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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!
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1
Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Beetlejuice
2
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Craft
3
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko
4
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Breakfast Club
5
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Heathers
6
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Outsiders
7
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
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
10 Things I Hate About You
9
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower
10
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dead Poets Society
11
Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mean Girls
12
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
Jim Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Rebel Without a Cause
14
Lux Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Virgin Suicides
15
Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added The Incredibles
16
Henry Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Good Son
17
Ginger Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps
18
Enid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ghost World
19
Cameron Frye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
HarryBerman added Ferris Bueller's Day Off
20
Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Moonrise Kingdom
21
Sam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Sam Thomson Birdman
22
May Dove Canady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
23
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Submarine
24
Craig Gilner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
It's Kind of a Funny Story
25
Igby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Goes Down