teen movies 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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The Parent Trap Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

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My Girl Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

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Logan2011 added She's All That Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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KirkSaw added Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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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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rankergrl added Footloose Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

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Adventures in Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

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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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Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

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KirkSaw added Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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Can't Hardly Wait Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaime Pressly

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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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rankergrl added Step Up Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

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Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

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TerriMorrison added Twilight Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

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Varsity Blues Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

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KirkSaw added Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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KirkSaw added Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, Mimi Imfurst

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The Craft Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

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KirkSaw added Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono

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rankergrl added Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Christina Applegate, David Duchovny, Danielle Harris

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Logan2011 added Not Another Teen Movie Chris Evans, Lacey Chabert, Melissa Joan Hart

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Pallknowing1 added Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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crazyforLiLo added Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Adam Sandler - 2004

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Pallknowing1 added The Girl Next Door Olivia Wilde, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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

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Save the Last Dance Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland

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WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

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Adventureland Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig

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Empire Records Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

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Sydney White Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, John Schneider

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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What a Girl Wants Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston, Colin Firth

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Step Brothers Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen

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Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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Road Trip Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel

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Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi