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The greatest ‘70s teen movies are a blend of romance, comedy, and sometimes serious drama. Many of the coming-of-age tales featured on this list went on to garner critical acclaim and large cult followings.

 On this list, you will find Meatballs, the Ivan Reitman-directed comedy featuring Bill Murray in his first starring role. Other teen comedies of the 1970s include Animal House, as well as the musical comedy Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as ‘50s high school-ers.

Several teenage horror flicks made their way onto this list as well.
Carrie, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, portrays a troubled high school student who exacts her revenge on the classmates that shunned her. 

Vote up the best teen movies from the 1970s below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie ...more

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialCarrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film received two Academy Award nominations, one ...more

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National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College. The ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialHalloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in ...more

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Over the Edge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Over the Edge Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Harry Northup Over the Edge is a coming-of-age drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan released in May 1979. Due to the negative publicity surrounding a wave of recent youth gang films such as The Warriors and Boulevard Nights, Over the Edge had a limited ...more

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Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Meatballs Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. It is noted for Bill Murray's first film appearance in a starring role and for launching Reitman into a distinguished career of financially successful comedies including Stripes ...more

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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film borrows elements from the Anabasis by Xenophon. ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile ...more

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, John Marley, Ray Milland and Tommy Lee Jones in ...more

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Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Quadrophenia Sting, Ray Winstone, Timothy Spall Quadrophenia is a 1979 British film, loosely based on the 1973 rock opera of the same name by The Who. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a 1960s Mod, supported by Leslie Ash, Toyah and, towards the end of the film, Sting. It was directed by ...more

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The Lords of Flatbush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
The Lords of Flatbush Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Susan Blakely The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen Verona, The Lords of Flatbush is a low-budget film ...more

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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln The Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The story is inspired by the 1960 Swedish film The Virgin Spring, directed by Ingmar Bergman, ...more

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Corvette Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Corvette Summer Ian McKellen, Mark Hamill, Danny Bonaduce Corvette Summer is an American film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1978 starring Mark Hamill and Annie Potts. It tells the story of a lonely, car-obsessed California teenager and the theft of his beloved customized Corvette Stingray. ...more

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Skatetown, U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Skatetown, U.S.A. Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick, Scott Baio Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. The film features many TV stars from the 1960s and 1970s, among them Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Ron ...more

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Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Ru... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway William Schallert, Georg Stanford Brown, Eve Plumb Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway is a dramatic made-for-television movie, which premiered on NBC on September 27, 1976. The story follows a 15-year-old girl named Dawn Wetherby who runs away from home to Hollywood, California and becomes a ...more

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Malibu Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Malibu Beach Bruce Kimball, James Daughton, Kim Lankford Malibu Beach is 1978 comedy film written by Celia Susan Cotelo and Robert J. Rosenthal and directed by Robert J. Rosenthal.

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The Strongest Man in the World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
The Strongest Man in the World Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Dick Van Patten The Strongest Man in the World is a 1975 Disney film starring Kurt Russell, still a student in the fictional Medfield College. It is the sequel to the 1972 film Now You See Him, Now You Don't, itself a sequel to the 1969 film, The Computer Wore ...more

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The Wanderers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
The Wanderers Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Wanderers is a 1979 drama film about gangs and the greaser subculture, based on the novel "The Wanderers" by Richard Price. It marks the sixth feature film directed by American Philip Kaufman.

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Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Jeremy Robby Benson, Leonardo Cimino, Glynnis O'Connor Jeremy is a 1973 film written and directed by Arthur Barron and starring Robby Benson and Glynnis O'Connor. They play two high school students, who share a tentative monthlong romance. Benson was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his ...more

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Cooley High is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Cooley High Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams Cooley High is a 1975 American film based upon the real high school located on the near north side of Chicago, produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte. The film, set in 1964 Chicago, Illinois, stars ...more

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar Hansen, who respectively portray ...more

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Roller Boogie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Roller Boogie Linda Blair, Dick Van Patten, Beverly Garland Roller Boogie is a 1979 musical film starring Linda Blair and introducing Jim Bray, a former competitive artistic skater from California. The film also stars Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard, and Kimberly Beck, and is directed by Mark L. Lester. ...more

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Hometown U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Hometown U.S.A. Gary Springer, Maida Belove

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Big Wednesday is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Big Wednesday Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale Big Wednesday is a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Co-written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story Aaberg had published in a 1974 Surfer Magazine ...more

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Van Nuys Blvd. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Van Nuys Blvd. Cynthia Wood, Bella Bruck, Melissa Prophet Van Nuys Blvd. was a 1979 motion picture released by Crown International Pictures, written and directed by William Sachs. The movie featured 1974 Playboy Playmate of the Year Cynthia Wood. The film tells the story of a small-town boy who hears ...more

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A Swedish Love Story is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
A Swedish Love Story Margreth Weivers, Björn Andrésen, Bertil Norström A Swedish Love Story is a 1970 Swedish romantic drama directed by Roy Andersson, starring Ann-Sofie Kylin and Rolf Sohlman as two teenagers falling in love. Inspired by the Czechoslovak New Wave, the film was Andersson's feature film debut and ...more

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
I Wanna Hold Your Hand Nancy Allen, Dick Miller, Wendie Jo Sperber I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a 1978 comedy film directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, which takes its name from the 1963 song of the same name by The Beatles. It was produced and co-written by Bob Gale. The film is about ...more

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Picnic at Hanging Rock Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts, Tony Llewellyn-Jones Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Anne-Louise Lambert, Helen Morse, Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray and Dominic Guard. The film was adapted by Cliff Green from the 1967 novel of the ...more

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The Pom Pom Girls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
The Pom Pom Girls Robert Carradine The Pom Pom Girls is a 1976 film directed by Joseph Ruben. The screenplay was written by Ruben and based on a story by him and Robert J. Rosenthal. The movie was shot on location at Chaminade High School in Los Angeles. ...more

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Buster and Billie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Blazermamaw added Buster and Billie Robert Englund, Jan-Michael Vincent, Pamela Sue Martin Buster and Billie is an American motion picture released by Columbia Pictures. The film was of the tragic romance/revenge film genres. It was directed by Daniel Petrie, whose credits include films such as Fort Apache, The Bronx. In the title ...more

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Almost Summer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Almost Summer Lee Purcell, Bruno Kirby Almost Summer is a 1978 film directed by Martin Davidson, and produced by Motown Productions for Universal Pictures. It is the only Motown theatrical feature not to center on African-American characters. Though not successful at the box office, ...more

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More American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
More American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips More American Graffiti is a 1979 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It is a sequel to George Lucas's 1973 film American Graffiti. Whereas the first film followed a group of friends during the summer evening ...more

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Massacre at Central High is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Massacre at Central High Robert Carradine, Andrew Stevens, Kimberly Beck Massacre at Central High is a 1976 horror-thriller film directed by Dutch director Rene Daalder, a protégé of Russ Meyer. Despite its title, it is not at all a slasher film; the film is more an odd and violent political allegory, ...more

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Leave Us Alone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Leave Us Alone Lasse Nielsen, Ernst Johansen In this Danish film, like the unrelated but very similar film Lord of the Flies, a largish group of unformed young people find themselves alone on an island with no civilizing adult presence to restrain them. In this film, the group includes ...more

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On the Air Live with Captain M... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
On the Air Live with Captain Midnight John Ireland, Barry Greenberg, Tracy Sebastian On the Air Live with Captain Midnight is a 1979 movie directed by Beverly Sebastian and Ferd Sebastian with Tracy Sebastian as Marvin Ziegler, aka Captain Midnight, who runs his own pirate radio station and becomes an underground cult hit. The ...more

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Lemon Popsicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Lemon Popsicle Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy, Anat Atzmon Boaz Davidson co-wrote and directed this nostalgic schoolboy romance, taking place in 1950s Tel Aviv. The story deals with three young men -- Bentzi (Jesse Katsur), Momo (Jonathan Sagalle), and Yuda'leh (Zachi Noy) -- who only have girls on ...more

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Summer City is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Summer City Mel Gibson, John Jarratt, Steve Bisley Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialSummer City also known as Coast of Terror is a 1977 Australian surfer film, filmed in Newcastle, Australia. The film also features Mel Gibson in his debut role.

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Teens in the Universe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Teens in the Universe Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Natalya Fateeva, Igor Ledogorov Teens in the Universe is a Soviet 1974 film directed by Richard Viktorov based on a script by Isai Kuznetsov and Avenir Zak. Preceded by Moscow-Cassiopeia. Runtime - 84 min.