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The Best Teen Movies of the 1990s

Updated October 9, 2019 33.6k votes 3.2k voters 104.1k 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
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

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    Clueless
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    Hocus Pocus
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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  • 4
    Bring It On
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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  • 5
    The Craft
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    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

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  • 6
    Cruel Intentions
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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  • 7
    She's All That
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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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  • 8
    Scream
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 9
    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 10
    Edward Scissorhands
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 11
    Dazed and Confused
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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
  • 12
    Can't Hardly Wait
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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
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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  • 14
    I Know What You Did Last Summer
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

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  • 15
    Empire Records
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    Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger

    Released1995

    Directed byAllan Moyle

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  • 16
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    510
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

    Directed byFran Rubel Kuzui

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ever After
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    Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston

    Released1998

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Ever After is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Ghostbusters
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 19
    Varsity Blues
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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  • 20
    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
    375
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    Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

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    Now and Then
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    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

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  • 22
    Back to the Future Part III
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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
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    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    Mallrats
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    Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    D2: The Mighty Ducks
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Weisman

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