7 of the best...

YOUTH CUL­TURE MOVIES

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REBEL WITH­OUT A CAUSE (1955)

DI­REC­TOR Ni­cholas Ray’s tale of ‘the bad boy from a good fam­ily’ is a stun­ning de­pic­tion of ado­les­cent angst. Some go so far as to ar­gue it is the first true de­pic­tion of ‘teenage­hood’ on the big screen. The movie, which also stars a young Natalie Wood, was James Dean’s se­cond, fol­low­ing East of Eden, but is the role with which the tragic star is most closely as­so­ci­ated.

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AMER­I­CAN GRAFFITTI (1973)

DI­RECTED by George Lu­cas and pro­duced by Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola, this com­ing-of-age com­edy set in the sum­mer of ‘62, fol­lows high school pals Curt (Richard Drey­fuss) and Steve (Ron Howard – billed as ‘Ronny’) and John (Paul Le Mat) as they en­joy one last night of fun to­gether be­fore col­lege, jobs and real-life take over. It also stars a pre-Star Wars Har­ri­son Ford.

3 GREASE

(1978)

JOHN TRA­VOLTA and Olivia New­ton-John, pic­tured, are the ones that we want in the orig­i­nal high school mu­si­cal which in­tro­duced us to love­birds Danny (Tra­volta), Sandy (New­ton-John), the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies. Made for $6m, the movie has gone on to rake in more than $396m.

4

FER­RIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)

THIS John Hughes clas­sic sees high school se­nior Fer­ris Bueller (Matthew Brod­er­ick) de­cide to play tru­ant one last time, to spend the day tear­ing around the streets of Chicago with his pal Cameron and girl­friend Sloane in Cameron’s dad’s prized Fer­rari.

5

DAZED AND CON­FUSED (1994)

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHE­Y and Ben Af­fleck are among the soon-to-be-stars who make up the ensem­ble cast of this Richard Lin­klater com­edy which fol­lows a group of teenagers in Austin, Texas, cel­e­brat­ing the last day of high school in 1976 by booz­ing it up, get­ting high and, for school bully Fred O’Ban­nion (Af­fleck) beat­ing high school fresh­men with wooden pad­dles.

6

HU­MAN TRAF­FIC (1999)

“THE week­end has landed, all that ex­ists now is clubs, pubs, drugs and par­ties,” trills John Simm’s char­ac­ter Jip in this ex­plo­ration of Nineties rave and drug cul­ture which takes place over one week­end of par­ty­ing, from the chem­i­cal-in­duced highs to crash­ing come­downs. Set in Cardiff’s club­land, the movie also gave Danny Dyer his film debut.

7

THIS IS ENG­LAND (2006)

SHANE MEAD­OWS’ crit­i­cally ac­claimed but harrowing por­trayal of skin­head cul­ture in Eng­land in 1983 made stars of its young and largely un­heard of cast, with Stephen Gra­ham who played the vi­o­lent racist Combo, and Vicky McClure who played the dam­aged Lol, go­ing on to be­come house-hold names. Three TV se­quels fol­lowed the film: This Is Eng­land ‘86, ‘88 and ‘90.

Ac­tor James Dean in Rebel With­out a Cause

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