After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local girl Judy. However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz. When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.
- Genre: Drama
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Keyword: individual, rebel, street gang, car race, parent child relationship, underground world, authority, unsociability, coming of age, based on short story, teen rebel, griffith observatory, teenager
- Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen