15 Great Netflix Teen Movies That Will Take You Back To High School

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With so many titles to pick from, Netflix truly has something for everyone. In recent years, they've started producing a generous amount of content catered towards teenagers. If these are two heavy for your kid, check out these good netflix movies for tweens. In terms of television, Sex Education and Atypical are two Netflix shows that have a teenage audience in mind. When it comes to movies, Netflix has an impressive collection of both originals and high school movies from decades past (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, anyone?). So with all these options, what are the best Netflix movies for teens? 

On this list, you'll find several movies available on Netflix that are perfect for high schoolers. Some hilariously capture the awkwardness of our teenage years, others dig deep and ask tough questions. When a coming-of-age movie is done right, the results can be incredibly funny and touching at the same time. Some good Netflix movies for teens include To All The Boys I've Loved BeforeDumplin', and Alex Strangelove, but there's so many more that fit the bill. Whether you're currently a teen or looking to reminisce on the past, you're in the right place. Keep reading to learn more about the highlights of Netflix's teen movie catalogue, and vote up your favorites on the list. 


  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Photo: Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Paramount Pictures

    A bonafide teenage classic, Ferris Bueller's Day Off should be seen by all high schoolers at least once. Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller, a wisecracking student who plays an epic day of hooky with best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). How much trouble can they get themselves into over the course of a day? 

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of director John Hughes' biggest hits. It perfectly captures the 1980's and has secured itself as one of the quintessential films of the era. 

    • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: John Hughes
    36 votes

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  • The Kissing Booth
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    Alright, there's no denying it — The Kissing Booth is not what you would call a traditionally "good" movie. Quite frankly, a lot of critics hated it. But it was also one of Netflix's most popular movies upon release. It's even one of the most watched movies in the country, according to Netflix. So what's the deal? Joey King plays Elle, a high school girl who falls for her best friend Lee (Joel Courtney)'s older brother Noah (Jacob Elordi). The only problem? Noah is totally off-limits according to a rule Elle and Lee have about dating siblings (they have a whole lot of other rules, too). 

    After a kissing booth at a school fundraiser bring Noah and Elle together, they'll have to decide if what they have is worth hurting Lee. This movie is unbelievable in so many ways, but it makes for an extremely entertaining watch. 

    • Actors: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Molly Ringwald, Meganne Young, Joel Courtney
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Vince Marcello
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  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before
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    In the sea of high school romantic comedies available on Netflix, To All The Boys I've Loved Before shines in its own right. Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) collects her crushes like baseball cards. To each one, she writes a long, elaborate letter professing her love, and then hides them all in a box in her closet where they're safe. Until one day, her younger sister Kitty decides to send them all to their recipients. Soon, she's faced with the consequences — coming face-to-face with the guys who make her heart skip a beat, including the football-playing heartthrob Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). 

    The two form a pact to pretend to be a couple to make Peter's ex-girlfriend jealous, but as we know, sometimes the best-laid plans evolve into something else. Soon, Lara Jean will have to make some big decisions, and figure out which direction her heart truly lies.

    And if you want more after watching this one, you're in luck because it already has a sequel.

    • Actors: Lana Condor, John Corbett, Noah Centineo, Emilija Baranac, Israel Broussard
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Susan Johnson
    55 votes

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  • A Cinderella Story
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    It may be a familiar story, but something about this version is just pure mid-2000's magic. Hilary Duff plays Sam Montogomery, a teenage girl whose life is severely altered when her father passes away, leaving her with her selfish step-mother Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge). After inheriting her father's diner, Sam begins working there and receives the nickname "Diner Girl" by her high school's head cheerleader. Sam confides her troubles to an online penpal, who is secretly the high school quarterback Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray). He suggests they meet up at the school's Halloween dance.

    Like in the fairytale, Sam keeps her identity hidden at the dance and leaves when her cell phone alarm tells her it's time to go. Instead of leaving behind a glass slipper, Sam drops her cell phone. Because this is the mid-2000's, Austin has to go on a hunt to find the owner's identity. How charming!

    • Actors: Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray, Dan Byrd, Regina King
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Mark Rosman
    40 votes

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  • The Perfect Date
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    Noah Centineo is the king of Netflix teenage rom coms. Watch him take the lead in The Perfect Date, where he plays Brooks Rattigan, a high school senior who has lofty dreams of attending Yale. When finances prove to become a roadblock to reaching his goal, he starts a unexpected side-hustle: accompanying wealthy girls to their school's dances. 

    He masters the art of becoming the perfect date, fulfilling whatever the occasion calls for. But in the process, he changes his identity radically, becoming unrecognizable to his friends. Brooks will have to decide if his dream is worth losing the ones he cares about most. 

    • Actors: Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Matt Walsh, Joe Chrest
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Chris Nelson
    36 votes

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  • The Edge of Seventeen
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    Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine Franklin, a spunky high school junior whose life is flipped upside down when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) and her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) decide to get together. Feeling hurt and betrayed, Nadine ends her friendship with Krista and tries to find someone else to connect with. This proves to be difficult, as her relationship with her mom is strained and her father passed away when she was young. 

    Eventually, she accepts the invitation to hang out from her awkward classmate Irwin (Hayden Szetso) who admires her very much. While she initially rejects his advances, she learns that people are not always what they seem on the surface. Nadine learns that friendships and relationships can change over time, but she has to jump through some pretty embarrassing hoops to get there. 

    • Actors: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Kelly Fremon
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