teen drama movies

movies about teens that deal with bullying, drugs and alcohol, self-harm, eating disorders, abuse, mental illness, etc.
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1.
Another Happy Day (2011)
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A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics. (119 mins.)
Director: Sam Levinson
“ This is one of my favorite movies.. That's why it has been moved to the to of the list lol. It's about a dysfunctional family who has to come together for a wedding, and things get kind of crazy. I love out so much because when I watch it makes me feel what the characters are feeling. I don't know of that's weird, or if it's because I relate to Elliott.. Haha ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
2.
Archie's Final Project (2009)
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A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school. (107 mins.)
“ Archie decides that his school project will be to kill himself on camera. He records what people reactions are, things that happen after he tells everybody, and what he thinks about things in the world. I found it really intense. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
3.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
4.
Thirteen (2003)
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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
 
5.
Secret Cutting (2000 TV Movie)
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Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself. (94 mins.)
Director: Norma Bailey
 
6.
Cyberbully (2011 TV Movie)
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A teenager is subjected to a campaign of bullying by classmates through a social networking site. (120 mins.)
Director: Charles Binamé
 
7.
Jimmy and Judy (2006)
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Two misunderstood suburban kids challenge society and run from the police while documenting all of their deeds with a digital camera. (99 mins.)
 
8.
Speak (2004)
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After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
 
9.
Sharing the Secret (2000 TV Movie)
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A teenage girl who feels she must always seem happy for her parents and friends secretly binges and purges. (90 mins.)
Director: Katt Shea
 
10.
The Invisible (2007)
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A teenager is left invisible to the living after an attack. (102 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
“ doesnt really deal with the things listed, but belongs in this list.. Of you know what I mean lol. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
11.
Somersault (2004)
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A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love. (106 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
 
12.
Black Snake Moan (2006)
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A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
“ not teens, but deals with most of the stuff in description. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
13.
Prozac Nation (2001)
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A young woman struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard. (95 mins.)
“ not teens, but it's really good. Drug use and mental illness are the main themes. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
14.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
“ really good drug movie.. and with teens this time ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
15.
Dandelion (2004)
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In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where... (93 mins.)
Director: Mark Milgard
 
16.
Fierce People (2005)
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A massage therapist looking to overcome her addictions and reconnect with her son, whose father is an anthropologist in South America studying the Yanomani people, moves in with a wealthy ex-client in New Jersey. (107 mins.)
Director: Griffin Dunne
“ Really good... With a really good cast too ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
17.
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
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On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
 
18.
American Heart (1992)
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An ex-convict is tracked down by his estranged teenage son, and the pair try to build a relationship and life together in Seattle. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Bell
 
19.
2:37 (2006)
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At 2:37, someone commits suicide in the school lavatory. The day is told up to that point from the viewpoint of six different students. (95 mins.)
 
20.
The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. (106 mins.)
 
21.
Manic (2001)
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Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution... (100 mins.)
Director: Jordan Melamed
 
22.
12 and Holding (2005)
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
23.
Hard Candy (2005)
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A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade
 
24.
Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
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Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free. (87 mins.)
Director: Guy Ferland
 
25.
The United States of Leland (2003)
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A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives. (108 mins.)
 
26.
The Unsaid (2001)
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A seemingly-untroubled adolescent carries disturbing secrets that compel a psychiatrist to unearth the patient's gruesome past. (111 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
 
27.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
28.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
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Seven year old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah. (98 mins.)
Director: Asia Argento
 
29.
Freeway (1996)
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A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (102 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
30.
The Quiet (2005)
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Dot (Belle), a young deaf and mute woman, is sent to live with her godparents (Falco and Donovan) and their daughter (Cuthbert). The new addition to the household realizes that everything is not copacetic in the home, and the family's dark come to light. (96 mins.)
Director: Jamie Babbit
 
31.
Alpha Dog (2006)
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A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. (122 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
32.
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
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This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen... (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
 
33.
Whip It (2009)
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In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. (111 mins.)
Director: Drew Barrymore
 
34.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
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The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints. (100 mins.)
Director: Dito Montiel
 
35.
An American Crime (2007)
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
 
36.
Triple Dog (2010)
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On the night of a sleepover, a group of teenage girls venture out in a competitive game of challenging dares. As the antics escalate, and the dares become more extreme, the girls unravel the truth behind a former student's rumored suicide. (95 mins.)
Director: Pascal Franchot
 
37.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
 
38.
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
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A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father. (132 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
39.
Mysterious Skin (2004)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
40.
Detachment (2011)
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A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
41.
Tanner Hall (2009)
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Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls. (96 mins.)
 
42.
Kidulthood (2006)
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A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. (89 mins.)
Director: Menhaj Huda
 
43.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
44.
Daydream Nation (2010)
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A city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. (98 mins.)
 
45.
Brick (2005)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
46.
Shrink (2009)
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Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients. (104 mins.)
Director: Jonas Pate
“ There Is a teen in it, but she's not the main character. Still a good one. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
47.
Beneath Clouds (2002)
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The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a... (90 mins.)
Director: Ivan Sen
 
48.
Fear (1996)
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When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear. (97 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
49.
Silent House (2011)
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A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences. (86 mins.)
“ it does seem like more of a scary movie, but it keeps you guessing... ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
50.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
51.
The Babysitters (2007)
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A teenager turns her babysitting service into a call-girl service for married guys after fooling around with one of her customers. (88 mins.)
Director: David Ross
 
52.
Mouth to Mouth (2005)
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An adventurous coming-of-age story that follows young rebellious Sherry through Europe as she loses her illusions, virginity and lip ring. (103 mins.)
Director: Alison Murray
 
53.
Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story. (92 mins.)
 
54.
Self Medicated (2005)
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A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well. (107 mins.)
Director: Monty Lapica
 
55.
Animal Room (1995)
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Cynical and intelligent Arnold Mosk, a known drug user, is put into a disciplinary program at his high school meant for the seriously disturbed where he becomes the main target of the psychopathic Doug Van Housen and his gang. (98 mins.)
Director: Craig Singer
 
56.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
57.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
58.
The Hole (2001)
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Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Hamm
 
59.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ not teens, but one of the best drug movies. i think anyways ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
60.
The Poker House (2008)
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A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa. (93 mins.)
Director: Lori Petty
 
61.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ Love this stuff right here.. I cry at some point everytime x) ... If you like this movie, you have to read the book. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
62.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
63.
Trust (2010)
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A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
 
64.
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
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A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Poll
“ Somewhat comedic, but still really good. It's a drama too, so... ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
65.
Zero Day (2003)
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Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school. (92 mins.)
Director: Ben Coccio
 
66.
Gardens of the Night (2008)
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After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street. (110 mins.)
Director: Damian Harris
 
67.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
68.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
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Fictional drama based on actual events, about 2 teen-age girls who encounter an internet predator. (85 mins.)
Director: Michael Goi
 
69.
Virginia (2010)
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A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair. (111 mins.)
 
70.
Adrift (2009)
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A 1980s-set drama about a teenage girl undergoing her sexual awakening when she learns about her father's infidelities. (97 mins.)
Director: Heitor Dhalia
 
71.
Life as a House (2001)
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When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
“ this movie it's pretty good, reminds me of the last song. A goth, chemical huffing 16 year old has to go to his dads for the summer and had to help him build a house. ” - xxLunasFirexx09
 
72.
The Last Song (2010)
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A rebellious girl is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect. (107 mins.)