CLUELESS (1995)

The most mid-90s of mid-90s movies is somehow based on a Jane Austen novel, and also somehow really good.

HOUSE PARTY (1990)

A very fun teen time capsule from 1990 that has a lot on its mind but resists any major dramatics.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971)

Cloris Leachman won an Oscar for her performance in this drama about teenagers in what Roger Ebert called “a town that should not exist.”

DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)

Teens hang on the last day of school, 1976, in Austin, Texas. Not much happens. Mostly in a good way, I promise.

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)

A surprisingly down-to-earth and enjoyable movie about a bunch of 80s teens who have no idea what they’re doing.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

James Dean’s most famous role, in the movie that kind of invented being a teenager.

FOOTLOOSE (1984)

Is it a hard hitting drama about small town life? Is it a musical? The answers lie in Kevin Bacon’s angry dancing.

LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS (1959)

Francois Truffaut’s debut about his own wayward childhood still feels fresh today.

STAND AND DELIVER (1988)

This indie drama, based on a real life teacher in East LA, does its level best to make math exciting.