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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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110 14
Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Lydia Deetz Beetlejuice

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2
80 18
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Nancy Downs The Craft

3
87 29
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko

4
79 24
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Allison Reynolds The Breakfast Club

5
74 30
Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Romeo Montague Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet

6
67 26
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ponyboy Michael Curtis The Outsiders

7
76 33
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Kat Stratford 10 Things I Hate About You

8
64 31
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Veronica Sawyer Heathers

9
40 25
Isaac Chroner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Isaac Chroner Children of the Corn, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return

10
41 27
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Neil Perry Dead Poets Society

11
48 36
Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Janis Ian Mean Girls

12
35 33
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower

13
32 30
Jim Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jim Stark Rebel Without a Cause

14
37 39
Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Violet Parr The Incredibles

15
30 31
Henry Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Henry Evans The Good Son

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16
34 38
Lux Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Lux Lisbon The Virgin Suicides

17
23 28
Ginger Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ginger Fitzgerald Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps

18
3 2
Sam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Sam Thomson Birdman

19
23 31
Enid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Enid Ghost World

20
17 26
May Dove Canady is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History

21
17 32
Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Suzy Bishop Moonrise Kingdom

22
15 30
Dawn Wiener is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dawn Wiener Welcome to the Dollhouse

23
14 29
Igby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Slocumb Igby Goes Down

24
13 28
Mark Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mark Hunter Pump Up the Volume

25
12 30
Jennie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jennie Kids

26
10 29
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
11 31
Clay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Clay Less Than Zero

28
9 29
Jennifer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jennifer My First Mister

29
9 31
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Oliver Tate Submarine

30
8 29
Annika is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Annika Laggies