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There’s nothing like the feeling of throwing on a pair of your favorite sweatpants after a long day of school and pressing play on an iconic movie. I mean, can you think of a better way to spend your afternoon? I'll wait. Of course, there are all kinds of movie genres, but it's always fun to watch a flick that you can really relate to. Because let's face it, there's really nothing better than a good teen movie.
These teen movies cover everything from dealing with those awkward moments when you’re around your crush to figuring out how you’re going to deal with the college application process. So grab some popcorn and get ready to relate to all of these characters as you go down this list. These are the best teen movies that you definitely have to watch
After a group of friends create a sex pact to lost their virginity at prom, their parents set off the try to stop them.
Whip It (2009)
While her mother wishes for her to continue to tradition and join a pageant, Bliss decides to follow her heart and dreams by joining a local roller derby team.
The Hunger Games (2012)
After her younger sister gets chosen to represent their district in the deadly Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her place and has to try to survive.
Everything, Everything (2017)
This film will tug on your heart strings in every possible way. Amandla Stenberg plays a girl named Maddy who's chonically ill. She has to stay home because the outside world could literally kill her. But when she meets and falls in love with her new neighbor, Olly, she's willing to risk it all to be with him.
Moonlight takes a look at the life of a black man named Chiron at three different stages of his life as he struggles with his sexuality and growing up in a tough neighborhood. Even though he's able to get out of his hometown and start a new life for himself, he can't escape who he really is forever.
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
High school is already rough but it only gets more awkward when your brother starts dating your bestie. That's exactly what Nadine deals with during her junior year of high school.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Every kid wants to be Spider-Man one day. At least I did and Miles Morales from Brooklyn gets that chance when he meets the one and only Peter Parker. Of course, it doesn't help that Miles' dad is a cop who's not Spider-Man's biggest fan.
To All the Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)
Lana Condor is back as Lara Jean in the TATBILB sequel. Now that Peter is officially her boyfriend, it totally makes sense that she's happier than ever, right? She finally got what she wanted. But, of course, life isn't that simple. Now, a former flame has reentered her world and Lara Jean has to figure how how she's going to deal. Be sure to watch the first two parts so you'll be ready when part three, Always and Forever, Lara Jean drops.
The Hate U Give (2018)
This movie follows the story of a girl named Starr. When Starr loses a close friend to gun violence, she realizes how important it is to stand up for what you believe in.
The Craft (1996)
The new girl in school, Sarah is having a tough time fitting at school. She and a group of three other girls find out they're witches and use their powers to all the things they could never do before.
Every Day (2018)
Falling in love is hard enough, but falling in love with a different person every day seems impossible. But that's exactly what happens to Rhiannon after she falls in love with a spirit named "A" who inhabits a different person's body every day.
Lady Bird (2017)
"Lady Bird" (she named herself that) wants to break away from her life on the west coast and travel east. She's deep in the middle of her teenage rebellion, trying to find herself, avoid Catholic school and break away from her mom. But in the midst of all this, she learns more about herself than she planned.
She's the Man (2006)
When Violia's (played by Amanda Bynes) twin brother says he's headed to London, she has to cover for her brother and pretend to be him at school. This leads to the ultimate love triangle.
Freaky Friday (2003)
Lindsey Lohan stars alongside Jamie Lee Curtis for this classic movie. They play a mother-daughter duo that switches bodies and has to truly understand how the other one lives so that they can switch back.
Camp Rock (2008)
This Disney Channel original follows a girl named Mitchie (played by Demi Lovato) who heads to Camp Rock with dreams of becoming a singer. When famous singer Shane Gray (played by Joe Jonas) hears Mitchie sing, he falls in love with her voice and sets out to put a face to the voice he loves.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
This movie is all about Napoleon Dynamite trying to live his best life, but he struggles to find a girlfriend and he's bullied. But that all could change for a the better when befriends the new guy in school, Pedro.
Disney and Pixar teamed up to tell the story of two brothers in search of their dad. Or, at least the top half of their dad. When Ian and Barley find a staff that can bring their dad back to life, they only succeed in bringing back the lower half of his body and now they only have 24 hours to bring back the rest of him so they can spend some quality time together.
Midnight Sun (2018)
This movie follows the story of Katie (played by Bella Thorne) whose sensitivity to sunlight is so severe that she can't go outside. But at night, she tries to make the most of her life. She's been watching one of her neighbors and slowly falls in love with him over the years even though he has no idea who she is. When they finally meet and fall in love, these two do whatever they can to be together.
Alike is growing up in a household where she isn't accepted. She's a lesbian who's comfortable with her masculine appearance, but her mother isn't happy about it.
Julie gets her three besties, Hannah, Farrah, and Yancy, together for one last sleepover before they begin 9th grade. They have a great time, but Julie's mom says they aren't allowed to leave the house. The only problem is that in order to win a top prize at their new school, they've got to win an all-night scavenger hunt, and they aren't going to let some rules stop them.
Read it and Weep (2006)
We've all sent an email we probably shouldn't have and this is exactly what happens to Jamie when she accidentally publishes her stories about her fellow classmates to her entire school.
The Cheetah Girls (2003)
Four high school best friends who dream of stardom get the big break they're looking for when they win their school's talent show and get noticed by a record label looking to sign them. But fame isn't what they thought it would be and it puts all of their friendships to the test.
Truth or Dare (2018)
This movie starring Lucy Hale is all about a party gone wrong. After being tricked into going to a party with a bunch of her friends, Lucy's character Olivia has to run for her life if she's going to survive.
Banana Split (2020)
Dylan Sprouse's big movie comeback is here and Banana Split totally made it worth the wait. Nick (Dylan) and April (Hannah Marks) have been together for their last two years of high school, until their big breakup pulls them apart. However, in the midst of her heartbreak, April decides to become friends with Nick's new GF, Clara (Liana Liberato), and you won't believe what happens next in this hilarious film.
Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever will make you laugh out loud in this funny and charming comedy that will make you wish you got to be there with them when they brought these characters to life. Amy and Molly realize just how much they missed out on in high school the night before their graduation and they set out to make the most of their final day as seniors before they say goodbye to their classmates.
High School Musical (2006)
High School Musical set off the ultimate Disney franchise and made us all fall in love with Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron. Basketball star Troy Bolton is faced with a difficult decision between being himself or continuing to be the person everyone has always seen him as when the new girl in school tries to get him to audition for the school musical.
Stuck in Love (2012)
Following a family of writers, Stuck in Love shows what happens when the Borgens family deal with their always changing love lives as they set off on different paths in their careers.
Your Name. (2017)
This visually stunning film follows two teenagers who suddenly start switching bodies. They soon fall in love and try to find each other even though they never met or even know each other's names.
Love, Simon (2018)
Nick Robinson stole our hearts in this role as he played Simon, a teenager who is afraid to come out to his friends and family, but finds love from an unexpected place.
The Perfect Date (2019)
The movie starring, Noah Centineo, Laura Marano and Camila Mendes, is based on a novel by Steve Bloom called The Stand-In. It's about a guy named Brooks, who figures out a clever way to make money for college. Brooks creates an app, where he offers his services as a fake date, except his plan gets complicated when he starts developing real feelings for someone. The movie has it all– a hot guy, a dad with great advice and a girl who helps the hot guy come back down to reality. You can watch it on Netflix
Five Feet Apart (2019)
Make sure you grab some tissues before you sit down and watch this movie. Five Feet Apart, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson, is about two teens with cystic fibrosis who want to be together, but really can't. In order to avoid the risk of cross-infection, it's best the two, Stella and Will, stay physically away from each other. Stella and Will try to stick to the rules by keeping five feet apart at all times, but as the two start to develop deeper feelings for each other, sticking to the rules becomes a lot harder.
Shazam!, starring Andi Mack's Asher Angel, is about a foster kid named Billy Batson, who suddenly inherits superpowers from a wizard named Shazam. By calling Shazam's name, Billy can transform into an adult superhero with powers like strength, speed and flight. Like in all superhero movies, in Shazam! Billy is tasked with defeating a superhero who wants to steal all his powers. The end of the movie hints that there will probably be a part two, so catch up on this one while you can.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
Imagine being in high school and writing love letters to all the boys you're crushing on without the intention of those letters ever getting out. That's what high school junior Lara Jean Covey, played by Lana Condor, hoped for, except somehow her letters do get out. To make matters worst, one of the boys she wrote a letter to is dating her older sister, Margot. The release of her letters kicks Lara Jean into doing some serious damage control. But as always, things never go according to plan. The ending of TATBILB leaves you wanting to know what happens next. You can watch it on Netflix.
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (2018)
If you're looking for another excuse to watch Noah Centineo on TV and you want to laugh to, then this is your movie. The movie is about a girl named Sierra, who doesn't meet the stereotypical standards of beauty. This leaves her prone to bullying from mean girl, Veronica. Somehow Sierra ends up catfishing Noah's character, a hot football player from a different school, and unexpectedly takes on help from Veronica to keep her identity a secret. The movie has a super sweet ending that'll make you wish Noah was sending you flowers. You can watch it on Netflix.
Eighth Grade (2018)
This movie will take you back to eighth grade and remind you of all the good and bad times you had at that age. Elsie Fisher stars as Kayla, a shy girl who feels the most connected to the world through social media. It's Kayla's final week in the eighth grade and she vows to make it as great as possible before she moves on to high school. This film feels so real, that it'll leave you thinking that someone followed you around in the eighth grade and made a movie out of it. Even teen movie queen Molly Ringwald called it one of the best films about teens. Eighth Grade will be released nationwide on August 3rd, but check out an exclusive clip below:
The Kissing Booth (2018)
This Netflix original movie will give you ALL the feels. In it, high school student Elle finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush (and her best friend's older bother) when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival. The movie goes through all of the twists and turns of an IRL crush, like when you want them so bad but can't have them, and then you get them and it feels literally unreal. What makes it all even cuter, though, is that the couple in the movie are actually dating in real life (and they fell for each other on set!). Jacob Elordi and Joey King are total goals.
Mean Girls (2004)
"You GO Glen Coco!" "Stop trying to make *fetch* happen. It's not going to happen!" "On Wednesdays we wear pink!" "You can't sit with us!"
If you ranked teen movies by how many iconic lines of dialogue will live on forever, Mean Girls would definitely lead the pack. So many classics!
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
This flick may be based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, but you definitely won't feel like you're sitting in sophomore English class while watching it. You have to watch this classic if only to see the late Heath Ledger singing "You're Just to Good to Be True" accompanied by an entire marching band. Classic.
Easy A (2010)
If you're looking for some way to make your required reading of The Scarlett Letter more bearable, watch this teen movie starring Emma Stone. You won't regret it.
She's All That (1999)
The thing about '90s teen movies is that they pretty much all revolved around a popular guy making a stupid bet to woo an outcast girl and then regretting it when the tables turn and the girl ends up wooing them. She's All That is no exception. One of the scenes, now known as the Laney Boggs makeover, went down in history and is parodied extensively since the nerdy character's transformation from dork to most beautiful girl in school literally consisted of taking off her glasses and getting a trim.
Bring It On (2000)
While Bring It On looks like your typical cheerleading competition teen flick on its surface, it's actually a spot-on commentary on the very real issue of cultural appropriation.
A Cinderella Story (2004)
This present-day reimagining of Cinderella starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray is the gift that keeps on giving. The first movie was a classic (that final scene where Sam and Austin kiss on the bleachers in the rain is EVERYTHING), but it also spawned three sequels starring Lucy Hale, Selena Gomez, and Sofia Carson.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
A Walk to Remember is all about a high school student named Landon who finds himself falling in love with a school outcast named Jamie when he's forced to do community service with her. But right when Landon accepts Jamie is his soul mate and drops his coolest-guy-at-school act, he gets the devastating news that Jamie has terminal cancer. It was basically 2002's The Fault in Our Stars, only with musical breaks.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Everyone dreams of finding out they're a princess. When an awkward high school sophomore named Mia Thermopolis finds out that she's the Princess of the fictional country of Genovia, her life completely changes. But being a princess is not easy, as you'll find out when you watch this Disney classic starring Anne Hathaway.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
You're 16 and never been kissed? Well, you're not alone. Never Been Kissed is all about a 25-year-old journalist who's never been kissed. She goes undercover as a student at a high school for a story. While undercover, she begins to fall in love. Only problem is, it's with her English teacher. Basically, this movie had the whole student/teacher forbidden romance thing going way before Aria met Ezra in Pretty Little Liars.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
This classic follows Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old outcast who's wish to grow up and escape the horrors of high school has come true. She wakes up in her 30-year-old body to find that she's a super cool editor at a major magazine in New York City. Although she loves her new and improved life at first, she quickly finds out that being grown up isn't that much easier than being 13. Just one warning: I'd like to tell you right now that no senior editor in existence is living in a swanky 5th avenue luxury apartment right by Union Square. Nope. Not a thing. This movie presents entirely unrealistic life expectations for 30-year-old journalists, but the rest of it is pretty awesome. Especially the "Thriller" dance break in the middle. Epic.
17 Again (2009)
So, this movie is basically the opposite of 13 Going on 30. In it, a middle-aged man unsatisfied with how his life has turned out gets the chance to rewrite his life when he falls into a time vortex and finds himself back in his 17-year-old body. Obvs he thinks its awesome at first, until he realizes being seventeen is hard and he misses his family. Oh, did I mention Zac Efron is the star? Sold.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Imagine you and your three besties found out that you had a pair of jeans that can magically fit all of you despite all your different sizes. That's what Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget find in their possession in this flick. Instead of selling them for a million dollars on the black market (like I would have done), they decided to pass the jeans around to one another to stay connected as their lives go in different directions. So cool.
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
15-year-old Cody Banks is a super secret CIA agent specializing in covert operations that require young participants. He's been trained to do anything from dropkick the bad guys to winning a high speed car chase. But when Cody's gets assigned a mission to get close to his crush Natalie Connors in order to gain access to her scientist father, the mission proves difficult because the CIA forgot to train him in one super important skill: how to talk to girls. Woops.
The summer of 1958, high schoolers Danny Zuko and Sandy meet and share a glorious summer together. But since Sandy has to go back to Australia at the end of her vacation, their love story is cut short. Only, shortly after Danny and Sandy part ways, Sandy's parents decide to move to America and she enrolls at the same high school as Danny where she quickly learns that her summer love is actually a member of the T-Birds gang and way to preoccupied with his bad boy to date a good girl like her. Will their love survive senior year?
The DUFF (2015)
Bianca is a pretty normal high school student with normal friends, who's content with her life until made aware that she's known as "The DUFF" of her friend group — the Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Bianca enlists the school's hottest jock and her longtime frenemy, Wesley, to help reinvent herself. But she soon comes to realize that no matter how hard she tries to change, we are all someone's DUFF and that shouldn't affect how you see yourself or live your life.
Paper Towns (2015)
This is a movie adaptation of a John Green book, which means that it's GOING to make you cry. That's just a given. This movie follows Quentin and his neighbor/lifetime-crush/most-popular-girl-in-school Margo, whom after taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, suddenly disappears, leaving behind clues for Quentin to decipher and find her. The search leads Quentin on an adventure of discovery. But when he finds Margo, he doesn't find what he was looking for, and learns a major lesson about the pitfalls of putting the ones you love on pedestals.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
The Barden Bellas are an elite all-girl a cappella group known for their sick covers of female pop songs. They WERE, at least. After flopping hard at last year's finals, they are forced to regroup. In walks Beca, an indipendent and edgy new student who's more interested in DJing than a cappella. But she's just what the Barden Bellas need to spice up their tired schtick and get back into the competition.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Charlie is a socially awkward wallflower who has always experienced life from the sidelines. But when free-spirited Sam and her stepbrother Patrick become his friends, they help Charlie come out of his shell and he discovers the joys of friendship and first love. But when Charlie's friends go off to college, his past trauma and inner sadness begin to creep back in.
The First Time (2012)
Dylan O'Brien and Britt Robertson met and fell in love on the set of this movie and it's not hard to tell why. The movie tells the story of Dave Hodgman, a high school senior who's got a major crush on popular girl Jane Harmon. Dave is planning on professing his love to Jane when a chance encounter with a mysterious girl from another high school, Aubrey Miller, changes everything. What starts off as a casual, snarky conversation leads to a real connection, and over the course of a weekend, Aubrey and Dave discover what it's really like to fall in love.
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