Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

#15. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Not only is Scott Pilgrm vs. the World one of the most unique presentations of break-up and romance, but it’s also quite the perfect coming-of-age story. Using video game and comic book style to tell the story of the somewhat jerky-jerk romantic endeavors of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), there’s so much wonderful visual storytelling done here by Edgar Wright. While the movie is very energetic and in your face with the concept, there’s a lot of subtle things to appreciate as well in repeat viewings as far as how it represents relationships and break-ups.

#14. Wild

Wild

This movie is still fresh on everyone’s mind, so you might find it difficult to measure up against some of the more iconic films in this list. However, Wild absolutely blew me away when I saw it last fall. It was not a film that I was expecting to love so dearly, but it pulled aggressively at my heartstrings. Reese Witherspoon was a little too old to play the part, but the character nonetheless goes through some harrowing growing up as she sets out on the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself after dealing with the death of her mother, drug addiction and her own crumbling marriage.

#13. The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

Here’s yet another adaptation of a beloved book making the countdown. This time it’s Sofia Coppola behind the camera delivering what could arguably be her best film, depending on how much you love Lost in Translation. The film follows five mysterious sisters as they become the obsession of a group of young boys, mystified and fascinated by their sheltered life, ruled by super religious parents. As the title implies, this leads to their eventual demise, which is obviously sad, but also beautifully presented.

#12. The Sandlot

The Sandlot

Whether you like baseball or not, this movie is just mandatory viewing as a young kid. Told in an era when kids roamed neighborhoods freely, scraped their knees and actually played outside, The Sandlot depicts the kind of childhood that your parents (at least if you’re a child of the 90s) have told you about on many occasions. Seeing how this group of kids comes to accept an outsider in their intimate game of America’s favorite pasttime is just a delight, and hearing about what they all did as adults really hits home when you’re grown up and think about where all the kids you once knew ended up.

#11. Mean Girls

Mean Girls

It’s a shame that Lindsay Lohan ended up straying from her promising career, because Mean Girls really showed that she had promise as an actress. Written by Tina Fey (again, adapted from a book) and directed by Mark Waters, this was a surprisingly funny and insightful look at being a teenager in high school in 2004 (though much of the lessons here actually works for any generation). It’s amazing that any of us actually make it out of high school alive.

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