Age: 20
Best projects: The Patriot (2000), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Up until this point, Logan Lerman hasn’t done much to justify such a high placement on this countdown. In hopes of launching into teen actor mega-stardom through a pair of potential franchises, Percy Jackson and The Three Musketeers, the Beverly Hills native attached himself to a pair of underwhelming misfires that didn’t tap into his abilities.

Come this October, however, you’ll all see why we’ve given Lerman this look. As the lead in the terrific high school dramedy The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lerman gives, yes, a performance worthy of awards consideration—even if it’s just a Teen Choice nod. He plays a freshman loner who’s grappling with mental demons while developing close friendships with a group of eccentric seniors.

Touching upon everything from drug use to suicide, The Perks of Being a Wallflower bravely approaches its heavy subject matter with honesty and force, and Lerman anchors the film with a revelatory turn. Expect big things from your man here.