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
162 29
Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Beetlejuice

2
121 30
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Craft

3
136 40
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Donnie Darko

4
123 39
Allison Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Breakfast Club

5
112 41
Veronica Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Heathers

6
101 38
Ponyboy Michael Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Outsiders

7
104 47
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
106 52
Kat Stratford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
10 Things I Hate About You

9
70 44
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Charlie The Perks of Being a Wallflower

10
62 39
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Dead Poets Society

11
77 57
Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Mean Girls

12
52 42
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
63 55
Violet Parr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added The Incredibles

14
47 42
Jim Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Rebel Without a Cause

15
51 50
Lux Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Virgin Suicides

16
42 41
Henry Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
The Good Son

17
34 36
Ginger Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ginger Snaps Back, Ginger Snaps

18
35 40
Enid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Ghost World

19
33 41
Suzy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Moonrise Kingdom

20
10 12
Sam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Tom Islava added Sam Thomson Birdman

21
1 3
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
painty added Charlie

22
21 34
May Dove Canady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History

23
20 36
Craig Gilner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
It's Kind of a Funny Story

24
20 38
Dawn Wiener is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Welcome to the Dollhouse

25
19 37
Igby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Igby Goes Down

26
18 36
Oliver Tate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Submarine

27
18 36
Jennie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Kids

28
17 37
Mark Hunter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Pump Up the Volume

29
13 35
Jennifer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Jennifer My First Mister

30
13 39
Clay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Clay Less Than Zero

31
9 39
Annika is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Gloomiest Teens in Film History
Annika Laggies