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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 Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more
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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah
A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more
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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more
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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington
Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more
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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid
Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more
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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern
The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more
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Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson
Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter and released by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2001. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick ...more
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more
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Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy
Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in ...more
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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more
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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach
If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, ...more
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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart
Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a ...more
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The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston
The Last Song is a 2010 American coming of age teen romantic drama film developed alongside Nicholas Sparks's novel by the same name. The film was directed by Julie Anne Robinson in her feature ...more
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Everything, Everything is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Before I Fall 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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more
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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more
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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw
Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is ...more
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The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis
The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more
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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter
Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more