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The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite new teen movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

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. 

Vote for your favorites from this list of new and recent teen movies. If your favorite isn't here, add it. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank your pick. 

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To All the Boys I've Loved Bef... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart
To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love ...more
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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias
Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) are young cystic fibrosis patients being treated at the ...more
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more
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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
The Edge of Seventeen (originally titled Besties) is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden ...more
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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp
Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli. Simon (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student, is ...more
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay
Wonder is a 2017 American family comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio. With the help of his mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson), a boy ...more
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After is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Shane Paul McGhie
After is a 2019 new adult romance film directed by Jenny Gage, based on the novel by Anna Todd. A dedicated student, Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), enters her first semester in college where ...more
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The Kissing Booth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi
The Kissing Booth is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Vince Marcello. A pretty, teenage girl (Joey King), who has never-been-kissed, finds her life turned totally upside down when she ...more
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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Spider-Man: Far From Home is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. While on a vacation trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker is ...more
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Everything, Everything is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose
Everything, Everything is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Stella Meghie and written by J. Mills Goodloe, based on the 2015 young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon. It involves a romance ...more
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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis
Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliette ...more
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The Perfect Date is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Laura Marano, Noah Centineo, Camila Mendes
The Perfect Date is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Chris Nelson, based on the novel by Steve Bloom. Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) has the academic chops to get into his dream Ivy ...more
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Blockers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena
Blockers is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Kay Cannon. When three parents stumble upon their daughtersÂ’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to ...more
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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller
Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the novel by Lauren Oliver. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam (Zoey Deutch) untangles the ...more
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High Strung Free Dance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Thomas Doherty, Jane Seymour, Ace Bhatti
High Strung Free Dance is a 2019 American dance film directed by Michael Damian. A young choreographer makes an unconventional choice by casting a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist ...more
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Midnight Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle
Midnight Sun is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed by Scott Speer, based on the 2006 Japanese film. Sheltered since early childhood due to a rare disease, Katie Price (Bella Thorne) ...more
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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on the novel by James Dashner. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow ...more
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The Sun Is Also a Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Jake Choi
The Sun Is Also a Star is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the young adult novel written by Nicola Yoon. A teenager (Yara Shahidi) finds love at a difficult time ...more
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Dope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
Dope is a 2015 American comedy-drama coming-of-age film written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. Malcolm (Moore), a high school "geek" living in the crime-frequent Inglewood, California ...more
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Tall Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Luke Eisner
Tall Girl is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Nzingha Stewart. That tallest girl in school, Jodi (Ava Michelle) decides to embrace her height.
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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Shannon Purser, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is a 2018 American teen comedy film directed by Ian Samuels, and a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected ...more
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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.