teens 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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Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally Rebecca De Mornay

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling Denzel Washington

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Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway Helena Bonham Carter

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My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin Dan Aykroyd

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Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson Anna Paquin

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan Courteney Cox

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She's All That Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin Lil' Kim

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman Phoebe Cates

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund Heather Langenkamp

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Footloose Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid Andie MacDowell

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American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard Suzanne Somers

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Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean Dennis Hopper

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Varsity Blues Ali Larter, Paul Walker Amy Smart

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Twilight Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene Anna Kendrick

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The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney Christine Taylor

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Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure Mary Stuart Masterson

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The Girl Next Door Olivia Wilde, Elisha Cuthbert Timothy Olyphant

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Save the Last Dance Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles Bianca Lawson

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Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder Vincent Price

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank Donald Sutherland

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Adventureland Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds Kristen Wiig

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