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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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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Belzer, Anne Meara

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    Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Tobey Maguire

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    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

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    often listed & added by BushWanker Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Diana Bracho

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    added by JabrellKool-BreeziieeWalker Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Lauren Lee Smith

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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Sid Caesar

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    Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

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    Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutcherson

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    added by KirkSaw Kat Dennings, Mimi Imfurst, Michael Cera

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  12. 89
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    Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig

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    often listed & added by Logan2011 Katie Holmes, James Marsden, Nick Stahl

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    Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Missi Pyle

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    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi

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    Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski

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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Max von Sydow

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    Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Costner, Sela Ward

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    Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Sean Bean

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jaime Pressly, Melissa Joan Hart

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    added by Pallknowing1 Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anna Kournikova

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    added by KirkSaw Amber Heard, Tim McGraw, Connie Britton

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    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

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    Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Tim McGraw

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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    added by looksharp Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    added by Logan2011 Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren, Vivica A. Fox

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    often listed & added by Matt Blackwood Kathy Bates, George C. Scott, James Van Der Beek

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    ranked low on reranks Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

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    Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, John Schneider

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    added by KirkSaw Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

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    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

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    Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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