Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez
Besides the super-cast of young talent (we're talking young Cruise, Swayze, Lowe and Diane Lane, and we'll also mention the film helped start The Brat Pack of the '80s), The Outsiders is one of the most exhilarating gang films ever produced. Which is pretty dope, seeing as how it was based on a novel written by a 16-year-old girl, S. E. Hinton, in 1967.
The film focuses on the mounting tension between two gangs who are polar opposites on the social ladder, the Socs and the Greasers. Gang wars, noble deeds and winning the affection of girls is all covered in the teen angst piece disguised as a badass brawl.—TA