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The Best Teen Drama Movies, Ranked

Updated December 2, 2020 11.8k votes 1.5k voters 47.1k views80 items

List RulesVote up your favorite dramas that star teenage characters.

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 Club1
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Stand by Me2
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Dead Poets Society3
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower4
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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  • The Outsiders5
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • The Fault in Our Stars6
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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  • A Walk to Remember7
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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  • Five Feet Apart8
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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  • Cruel Intentions9
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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  • Dirty Dancing10
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • Remember the Titans11
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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  • The Karate Kid12
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Save the Last Dance13
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    Save the Last Dance

    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles

    Released2001

    Directed byThomas Carter

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  • If I Stay14
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    If I Stay

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos

    Released2014

    Directed byR. J. Cutler

    If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of...  more

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  • Romeo + Juliet15
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    Romeo + Juliet

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd

    Released1996

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's...  more

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  • Pretty in Pink16
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • The Last Song17
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    The Last Song

    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

    The Last Song is a 2010 American coming of age teen romantic drama film developed alongside...  more

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  • Before I Fall18
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    Before I Fall

    Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

    Released2017

    Directed byRy Russo-Young

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  • Varsity Blues19
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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  • Everything, Everything20
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    Everything, Everything

    Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

    Released2017

    Directed byStella Meghie

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

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  • West Side Story21
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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  • Almost Famous22
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring...  more

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  • Thirteen23
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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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  • The Basketball Diaries24
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

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  • Friday Night Lights25
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

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