8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Years from now, audiences will view Stephen Chbosky’s coming-of-age drama with the same heartfelt reverence currently reserved for top-shelf John Hughes films like Some Kind of Wonderful and The Breakfast Club. Deadly accurate song selections, painfully truthful dialogue, the beating heart breaking through the screen – for so many reasons, Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel redefines the high-school-outcasts genre while also embracing a litany of pertinent teen issues. Plus, the cast excels from top to bottom, with Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman delivering fragile lead performances that continue to build on their impressive resumes. For teenagers – and those of us who were teenagers once -- Perks is about as good as it gets.

Best Moment: Encouraged by Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick’s (Miller) goofily choreographed dance to “Come On Eileen” at the school mixer, the painfully shy Charlie (Lerman) musters enough strength to push off the wall from which he leans and test the waters of the dance floor. His moves are slight and awkward. But instead of ridicule, Charlie is met with enthusiasm by his new, offbeat friends … instantly changing his life for the better.

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