Film The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best intelligent movies, or those that are smart, clever, etc.

In everyday life, we don't always view teenagers as the most intelligent beings—and a lot of movies follow the same lines. While there are plenty of movies with smart teens, the movies themselves aren't always these clever masterpieces. More often than not, they focus on things like teen angst, those teenage romances, high school and so on, and at most teach fellow teens not to ditch class or disobey their parents. However, plenty of intelligent teen movies do exist. That is, films with clever plots, well-thought-out dialogue, and even deep insight into the lives and minds of teenagers.

In this sense, movies like Mean Girls are prime examples of intelligent teen movies. While it's certainly a goofy comedy, it also takes a close look at the effect of cliques, bullying, and other common issues post-pubescent kids. Of course, these smart teen films don't have to focus on high school, and you'll find plenty of great teen movies below that really make the viewer think. Whether that's a great coming-of-age flick or harrowing family film, you'll find the best of them right here.

Check out the list below and vote up the best intelligent teen movies, or those you feel are most clever, insightful, etc. You can also vote down any films you don't find as smart as the next, and add your own to the list. 

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Flipped is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Flipped Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time

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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Superbad Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
The Edge of Seventeen Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Lady Bird Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
She's All That Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

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Girlfight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Girlfight Michelle Rodriguez, John Sayles, Alicia Ashley

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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Saved! Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker

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Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Sing Street Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy

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It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
It's Kind of a Funny Story Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Rushmore Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox

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The Fits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
The Fits Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin

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Splendor in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Splendor in the Grass Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle