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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    Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez

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    Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale

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    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi

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    Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow

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    Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutcherson

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    added by KirkSaw Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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    Alan Cumming, Ben Stein, Bob Hoskins

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    Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Ealy

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    Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer

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    Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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    Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer

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    Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon

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    Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    added by KirkSaw Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    added by seane797 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    added by softserve Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Pierre Léaud

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Steve McQueen, Lee Payton, Aneta Corsaut

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    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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    added by LanaYoshii Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

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    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    added by Logan2011 Lacey Chabert, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans

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    added by Pallknowing1 Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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    ranked low on reranks Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly

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    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Johnny Depp, Shaquille O'Neal, Katie Holmes

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    Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza

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    Russell Brand, Gemma Arterton, Lena Headey

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    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

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    Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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    added by PeteBoyle Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos

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    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence

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    ranked low on reranks & added by DaniFenn-Wells Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Rachel Hunter, Robert Wagner, Stacy Keach

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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    added by teddybear1029 Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

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    Diora Baird, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez

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    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

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