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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  1. 125
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  2. 41
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    Spider-Man

    2002 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
  3. 134
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    about to drop off
    Project X

    1987 More
    26
  4. 120
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    2005 More
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  5. 118
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  6. 116
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    I Am Number Four

    2011 More
    32
  7. 106
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    Road Trip

    2000 More
    40
  8. 10
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    The Goonies

    1985 More
    77
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    1985 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
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    controversial
    The Hunger Games

    2012 More
    68
    added by: seane797
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  12. 98
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    Red Dawn

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    42
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    Meatballs

    1979 More
    39
  14. 26
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    2004 More
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  15. 70
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    Not Another Teen Movie

    2001 More
    48
    added by: Logan2011
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    Porky's

    1982 More
    48
    added by: Pallknowing1
  17. 61
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    1984 More
    50
  18. 88
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    Step Brothers

    2008 More
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  19. 13
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  20. 81
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  21. 60
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    American Graffiti

    1973 More
    51
  22. 115
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    1988 More
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    added by: PeteBoyle
  23. 59
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  24. 21
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    21 Jump Street

    2012 More
    68
    added by: DaniFenn-Wells
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    The Dark Knight

    2008 More
    49
    added by: MikePedro
  26. 46
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    Scream

    1996 More
    54
  27. 104
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    added by: MikePedro
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    Dazed and Confused

    1993 More
    73
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    The Descendants

    2011 More
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    added by: rankergrl
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    1976 More
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  33. 39
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    controversial
    Donnie Darko

    2001 More
    58
  34. 52
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    Friday Night Lights

    2004 More
    53
    added by: KirkSaw
  35. 110
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    The Last Picture Show

    1971 More
    37
    added by: KirkSaw
  36. 47
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    The Blind Side

    2009 More
    54
  37. 27
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    The Outsiders

    1983 More
    65
  38. 23
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    Stand by Me

    1986 More
    67
  39. 131
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    about to drop off
    Evan Almighty

    2007 More
    26
  40. 137
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    about to drop off
    The Giant Gila Monster

    1959 More
    23
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    Zombieland

    2009 More
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  42. 55
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    Gremlins

    1984 More
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  43. 90
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    1992 More
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    The Lost Boys

    1987 More
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    Teen Wolf

    1985 More
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  46. 62
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989 More
    50
  47. 111
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    Brick

    2006 More
    36
    added by: KirkSaw
  48. 45
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1984 More
    54
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    Empire Records

    1995 More
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    Thirteen

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    added by: KirkSaw
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