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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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    added by Logan2011 Lacey Chabert, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans

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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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    Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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    added by BushWanker Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Diana Bracho

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    added by RubenVrielynck Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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    Bruce Willis, Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh Cook

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    Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy

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    ranked low on reranks Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    added by seane797 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    added by Pallknowing1 Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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    Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Usher

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    added by KirkSaw Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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

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    Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anna Kournikova

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    Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Sid Caesar

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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    Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Tobey Maguire

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall

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    added by KirkSaw Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed

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    Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, John Schneider

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    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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

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    Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Belzer, Anne Meara

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    Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan

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    Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer

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    added by 16drprend Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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    Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah

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    Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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    Thomas F. Wilson, Deborah Foreman, Leah Pinsent

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Amber Heard, Tim McGraw, Connie Britton

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    Kelly Preston, Corey Haim, Lori Loughlin

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    added by KirkSaw Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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    Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

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

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

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    added by Pallknowing1 Olivia Wilde, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

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