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Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20

Updated February 11, 2021 12.3k votes 1.5k voters 63.2k views86 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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  • Clueless1
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It...  more

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  • Easy A2
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    Easy A

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes

    Released2010

    Directed byWill Gluck

    Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school...  more

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off3
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John...  more

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  • Bring It On4
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written...  more

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  • Mean Girls5
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the...  more

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  • Cruel Intentions6
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

    Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe,...  more

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  • Weird Science7
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes...  more

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  • Superbad8
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    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill...  more

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  • American Pie9
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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

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  • Dazed and Confused10
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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

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  • Juno11
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by...  more

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  • Sixteen Candles12
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael...  more

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  • Thirteen13
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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke,...  more

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  • The Goonies14
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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  • The Lost Boys15
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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

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  • Not Another Teen Movie16
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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

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  • Grease17
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and...  more

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You18
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and...  more

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  • High School Musical19
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    High School Musical

    Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2006

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film...  more

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  • Napoleon Dynamite20
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and...  more

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  • The Breakfast Club21
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and...  more

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  • Pump Up the Volume22
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    Pump Up the Volume

    Christian Slater, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byAllan Moyle

    Pump Up the Volume is a 1990 comedy-drama film written and directed by Allan Moyle and...  more

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  • The DUFF23
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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

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  • West Side Story24
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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

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower25
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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

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