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The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars 

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Updated September 6, 2019 962 votes 156 voters 4.6k views 31 items

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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

Released: 2010

Directed by: Will Gluck

Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school student (Emma Stone) relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jason Reitman

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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Scream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
MattJackson added Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Alexander Payne

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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The Perks of Being a Wal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg Mottola

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
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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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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox

Released: 1998

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brian Dannelly

Saved! is a 2004 American teen comedy-drama film involving elements of religious satire. It was directed by Brian Dannelly and written by Dannelly and Michael Urban. It stars Jena Malone, Mandy ...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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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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Where'd You Go, Bernadet... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2018

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden mother (Cate Blanchett) disappears, ...more
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Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Olivia Wilde

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Blinded by the Light is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Viveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, based on the memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor. In 1987, a ...more

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Me and Earl and the Dyin... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

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Thoroughbreds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin

Directed by: Cory Finley

Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...more
20
Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr

Released: 2001

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

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Charlie Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings, Drake

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jon Poll

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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 2016

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
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Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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Valentine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Jamie Blanks

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25
It's Kind of a Funny Sto... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

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