With ''American Teen'' hitting screens and ''HSM3'' en route, we look at the all-time honor roll of the genre, from ''Sixteen Candles'' to ''Napoleon Dynamite''
50. SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961)
Young love especially when it's with the star of the football team can make a girl crazy. Literally. In pre-Depression, small-town Kansas, good-girl Natalie Wood is so tortured by her sexual urges for beau Warren Beatty and conflicting pressure to be moral that she attempts suicide after a school dance and ends up in a sanitarium. It's the ultimate depiction of overwhelming first love, and sorry, religious right a chilling PSA against the dangers of teen abstinence. Josh Wolk
Image Credit: Everett Collection