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Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20  

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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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Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried
Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka
Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger
10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more

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Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union
Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. It was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of ...more

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#59 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #435 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #39 of 250 The Best Teen Romance Movies

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John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth
American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

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Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill
Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...more

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Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman
Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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whittx added John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid
Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
harmoniaclaire added Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more

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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
mcdade_hannah added Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne
The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger. A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after ...more

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teddybear1029 added Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron
High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
harmoniaclaire added Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey
Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim
The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater
Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more

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