1. "Dazed and Confused" (1993)
Donnie Darko may be more angst-y, but Richard Linklater's look back at high school life in the mid-'70s hits the sweet spot between humor, nostalgia and universal recognition. Most of us can relate at least partly to the perspective of football star Jason London and his test of principles; bullied, passive-aggressive intellectual Adam Goldberg; nervous, put-upon freshman Wiley Wiggins or any of his friends to come under the paddle of brain-dead Ben Affleck - not to mention the feminist argument against Gilligan's Island. And who didn't want one of those egg-shaped Alpha Stereo Chairs?
Angst-ometer rating: 7
Sample quote: "I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor, insignificant preamble to something else."
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