35 Best Movies about Teens

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Cover of "The Goonies [Blu-ray]"
I’ve already written a few times on Connect with your Teens about movies for teenagers. I wanted to take another look at teen movies, but just the ones that both star and are about teenagers. I could not narrow this down to a top 10 or even a top 20. So here is my list of the top 35 best movies about teens, in chronological order:

  1. Rebel Without a Cause – 1955
  2. American Graffiti – 1973
  3. Carrie – 1976
  4. Breaking Away – 1979
  5. Fame – 1980
  6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1982
  7. Risky Business – 1983
  8. The Karate Kid – 1984
  9. Sixteen Candles – 1984
  10. Footloose – 1984
  11. The Goonies – 1985
  12. Back To The Future – 1985
  13. The Breakfast Club – 1985
  14. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1986
  15. Stand and Deliver – 1988
  16. Say Anything – 1989
  17. Heathers – 1989
  18. Dead Poet’s Society – 1989
  19. Dazed and Confused – 1993
  20. Clueless – 1995
  21. Scream – 1996
  22. Cruel Intentions – 1999
  23. American Pie – 1999
  24. Election – 1999
  25. Donnie Darko – 2001
  26. Ghost World – 2001
  27. Harry Potter series 2001-
  28. Varsity Blues – 2001
  29. Spider-Man – 2002
  30. Bend it Like Beckham – 2002
  31. Napoleon Dynamite – 2004
  32. Mean Girls – 2004
  33. Superbad – 2007
  34. Juno – 2007
  35. Twilight – 2008

Since the word “Best” is very subjective, I am sure many of you will disagree with this list. Please let me know if you think I left out anything that should be on this list of top 35 movies about teens, or if you think that any movies on this list don’t belong.

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  1. Oh, I loved Heathers and a few others on the list.

  2. great list. Can you believe I have not seen rebel without a cause.

  3. Great list. Kudos for putting Rebel without a Cause, Heathers, Election, and especially Ghost World. There are lots of other great ones here too. 🙂

  4. American Pie is the best movie in that list that I have seen. Cool, funny and just plain honest. The cast’ funny antics made me cry laughing.

  5. Good list. I would’ve put Gregory’s Girl and Flirting somewhere in there.

  6. edwardcullen :

    I think Twilight is the best movie :X:X::X

  7. hi. great list. I’ve watched the recent ones….and truly, they are the best. I’ll try the others like donnie darko and dazed….

  8. Twlight awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Twilight Rocks, so does the book!!!

  10. your list sucks!!

  11. Adi, what movies would you put on this list?

  12. its ok not all that

  13. thirteen, the texas cheerleader scandal, HSM, wild child,i luv u beth cooper,

  14. This list is great, but you need to add a few more that just hit the tops; New Moon, thirteen, and maybe Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. PS NO TWILIGHT

  15. Online Dating Tips :

    Nice list.. Vote for Twilight and New Moon 🙂

  16. twilight is a horrible movie

  17. Hey, nice list, I love Juno movie and I think it is the best of 2007.

  18. hey great list and twilight is da best in 2008

  19. you ruined the list with twilight, if you think it will help ‘connect’ with your teen, you’re so very wrong. It will most likely encourage them to kill themself.

  20. Ummmmmm where is dazed and confused???
    And twilight is the worst thing to ever happen to america.

  21. Great List! I would also include with Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild One. These old films do make teenagers look old! Also, how about the X-Men and The Blair Witch Project.

  22. Ugh, I hate Superbad. I think Kick-Ass should take its place. 10 times better 🙂

  23. Breakfast Club has to be my favourite – archetypal 80’s flick.

  24. Great list of movies! Thanks for sharing!

  25. The Goonies has to be one of the best films on there!

  26. Nice List. Must recommend to all my friends.

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