The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films

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.

List Criteria: Films about teenagers or set in high school

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    Step Brothers

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  2. 79
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  4. 82
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  5. 102
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  6. 136
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    added by: rankergrl
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    1982 More
    73
  12. 84
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    1996 More
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    Step Up

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    Porky's

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  20. 89
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    1976 More
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    Varsity Blues

    1999 More
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  22. 30
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    Say Anything...

    1989 More
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  25. 94
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  26. 77
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    Twilight

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    added by: TerriMorrison
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    1987 More
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    The Dark Knight

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    added by: MikePedro
  30. 104
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    I Am Number Four

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  33. 114
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    Lucas

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    Kevin & Perry Go Large

    2000 More
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    Dirty Dancing

    1987 More
    71
  41. 90
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    1992 More
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    1983 More
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    The Hunger Games

    2012 More
    68
    added by: seane797
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    American Graffiti

    1973 More
    51
  47. 7
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    1999 More
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