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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies

Updated April 24, 2020 2.4k votes 189 voters 4.6k views34 items

List RulesVote for the best guilty pleasure teen films.

Ah, teen agnst! From romance to friendship to academics, everything feels so much more dramatic when you're at that age. Ergo, guilty pleasure teen movies are ripe with entertainment value. These cheesy teen films are over-the-top enough to help you escape reality for a few hours. 

Why are corny teen films so fun? Their plot lines are often ridiculous, the actors are sometimes too old to play teenagers, and the dialogue can be abysmal. But hey - adult life is rough. These movies may be kind of dumb, but isn't it nice to remember a time when your biggest problems revolved around unrequited crushes and petty squabbles with your parents? These are easy films that don't demand a lot of attention from the viewer, making them great when you're in need of some escapism.

Vote up the best guilty pleasure teen movies below!

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  • Clueless1
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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  • Bring It On2
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You3
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

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  • Mean Girls4
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the...  more

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  • Legally Blonde5
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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  • The Breakfast Club6
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Easy A7
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    Easy A

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes

    Released2010

    Directed byWill Gluck

    Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school...  more

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  • Step Up8
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    Step Up

    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan

    Released2006

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

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  • Sixteen Candles9
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • She's All That10
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    She's All That

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and...  more

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  • 13 Going on 3011
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

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  • Cruel Intentions12
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

    Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe,...  more

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off13
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • American Pie14
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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

    American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and...  more

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  • I Know What You Did Last Summer15
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    I Know What You Did Last Summer

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

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  • Never Been Kissed16
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew...  more

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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle17
    2
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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Released2017

    Directed byScott Rosenberg

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  • A Cinderella Story18
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    A Cinderella Story

    Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Rosman

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  • Freaky Friday19
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • Dazed and Confused20
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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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  • The Parent Trap21
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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  • The Fault in Our Stars22
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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  • 17 Again23
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    17 Again

    Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released2009

    Directed byBurr Steers

    17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The film follows 37-year-old...  more

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  • The Notebook24
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • What a Girl Wants25
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    What a Girl Wants

    Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston

    Released2003

    Directed byDennie Gordon

    What a Girl Wants is a 2003 American film starring Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston...  more

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