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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133 35
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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114 36
National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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110 34
Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 4 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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119 41
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 Carrie 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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96 35
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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79 32
The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 7 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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81 34
Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 8 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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79 43
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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46 29
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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36 31
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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38 36
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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36 41
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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30 34
Skatetown, U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 16 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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37 45
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 17 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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29 34
Cooley High is listed (or ranked) 18 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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38 47
Corvette Summer is listed (or ranked) 19 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.
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More American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Malibu Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 25 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