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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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club 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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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Easy A 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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Juno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Juno 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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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
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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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 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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Election is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Election 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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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Cruel Intentions 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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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Superbad 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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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Rushmore 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

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Little Miss Sunshine 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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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
The Edge of Seventeen 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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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Saved! Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker 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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It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
It's Kind of a Funny Story Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis It's Kind of a Funny Story is a 2010 drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Ghost World Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry ...more

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The Way, Way Back is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
The Way, Way Back Steve Carell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb The Way, Way Back is a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash in their directorial debut. The film stars Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison ...more

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Igby Goes Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Igby Goes Down Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet Igby Goes Down is a 2002 comedy-drama film that follows the life of Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sardonic New York City teenager who attempts to break free of his familial ties and wealthy, ...more

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The Squid and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
The Squid and the Whale Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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Struck by Lightning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Struck by Lightning Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, Rebel Wilson Struck by Lightning is a 2012 comedy directed by Brian Dannelly.

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
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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Submarine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies with Precocious Teen Stars
Submarine Ben Stiller, Paddy Constantine, Sally Hawkins Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film was written and directed by Richard Ayoade, and starred Craig Roberts, ...more