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A list of the best teen movies and films about teenagers, adolescence, and high school. What are the best teen movies of all time? Teenagers and young people have long been an ideal target market for film producers. They have more free time than adults, but can get themselves around and choose their own entertainment more easily than children. As well, they have disposable income, and typically spend more of their money on entertainment than their adult counterparts. What's the best teen movie ever? As this has steadily been true for several decades, it has led to a glut of films designed with teenagers in mind during that time.

Though there is no set definition on what makes a film a "teen movie," other than featuring teenagers (or at the very least, teenaged character) in significant roles, the genre has developed some defining features and common motifs over the years. Often, teen movies will explore high school as an environment, and specifically the high school community and the social cliques that form therein is a constant source of interest and observation. Much of the time, this is done with a snarky or cynical worldview, attempting to reflect the way that jaded teens often see the world of adults. Overwhelmingly popular recent entries in the high school movie sub-genre include Easy A and Mean Girls, while cult films such as Donnie Darko and Pump Up the Volume explore the same issues with an even darker or more subversive outlook.

Teens are also frequently cast as the leads in horror films, particularly the sub-genre known as "slasher films." In these films, attractive young people are typically placed in precarious situations with serial murderers, and audiences can then delight in seeing them ripped apart.

The teen films on this list span all of these sub-genres and more, including genre mash-ups combining several different storytelling modes into one film (such as the horror-comedy Scream franchise.) It's an Open list, so after you're done voting, if you see any great teen films that aren't on here, add them at the bottom of the page.

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The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

16,466 3,384
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Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

9,124 2,756
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KirkSaw added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

10,739 3,081
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Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

10,061 2,465
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10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

8,567 2,385
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Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

7,734 2,589
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Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

11,722 2,772
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Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

7,102 2,802
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American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

6,538 2,182
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The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

7,761 2,905
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Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

3,835 2,274
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

6,919 2,764
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Bring It On Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

4,172 2,208
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Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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Superbad Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

3,705 1,781
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KirkSaw added Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

5,219 1,805
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Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

3,703 1,348
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Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

4,000 1,601
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Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

7,359 1,802
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The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

5,091 1,906
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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

6,894 1,668
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She's the Man Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

4,619 2,028
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Napoleon Dynamite Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

4,284 1,589
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The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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matanamcintire added The Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

6,462 2,348
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seane797 added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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DaniFenn-Wells added 21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

4,237 1,233
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

4,256 1,654
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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

3,178 959
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

2,257 1,318
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

2,191 1,319
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Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

4,142 1,487
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17 Again Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

1,647 606
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Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

2,977 965
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13 Going on 30 Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

3,094 1,418
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KirkSaw added Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

1,565 1,207
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KirkSaw added Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

1,606 1,310
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Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

3,649 1,138
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A Cinderella Story Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray

1,684 569
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

2,442 1,524
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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

1,347 522
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A Walk to Remember Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah

2,648 1,010
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rankergrl added John Tucker Must Die Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

1,255 994
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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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KirkSaw added Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay