scene from Havana Nights

These light-hearted, touching movies about the joys and challenges of growing up will resonate with everyone, from the truly young to the young at heart.

1. Adventureland

Life after college is not really what James expected. And he soon realises that his fancy education barely qualifies him to do manual labour. Now he wants to go to Europe, but his parents say they won’t subsidise the trip. James has no choice but to get a crummy summer job at a themepark to make his own money. But he has no idea how his summer at Adventureland will change his life. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star in this rollercoaster of a comedy.

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2. Good Will Hunting

Probably the most serious but also the most critically acclaimed movie on this list is a modern classic starring Robin Williams with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who are besties IRL, btw). Will Hunting (Damon) has one of the most gifted minds at a top American university. The only thing is, he’s the janitor with a criminal record. But everything changes when he meets an incredible shrink (Williams) who teaches him about life, fate, choices and how sometimes the things that go wrong just aren’t your fault.

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3. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Moving to Cuba with her parents, Katey longs for her life back in the US... until she meets Javier, the handsome waiter who shares her passion for dance. This story follows the classic line of the original movie, about a young, awkward woman who discovers her own sensuality while searching for love and independence.

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4. The Kings of Summer

Tired of their parents' behaviour, three teenagers head off into the woods and build their own house. Finally free, they start to figure out what life's all about and discover the magic that unfolds when you spread your wings. Of course, they have no real plan, no skills, and no resources - but why live, when you can rule? This film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and stars Nick Offerman as an imposing father (of course).

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5. Very Good Girls

Two friends make a pact to lose their virginity before college. But then the same artist enters both their lives and the teens' friendship comes under threat. This movie is about finding yourself, and knowing that no relationship will bring you fulfillment if you can’t be happy by yourself.

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