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.


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    Heathers

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    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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  2. 49
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    Risky Business

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    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

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    Remember the Titans


    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    The Parent Trap

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

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  5. 46
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    - 260
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    West Side Story

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Say Anything...

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    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Donnie Darko


    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    A Cinderella Story


    Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray

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    John Tucker Must Die

    added by rankergrl
    Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

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  12. 39
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    The Blind Side


    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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  13. 38
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    Spider-Man

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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  14. 37
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    13 Going on 30


    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

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    Weird Science

    often listed
    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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  16. 35
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    Back to the Future Part II


    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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    17 Again


    Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

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    The Karate Kid


    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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  21. 30
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    The Lost Boys

    often listed
    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    The Outsiders


    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    added by matanamcintire
    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

    added by seane797
    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    She's the Man


    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

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    21 Jump Street

    added by DaniFenn-Wells
    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Pretty in Pink

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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    The Princess Diaries

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    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

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    Footloose


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    Napoleon Dynamite


    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

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    Dirty Dancing

    ranked low on reranks
    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Dead Poets Society

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Stand by Me


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Dazed and Confused


    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    Bring It On


    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

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    Superbad


    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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    Juno


    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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    - 1986
    American Pie


    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    The Goonies


    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    Clueless


    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    - 1983
    Easy A


    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    Sixteen Candles


    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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    10 Things I Hate About You


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

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    Grease


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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    Back to the Future

    added by KirkSaw
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Mean Girls


    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off


    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    The Breakfast Club

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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