It was placed on the National Film Registry in 1990, has inspired homages from projects as diverse as 'The Simpsons,' 'The Sopranos' and Paula Abdul's 'Rush Rush' video, and it's been the subject of numerous magazine articles and the 'Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause' book by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel.

'Rebel Without a Cause' also sparked a new movie genre -- the teen angst film -- and, most importantly, sealed star James Dean's enduring legend, even though the 1955 movie was released nearly a month after his Sept. 30, 1955, death in a car crash. And, of course, it features one of the most famous movie endings in Hollywood history: the tragic shootout at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
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