Amidst the bright colored bluster of early summer season blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Furious 7, it was easy to miss a small romantic comedy like Aloha sneaking into theaters. But Cameron Crowe’s latest does indeed make its way onto movie screens across the country this weekend, bringing a star-filled cast of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, and Alec Baldwin, among others, along for the ride.

Crowe is a filmmaker who takes his sweet time, often letting many years elapse between the releases of his projects, and as such, he only has a handful of titles on his resume. But it’s also part of why we tend to get excited when a new one pops up, and with that in mind, what better time to countdown our top five favorite Cameron Crowe movies than right now? This is, of course, a highly subjective list, so sound off in the comments below and let us know where you think we went wrong, and what you would have placed where.

Fast Times
5. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Okay, maybe it’s bad form to start out with something of a loophole, as Fast Times at Ridgemont High isn’t exactly what you might call a "Cameron Crowe film." He did write the screenplay, and if you’re paying attention, his fingerprints are all over the place, but it is actually directed by Amy Heckerling. Still, it’s Crowe’s script, based on a book he wrote after going undercover at a San Diego high school (that in itself sounds like a movie), that gave us indelible characters like Jeff Spicoli, Mr. Hand, and Brad and Stacey Hamilton, and it shares a trait with his later filmography in that it features a killer soundtrack full of memorable music moments. Capturing the small details of high school life like few other films, the 1982 flick basically laid out the roadmap for a decade’s worth of bittersweet teen comedies, and who are we kidding, the influence is still readily felt today.

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