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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  1. 1
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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

  3. 3
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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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  4. 4
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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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  6. 6
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    10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

  7. 7
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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

  8. 8
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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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    Easy A is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

  10. 10
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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    American Pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Superbad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Superbad Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Napoleon Dynamite Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    She's the Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    She's the Man Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    17 Again is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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    Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    13 Going on 30 Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    John Tucker Must Die is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    John Tucker Must Die Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

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    A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    The Parent Trap Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time


    Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Heathers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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    Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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    Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Teen Movies of All Time

    added by KirkSaw
    Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

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