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The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s

Updated October 9, 2019 33.4k votes 3.2k voters 103.8k views50 items

List RulesVote up the greatest 1990s films about & for teenagers

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 You is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written... more on Wikipedia
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    The Craft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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    Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    She's All That is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    She's All That

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Scream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard... more on Wikipedia
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    Can't Hardly Wait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Can't Hardly Wait

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart

    Released1998

    Directed byDeborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

    Can't Hardly Wait is a 1998 American teen comedy film written and directed by Deborah Kaplan... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    I Know What You Did Last Summe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

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    Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Empire Records

    Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger

    Released1995

    Directed byAllan Moyle

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

    Directed byFran Rubel Kuzui

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Ever After is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Ever After

    Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston

    Released1998

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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    Romy and Michele's High School is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

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    Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Now and Then

    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

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    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    American Pie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

    American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mallrats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    Mallrats

    Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    D2: The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s
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    D2: The Mighty Ducks

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Weisman

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