Best Teen Movies

Finding movies that are entertaining enough to keep teens from texting can be a challenge (especially when you think you've finally found a movie that won't make you look like a dork). Make them an offer they can't refuse with a list of our favorite teen films. From laugh-out-loud comedies to powerful coming-of-age stories, there are plenty of options that you and your teen can enjoy together. Some of these top-rated titles are edgier than others, so be prepared to discuss the way topics such as sex and violence are portrayed. For even more movie-night inspiration, check out our 50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12.

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American Graffiti

age 13+

Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1973)
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Blinded by the Light

age 13+

Charming comedy celebrates family ties and The Boss.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Bring It On

age 13+

Smart, sassy movie, but expect raunchy humor, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Dead Poets Society

age 13+

Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1989)
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Dumplin'

age 13+

Funny, romantic, insightful teen tale has a little swearing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Five Feet Apart

age 13+

Strong acting saves predictable, sentimental love story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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The Half of It

age 13+

Touching, smart teen story deals with sexuality; drinking.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Hate U Give

age 13+

Powerful, thought-provoking drama about race, activism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Hoop Dreams

age 13+

Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1994)
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Love, Simon

age 13+

Affecting, lovable romcom about gay teen has a little edge.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Lucas

age 13+

A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Maidentrip

age 13+

Excellent docu about teen sailor; some brief profanity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

age 13+

Familiar but likable teen time loop tale; cursing, drinking.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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The Maze Runner

age 13+

Dystopian tale offers high-stakes action, mystery for teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Never Been Kissed

age 13+

Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1999)
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The Perfect Date

age 13+

Solid romcom fun with two charismatic leads; swearing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Pretty in Pink

age 13+

Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Rebel Without a Cause

age 13+

1950s James Dean teen-rage landmark still resonates.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1955)
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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

age 13+

Engaging teen romcom has underage drinking, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Sing Street

age 13+

Brilliant (if edgy) musical drama celebrates creativity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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