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Teen movies set in the 1950s have a timeless feel that taps into universal childhood memories. The top 1950s teen movies feature stories about friendship, relationships, and becoming adults. This is a list of the top life in the 1950s films, featuring everything from The Outsiders to American Graffiti to Rebel without a Cause.

What movies will you find on this list of the best films about teenagers in the 1950s? John Waters directed two of the best with Cry-Baby and Hairspray. Both films stand out from the pack for their ability to highlight misfits, rebels, and outcasts from the era and make them the stars of the show. Peggy Sue Got Married is another great film about teens set in the 1950s. Young love is at the heart of the classic teen musical Grease, which is set in the summer and fall of 1958. Other good films featured on this best fifties teen movies list include Stand By Me, Back to the Future, and Pleasantville.

Do you have a favorite teen movie set in the 1950s? Vote your favorites up to the top, and add any great flicks that are missing.

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Stockard Channing

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard Suzanne Somers

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Lea Thompson

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage Diane Lane

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman John Cusack

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Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean Dennis Hopper

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno John Astin

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke Lara Flynn Boyle

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Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Pleasantville Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker Tobey Maguire

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Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper Barbara Hershey

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Hairspray Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller John Waters

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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd Cloris Leachman

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This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
This Boy's Life Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro Eliza Dushku

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Liberty Heights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Liberty Heights Misha Collins, Adrien Brody Bebe Neuwirth

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Badlands is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Badlands Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen Sissy Spacek

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer Amanda Bynes

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Cry-Baby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Cry-Baby Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe Iggy Pop

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The Man in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
The Man in the Moon Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston Jason London

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Lolita Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers Shelley Winters

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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Peggy Sue Got Married Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey Kathleen Turner

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Saint Ralph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ Great Movies About Teen Life in the 1950s
Saint Ralph Jennifer Tilly, Campbell Scott Gordon Pinsent