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Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20

Updated August 28, 2020 15.5k votes 1.5k voters 62.8k 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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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Easy A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and... more on Wikipedia

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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Newell

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and... more on Wikipedia
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    Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

    Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Hoen

    Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is a 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie and the sequel to the 2008... more on Wikipedia

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama film directed by John Singleton. Three young men... more on Wikipedia

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

    Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation... more on Wikipedia

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer' is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more on Wikipedia

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    High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Superbad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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    Risky Business

    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally

    Released1983

    Directed byPaul Brickman

    Risky Business is a 1983 American romantic comedy film written by Paul Brickman in his... more on Wikipedia

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    The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20
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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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