The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films
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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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    new! & added by ZezarjRomulAlkiviad Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    added by looksharp Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    added by teddybear1029 Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

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    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

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

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    ranked low on reranks Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

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    Alan Cumming, Ben Stein, Bob Hoskins

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    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

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    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutcherson

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    Rachel Hunter, Robert Wagner, Stacy Keach

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    Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon

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

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    added by chrisnait18 Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Jessica Alba, Chloë Grace Moretz, Parker Posey

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    Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Ann-Margret

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    Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas

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    Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis

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    Malin Åkerman, Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson

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    Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Usher

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    Rooney Mara, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis

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    Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anna Kournikova

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    Jeanette Miller, Willa Holland, Paul Bettany

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence

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    Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan

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    Thomas F. Wilson, Deborah Foreman, Leah Pinsent

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    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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    Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez

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    Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale

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    Katie Holmes, Forest Whitaker, Michael Keaton

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    Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Costner, Sela Ward

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    Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney

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    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster

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    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

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