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1. Say Anything (1989)

Cameron Crowe -- of Singles and Almost Famous renown -- cut his directorial teeth on this tale about a mega-cool underachiever (John Cusack) and beautiful valedictorian (Ione Skye) as they enjoy a romance before she heads off to college. The film was responsible for hundreds of men standing outside bedroom windows holding aloft ghettoblasters.

2.The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five disparate high-school students -- the jock, the weirdo, the rebel, the princess and the nerd -- all end up in detention one Saturday morning. There, they form an unlikely allegiance against their teacher and realise that they have more in common with each other than first meets the eye. Truly epoch-defining stuff.

3. Submarine (2010)

A relative newcomer to the coming-of-age canon, Submarine is based on the superb novel by Joe Dunthorne. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), an overwrought teenager living in 1980s Wales, is getting to grips with his very first girlfriend, eczema and all ... as well as the potential break-up of his parents' relationship. Under the eye of Richard Ayoade (of The IT Crowd), Submarine is stylish, heartfelt and endlessly cool.

4. Juno (2007)

An Oscar winner for best screenplay (and rightly so), Juno is replete with the sort of high-school slang that will leave most older audience members cringeing with familiarity. Yet amid the offbeat wisecracking, the story of Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) who plans to put her baby up for adoption after an unplanned pregnancy, is truly gripping, emotional stuff.

5. Mean Girls (2004)

If you ever stalked the corridors of school in dread of bumping into someone beautiful/popular/cruel, you'll find much to love in this film. Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, a home-schooled redhead who attends school for the first time and falls in with the popular but bitchy Plastics clique. Even with a cast that includes Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey's razor-sharp script is the real star of Mean Girls.

6. Pretty In Pink (1986)

Molly Ringwald was the undisputed teen queen of the 1980s, and she starred in the holy trinity of John Hughes' classics (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink). In this film, Molly's anti-heroine Andie Walsh may be poor, but she still has to choose between the childhood friend who is unconditionally in love with her (Jon Cryer) and a sweet, dashing rich kid (Andrew McCarthy). If only we'd all had that problem ...

7. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Anyone who was anyone back in 1982 starred in this meandering tale about hanging out in the mall, sex and rock'n'roll. Who can forget Sean Penn's star turn as stoner Jeff Spicoli? We never ordered pizza in class, but we still found much to relate to in this Cameron Crowe comedy.

8. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

James Dean became one of the first teen pin-ups in history, and his portrayal of the unforgettable Jim Stark made him immortal. He was born for the role of the rebellious young man who attempts to start afresh in a new town. In Dean's short career (he died aged 24), Rebel Without A Cause, released the year that he died, remains one of the best-known movies of that decade.

9. Almost Famous (2000)

Once again from the pen of Cameron Crowe comes a great character grappling with the twilight between childhood and adulthood.

Fifteen-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is given the chance to shadow his favourite band on a US tour for Rolling Stone magazine. For the first time he encounters sex, drugs and rock'n'roll up close and personal ... oh, and a few groupies thrown in for good measure.

10. The Graduate (1967)

Anne Bancroft stars as Mrs Robinson, the original cougar who has recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) in her crosshairs. Needless to say, the forty-something sex siren gives unassuming, doltish Benjamin a lesson or two in how to be a man. A stone-cold classic.


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