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Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20

Updated August 28, 2020 15.7k votes 1.5k voters 63.1k views58 items

The films on this list of the best movies for teenagers have ranked by the community as the best teen movies in any genre. These are movies about teenagers or made for teenagers and most deal with issues and stories teens can directly relate to. What are the best movies for teenagers?
 
This list has the best movies for teenagers, many of which have been top box office hits and have received many awards! Teen movies often star teenaged characters and tell stories involving popular teen issues like peer pressure and finding one's own identity. Many of these movies are classic PG-13 comedy movies.
 
The best movies for teenagers on this list include classics like Clueless, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mean Girls, Heathers, The Breakfast Club, Bring it On, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Vote up the best teen movies below or add a film you think is great that isn't already on the list.

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  • The DUFF26
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    The DUFF

    Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell

    Released2015

    Directed byAri Sandel

    The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by... more on Wikipedia

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  • West Side Story27
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower28
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an... more on Wikipedia
  • Election29
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    Election

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick

    Released1999

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by... more on Wikipedia

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  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before30
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    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan... more on Wikipedia
  • The Outsiders31
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of... more on Wikipedia
  • Some Kind of Wonderful32
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    Some Kind of Wonderful

    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure

    Released1987

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart... more on Wikipedia

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  • American Pie33
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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
  • Chemical Hearts34
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    Chemical Hearts

    Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams

    Released2020

    Directed byRichard Tanne

    Chemical Hearts is a 2020 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Tanne, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dazed and Confused35
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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
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming36
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

    Released2017

    Directed byJon Watts

    Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • American Graffiti37
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written... more on Wikipedia
  • Better Off Dead38
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    Better Off Dead

    John Cusack, E.G. Daily

    Released1985

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

    This film is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Lost Boys39
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer... more on Wikipedia
  • Jawbreaker40
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    Jawbreaker

    Rose McGowan, Julie Benz

    Released1999

    Directed byDarren Stein

    Jawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • Not Another Teen Movie41
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    Not Another Teen Movie

    Chris Evans, Lacey Chabert

    Released2001

    Directed byJoel Gallen

    Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American teen comedy film directed by Joel Gallen, released... more on Wikipedia

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  • Words on Bathroom Walls42
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    Words on Bathroom Walls

    Charlie Plummer, Andy García

    Released2020

    Directed byThor Freudenthal

    Words on Bathroom Walls is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by Thor Freudenthal,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pretty in Pink43
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in... more on Wikipedia
  • Spider-Man 244
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipedia

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  • Heathers45
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • Divergent46
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    Divergent

    Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley

    Released2014

    Directed byNeil Burger

    Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High47
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by... more on Wikipedia
  • Spider-Man48
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia

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  • Spider-Man 349
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    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2007

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 250
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    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx

    Released2014

    Directed byMarc Webb

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia

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