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1. Cobra Kai (2018– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.

Stars: William Zabka, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand

Votes: 75,319

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 127,453

3. 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: 282,068 | Gross: $103.05M

4. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.3
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60 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 183,364 | Gross: $90.82M

5. Back to the Future (1985)

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

8.5
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87 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 eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

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

Votes: 1,037,050 | Gross: $210.61M

6. The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

TV-MA | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

5.8
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22 Metascore

Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he's living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell.

Director: McG | Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Jenna Ortega, Emily Alyn Lind

Votes: 21,181

7. The Craft (1996)

R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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55 Metascore

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True

Votes: 76,327 | Gross: $24.88M

8. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 114,724

9. The Babysitter (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

6.3
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The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

Director: McG | Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee

Votes: 69,389

10. Teen Wolf (2011–2017)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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An average high school student and his best friend get caught up in some trouble causing him to receive a werewolf bite. As a result they find themselves in the middle of all sorts of dramas in Beacon Hills.

Stars: Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O'Brien, Linden Ashby

Votes: 123,538

11. Twilight (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.2
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56 Metascore

Bella Swan moves to Forks and encounters Edward Cullen, a gorgeous boy with a secret.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 421,262 | Gross: $191.47M

12. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 1,000,354 | Gross: $46.84M

13. Scream 4 (2011)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

6.1
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52 Metascore

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale

Votes: 126,231 | Gross: $38.18M

14. One Tree Hill (2003–2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.7
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Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.

Stars: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 70,630

15. 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

Stars: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe

Votes: 249,871

16. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

7.1
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62 Metascore

A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 59,739 | Gross: $24.92M

17. The Craft: Legacy (2020)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | Completed

A group of high school students form a coven of witches. A sequel to the 1996 film, "The Craft".

Director: Zoe Lister-Jones | Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Cailee Spaeny, David Duchovny, Gideon Adlon

18. Grease (1978)

PG | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko 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: 235,881 | Gross: $188.76M

19. 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: 328,226 | Gross: $86.06M

20. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.2
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35 Metascore

The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 91,737 | Gross: $63.08M

21. Train to Busan (2016)

TV-MA | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.6
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72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 157,123 | Gross: $2.13M

22. American Pie (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy

7.0
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58 Metascore

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz | Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 372,006 | Gross: $102.56M

23. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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69 Metascore

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 310,603 | Gross: $390.53M

24. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

Votes: 499,289 | Gross: $334.20M

25. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

7.3
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62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 412,298 | Gross: $138.29M

26. Veronica Mars (2004–2019)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III

Votes: 66,756

27. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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61 Metascore

On Halloween 1968, Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams

Votes: 57,318 | Gross: $62.74M

28. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 678,932 | Gross: $403.71M

29. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 165,645 | Gross: $33.80M

30. That '70s Show (1998–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin.

Stars: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson

Votes: 151,819

31. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

Votes: 30,752

32. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 809,380 | Gross: $164.62M

33. Transformers (2007)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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61 Metascore

An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 591,333 | Gross: $319.25M

34. Trickster (I) (2020– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.4
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Described as a "darkly humorous coming-of-age story," The Trickster is a supernatural thriller that follows an Indigenous teen named Jared who struggles to keep his family afloat when a ... See full summary »

Stars: Joel Oulette, Crystle Lightning, Kalani Queypo, Anna Lambe

Votes: 249

35. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 519,832 | Gross: $48.07M

36. Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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The lives of the kids at Degrassi Community School dealing with the serious and sometimes taboo issues that plague teenagers.

Stars: Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar, A.J. Saudin

Votes: 11,010

37. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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66 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: 352,063 | Gross: $45.88M

38. Deep Impact (1998)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.2
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40 Metascore

A comet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. As doomsday nears, the human race prepares for the worst.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 162,219 | Gross: $140.46M

39. American Dad! (2005– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

7.3
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The random escapades of Stan Smith, a conservative C.I.A. Agent dealing with family life, and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 114,949

40. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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

7.3
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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: 292,266 | Gross: $38.18M

41. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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40 Metascore

The early years of James Logan, featuring his rivalry with his brother Victor Creed, his service in the special forces team Weapon X, and his experimentation into the metal-lined mutant Wolverine.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Danny Huston

Votes: 461,970 | Gross: $179.88M

42. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror

5.7
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37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 109,555 | Gross: $82.62M

43. The Faculty (1998)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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61 Metascore

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 109,558 | Gross: $40.06M

44. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 170,458 | Gross: $79.10M

45. The OA (2016–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her twenties with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

Stars: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige

Votes: 87,850

46. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

6.7
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57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 70,927 | Gross: $21.20M

47. Starship Troopers (1997)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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51 Metascore

Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey

Votes: 266,232 | Gross: $54.81M

48. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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41 Metascore

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Votes: 252,102 | Gross: $28.80M

49. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.2
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84 Metascore

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 87,502 | Gross: $22.68M

50. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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45 Metascore

A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Shad Moss, Damien Marzette

Votes: 238,167 | Gross: $62.51M



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