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 Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Blinded by the Light Movie Poster Image
Charming comedy celebrates family ties and The Boss.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Bring It On Movie Poster Image
Smart, sassy movie, but expect raunchy humor, language.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Dumplin' Movie Poster Image
Funny, romantic, insightful teen tale has a little swearing.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Five Feet Apart Movie Poster Image
Strong acting saves predictable, sentimental love story.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Half of It Movie Poster Image
Touching, smart teen story deals with sexuality; drinking.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Hate U Give Movie Poster Image
Powerful, thought-provoking drama about race, activism.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Hoop Dreams Movie Poster Image
Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Love, Simon Movie Poster Image
Affecting, lovable romcom about gay teen has a little edge.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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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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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things Movie Poster Image
Familiar but likable teen time loop tale; cursing, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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The Maze Runner Movie Poster Image
Dystopian tale offers high-stakes action, mystery for teens.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Never Been Kissed Movie Poster Image
Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Perfect Date Movie Poster Image
Solid romcom fun with two charismatic leads; swearing.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Pretty in Pink Movie Poster Image
Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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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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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Movie Poster Image
Engaging teen romcom has underage drinking, language.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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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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To All the Boys: Always and Forever Movie Poster Image
College, relationships, sex, swearing in romcom threequel.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before Movie Poster Image
Book-based teen romcom has some language, racy talk.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Movie Poster Image
Sunny sequel to fan-fave follows ups & downs of first love.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Twilight Movie Poster Image
Teen fans will love faithful -- if uneven -- adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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10 Things I Hate About You Movie Poster Image
Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Clueless Movie Poster Image
Charming take on Jane Austen's Emma has sex, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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All the Bright Places Movie Poster Image
Mature themes, sad moments in teen romance; language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Eighth Grade Movie Poster Image
Painfully realistic, tenderly acted coming-of-age dramedy.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking love story is a must-see for fans of the book.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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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 Kissing Booth Movie Poster Image
Quirky romcom has strong language, teen drinking, sex.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Love and Basketball Movie Poster Image
Romance and sports mix; some strong language and sex.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Mean Girls Movie Poster Image
Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Moxie Movie Poster Image
Sexual themes, language in feel-good feminist teen tale.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Pitch Perfect Movie Poster Image
Edgy, teen-friendly musical comedy uplifts with song, heart.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Real Women Have Curves Movie Poster Image
Smart coming-of-age drama addresses body image.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Some Kind of Wonderful Movie Poster Image
Classic John Hughes teen drama has lots of cursing.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Easy A Movie Poster Image
Teen Scarlet Letter update is smart but risque.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Boyhood Movie Poster Image
Unique, affecting, mature drama about life and growing up.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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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 Breakfast Club Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Say Anything Movie Poster Image
Smart, edgy coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Booksmart Movie Poster Image
Superb, smart teen comedy has drinking, strong sex talk.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Lady Bird Movie Poster Image
Touching, funny, personal, and mature coming-of-age comedy.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Sixteen Candles Movie Poster Image
Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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The Edge of Seventeen Movie Poster Image
Excellent acting in poignant, mature coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Spectacular Now Movie Poster Image
Poignant teen drama doesn't shy away from alcohol or sex.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Superbad Movie Poster Image
Super bawdy, super profane -- and super funny.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Movie Poster Image
Powerful, painful account of Harlem teen's hard-luck life.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Thirteen Movie Poster Image
Explicit peer pressure story for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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