As much as Rob Reiner's 'Stand by Me' is a coming of age story about a group of boys in a dusty Oregon town, it's also a reminder that allowing yourself to be vulnerable to life's experiences can change the path you travel for better, or sometimes, for worse. For Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell, it was also a time in their young careers where everything seemed possible -- and like the friends they play in the movie, some of them didn't make it, some did okay and others stumbled but carried on.

The 1986 film based on the Stephen King novella, 'The Body,' which tells the tale of best pals who make the journey to see the corpse of a boy they know, who's been stranded in the woods after a train accident. Vern (O'Connell) overhears his older brother talking about the macabre incident, and delivers the news to the group -- all of them convinced they'll become local heroes if they take a trip and make the discovery before the older guys get there.