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The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked 

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Updated March 17, 2020 9.2k votes 1.2k voters 39.6k views 58 items

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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

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

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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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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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The Perks of Being a Wal... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

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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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

Released: 1986

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach

Released: 2014

Directed by: R. J. Cutler

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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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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 Last Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston

Released: 2010

Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson

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) 11 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Everything, Everything Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Directed by: Stella Meghie

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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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Weir

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) 13 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

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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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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) 15 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1996

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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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Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Thomas Carter

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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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Before I Fall Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

Released: 2017

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

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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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Robbins

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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias

Released: 2019

Directed by: Justin Baldoni

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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Paper Towns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Paper Towns Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jake Schreier

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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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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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Twilight Saga Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked
Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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