The Outsiders is a 1983 coming-of-age drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton. It follows two rival gangs in Oklahoma during the 1960 s: the Greasers and Socs (short for Socials). Both sides are constantly at odds with each other due to their different social standings, which leads to an escalating cycle of violence between them that eventually culminates in tragedy.
The movie stars many big names such as Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Patrick Swayze, among others. It was well received upon its release, both critically and commercially, grossing over $33 million worldwide against its modest budget of just under $10 million dollars, making it one of Coppola's biggest hits up until that point in his career. In addition to being popularly successful, The Outsiders also gained significant recognition from various award ceremonies, including Academy Awards nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Macchio).
Overall, The Outsiders remains one of Francis Ford Coppola's most iconic films and serves as an important milestone in his directing career, demonstrating how he could make a powerful statement about youth culture while still remaining true to commercial success expectations – something he would become even more adept at later on with movies like Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) or The Godfather Part III (1990).