5. The Wanderers (1979)
The Wanderers focuses on a gang of Italian-American teens in 1963 Bronx, New York City. It is directed by Philip Kaufman and it stars John Friedrich, Ken Wahl, Karen Allen and Toni Kalem. These Italian-American gang has an ongoing power struggle with the rival “Fordham Baldies”.
Movie is based on the novel by Richard Price and during the years movie has gained a cult following, despite the movie’s low budget. Today The Wanderers is accepted as one of the best 50s-60s teen movies. The movie was shot in 1979, so it didn’t have to fit the infamous Hays Code. Therefore it shows the struggle between the teens very well. The movie was shot mostly in Bronx, which was also not seen in many 50s movies. Because most of the 50s and 60s movies were shot in studios.
4. American Graffiti (1973)
American Graffiti could easily be considered as a documentary today. Although the movie was shot in 1973, the story takes place in 1962. It is basicly a coming of age comedy-drama movie and it was directed and co-written by the famous science-fiction director George. It stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips and Wolfman Jack. The story takes place in Modesto, California in 1962.
It shows perfectly the rock and roll sub-culture of the time. The shots are so perfect that you would consider the director had a time machine and went back in time to shoot this movie. The story is basicly told in a series of events that centers the story of a group of teenagers. Movie takes place in one night.
The movie was praised by the critics and the audience as well. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The movie was produced on a $777,000 budget, however it grossed more than $200 million in box office.
3. Grease (1978)
Accepted as one of the top 7 greatest summer movies of all time, Greaser is also a fine greaser movie. Grease is a musical and a romantic comedy-drama movie. It was directed by Randal Kleiser. The movie is based on 1971 musical of the same by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs. The story takes place in early 1950s in a high school somewhere in US. It stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Jeff Conaway. Grease was praised both by the critics and the audience. Its soundtrack was the second-best selling album of the year.
Grease tells the story of Sandy and Danny, two youngesters who met in summer. However they split up because Sandy needed to return to Australia, where she actually lived. However Sandy stayed in US and began to attend the high school that Danny also attended. But the bitter trurh seperated them again, Danny is a greaser and Sandy is a cute girl.
2. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause is a real greaser movie that was actually shot during the mighty years of the greaser sub-culture. The movie tells the story of emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. It stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. And it wa directed by Nicholas Ray.
The movie is mostly known as James Dean’s best performance. And it is mostly considered as the movie which made James Dean a star, cultural icon and role model for millions of young people. Today it is also considered as a cult classic.
Rebel Without A Cause has a special place among the greaser movies because it takes place during the actual greaser times. Back in 50s, greaser sub-culture was accepted as a moral decay and as a disaster.
1. The Wild One (1953)
The Wild One is father of the greaser movies and a true cult classic. It is also considered by many critics as the best movie of Marlon Brando. The movie is among the most influential movies of all time as well. The Wild One is directed by László Benedek. It is known for for Marlon Brando’s iconic and legendary portrayal of a motorcycle gang leader, Johnny Strabler. The Wild One is also accepted as the very original outlaw biker movie ever, which examines motorcycle gang violence.
The Wild One focuses on biker and greaser sub-culture. It criticizes the culture, however it has also created a cult following back in mid 50s. Many youngesters began to act like Marlon Brando. The movie, in a way, supported the greaser culture as well.