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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
10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more

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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
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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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth
American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more

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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor
The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more

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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union
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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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid
Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim
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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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey
Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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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
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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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco
Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David ...more

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price
Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a ...more

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I Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more

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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart
Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a ...more

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Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire
Empire Records is a 1995 American coming-of-age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The film starred Kristy ...more

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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
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
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Romy and Michele's High ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino
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Fear is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg
Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by Christopher Crowe, who created the TV series B.L. Stryker, The Watcher, B.J. and the Bear and Seven Days. ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
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Cry-Baby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop
Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker, and also features a ...more

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Jawbreaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Pam Grier
Jawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer as girls in an exclusive clique in ...more

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell
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