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The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best teen drama movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best teen drama films come in many forms. Some good teen dramas follow high school students as they look for love while other good teen drama movies revolve around the big game. Many of the best classic teen drama movies were directed by John Hughes.

 

What films will you find on this top teen drama movies list? The Breakfast Club has to be near the top. This film finds a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse discovering new friendships over the course of Saturday detention. Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson led the all-star cast of this classic Hughes film. Pretty in Pink is another one of the best teen dramas of all time.

A group of friends have one final adolescent adventure in the coming-of-age film, Stand By Me. Other good teen dramas featured on this list include Juno, Dirty Dancing, and Dead Poet's Society.

Which teen drama do you think is the best? Give your favorite movies a vote up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon
The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more
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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more
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Paper Towns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage
Paper Towns is a 2015 American mystery, comedy-drama film directed by Jake Schreier, based on the novel by John Green. After an all night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo (Cara ...more
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The Sun Is Also a Star is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Twilight Saga Franchise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
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The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert ...more
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Low Tide is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Keean Johnson, Jaeden Martell, Alex Neustaedter
Low Tide is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Kevin McMullin. Three teenagers (Keean Johnson, Alex Neustaedter, and Daniel Zolghadri) spend their summer days on the New Jersey ...more
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Endless Love is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Emma Rigby
Endless Love is a 2014 American romance film directed by Shana Feste and co-written by Feste with Joshua Safran. A remake of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of the same name and the second ...more
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The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more
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Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper
Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more
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The Fundamentals of Caring is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez
The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Rob Burnett, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jonathan Evison and stars Paul Rudd, Craig ...more
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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and A. ...more
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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers
American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more
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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playli... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, Mimi Imfurst
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter Sollett and starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Written by Lorene Scafaria and based on the novel ...more
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Adventureland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig
Adventureland is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and co-starring Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and ...more
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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan
Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
This film is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews, based on Andrews's 2012 debut novel of the same name. It is the story of Greg Gaines ...more
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Some Kind of Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson
Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of the several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in ...more
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Hot Summer Nights is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe
Hot Summer Nights is a 2017 American drama film directed by Elijah Bynum. Daniel (Timothée Chalamet) comes of age, while spending the summer in Cape Cod.
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Kids is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine
Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more
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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
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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November Criminals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener
November Criminals is a 2017 American crime drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi. College bound friends (Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort) find themselves falling for one another, but ...more
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Stand and Deliver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips
Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received a nomination ...more
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The Miseducation of Cameron Po... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree Akhavan, based on the 2012 novel by Emily M. Danforth. In 1993, a teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is ...more
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Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
James Franco, Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer
Palo Alto is a 2013 American drama film directed by Gia Coppola and written by Coppola, based on James Franco's short story collection Palo Alto. Franco stars, along with Emma Roberts, Jack ...more
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Samson and Delilah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Marissa Gibson, Rowan McNamara, Roland Gallois
Samson and Delilah is a 2009 Australian film and was directed by Warwick Thornton. It stars Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson, both young first time actors. It was filmed in and around Alice ...more