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30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents

Updated June 14, 2019 1.8k votes 261 voters 18.0k 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
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Kids
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    Kids

    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1995

    Directed byLarry Clark

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    Boyz n the Hood
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Rebel Without a Cause
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    Natalie Wood, James Dean

    Released1955

    Directed byNicholas Ray

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    A Clockwork Orange
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Heathers
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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    Thirteen
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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    Rumble Fish
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    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Over the Edge
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    Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano

    Released1979

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

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    West Side Story
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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    Menace II Society
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    Menace II Society

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1993

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Mid90s
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    Mid90s

    Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges

    Released2018

    Directed byJonah Hill

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    Blackboard Jungle
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    Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford

    Released1955

    Directed byRichard Brooks

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    Lolita
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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers

    Released1962

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Less Than Zero
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    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1987

    Directed byMarek Kanievska

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    Sleepers
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    Sleepers

    Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro

    Released1996

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Alpha Dog
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    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2006

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Heavenly Creatures
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    Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Pump Up the Volume
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    Christian Slater, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byAllan Moyle

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    Reefer Madness
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    Reefer Madness

    Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young

    Released1936

    Directed byLouis J. Gasnier

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    The Good Son
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    The Good Son

    Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood

    Released1993

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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    According to Greta
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    Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Bardawil

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    The Bad Seed
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    The Bad Seed

    Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack

    Released1956

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

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    City of God
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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge

    Released2002

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

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    Poison Ivy
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    Poison Ivy

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore

    Released1992

    Directed byKatt Shea

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