The Best New Teen Movies Of The Last Few Years
Teen movies are a longtime staple of many viewers' cinematic diet, but the best new teen films really raise the bar. The genre first gained a measure of popularity in the early 1980s, with a string of raunchy teen comedies, many of which centered around teenagers going on spring break or having some other kind of escapade. Hardbodies and Porky's are just two examples from that era. These were exploitation flicks, usually telling stories about young men looking to "get lucky" with their beautiful classmates. John Hughes turned the tide with a string of smart, sensitive teen stories that began with 1984's Sixteen Candles and also included The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Suddenly, it was proven that real teenagers didn't want to see an exaggerated version of themselves; they wanted honest stories they could relate to.
The best new teen films carry on that tradition, and even expand it. Current movies like The Edge of Seventeen, Eighth Grade, and Love, Simon all speak to what it's like to be an adolescent in modern times. Of course, there are genre films centered around -- and geared toward -- teens, as well. Some of them manage to offer insights, despite telling stories steeped in fantasy.
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Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which get put to the test when she ...more
- Released: 2019
- Directed by: Justin Baldoni
While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.
- Released: 2020
- Directed by: Harry Bradbeer
Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that ...more
- Released: 2019
- Directed by: Olivia Wilde
All the Bright PlacesElle Fanning, Alexandra Shipp, Ginny Gardner