Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Becker, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston
Lesson Learned: The hotness that is Phoebe Cates will never lose its power.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High is worthy of many thanks. For one, we're grateful that director Amy Heckerling's equally humorous and intimate film is able to show that kids back in the crazy '80s weren't much different than today's youth; they chased skirts, got stoned, worked long hours for minimal wage, and jerked off in their parents' bathroom. And secondly, Fast Times will forever earn its praise for Sean Penn's performance as burnt-out surfer dude Jeff Spicoli—it's a tour de force of braindead aloofness.

Those aspects of Fast Times are great and all, but let's keep it funky: The movie is a national treasure simply because of Phoebe Cates. Her iconic, slow-motion emergence from that pool, in that red two-piece bikini, which drops to the concrete and lets Cates' boobies fly, is a timeless source of, um, pleasure. Now you know why it's good to know that chicken-choking has long been in vogue.