The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films
Ultimate List
287,932 votes 1,288,180 views more info

The Best Teen Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Vote up and add all of your favorite movies that are geared towards and feature teenagers.

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.
  • 110 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
rerank list
  1. 58
    Up 330
    Down 361

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

    open buy @ amazon
  2. 152
    Up 27
    Down 57

    Steve McQueen, Lee Payton, Aneta Corsaut

    open buy @ amazon
  3. 42
    Up 691
    Down 444

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

    open buy @ amazon
  4. 136
    Up 41
    Down 53

    added by RubenVrielynck Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

    open buy @ amazon
  5. 117
    Up 40
    Down 143

    often listed & added by KirkSaw Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

    open buy @ amazon
  6. 53
    Up 381
    Down 329

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

    open buy @ amazon
  7. 74
    Up 423
    Down 313

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

    open buy @ amazon
  8. 5
    Up 7294
    Down 1771

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Sid Caesar

    open buy @ amazon
  9. 102
    Up 131
    Down 131

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

    open buy @ amazon
  10. 86
    Up 230
    Down 253

    Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Belzer, Anne Meara

    open buy @ amazon
  11. 104
    Up 63
    Down 50

    added by 16drprend Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

    open buy @ amazon
  12. 15
    Up 2546
    Down 1413

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker

    open buy @ amazon
  13. 76
    Up 370
    Down 359

    added by Pallknowing1 Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

    open buy @ amazon
  14. 127
    Up 24
    Down 78

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

    open buy @ amazon
  15. 46
    Up 621
    Down 505

    often listed & added by KirkSaw Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

    open buy @ amazon
  16. 26
    Up 2943
    Down 1081

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

    open buy @ amazon
  17. 78
    Up 353
    Down 369

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

    open buy @ amazon
  18. 50
    Up 1354
    Down 845

    ranked low on reranks Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

    open buy @ amazon
  19. 20
    Up 3257
    Down 1253

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

    open buy @ amazon
  20. 48
    Up 374
    Down 157

    ranked low on reranks Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

    open buy @ amazon
  21. 92
    Up 125
    Down 94

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

    open buy @ amazon
  22. 63
    Up 241
    Down 125

    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

    open buy @ amazon
  23. 6
    Up 4925
    Down 1509

    John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

    open buy @ amazon
  24. 31
    Up 2752
    Down 1226

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    open buy @ amazon
  25. 4
    Up 5940
    Down 1494

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

    open buy @ amazon
  26. 93
    Up 174
    Down 222

    John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Curtis Armstrong

    open buy @ amazon
  27. 64
    Up 580
    Down 456

    Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Scott Paulin

    open buy @ amazon
  28. 1
    Up 8919
    Down 1413

    the people's #1 & most listed Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

    open buy @ amazon
  29. 7
    Up 4253
    Down 1109

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

    open buy @ amazon
  30. 133
    Up 30
    Down 90

    Tim Robbins, John Cusack, Nicollette Sheridan

    open buy @ amazon
  31. 36
    Up 1320
    Down 856

    often listed Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall

    open buy @ amazon
  32. 169
    Up 21
    Down 54

    Thomas F. Wilson, Deborah Foreman, Leah Pinsent

    open buy @ amazon
  33. 2
    Up 8602
    Down 1309

    Charlie Sheen, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Broderick

    open buy @ amazon
  34. 112
    Up 93
    Down 185

    often listed & added by KirkSaw Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

    open buy @ amazon
  35. 114
    Up 39
    Down 100

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    open buy @ amazon
  36. 25
    Up 2448
    Down 987

    Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald, James Spader

    open buy @ amazon
  37. 141
    Up 37
    Down 140

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover

    open buy @ amazon
  38. 17
    Up 2123
    Down 770

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

    open buy @ amazon
  39. 71
    Up 251
    Down 192

    Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

    open buy @ amazon
  40. 70
    Up 225
    Down 183

    added by KirkSaw Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

    open buy @ amazon
  41. 16
    Up 3252
    Down 1055

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

    open buy @ amazon
  42. 168
    Up 32
    Down 54

    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

    open buy @ amazon
  43. 79
    Up 173
    Down 223

    often listed & added by KirkSaw Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Eric Stoltz

    open buy @ amazon
  44. 28
    Up 1374
    Down 818

    often listed Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

    open buy @ amazon
  45. 49
    Up 732
    Down 751

    often listed & added by KirkSaw Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

    open buy @ amazon
  46. 106
    Up 61
    Down 85

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

    open buy @ amazon
  47. 38
    Up 467
    Down 161

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    open buy @ amazon
  48. 32
    Up 1458
    Down 786

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

    open buy @ amazon
  49. 18
    Up 2292
    Down 1042

    added by KirkSaw Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

    open buy @ amazon
  50. 43
    Up 910
    Down 805

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

    open buy @ amazon
206 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists