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.
Directed by: Randal KleiserGrease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more
Directed by: George LucasAmerican Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written... more
Directed by: Brian De PalmaWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialCarrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more
Directed by: John CarpenterWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialHalloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more
Directed by: John LandisNational Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The... more
Directed by: John BadhamSaturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John... more
Directed by: Walter HillThe Warriors is a 1979 American cult thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol... more
Directed by: Ivan ReitmanMeatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. It is noted for Bill... more
Directed by: Philip KaufmanWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Wanderers is a 1979 drama film about gangs and the greaser subculture, based on the novel... more
Directed by: William A. LeveySkatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the... more
Directed by: Matthew RobbinsCorvette Summer is an American film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1978 starring Mark... more
Directed by: Jonathan KaplanOver the Edge is a coming-of-age drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan released in May 1979.... more
Directed by: Robert J. RosenthalMalibu Beach is 1978 comedy film written by Celia Susan Cotelo and Robert J. Rosenthal and... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickA Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley... more
Directed by: Tobe HooperThis movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote... more
Directed by: Martin Davidson, Stephen F. VeronaThe Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets... more
Directed by: Randal KleiserDawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway is a dramatic made-for-television movie, which premiered... more
Directed by: Wes CravenThe Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and... more
Directed by: Roy AnderssonA Swedish Love Story is a 1970 Swedish romantic drama directed by Roy Andersson, starring... more
Directed by: Hal AshbyHarold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by... more
Directed by: Nicolas GessnerThe Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 Canadian-French film directed by Nicolas... more
Buster and BillieRobert Englund, Jan-Michael Vincent
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Directed by: Peter BogdanovichThe Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted... more
Directed by: Michael SchultzCooley High is a 1975 American film based upon the real high school located on the near north... more
Directed by: Arthur BarronJeremy is a 1973 film written and directed by Arthur Barron and starring Robby Benson and... more