Teens The Best '70s Teen Movies  

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The greatest ‘70s teen movies are a blend of romance, comedy, and sometimes serious drama. Many of the coming-of-age tales featured on this list went on to garner critical acclaim and large cult followings.

 On this list, you will find Meatballs, the Ivan Reitman-directed comedy featuring Bill Murray in his first starring role. Other teen comedies of the 1970s include Animal House, as well as the musical comedy Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as ‘50s high school-ers.

Several teenage horror flicks made their way onto this list as well. Carrie, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, portrays a troubled high school student who exacts her revenge on the classmates that shunned her. 

Vote up the best teen movies from the 1970s below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

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National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial arrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. It is noted for Bill Murray's first film appearance in a starring role and for launching Reitman into a distinguished career of ...more

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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film borrows elements from the Anabasis by ...more

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Over the Edge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Harry Northup Over the Edge is a coming-of-age drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan released in May 1979. Due to the negative publicity surrounding a wave of recent youth gang films such as The Warriors and ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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The Lords of Flatbush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Susan Blakely The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen ...more

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The Wanderers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Ken Wahl Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Wanderers is a 1979 drama film about gangs and the greaser subculture, based on the novel "The Wanderers" by Richard Price. It marks the sixth feature film directed by American

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln The Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The story is inspired by the 1960 Swedish ...more

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more

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Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Sting, Ray Winstone, Timothy Spall Quadrophenia is a 1979 British film, loosely based on the 1973 rock opera of the same name by The Who. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a 1960s Mod, supported by Leslie Ash, Toyah and, ...more

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Cooley High is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams Cooley High is a 1975 American film based upon the real high school located on the near north side of Chicago, produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte. ...more

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Corvette Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Ian McKellen, Mark Hamill, Danny Bonaduce Corvette Summer is an American film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1978 starring Mark Hamill and Annie Potts. It tells the story of a lonely, car-obsessed California teenager and the theft ...more

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Skatetown, U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick, Scott Baio Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. The film features many TV stars from the 1960s and 1970s, among them ...more

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Malibu Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Bruce Kimball, James Daughton, Kim Lankford Malibu Beach is 1978 comedy film written by Celia Susan Cotelo and Robert J. Rosenthal and directed by Robert J. Rosenthal.

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband, ...more

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Roller Boogie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Linda Blair, Dick Van Patten, Beverly Garland Roller Boogie is a 1979 musical film starring Linda Blair and introducing Jim Bray, a former competitive artistic skater from California. The film also stars Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard, and ...more

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More American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips More American Graffiti is a 1979 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It is a sequel to George Lucas's 1973 film American Graffiti. Whereas the first film followed ...more

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The Strongest Man in the World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Dick Van Patten The Strongest Man in the World is a 1975 Disney film starring Kurt Russell, still a student in the fictional Medfield College. It is the sequel to the 1972 film Now You See Him, Now You Don't, ...more

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Hometown U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Gary Springer, Maida Belove

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Sssssss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies Sssssss is a 1973 horror film starring Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, and Heather Menzies. It was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski and written by Hal Dresner and Daniel C. Striepeke, the latter ...more

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Psychomania is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added George Sanders, Robert Hardy, Beryl Reid Psychomania is a British horror-cult film starring Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders and Robert Hardy. Frequently revisited by nostalgic modern audiences for scenes filmed in the Hepworth ...more

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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in a small town in ...more

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 Canadian-French film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. It was ...more

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Lemora: A Child's Tale of the ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Richard Blackburn, Rainbeaux Smith, Monty Pyke Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural is a 1975 American horror film written and directed by Richard Blackburn. Blackburn later gained fame as the co-writer of the Paul Bartel film Eating

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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman ...more

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The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens The Cowboys is a 1972 Western motion picture starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern. Robert Carradine made his film debut with fellow child actor ...more

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Byron Norgren Delos Reyes added Friends Sean Bury, Anicée Alvina

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman The Hills Have Eyes is a 1977 American exploitation-horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman and Dee Wallace. It is about a suburan family on a ...more

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Nancy Allen, Dick Miller, Wendie Jo Sperber I Wanna Hold Your Hand is a 1978 comedy film directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis, which takes its name from the 1963 song of the same name by The Beatles. It was produced and co-written ...more

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Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Ru... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
William Schallert, Georg Stanford Brown, Eve Plumb Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway is a dramatic made-for-television movie, which premiered on NBC on September 27, 1976. The story follows a 15-year-old girl named Dawn Wetherby who runs away ...more

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Connor Reis added Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts, Tony Llewellyn-Jones Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Anne-Louise Lambert, Helen Morse, Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray and Dominic Guard. The film was ...more

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A Swedish Love Story is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Margreth Weivers, Björn Andrésen, Bertil Norström A Swedish Love Story is a 1970 Swedish romantic drama directed by Roy Andersson, starring Ann-Sofie Kylin and Rolf Sohlman as two teenagers falling in love. Inspired by the Czechoslovak New ...more

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Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Robby Benson, Leonardo Cimino, Glynnis O'Connor Jeremy is a 1973 film written and directed by Arthur Barron and starring Robby Benson and Glynnis O'Connor. They play two high school students, who share a tentative monthlong romance. Benson ...more

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Melody is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Byron Norgren Delos Reyes added Melody Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde, Jack Wild

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Big Wednesday is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale Big Wednesday is a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Co-written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story ...more

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Buster and Billie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Blazermamaw added Robert Englund, Jan-Michael Vincent, Pamela Sue Martin Buster and Billie is an American motion picture released by Columbia Pictures. The film was of the tragic romance/revenge film genres. It was directed by Daniel Petrie, whose credits include ...more

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The Pom Pom Girls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Robert Carradine The Pom Pom Girls is a 1976 film directed by Joseph Ruben. The screenplay was written by Ruben and based on a story by him and Robert J. Rosenthal. The movie was shot on location at Chaminade ...more

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Massacre at Central High is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Robert Carradine, Andrew Stevens, Kimberly Beck Massacre at Central High is a 1976 horror-thriller film directed by Dutch director Rene Daalder, a protégé of Russ Meyer. Despite its title, it is not at all a slasher film; the ...more

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Almost Summer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Lee Purcell, Bruno Kirby Almost Summer is a 1978 film directed by Martin Davidson, and produced by Motown Productions for Universal Pictures. It is the only Motown theatrical feature not to center on African-American ...more

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Van Nuys Blvd. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Cynthia Wood, Bella Bruck, Melissa Prophet Van Nuys Blvd. was a 1979 motion picture released by Crown International Pictures, written and directed by William Sachs. The movie featured 1974 Playboy Playmate of the Year Cynthia Wood. The ...more

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On the Air Live with Captain M... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
John Ireland, Barry Greenberg, Tracy Sebastian On the Air Live with Captain Midnight is a 1979 movie directed by Beverly Sebastian and Ferd Sebastian with Tracy Sebastian as Marvin Ziegler, aka Captain Midnight, who runs his own pirate radio ...more

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Leave Us Alone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Leave Us Alone Lasse Nielsen, Ernst Johansen In this Danish film, like the unrelated but very similar film Lord of the Flies, a largish group of unformed young people find themselves alone on an island with no civilizing adult presence to ...more

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Lemon Popsicle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s Teen Movies
Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy, Anat Atzmon Boaz Davidson co-wrote and directed this nostalgic schoolboy romance, taking place in 1950s Tel Aviv. The story deals with three young men -- Bentzi (Jesse Katsur), Momo (Jonathan Sagalle), and ...more