8. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
God bless Phoebe Cates.
Fast Times is actually a hugely important movie, launching the careers of some of today’s most important actors. Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker and the screenwriter Cameron Crowe. But perhaps the most iconic, lasting image from this movie is those few slow-motion seconds of 19-year-old Phoebe.
The actress, of Chinese-Filipino-Russian-Jewish descent, got her 15 seconds of fame, and became the epitome of every high school boy’s fantasy by opening up her red bikini top. It’s barely sexual, really little more than a punchline, and it’s become crystallised as one of the simplest nude scenes of a more innocent time.