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!

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

2
112 25
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Nancy Downs The Craft

3
111 33
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Allison Reynolds The Breakfast Club

4
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko

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100 37
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Veronica Sawyer Heathers

6
91 35
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ponyboy Michael Curtis The Outsiders

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98 45
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Kat Stratford 10 Things I Hate About You

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92 42
Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Romeo Montague Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet

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56 33
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Neil Perry Dead Poets Society

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58 40
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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33 36
Enid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Enid Ghost World

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

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Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Suzy Bishop Moonrise Kingdom

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

The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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

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18 35
Igby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Slocumb Igby Goes Down

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18 36
Dawn Wiener is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dawn Wiener Welcome to the Dollhouse

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17 35
Mark Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mark Hunter Pump Up the Volume

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16 35
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Oliver Tate Submarine

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16 35
Craig Gilner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Craig Gilner It's Kind of a Funny Story

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Jennie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jennie Kids

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

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

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