Teens The Gloomiest Teens in Film History  

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Teenagers: are any of them actually happy? If we’re judging from teenage movie characters the answer would be no. The spectrum of teenage characters across the entire history of film is littered with depressed characters clad in black and bummed out forever. Regardless of whether the teens are played by actual teens or in the case of a few characters on this list – super old adults – they’re gloomy and beloved the world over. In every teen movie since the '80s it seems like it’s a requirement to feature one, if not an entire gaggle, of depressed teenager characters. Even so, you might be having trouble naming more than a few angsty teen characters. If you need some help, check out this rundown of the gloomiest teens in film history.

There are a few archetypes for angsty teen film characters. The goth, the super depressed regular kid, the legit manic pixie dream girl, the regular kid who doesn’t know if he or she is actually depressed or not, and the spooky kid. Which are your favorite type of gloomy teenager characters? With which do you identify the most? If it’s the super depressed regular kid, you might to need talk to a friend after checking out this list of the gloomiest teens in film history.

But, if you’re feeling not so angsty, vote up the most angsty teenagers in film below, and if you didn’t see your favorite depressed teen on the list, feel free to add them. Maybe it’ll finally put a smile on their face!
list ordered by

1
166 29
Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Beetlejuice

2
123 30
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Craft

3
141 40
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko

4
126 39
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Breakfast Club

5
114 41
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Heathers

6
103 38
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Outsiders

7
106 47
Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet

8
107 53
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
10 Things I Hate About You

9
74 44
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower

10
64 40
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dead Poets Society

11
81 58
Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mean Girls

12
54 42
Isaac Chroner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Children of the Corn, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return

13
64 55
Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added The Incredibles

14
47 42
Jim Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Rebel Without a Cause

15
53 50
Lux Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Virgin Suicides

16
42 41
Henry Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Good Son

17
35 36
Ginger Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps

18
35 40
Enid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ghost World

19
34 41
Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Moonrise Kingdom

20
10 12
Sam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Sam Thomson Birdman

21
1 3
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
painty added Charlie

22
21 34
May Dove Canady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History

23
21 36
Craig Gilner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
It's Kind of a Funny Story

24
19 36
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Submarine

25
19 37
Igby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Goes Down