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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!
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133 21
Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Lydia Deetz Beetlejuice

2
98 23
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Nancy Downs The Craft

3
105 34
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko

4
98 30
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Allison Reynolds The Breakfast Club

5
86 29
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ponyboy Michael Curtis The Outsiders

6
88 33
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Veronica Sawyer Heathers

7
86 38
Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Romeo Montague Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet

8
88 41
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Kat Stratford 10 Things I Hate About You

9
52 31
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Neil Perry Dead Poets Society

10
61 45
Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Janis Ian Mean Girls

11
52 37
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower

12
47 32
Isaac Chroner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Isaac Chroner Children of the Corn, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return

13
50 46
Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Violet Parr The Incredibles

14
39 37
Jim Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jim Stark Rebel Without a Cause

The Greatest Supernatural & Paranormal Teen Films

15
37 36
Henry Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Henry Evans The Good Son

16
43 44
Lux Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Lux Lisbon The Virgin Suicides

17
30 36
Enid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Enid Ghost World

18
27 33
Ginger Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ginger Fitzgerald Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps

19
7 8
Sam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Sam Thomson Birdman

20
1 1
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
painty added Charlie

21
27 38
Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Suzy Bishop Moonrise Kingdom

The Best Biopics About Real Comedians

22
19 32
May Dove Canady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History

23
17 33
Igby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Slocumb Igby Goes Down

24
17 33
Mark Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mark Hunter Pump Up the Volume

25
17 35
Dawn Wiener is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dawn Wiener Welcome to the Dollhouse

26
14 34
Craig Gilner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Craig Gilner It's Kind of a Funny Story

27
14 34
Jennie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jennie Kids

28
14 35
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Oliver Tate Submarine

29
10 33
Jennifer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jennifer My First Mister

30
11 37
Clay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Clay Less Than Zero

31
9 34
Annika is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Annika Laggies