#10. The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back

It’s time for our first and only water park entry on this list. This Sundance selected coming of age comedy hits plenty of familiar notes that have been covered by countless films before, but it’s the personalities at the Water Wizz water park that make this one special. Shot on location at a real water park of the same name in Massachusetts, the park in the movie is run lazily by Sam Rockwell, with plenty of badgering from Maya Rudolph. It’s here that struggling, awkward youngster Liam James (who was in the running for the new Spider-Man) comes out of his shell, interacting with unique employees like Lewis (Jim Rash) and Roddy (Nat Faxon).

#9. Strangers on a Train – Carousel Final Fight

You can’t go wrong with a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller that concludes with a stand-off on a carousel that spins wildly out of control. For a film released in 1951, this is quite the action-packed finale, and that just shows the genius of Hitchcock. If this film were made today, this scene would probably happen on a high speed roller coaster that has been rigged to explode if it stops before the missile inside of it launches to blow up the moon.

#8. Grease – You’re the One That I Want / We Go Together

Do high schools have carnivals like this anymore? Well, at one point they did, and that’s where Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) unveil their drastically new looks. And because it’s a musical, it’s not long before they’re singing about how much they love each other, dancing and singing around the fun house. We even get a nice two-fer since the musical number for “You’re the One That I Want” goes right into the finale “We Go Together.” And like any good romance, our two lovers hop in a hot rod and fly into the sky. Wait, what?

#7. Adventureland

Adventureland

After Kristen Stewart became huge in The Twilight Saga, but before Jesse Eisenberg would go on to create Facebook or terrorize Superman, these two stars struck up a romance at the rundown amusement park called Adventureland. The park is actually Kennywood, a historic amusement park in nearby West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, but it’s based on a park of the same name in Farmingdale, New York. Director and writer Greg Mottola actually worked at the New York park in the 80s, which loosely inspired this film.

Much like The Way Way Back, this cast also features some great supporting comedy stars before they got much bigger, such as “SNL” cast members Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. And of course there’s Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds, who probably won’t be encountering Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the DC Comics universe anytime soon. It’s another one of those formulaic coming of age movies, but it’s easily one of the best movies Stewart has done, and works splendidly.

#6. Big – Your Wish is Granted

Big

Sadly, this scene isn’t available online for some reason. But considering how iconic this early Tom Hanks movie from the 80s has become, we’re pretty sure you can run through the whole scene in your head without any problems. It’s because of this movie that almost any novelty wish-granting arcade machine is referred to as a Zoltar machine. And you can guarantee that anyone who happens to stumble upon one of these that still exist (there’s more than you would think, simply because of the legacy of the movie) will be taking a selfie with it and making a wish. Though they’re probably not wishing to be big anymore, because mostly everyone who loves this movie nowadays is an adult.

#5. The Sandlot – Let’s Ride

Whether or not you love baseball, The Sandlot has become a rite of passage for kids growing up. Those who grew up watching the film in the 90s have introduced it to the kids of their own they have today. And in what is probably the second best use of the song “Tequila” on the big screen, this scene brings back memories of all the stupid stuff you did as a kid to make you feel like a big shot. And at the same time, it also serves as a lesson to kids watching that sometimes doing some of the stuff that adults do just isn’t a good idea. Also, this might be some of the most disgusting vomit in a movie.

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