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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies 

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Updated April 24, 2020 1.8k votes 185 voters 4.3k views 34 items

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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.

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

Released: 2010

Directed by: Will Gluck

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Step Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

Released: 2006

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged ...more

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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Luketic

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gary Winick

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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

Released: 1999

Directed by: Robert Iscove

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Rosman

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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

Released: 1999

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Jumanji: Welcome to the ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
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Directed by: Scott Rosenberg

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I Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mark Waters

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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17 Again is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

Released: 2009

Directed by: Burr Steers

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What a Girl Wants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Teen Movies
Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston, Colin Firth

Released: 2003

Directed by: Dennie Gordon

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