When we were youths or young adults, we were so vulnerable to falling in love that it was easy to forget. When we saw our crush, even the smallest of details would send our hearts racing.
Everyone in high school and college, regardless of cliche, had a love story to tell and movies they could relate to.
Here are a few films that transport me back to the heady days of adolescent love:
1. A Cinderella Story
If you’ve ever been a shy girl with a crush on the popular jock, you’ll love this film! In particular, if August Ames was the jock. Every time I watch the scene in which Sam rushes to the girl to kiss her, the Sam in me breaks down in tears.
2. The DUFF
Until now, no other film has captured the awkwardness of a social outcast surrounded by a group of wildly popular pals. That’s something we can all identify with. There are many girls out there that don’t need to be “attractive” in order to find their Prince Charming, and this movie is for them.
3. She’s All That
Freddie Prinze Jr. was a heartthrob for anyone who grew up in the 1990s! It was a joy to see, despite the fact that this movie was a typical “popular dude makes a bet to make geeky lady prom queen.” Laney is Rachel Leigh Cook’s Laney, and the way his character falls in love with her is heart-wrenching. And then there was that final kiss! *Drools*
4. The Edge Of Seventeen
Nadine, a disturbed teen, is the focus of much of this film. According to one of her stories, she’s begging a bad male to notice her. In the end, he is a real douche when he does it! That’s for sure! Please don’t be alarmed; she eventually meets the right match who treats her exactly as she should be treated. Now, if only it were to occur in the actual world!
5. The Princess Diaries
Every girl aspired to be a princess when this movie came out! Everyone wants the gowns and the tiaras, after all. Have you ever had a crush on your best friend’s handsome brother? If this is the case, then Mia and Michael’s sweet relationship will resonate with you. As a princess, she remembers all the times Michael saw her for who she was, not just her appearance.
6. She’s The Man
With the whole “female claiming to be boy” pandemonium, this movie was a barrel of laughs. It’s CHANNING TATUM that distracts you from everything else! When I think about him, I get butterflies in my tummy! To be Viola for a day, I’d give up everything I own!
7. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
One of Bollywood’s early introductions to adolescent love and its accompanying heartbreaks was this film. Every time I get a crush on someone, the song “Pehla nasha pehle khumar” runs in my head.
In this film, I saw myself as a high school student attempting to win over the attention of the boy I was crushing on. It focuses on how our friends have an impact on our love lives.
9. Mujhse fraandship karoge
A wonderful example of how social media can transform us into someone else, especially when it comes to interacting with people we’d rather avoid face-to-face. A narrative about four college freshmen on the lookout for love among themselves. Not one of us is exempt.
10. 13 Going On 30
A 13-year-old Jennifer Garner plays the character of a 30-year-old woman who wakes up one day in her own body! She comes to terms with the fact that she lost her best friend Matt, played by Mark Ruffalo, as a child because of her drive to be popular. This film made me realize that I should never forget who my actual friends are, especially when it comes to a petty thing like hanging out with the “popular” group of people.
11. The First Time
It’s hard to find a better example of how two people may be in love with the wrong person and yet be miserable than this film. A chance encounter between a young man and a young woman results in an instant connection, and the two become aware of what it’s like to experience love for the first time.
12. Picture This
Do you have overbearing parents? Have a thing for him, but he’s already got someone else? Everyone has had these issues at some point in their lives. However, in this film, something that doesn’t happen very often actually did. Ashley Tisdale, the domineering father’s daughter, finally convinces him that she is an adult and not a child. And she gets the guy, as well.. OBVIOUSLY!
13. Wild Child
Many of us had a rebellious phase as children. And quite a few of us paid the price for it. Our heroine has been exiled to a boarding school for her own good, and here is her narrative. She develops feelings for the headmistress’s son despite the fact that this is not permitted. Why do we continually crave the things that are prohibited?
14. Kissing Booth
Basically, this film has everything. Kissing booths and bad lads! Is there anything not to like?
Now it’s time for me to go back to my lonesome existence.