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
174 33
Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Beetlejuice
2
129 32
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Craft
3
149 44
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko
4
135 40
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Breakfast Club
5
123 44
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Heathers
6
110 40
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Outsiders
7
116 51
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
115 56
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
10 Things I Hate About You
9
81 46
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower
10
68 43
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dead Poets Society
11
88 62
Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mean Girls
12
58 43
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
52 44
Jim Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Rebel Without a Cause
14
66 60
Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added The Incredibles
15
56 53
Lux Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Virgin Suicides
16
44 43
Henry Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Good Son
17
40 39
Ginger Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps
18
39 43
Enid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ghost World
19
36 43
Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Moonrise Kingdom
20
12 15
Sam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Sam Thomson Birdman
21
22 37
May Dove Canady is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
22
1 6
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
painty added Charlie
23
22 38
Craig Gilner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
It's Kind of a Funny Story
24
22 39
Igby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Goes Down
25
21 39
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Submarine