Spoiled and manipulative, she could have been insufferable, but Silverstone makes her a winning combination of smart and daffy, wreaking havoc and harmony in equal measure as she sweetly sets about putting her insular world to rights. All the cutesy complacency of high-school movie tropes are stripped away by director Michael Lehmann , with bullying, bulimia and teen suicide all touched upon to remind us in our more rosy-tinted moments that school is hell. When a young boy Henry Thomas senses something watching him in the woods, he discovers a lost and aging alien left behind by his spacecraft. A Taste of Honey Director Tony Richardson A Taste of Honey When Salford born Shelagh Delaney put pen to paper to write her first play, which she completed in just ten days, little could she have imagined both the impact it would have on theatre audiences and the lasting influence the big screen adaptation would have on British cinema. Growing up and finding your place in the adult world is tough, and many of the adolescent romances depicted in British films tell often painfully-learned life lessons. Once a new beau enters the picture, Charlie has to make a decision to either look forward or stay trapped in the past with the memory of his brother. Can I take your order? When love overrides the rules, quarrels become deadly and hearts are in danger of being broken. It takes place over one hot summer night in a small California town in the early 60s, where teenagers endlessly circle in their souped-up cars, racing, picking up dates and trying to score liquor. Rarely has young love been so strikingly portrayed in British cinema. Blue is the Warmest Color illustrates the trials and tribulations of not only young love, but the exploration and understanding of sexuality. Furie The Leather Boys For a few years in the early 60s, Rita Tushingham was the go-to girl for playing teenagers grappling with the ups and downs of their first serious love affairs. Cloud In what is by far the weirdest—and also most hearbreaking—Zac Efron movie, the teen hunk favorite plays Charlie, a popular senior and accomplished sailor gearing up for college. Adapted and toned down for the screen from her own novel of the same name by Gillian Freeman , The Leather Boys was still considered bold and provocative owing to its portrayal of the deep friendship that grows between Reggie and gay biker Pete Dudley Sutton.