The Outsiders, 1983
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Notable Cast: C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane
Coppola’s adaptation of The Outsiders launched the film careers of many young actors, including Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. While many of the novel’s events remain in the movie, some were filmed but deleted from the final cut. After fans complained, Coppola restored scenes of key events, such as the courtroom scene, the final argument between the Curtis brothers, and the moment when Ponyboy and Dally see Johnny’s mother at the hospital.