The film that made James Dean an icon. Centered around his character, Jim, the story shadows how the troubled teenager feel's he can do no right as he mixes with the wrong 'friends', meet's Catch 22 situations, and faces a wrath of danger as his world is seemingly fighting back at him from all corners. Confiding with Judy (Natalie Wood), and looking after a young boy named Plato, the three bond briefly as a small unit, rebelling against the conventional nature of being a 'teen' and learning to love one-another.
From start to finish, the film is flawless in its depiction of confusion and insecurity. More importantly, it provides some answers as to why teenagers suffered these symptoms, and the cost of making choices for the benefit of others, only to realise that you will always lose and never gain. For me, the best scene in the film see's Jim and Judy lying on a bed in the abandoned Mansion. Judy asks what Jim thinks a girl looks for in a guy. While he suggests "a man", she corrects him buy saying all they want is someone sincere and gentle. This is such a fantastic observation on the confusion as to what it takes to be accepted by the other sex, and the requirements each felt were needed in order to be liked.
Given that this was released in 1955, Rebel was a truly ambitious feat in that centered from the teenagers point of view with a brutal nature rather than looking down on them as 'juvenile delinquents'. What's more, it makes the viewer sympathetic for the main characters - Jim, Judy and Plato, without once stopping to understand why. The film is more ever more important now for learning that while the 'teenager' has changed at face value since the films release, they still remain the same, insecure person inside.