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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
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka
2
10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger
3
Heathers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater
4
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack
5
Dope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
6
The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack
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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
Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green
10
Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack
11
Saved! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker
12
She's All That is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim
13
Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
14
Splendor in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle
15
The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
16
Flipped is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller
17
Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
18
Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried
19
Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy
20
The Fits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor
21
Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox
22
It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis
23
Girlfight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Michelle Rodriguez, John Sayles, Alicia Ashley
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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill
25
Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Teen Movies of All Time
Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams