The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films
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The Best Teen Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Films about teenagers or set in high school

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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    Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier

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    new! & added by kothlim Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Sophia Bush

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    Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy

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    added by looksharp Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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    Transformers Age of Extinction

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    added by teddybear1029 Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

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    new! Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

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    added by looksharp Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    added by ShelbyLegros Mena Suvari, Melissa George, Jerry Springer

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    Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer

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    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Alan Cumming, Ben Stein, Bob Hoskins

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    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

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    Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis

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    Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas

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    Johnny Depp, Shaquille O'Neal, Katie Holmes

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gurinder Chadha, Kimberley Nixon

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    Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutcherson

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    Brittany Snow, Idris Elba, Kellan Lutz

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    added by chrisnait18 Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    added by LanaYoshii Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley

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    Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anna Kournikova

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    Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Ann-Margret

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    Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Usher

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    Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale

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    Rachel Hunter, Robert Wagner, Stacy Keach

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    Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan

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    Katherine Heigl, Christina Hendricks, Steve Nash

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    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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    Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Missi Pyle

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    Kelly Preston, Corey Haim, Lori Loughlin

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    Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Milian, Nick Cannon

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    Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow

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    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence

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    Jessica Alba, Chloë Grace Moretz, Parker Posey

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    Malin Åkerman, Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson

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    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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    Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez

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    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall

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