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The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years

Updated October 16, 2020 22.4k votes 2.1k voters 42.6k views65 items

List RulesVote 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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    Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

    Released2017

    Directed byJon Watts

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    To All the Boys I've Loved Bef is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

    Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni. Stella... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Spider-Man: Far From Home is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byJon Watts

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    Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Love, Simon

    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Wonder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Wonder

    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    Nerve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Nerve

    Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

    Directed byHenry Joost

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    Everything, Everything is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Everything, Everything

    Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

    Directed byStella Meghie

    Everything, Everything is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Stella Meghie and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
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    The Kissing Booth

    Joey King, Joel Courtney

    Released2018

    Directed byVince Marcello

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    After is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

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    Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Lady Bird

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

    Released2017

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

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    Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Booksmart

    Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein

    Released2019

    Directed byOlivia Wilde

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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Maze Runner: The Death Cure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario

    Released2017

    Directed byWes Ball

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    Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Before I Fall

    Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

    Released2017

    Directed byRy Russo-Young

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    Midnight Sun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Midnight Sun

    Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger

    Released2018

    Directed byScott Speer

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    Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Ready Player One

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Blockers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Blockers

    Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz

    Directed byKay Cannon

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    The Darkest Minds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Darkest Minds

    Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson

    Released2018

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

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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
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    The Sun Is Also a Star

    Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton

    Released2019

    Directed byRy Russo-Young

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    The Kissing Booth 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Kissing Booth 2

    Joey King, Molly Ringwald

    Released2020

    Directed byVince Marcello

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    The Perfect Date is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Perfect Date

    Laura Marano, Noah Centineo

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Nelson

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    Every Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    Every Day

    Angourie Rice, Maria Bello

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Sucsy

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    The Half of It is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years
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    The Half of It

    Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire

    Released2020

    Directed byAlice Wu

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