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The Best Teen Movies of the 1970s

Updated December 9, 2020 0 votes 840 voters 49.5k views56 items

List RulesVote up your favorite teenage films that were released in the 1970s

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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  • Grease1
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • American Graffiti2
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written...  more
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  • Carrie3
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974...  more
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  • Halloween4
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • National Lampoon's Animal House5
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Saturday Night Fever6
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John...  more
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  • The Warriors7
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    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

    The Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol...  more
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  • Meatballs8
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    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. It is noted for Bill...  more
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  • The Wanderers9
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    The Wanderers

    Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis

    Released1979

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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  • Skatetown, U.S.A.10
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    Skatetown, U.S.A.

    Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick

    Released1979

    Directed byWilliam A. Levey

    Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the...  more
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  • Corvette Summer11
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    Corvette Summer

    Ian McKellen, Mark Hamill

    Released1978

    Directed byMatthew Robbins

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  • Over the Edge12
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    Over the Edge

    Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano

    Released1979

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    Over the Edge is a coming-of-age drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan released in May 1979....  more
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  • Malibu Beach13
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    Malibu Beach

    Bruce Kimball, James Daughton

    Released1978

    Directed byRobert J. Rosenthal

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  • A Clockwork Orange14
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre15
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • The Lords of Flatbush16
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    The Lords of Flatbush

    Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin Davidson, Stephen F. Verona

    The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets...  more
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  • Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway17
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    Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway

    William Schallert, Georg Stanford Brown

    Released1976

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway is a dramatic made-for-television movie, which premiered...  more
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  • The Last House on the Left18
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    The Last House on the Left

    Martin Kove, Steve Miner

    Released1972

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • A Swedish Love Story19
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    A Swedish Love Story

    Margreth Weivers, Björn Andrésen

    Released1970

    Directed byRoy Andersson

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  • Harold and Maude20
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    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

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  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane21
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    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen

    Released1976

    Directed byNicolas Gessner

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  • Buster and Billie22
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    Buster and Billie

    Robert Englund, Jan-Michael Vincent

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Sheldon, Daniel Petrie

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  • The Last Picture Show23
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    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

    Released1971

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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  • Cooley High24
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    Cooley High

    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman

    Released1975

    Directed byMichael Schultz

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  • Jeremy25
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    Jeremy

    Robby Benson, Leonardo Cimino

    Released1973

    Directed byArthur Barron

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