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The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years

Updated November 3, 2020 18.2k votes 2.2k voters 45.4k views76 items

List RulesVote up your favorite new teen movies that were released on or after January, 1 2018.

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 Before1
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    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

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  • Five Feet Apart2
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

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  • Spider-Man: Far From Home3
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    Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Directed byJon Watts

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  • Love, Simon4
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    Love, Simon

    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

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  • The Hate U Give5
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

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  • The Kissing Booth6
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    The Kissing Booth

    Joey King, Joel Courtney

    Released2018

    Directed byVince Marcello

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  • After7
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    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

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  • Booksmart8
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    Booksmart

    Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein

    Released2019

    Directed byOlivia Wilde

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  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure9
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    Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario

    Released2018

    Directed byWes Ball

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  • Ready Player One10
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    Ready Player One

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke

    Released2018

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  • Alita: Battle Angel11
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • Midnight Sun12
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    Midnight Sun

    Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger

    Released2018

    Directed byScott Speer

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    Blockers

    Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz

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  • The Darkest Minds14
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    The Darkest Minds

    Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson

    Released2018

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    The Sun Is Also a Star

    Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton

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    Directed byRy Russo-Young

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    The Kissing Booth 2

    Joey King, Molly Ringwald

    Released2020

    Directed byVince Marcello

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  • The Half of It17
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    The Half of It

    Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire

    Released2020

    Directed byAlice Wu

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  • Every Day18
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    Every Day

    Angourie Rice, Maria Bello

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Sucsy

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    The Perfect Date

    Laura Marano, Noah Centineo

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Nelson

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  • Enola Holmes20
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    Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill

    Released2020

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  • Eighth Grade21
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    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

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  • All the Bright Places22
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    Elle Fanning, Justice Smith

    Released2020

    Directed byBrett Haley

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  • To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You23
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    Ross Butler, Noah Centineo

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  • Let It Snow24
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    Let It Snow

    Isabela Moner, Joan Cusack

    Released2019

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    Truth or Dare

    Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey

    Released2018

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