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. 39
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    controversial
    Donnie Darko

    2001 More
    58
  2. 82
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fame

    1980 More
    46
  3. 91
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Empire Records

    1995 More
    44
  4. 107
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    ranked high on reranks
    Y Tu Mamá También

    2001 More
    39
    added by: BushWanker
  5. 4
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    1978 More
    87
  6. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    10 Things I Hate About You

    1999 More
    80
  7. 51
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    2008 More
    53
    added by: KirkSaw
  8. 73
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    2009 More
    47
  9. 66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Can't Hardly Wait

    1998 More
    49
  10. 71
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    often listed &controversial
    Porky's

    1982 More
    48
    added by: Pallknowing1
  11. 5
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    1985 More
    86
    added by: KirkSaw
  12. 62
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    ranked low on reranks
    Back to the Future Part II

    1989 More
    50
  13. 89
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    1976 More
    45
  14. 52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Friday Night Lights

    2004 More
    53
    added by: KirkSaw
  15. 86
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    My Girl

    1991 More
    45
  16. 47
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Blind Side

    2009 More
    54
  17. 23
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    often listed
    Stand by Me

    1986 More
    67
  18. 83
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    1999 More
    46
  19. 98
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Red Dawn

    1984 More
    42
  20. 46
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Scream

    1996 More
    54
  21. 109
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    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Teaching Mrs. Tingle

    1999 More
    38
    added by: Logan2011
  22. 53
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    1998 More
    53
  23. 96
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    ranked high on reranks
    Sydney White

    2007 More
    43
  24. 128
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    about to drop off
    American Pie 2

    2001 More
    26
  25. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    American Pie

    1999 More
    79
  26. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Footloose

    1984 More
    71
  27. 100
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Virgin Suicides

    1999 More
    42
    added by: KirkSaw
  28. 108
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    ranked low on reranks
    Meatballs

    1979 More
    39
  29. 102
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    ranked low on reranks
    EuroTrip

    2004 More
    41
  30. 49
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    2010 More
    54
  31. 58
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    2011 More
    51
  32. 34
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    2005 More
    60
  33. 114
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lucas

    1986 More
    34
    added by: KirkSaw
  34. 119
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    2009 More
    27
  35. 72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955 More
    48
  36. 133
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    about to drop off
    Sucker Punch

    2011 More
    26
  37. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Heathers

    1988 More
    54
    added by: KirkSaw
  38. 65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Transformers

    2007 More
    49
    added by: rankergrl
  39. 101
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    2009 More
    41
    added by: rankergrl
  40. 84
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Craft

    1996 More
    45
  41. 104
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    2012 More
    41
    added by: MikePedro
  42. 64
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Dark Knight

    2008 More
    49
    added by: MikePedro
  43. 60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    American Graffiti

    1973 More
    51
  44. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Zombieland

    2009 More
    61
  45. 137
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    about to drop off
    The Giant Gila Monster

    1959 More
    23
  46. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Outsiders

    1983 More
    65
  47. 77
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Twilight

    2008 More
    46
    added by: TerriMorrison
  48. 80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    WarGames

    1983 More
    46
  49. 132
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    about to drop off
    Kevin & Perry Go Large

    2000 More
    26
  50. 87
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Girl Next Door

    2004 More
    45
    added by: Pallknowing1
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