led to a cult following that has continued over the years and we feel they truly have and continue to make an impact.
These films tackle issues of depression, popularity, suicide, homosexuality, future, sex, gangs, ambition, cliches, love, partying and friendship. What makes these films so special is that they penetrate us so well.
Even as we get older, these films teach us life lessons. Take a journey back with us and be prepared to get nostalgic as you pop a few back in your head and stream them later.
With any list, some get left out and we do not want to lose out on some truly memorable films. On our honorable mention list we have “American Pie”, “Footloose”, “She’s All That”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, “Rebel Without a Cause”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Clueless”, “Juno” and “Pretty in Pink”
As we begin the top 10, we want to thank Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, Seth Rogen, John Hughes, Stephen Chbosky, Francis Ford Coppola, Alan Parker and James Ponsoldt for bringing magic to the silver screen and reminding us of how vital our teenage years are.
- Heathers (1988)
- The Outsiders (1983)
- Say Anything (1989)
- Fame (1980)
- Breakfast Club (1985)
- Dazed and Confused (1993)
- Pump Up the Volume (1990)
- Spectacular Now (2013)
- Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
We hope you enjoyed the list and it brought back a few fond memories.