Best Teen Movies

Finding movies that are entertaining enough to keep teens from texting and tweeting 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 five-star films. From Academy Award winners to 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 in these popular movies. For even more movie-night inspiration, check out our Essential Movie Guide.

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American Graffiti Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Breakfast at Tiffany's Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, but lots of drinking and cigarettes.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Movie Poster Image
Classic tale of two famous outlaws; violence, cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1969)
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Chasing Ice Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Forrest Gump Movie Poster Image
Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Hoop Dreams Movie Poster Image
Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Jaws Movie Poster Image
'70s classic horror tale is still scary as ever.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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La La Land Movie Poster Image
Profound, beautiful film about love and creativity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Lincoln Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about revered leader's political genius.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Lucas Movie Poster Image
A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Maidentrip Movie Poster Image
Excellent docu about teen sailor; some brief profanity.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Poster Image
Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1975)
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Rebel Without a Cause Movie Poster Image
1950s James Dean teen-rage landmark still resonates.
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(Release Year: 1955)
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Selma Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about MLK's fight for equal rights.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Sing Street Movie Poster Image
Brilliant (if edgy) musical drama celebrates creativity.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Brooklyn Movie Poster Image
Poignant immigration drama is romantic, thought-provoking.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Color Purple Movie Poster Image
Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Movie Poster Image
Black-comedy Kubrick classic has violence, dark themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
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Gravity Movie Poster Image
Intense, astonishing sci-fi thriller has real soul.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Hunger Games Movie Poster Image
Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Juno Movie Poster Image
Brilliant teen-pregnancy comedy, but iffy for kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The King's Speech Movie Poster Image
Superb drama about overcoming fears is fine for teens.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Movie Poster Image
Deeply moving, irreverent film about friends, cancer, life.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Namesake Movie Poster Image
Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Real Women Have Curves Movie Poster Image
Smart coming-of-age drama addresses body image.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Boyhood Movie Poster Image
Unique, affecting, mature drama about life and growing up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Dark Knight Movie Poster Image
Excellent sequel much darker, more violent than the first.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Good Will Hunting Movie Poster Image
Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Graduate Movie Poster Image
Influential coming-of-age sex comedy has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Psycho Movie Poster Image
Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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Rashomon Movie Poster Image
Intense Kurosawa masterpiece about a rape and killing.
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(Release Year: 1951)
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Say Anything Movie Poster Image
Smart, edgy coming-of-age story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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Schindler's List Movie Poster Image
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Almost Famous Movie Poster Image
Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Atonement Movie Poster Image
Stellar literary adaptation too mature for kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Movie Poster Image
Imaginative, loopy romance has mature themes, profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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The Godfather Movie Poster Image
The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.
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(Release Year: 1972)
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Love Actually Movie Poster Image
Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Network Movie Poster Image
Biting '76 satire with a media-literacy lesson.
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(Release Year: 1976)
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The Pianist Movie Poster Image
Powerful true story of a Jewish pianist has brutal violence.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Slumdog Millionaire Movie Poster Image
Epic romance-drama is brilliant but too mature for kids.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Thelma and Louise Movie Poster Image
Now-classic feminist road movie best for very mature teens.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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