“Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.” Great early Sean Penn role, along with an ensemble of character actors you’re familiar with and some that should have been more famous. It says reform school but this fits right in on a list of great prison movies. Dark and Gritty. The scene of the accidental killing is nuts. Prime Video.
Based on real life memoirs, it’s the story of a rebellious teen in the 50’s and his abusive step father. This comes out the same year as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and puts DiCaprio on the map. He goes toe to toe with De Niro and is absolutely fantastic. Cannot believe I had never seen this before. HBO Max.