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The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s 

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The 1990s saw many classic, cult film hits that have remained popular even with modern audiences. What is the best 1990s teen movie? Titles such as Clueless, Can’t Hardly Wait, Dazed and Confused, and Cruel Intentions all appear on this list of '90s teen movies, which has been voted on by men and women to rank the greatest 1990s movies about teenagers.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Teen movies often resonate with us the most, as our teenage years are the most angst-ridden and formative times of our lives. Movies that tell the story of nerds and outcasts resonate with many people and it is with a peek into the lives of these individuals that we can either find solace, live vicariously, or connect with a story similar to our own. These movies vary in their genre but they are all equally fascinating.

These classic 90s films star the most iconic teen actors of the decade, like Alicia Silverstone, Melissa Joan Hart, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Katie Holmes. Many of these actors have found success in modern films as well, while others have fallen into obscurity.

Vote up the greatest '90s teen movies ever made below or add the classics you love that aren't already on the list.
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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. It was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of ...more

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
darthbare added Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andrew Fleming

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Wes Craven

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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

Released: 1999

Directed by: Robert Iscove

She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. It is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's ...more

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Can't Hardly Wait is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaime Pressly

Released: 1998

Directed by: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Can't Hardly Wait is a 1998 American teen comedy film written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. It stars an ensemble cast including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie ...more

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I Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

Released: 1999

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire

Released: 1995

Directed by: Allan Moyle

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Connor Reis added Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Robbins

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Mallrats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1992

Directed by: Fran Rubel Kuzui

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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Released: 1997

Directed by: David Mirkin

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1995

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Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Cry-Baby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Waters

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Ever After is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Andy Tennant

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