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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    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955 More
    48
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    The Giant Gila Monster

    1959 More
    23
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    1961 More
    55
  4. 121
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    1964 More
    27
    added by: RubenVrielynck
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    The Last Picture Show

    1971 More
    37
    added by: KirkSaw
  6. 60
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    American Graffiti

    1973 More
    51
  7. 89
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    1976 More
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    1978 More
    87
  9. 108
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    39
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    46
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    1982 More
    73
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    Porky's

    1982 More
    48
    added by: Pallknowing1
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    Risky Business

    1983 More
    53
    added by: KirkSaw
  14. 27
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    65
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    WarGames

    1983 More
    46
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    Footloose

    1984 More
    71
  18. 55
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    1984 More
    42
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    The Karate Kid

    1984 More
    63
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    1985 More
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    1985 More
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  25. 63
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    Teen Wolf

    1985 More
    50
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Breakfast Club

    1985 More
    100
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    1985 More
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  28. 113
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    The Sure Thing

    1985 More
    35
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    Weird Science

    1985 More
    60
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    1986 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
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    One Crazy Summer

    1986 More
    36
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    River's Edge

    1986 More
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    Dirty Dancing

    1987 More
    71
  39. 125
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    1987 More
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  40. 78
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    1987 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Lost Boys

    1987 More
    62
  42. 48
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    Heathers

    1988 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
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    1988 More
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    added by: PeteBoyle
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989 More
    50
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    1989 More
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    Dead Poets Society

    1989 More
    67
    added by: KirkSaw
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    Say Anything...

    1989 More
    55
  48. 103
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  50. 86
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