My Favorite Teen Movies

by ElaineofAstolat | created - 17 Apr 2012 | updated - 17 Apr 2012 | Public

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1. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 84,228 | Gross: $23.69M

2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 248,424 | Gross: $38.18M

3. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

Votes: 306,933 | Gross: $58.40M

4. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 290,133 | Gross: $45.88M

5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 269,162 | Gross: $70.14M

6. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.0
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Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Biff Yeager, Kristi Somers, Richard Blade, Ian Michael Giatti

Votes: 8,470 | Gross: $6.33M

7. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 275,873 | Gross: $86.06M

8. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 140,218 | Gross: $56.63M

9. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 243,105 | Gross: $103.05M

10. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 189,192 | Gross: $188.76M

11. John Tucker Must Die (2006)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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41 Metascore

Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush

Votes: 72,079 | Gross: $41.01M

12. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

6.4
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45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 127,678 | Gross: $2.34M

13. Scream 2 (1997)

R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery

6.1
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63 Metascore

Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 135,225 | Gross: $101.36M

14. Teen Witch (1989)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what?

Director: Dorian Walker | Stars: Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller, Caren Kaye

Votes: 6,857 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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86 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 836,350 | Gross: $210.61M

16. She's All That (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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51 Metascore

A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker

Votes: 73,162 | Gross: $63.37M

17. Drive Me Crazy (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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42 Metascore

Nicole Maris is a popular high school preppy senior in Utah who gets her life turned upside down when her perfect date, Brad, falls for a cute cheerleader from another school a month before... See full summary »

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Stephen Collins, Mark Metcalf

Votes: 16,046 | Gross: $17.85M

18. Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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57 Metascore

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Votes: 61,759 | Gross: $40.47M

19. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 10,910 | Gross: $16.80M

20. Better Off Dead... (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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51 Metascore

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade

Votes: 36,355 | Gross: $10.30M

21. Prom Night (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

3.9
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17 Metascore

Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis

Votes: 29,803 | Gross: $43.87M

22. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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52 Metascore

After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe

Votes: 114,868 | Gross: $72.59M

23. Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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56 Metascore

Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair

Votes: 159,286 | Gross: $38.33M

24. A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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35 Metascore

The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 177,302 | Gross: $41.23M

25. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy

7.3
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73 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 68,912 | Gross: $1.11M

26. Chasing Liberty (2004)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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46 Metascore

Anna Foster has never had an ordinary life. At eighteen years old, she is the most protected girl in America; she is the First Daughter. Frustrated with her overprotective father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon, Stark Sands

Votes: 32,294 | Gross: $12.19M

27. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.9
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65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 159,090 | Gross: $63.95M

28. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 444,842 | Gross: $143.50M

29. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Music

6.8
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70 Metascore

A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante | Stars: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young

Votes: 7,396

30. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 162,283 | Gross: $148.17M

31. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy

6.1
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Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Christina Applegate, Joanna Cassidy, John Getz, Josh Charles

Votes: 23,399 | Gross: $25.20M

32. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 14,824 | Gross: $8.72M

33. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 13,139 | Gross: $42.43M

34. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 198,295 | Gross: $61.50M

35. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 314,995 | Gross: $95.86M

36. Bring It On (2000)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

6.0
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52 Metascore

A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 75,711 | Gross: $68.38M