Teens The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies that feature sharp teenagers with witty dialogue.

Sharp teenagers may be wise beyond their years, but they still find themselves entangled in high school drama. The best precocious teen movies feature students taking their lives into their own hands, despite opposition from their parents and teachers. This is a list of the top movies about witty teens including everything from Superbad to Little Miss Sunshine to Election.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about precocious teens? Maybe you're a fan of the slacker classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This 1986 comedy inspired teens across the world to make the most of their sick days, just like the title character. The snappy dialog of Juno makes it a film synonymous with smart teenagers. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) was an incredibly ambitious student when it came to everything but his school work in Wes Anderson's film Rushmore. Other good movies found on this best smart teen films list include Heathers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Cruel Intentions.

Which precocious teen movie do you think is the best? Vote your favorite up to number one on this list, and add any great features that are missing.

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka
Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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32 11
Heathers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
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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Juno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman
Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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27 12
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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26 18
The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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25 20
Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid
Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Election is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein
Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a ...more

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill
Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...more

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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham
Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
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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2 1
The Craft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor
The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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1 1
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of what happened to the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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1 1
The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis
The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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1 1
Valentine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Katherine Heigl, Denise Richards, David Boreanaz
Valentine is a 2001 slasher film directed by Jamie Blanks, and starring David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton, Jessica Capshaw, Hedy Burress, Jessica Cauffiel, Katherine Heigl, and Denise Richards. The ...more

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1 1
I Still Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and ...more

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1 1
I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more

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1 1
Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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1 1
The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
This film is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel and the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger ...more

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg
Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by Christopher Crowe, who created the TV series B.L. Stryker, The Watcher, B.J. and the Bear and Seven Days. ...more

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1 1
Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher
Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film and the third installment in the Scream franchise. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and ...more

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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
The Edge of Seventeen (originally titled Besties) is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden ...more

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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox
Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume, and their mutual love for ...more