Linda in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Played by Phoebe Cates)

We know: Many people remember Fast Times for either Sean Penn’s role as Jeff Spicoli or Phoebe Cates and the pool fantasy sequence. But in fact Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy (above left), was billed above Cates’ brunette Linda (above right) and had the more complex character arc.

The light-haired Stacy looked up to her friend Linda and admired her greater experience, but Stacey is the one we’re most rooting for throughout the movie.

Also, we like how this movie departs from the familiar formula of a regular guy torn between an out-of-his league blonde crush and an extremely available brunette whose inner and outer beauty he has totally failed to recognize.