Director: George Lucas
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Candy Clark
Lesson Learned: Sorry, Volvo owners, but badass cars always have, and always will, make ladies swoon.

The lineage of nostalgic teen comedies traces directly back to American Graffiti, arguably the genre's most influential entry. George Lucas curbed his inner sci-fi geek to delicately flash back to 1962, replacing spaceships with muscle cars and aliens with believable high school seniors looking to party hard before heading off to college, and subsequently into the real world. Devoid of cynicism, American Graffiti holds up as a refreshingly cheery joy ride through a time when rock 'n' roll music was a newfound treasure and hot rods attracted wholesome girls like Tony Montana to hard white. It's a lot like Grease, except there's none of that fruity song-and-dance nonsense. *Quickly hides his John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John poster*