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30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents

Updated June 14, 2019 1.9k votes 268 voters 18.8k views36 items

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 listKids 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

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Rebel Without a Cause

    Natalie Wood, James Dean

    Released1955

    Directed byNicholas Ray

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    Kids

    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1995

    Directed byLarry Clark

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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Over the Edge

    Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano

    Released1979

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    Over the Edge is a coming-of-age drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan released in May 1979....  more
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Mid90s

    Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges

    Released2018

    Directed byJonah Hill

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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers

    Released1962

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Sleepers

    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro

    Released1996

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Less Than Zero

    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1987

    Directed byMarek Kanievska

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    Alpha Dog

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2006

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • Heavenly Creatures17
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    Heavenly Creatures

    Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Reefer Madness

    Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young

    Released1936

    Directed byLouis J. Gasnier

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    Christian Slater, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byAllan Moyle

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    According to Greta

    Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Bardawil

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    City of God

    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge

    Released2002

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

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    The Bad Seed

    Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack

    Released1956

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

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    Poison Ivy

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore

    Released1992

    Directed byKatt Shea

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    Ray Winstone, Phil Daniels

    Released1979

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    Bully

    Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

    Released2001

    Directed byLarry Clark

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