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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    added by ChloeFletcher Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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    added by ChantelleSilveira Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

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    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Logan2011 Lacey Chabert, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans

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    Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening

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    Claire Holt, Nicole Gale Anderson, Tim Meadows

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    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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    added by seane797 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anna Kournikova

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

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    Lea Thompson, Randy Quaid, Sherilyn Fenn

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    Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, John Schneider

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