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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    Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene

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    Mandy Moore, Allison Janney, Charlotte Sullivan

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    Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Elizabeth Rice

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    Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier

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    added by kothlim Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Sophia Bush

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    new! & added by JessieDiRobbio Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis

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    added by ChloeFletcher Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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    added by ZezarjRomulAlkiviad Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    added by ChloeFletcher Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Hunter Parrish

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    added by Krystentinker Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch, Barry Bostwick

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    Michelle Trachtenberg, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer

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    added by but chickens double d Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Rudd

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    Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman

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

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    often listed Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Melissa Leo

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Cruise, Jackie Earle Haley, Shelley Long

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    often listed Fred Graham, Shug Fisher, Don Sullivan

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    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

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    added by JenAnistonFriends Alicia Silverstone, Emma Roberts, Rita Wilson

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    Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Anthony Head

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    Famke Janssen, Ed Westwick, Bobby Cannavale

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    added by Logan2011 Madonna, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Modine

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    Diora Baird, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace

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    Alexis Bledel, Jane Lynch, Michael Keaton

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    added by crazyforLiLo Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd 1992

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    Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer

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    Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Pete Postlethwaite

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

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    added by bectyrone Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, Juliette Danielle

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    added by leoncellisiv January Jones, Gemma Arterton, Emma Thompson

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    Linda Fiorentino, Anthony Edwards, Alex Rocco

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    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

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    Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

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    Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco

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    Alan Cumming, Ben Stein, Bob Hoskins

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    Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen, Aaron Eckhart

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    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

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    Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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    Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutcherson

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    Jared Padalecki, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen

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    Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jamie Chung

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    Johnny Depp, Shaquille O'Neal, Katie Holmes

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    added by chrisnait18 Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Rachel Hunter, Robert Wagner, Stacy Keach

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