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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    Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly

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    Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow

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    Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Belzer, Anne Meara

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    Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Diana Bracho

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    Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Tobey Maguire

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    Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jamie Chung

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker

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  13. 176
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    Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Costner, Sela Ward

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    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

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    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

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    Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton

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    Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis

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    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

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  20. 196
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    Misha Collins, Adrien Brody, Ben Foster

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    Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hutcherson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Rudd

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    Diora Baird, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez

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    Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

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    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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    Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anna Kournikova

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    Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen, Aaron Eckhart

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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi

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    Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan

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    Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez

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    Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union

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    Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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    Michelle Trachtenberg, Zac Efron, Matthew Perry

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    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed

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    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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    Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

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    Emily Osment, Meaghan Rath, Kay Panabaker

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    Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

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    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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    Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney

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    Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid

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    Tom Cruise, Jackie Earle Haley, Shelley Long

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