Released: 2002
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, Melonie Diaz

We all love Kids for its comical glorification of NYC teenagers, but to us, Raising Victor Vargas feels a lot more authentic. The sweet (not sappy) story of adolescent love is also an ode to the Lower East Side—the real L.E.S., minus the misanthropic gerbils who hang out at Supreme.

The original title of the movie was Long Way Home, which sounds like a bad Kevin Costner rom-com.