This Friday sees the release of Flipped, the story of a couple who meet in second grade and go on to find first love as they reach their teenage years.
With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look back at some classic ‘young love’ films. From the sickly sweet to the heart-wrenchingly sad, here are our top ten favourites:
Based on the novel of the same name by Wendelin Van Draanen,
Flipped, stars The Spy Next Door‘s Madeline Carroll as Juli, who quickly falls in love with the boy next door, Bryce, played by Callan McAuliffe. It isn’t until eighth grade that Bryce finally realises he feels the same, but it’s safe to say that – as with most things at that age – it won’t all be plain sailing for the adolescent pair.
2. Little Manhattan
Little Manhattan is the story of eleven-year-old Gabe (Journey to the Center of the Earth‘s Josh Hutcherson) who meets Rosemary Telesco (Charlie Ray), a girl he’s known since kindergarten, when he joins a karate class. He not only falls in love with her, but also her privileged lifestyle, which is very different from his own. However, heartbreak sets in when realises that their love might not last as long as he had hoped.
3. A Little Romance
Third on our list is an oldie, but a goodie. Diane Lane made her big-screen début in this film, starring as a thirteen-year-old American girl living in Paris, who falls in love with a French boy of the same age. When her mother tries to end the romance, they run away together to Venice, in order to “kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset while the bells toll”, which they have been told will mean that they will be in love forever. Oh and a kind, elderly gentleman played by none other than Laurence Olivier helps them on their way.
4. Slumdog Millionaire
A tale of young love lost and then found again, this 2008 film from Danny Boyle might have been told from the perspective of eighteen-year-old Jamal Malik, played by Dev Patel, but it is his encounter with the the beautiful Latika (Freida Pinto) aged just five which drives the plot. This epic love story tells how, for this pair, being together was their destiny. Awww.
5. My Girl
Tissues at the ready – fifth on our list is the classic coming-of-age comedy-drama, My Girl. In her feature film début, Anna Chlumsky plays hypochondriac tomboy Vada, who is teased for her blossoming romance with the unpopular Thomas J. Sennett, played by Macaulay Culkin. They become best friends, blood brothers and share their first kiss, before Thomas dies from an allergic reaction to a bee sting and her world begins to fall apart. Sniff.
6. Endless Love
Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt star in this emotionally intense portrayal of young love, with a screenplay adapted from the novel by Scott Spencer. A tale of passion, obsession, and dangerous attraction. Keep your eyes peeled for Tom Cruise’s first feature film appearance, as well as a pre-Beverly Hills 90210, Ian Ziering.
7. Let Me In
We’ve already told you about how this movie is a remake of the Swedish film, Let the Right One In, and how it stars upcoming child actress Chloe Moretz, but did you know it’s also a recent example of young love on the big screen? Moretz stars opposite Kodi Smit-McPhee, who takes on the role of a 12-year-old boy that falls for a vampire girl. Let Me In is based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who described the film as “a dark and violent love story”.
8. Love Me If You Dare
This French film, released in 2003, tells the story of a friendship between the son of a wealthy Belgian couple and the daughter of poor Polish immigrants. As adults they are played by Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard, but it is as 8-year-olds that they begin the dangerous and outrageous games that mask their true feelings for one another.
Another recent release, Juno, tells the unconventional story of the young love which develops after Juno, played by Ellen Page, discovers she is pregnant with best friend Paulie Bleeker’s baby. Bleeker is played by Michael Cera, who also stars in teen-love flick, Youth in Revolt. The difficult decisions faced by the pair bring them closer together to create one of the quirkiest first-love films around
10. The Blue Lagoon
Perhaps one of the most iconic and unusual tales of young love can be found in the 1980 film, The Blue Lagoon. It’s stars the lovely Brooke Shields again, but this time opposite Christopher Atkins, playing a young couple who are marooned on a desert island when they are children. Without the influences of society, the pair suffer much confusion about their growing physical attraction, and develop a somewhat naive relationship based on natural instinct as they mature.
Flipped is released in UK cinemas on 12th November 2010.