The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films
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The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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A list of the best teen movies and films about teenagers, adolescence, and high school. What are the best teen movies of all time? Teenagers and young people have long been an ideal target market for film producers. They have more free time than adults, but can get themselves around and choose their own entertainment more easily than children. As well, they have disposable income, and typically spend more of their money on entertainment than their adult counterparts. What's the best teen movie ever? As this has steadily been true for several decades, it has led to a glut of films designed with teenagers in mind during that time.

Though there is no set definition on what makes a film a "teen movie," other than featuring teenagers (or at the very least, teenaged character) in significant roles, the genre has developed some defining features and common motifs over the years. Often, teen movies will explore high school as an environment, and specifically the high school community and the social cliques that form therein is a constant source of interest and observation. Much of the time, this is done with a snarky or cynical worldview, attempting to reflect the way that jaded teens often see the world of adults. Overwhelmingly popular recent entries in the high school movie sub-genre include Easy A and Mean Girls, while cult films such as Donnie Darko and Pump Up the Volume explore the same issues with an even darker or more subversive outlook.

Teens are also frequently cast as the leads in horror films, particularly the sub-genre known as "slasher films." In these films, attractive young people are typically placed in precarious situations with serial murderers, and audiences can then delight in seeing them ripped apart.

The teen films on this list span all of these sub-genres and more, including genre mash-ups combining several different storytelling modes into one film (such as the horror-comedy Scream franchise.) It's an Open list, so after you're done voting, if you see any great teen films that aren't on here, add them at the bottom of the page.
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    added by rankergrl Adam Sandler, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris

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    Alan Cumming, Ben Stein, Bob Hoskins

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    Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier

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    Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

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    ranked low on reranks Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston, Colin Firth

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    Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, John Schneider

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    Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

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    Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney

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    added by LanaYoshii Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley

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    Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza

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    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

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    Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane

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    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

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    Brittany Snow, Idris Elba, Kellan Lutz

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    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

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    Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah

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    ranked low on reranks & added by rankergrl Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

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    Charlie Sheen, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Broderick

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    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

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    added by teddybear1029 Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

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    Christina Applegate, David Duchovny, Danielle Harris

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    Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

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    Emily Osment, Meaghan Rath, Kay Panabaker

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    Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton

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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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