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The hijinx of troubled teens are rough to deal with, unless you are watching them unfold on the big screen. The top juvenile delinquent movies feature characters dealing with drug use, crime and rebelling against authority. This is a list of rebellious teen movies featuring everything from Heathers to Less Than Zero to City of God.

What movies will you find on this list of the best movies about juvenile delinquency? Fans of the classics might rank Rebel Without a Cause at the very top. James Dean became the iconic misunderstood teen in this 1955 classic. A Clockwork Orange, with its unforgettable portrayals of juvenile "ultra-violence" and teen rebellion, also appears on this trouble teen movies list. Kids shocked movie-goers with its content when it was released in 1995. Other films that appear on this roundup of the best juvenile delinquent movies include Bully, The Outsiders, and Boyz n the Hood.

Which teenage rebellion movies deserve the top spot on this list? Decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane 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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Thirteen Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more

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Rebel Without a Cause is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Rebel Without a Cause Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr. Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin 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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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the ...more

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Alpha Dog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Alpha Dog Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on ...more

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Heavenly Creatures is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Heavenly Creatures Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme murder case in ...more

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The Good Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
The Good Son Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, David Morse The Good Son is a 1993 American psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by English novelist Ian McEwan. The film stars Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood.

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more

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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Less Than Zero Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for ...more

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The Bad Seed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
The Bad Seed Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart The Bad Seed is a 1956 American horror-thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, and Eileen Heckart The film is based upon a play by Maxwell ...more

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Scum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
bigcraig added Scum Ray Winstone, Phil Daniels, David Threlfall Scum is a 1979 British crime drama film directed by Alan Clarke, portraying the brutality of life inside a British borstal. The script was originally made for the BBC's Play for Today strand in ...more

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Over the Edge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Over the Edge Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Harry Northup Over the Edge is a coming-of-age drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan released in May 1979. Due to the negative publicity surrounding a wave of recent youth gang films such as The Warriors and ...more

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
bigcraig added Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more

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Bully is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Bully Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl Bully is a 2001 American film directed by Larry Clark, and starring Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick, Kelli Garner, and Nick Stahl. Based on the 1993 ...more

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Poison Ivy Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd Poison Ivy is a 1992 American drama-thriller film and directed by Katt Shea. Andy Ruben transformed Melissa Goddard's story into the screenplay. It stars Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom ...more

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Elephant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Elephant Timothy Bottoms, Matt Malloy, Alex Frost Elephant is a 2003 drama film edited, written and directed by Gus Van Sant. It takes place in the fictional Watt High School, in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, and chronicles the events ...more

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Reefer Madness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Reefer Madness Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr. Reefer Madness is a 1936–1939 American propaganda exploitation drama film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana—from ...more

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According to Greta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
According to Greta Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Melissa Leo According to Greta is a 2009 American independent drama film directed by Nancy Bardawil.

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Sleepers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman Sleepers is a 1996 American legal crime drama film written, produced, and directed by Barry Levinson, and based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's 1995 novel of the same name.

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Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Nowhere Rose McGowan, Christina Applegate, Heather Graham Nowhere is a 1997 American black comedy drama film written and directed by Gregg Araki. It stars James Duval and Rachel True as Dark and Mel, a bisexual teen couple who are both sexually ...more

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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
We Need to Talk About Kevin Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller film, directed by Lynne Ramsay and adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. A long process of ...more

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was Johnson's directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for ...more

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Blackboard Jungle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Blackboard Jungle Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. It is based on the novel of the same name by Evan Hunter.

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Augusta, Gone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Augusta, Gone Sharon Lawrence, Tim Matheson, Mika Boorem Augusta, Gone is a 2006 Lifetime Television film directed by Tim Matheson and starring Mika Boorem, Sharon Lawrence and Tamara Hope. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Martha Tod ...more

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Fish Tank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Fish Tank Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Anthony Geary Fish Tank is a 2009 British drama film written and directed by Andrea Arnold. The film is about Mia Williams, a volatile and socially isolated 15-year-old who lives with her single mother, ...more

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Pixote is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Pixote Marília Pêra, Jardel Filho, Beatriz Segall Pixote: a Lei do Mais Fraco is a 1980 Brazilian drama film directed by Hector Babenco. The screenplay was written by Babenco and Jorge Durán, based on the book A Infância dos Mortos ...more

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
Lolita Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The ...more

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The 400 Blows is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
The 400 Blows Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy The 400 Blows is a 1959 French drama film, the debut by director François Truffaut; it stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier. One of the defining films of ...more

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The Wackness is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents
The Wackness Famke Janssen, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen The Wackness is a 2008 American coming-of-age drama film by Jonathan Levine and starring Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen, Famke Janssen, and Olivia Thirlby. The film is distributed by ...more