The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films

The Best Teen Movies of All Time

1,013,205 views 113 items 241,292 votes 36,753 voters 127 followers 88reranks
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

< >
  • the crowd
  • 88 reranks
  • comments
  • </> embed
Rerank This List
View as a Ranked by
Rank
loading your
votes…
 
  Name
Score
  1. 113
    Up 3
    Down 2
    1964 More
    21
    added by: RubenVrielynck
  2. 112
    Up 4
    Down 3
    2012 More
    21
    added by: JenAnistonFriends
  3. 111
    Up 48
    Down 35
    2011 More
    32
  4. 110
    Up 23
    Down 31
    1988 More
    33
    added by: PeteBoyle
  5. 109
    Up 59
    Down 122

    controversial
    Lucas

    1986 More
    34
    added by: KirkSaw
  6. 108
    Up 66
    Down 71
    1979 More
    39
  7. 107
    Up 4
    Down 7
    2001 More
    40
    added by: BushWanker
  8. 106
    Up 126
    Down 84
    2000 More
    40
  9. 105
    Up 117
    Down 154
    1985 More
    40
  10. 104
    Up 79
    Down 54
    2012 More
    41
    added by: MikePedro
  11. 103
    Up 94
    Down 82
    1991 More
    41
  12. 102
    Up 128
    Down 86
    2004 More
    41
  13. 101
    Up 132
    Down 98
    2009 More
    41
    added by: rankergrl
  14. 100
    Up 136
    Down 160

    controversial
    The Virgin Suicides

    1999 More
    42
    added by: KirkSaw
  15. 99
    Up 105
    Down 64
    2003 More
    42
  16. 98
    Up 51
    Down 36
    1984 More
    42
  17. 97
    Up 138
    Down 119
    2002 More
    43
    added by: rankergrl
  18. 96
    Up 122
    Down 106
    2007 More
    43
  19. 95
    Up 132
    Down 73

    niche appeal
    The Last Song

    2010 More
    43
  20. 94
    Up 144
    Down 154
    2003 More
    43
    added by: KirkSaw
  21. 93
    Up 167
    Down 159
    2001 More
    43
  22. 92
    Up 161
    Down 137
    1987 More
    44
  23. 91
    Up 73
    Down 71
    1995 More
    44
  24. 90
    Up 130
    Down 94
    1992 More
    44
  25. 89
    Up 303
    Down 246
    1976 More
    45
  26. 88
    Up 177
    Down 79

    niche appeal
    Step Brothers

    2008 More
    45
  27. 87
    Up 199
    Down 144
    2004 More
    45
    added by: Pallknowing1
  28. 86
    Up 55
    Down 29
    1991 More
    45
  29. 85
    Up 159
    Down 135
    1991 More
    45
  30. 84
    Up 199
    Down 208
    1996 More
    45
  31. 83
    Up 120
    Down 82
    1999 More
    46
  32. 82
    Up 178
    Down 181
    1980 More
    46
  33. 81
    Up 180
    Down 104
    2010 More
    46
  34. 80
    Up 96
    Down 44
    2002 More
    46
  35. 79
    Up 282
    Down 304
    1983 More
    46
  36. 78
    Up 212
    Down 211
    2008 More
    46
    added by: TerriMorrison
  37. 77
    Up 118
    Down 150
    1987 More
    46
    added by: KirkSaw
  38. 76
    Up 199
    Down 111
    2006 More
    47
    added by: rankergrl
  39. 75
    Up 143
    Down 123
    1987 More
    47
    added by: KirkSaw
  40. 74
    Up 193
    Down 206
    1999 More
    47
  41. 73
    Up 487
    Down 372
    2009 More
    47
  42. 72
    Up 240
    Down 295

    controversial
    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955 More
    48
  43. 71
    Up 290
    Down 299

    controversial
    Porky's

    1982 More
    48
    added by: Pallknowing1
  44. 70
    Up 188
    Down 99
    2001 More
    48
    added by: Logan2011
  45. 69
    Up 106
    Down 44
    2000 More
    48
  46. 68
    Up 179
    Down 72
    1999 More
    48
    added by: Logan2011
  47. 67
    Up 181
    Down 72
    2012 More
    48
    added by: MikePedro
  48. 66
    Up 181
    Down 162

    controversial
    Can't Hardly Wait

    1998 More
    49
  49. 65
    Up 224
    Down 115
    2007 More
    50
    added by: rankergrl
  50. 64
    Up 184
    Down 64
    2008 More
    50
    added by: MikePedro
  51. +Add New Item

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 10 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 113

think you can do better?

rerank this list
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

    more popular lists