The Best Teen Movies of All Time Films
Ultimate List
280,791 votes 1,246,094 views more info

The Best Teen Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Vote up and add all of your favorite movies that are geared towards and feature teenagers.

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.
  • 107 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 8772
    Down 1374

    the people's #1 & most listed Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

    open buy @ amazon
  2. 2
    Up 8482
    Down 1277

    Charlie Sheen, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Broderick

    open buy @ amazon
  3. 3
    Up 11042
    Down 1850

    Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams

    open buy @ amazon
  4. 4
    Up 7181
    Down 1740

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Sid Caesar

    open buy @ amazon
  5. 5
    Up 5835
    Down 1466

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

    open buy @ amazon
  6. 6
    Up 4838
    Down 1476

    John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald

    open buy @ amazon
  7. 7
    Up 4180
    Down 1075

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

    open buy @ amazon
  8. 8
    Up 5965
    Down 1443

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

    open buy @ amazon
  9. 9
    Up 5082
    Down 1538

    Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid

    open buy @ amazon
  10. 10
    Up 5782
    Down 1625

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

    open buy @ amazon
  11. 11
    Up 8373
    Down 1644

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

    open buy @ amazon
  12. 12
    Up 4608
    Down 1452

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

    open buy @ amazon
  13. 13
    Up 5058
    Down 1268

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

    open buy @ amazon
  14. 14
    Up 2503
    Down 1388

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

    open buy @ amazon
  15. 15
    Up 2823
    Down 1353

    Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey

    open buy @ amazon
  16. 16
    Up 3193
    Down 1034

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

    open buy @ amazon
  17. 17
    Up 4724
    Down 1825

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

    open buy @ amazon
  18. 18
    Up 2067
    Down 756

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

    open buy @ amazon
  19. 19
    Up 2227
    Down 1030

    often listed & added by KirkSaw Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

    open buy @ amazon
  20. 20
    Up 3193
    Down 1235

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

    open buy @ amazon
  21. 21
    Up 4773
    Down 1145

    ranked low on reranks Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

    open buy @ amazon
  22. 22
    Up 4459
    Down 929

    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

    open buy @ amazon
  23. 23
    Up 3278
    Down 1172

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

    open buy @ amazon
  24. 24
    Up 2401
    Down 970

    Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald, James Spader

    open buy @ amazon
  25. 25
    Up 4393
    Down 1483

    added by seane797 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

    open buy @ amazon
  26. 26
    Up 2113
    Down 484

    ranked low on reranks & added by DaniFenn-Wells Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

    open buy @ amazon
  27. 27
    Up 2888
    Down 1072

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

    open buy @ amazon
  28. 28
    Up 2318
    Down 620

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

    open buy @ amazon
  29. 29
    Up 1336
    Down 805

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

    open buy @ amazon
  30. 30
    Up 803
    Down 267

    added by matanamcintire Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

    open buy @ amazon
  31. 31
    Up 2699
    Down 1213

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    open buy @ amazon
  32. 32
    Up 1429
    Down 771

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

    open buy @ amazon
  33. 33
    Up 1425
    Down 415

    ranked low on reranks Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

    open buy @ amazon
  34. 34
    Up 2411
    Down 845

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Zac Efron, Matthew Perry

    open buy @ amazon
  35. 35
    Up 1282
    Down 845

    often listed Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall

    open buy @ amazon
  36. 36
    Up 1948
    Down 838

    added by KirkSaw Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

    open buy @ amazon
  37. 37
    Up 1391
    Down 422

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

    open buy @ amazon
  38. 38
    Up 1895
    Down 628

    Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray

    open buy @ amazon
  39. 39
    Up 1832
    Down 944

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

    open buy @ amazon
  40. 40
    Up 708
    Down 249

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Tim McGraw

    open buy @ amazon
  41. 41
    Up 885
    Down 791

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

    open buy @ amazon
  42. 42
    Up 429
    Down 147

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    open buy @ amazon
  43. 43
    Up 1424
    Down 464

    ranked low on reranks & added by rankergrl Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

    open buy @ amazon
  44. 44
    Up 661
    Down 427

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

    open buy @ amazon
  45. 45
    Up 598
    Down 495

    added by KirkSaw Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

    open buy @ amazon
  46. 46
    Up 478
    Down 192

    ranked low on reranks Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes

    open buy @ amazon
  47. 47
    Up 955
    Down 808

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

    open buy @ amazon
  48. 48
    Up 348
    Down 142

    ranked low on reranks Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

    open buy @ amazon
  49. 49
    Up 706
    Down 739

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

    open buy @ amazon
  50. 50
    Up 1338
    Down 828

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye

    open buy @ amazon
207 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists