10 Awesome Teen Movies You Just Have to Watch

Don’t be embarrassed by your love for teen movies. It’s okay to admit that you like teen movies for what they are – unpretentious, fun and wholly entertaining! While teen movies have been pushed aside by film studios in favour of action-packed superhero blockbusters, I’m sure we can all agree that teen movies bring back fond memories, no matter how old we are. Here’s our list of favourite teen movies everyone should definitely watch!

Mean Girls (2004)

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Regina George once asked “Why are you so obsessed with me?” and here we are, twelve years later, still obsessed with Mean Girls and quoting it whenever we get a chance. The movie is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but is a fantastic depiction of how female high school cliques operate, the effects they have on teenage girls and – of course – the revelation of what truly matters. 

The Outsiders (1983)

Based on the novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton, the film features up-and-coming young actors like Rob Lowe, Matt Dillion, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze and Diane Lane. The movie is about the tensions between two rival gangs – Greasers and Socials – coming to a head and ending with a murder, forcing some of the Greasers to go into hiding. 

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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Before he was known for his portrayal of the Joker, Heath Ledger appeared in this teen rom-com. A modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the story takes place in an American high school setting, with all the characters being high school students and featuring the all-important high school rite of passage – PROM. Watch out for a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julia Stiles too!

Clueless (1995)

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Easily the most popular teen film of the 90s, Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone as wealthy popular girl Cher. For a teen rom-com, it surprisingly covers heavy topics such as drugs and sex while also focusing on relationships and friendships – and all delivered with a great dose of humour. It might surprise you but Clueless is actually loosely based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma! 

Heathers (1988)

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This film is about four teenage girls with three of whom are named Heather. Veronica, who was recently invited to join their clique, soon falls out when them and the film takes a dark turn into peer pressure, suicide and murder. This film is about four teenage girls with three of whom are named Heather. Veronica, who was recently invited to join their clique, soon falls out when them and the film takes a dark turn into peer pressure, suicide and murder. 

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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This version of the famous William Shakespeare tragedy takes place in modern times, with the Montagues and Capulets being warring mafia families. While some details are changed, the storyline mostly follows the original. And with young Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo, speaking heartfelt lines penned by the Bard himself to Claire Danes, need we say more?  

Bring It On (2000)

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Since its release, Bring It On has become a cult classic. The main plot of the movie centres around cheerleading and a cheerleading team’s preparation and participation in a cheerleading competition. Be mesmerised by the intense cheerleading sequences, which is led by Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union. 

The Princess Diaries (2001)

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Anne Hathaway’s film debut in The Princess Diaries catapulted her to fame and was a commercial and critical success. While the subject matter may not be fresh, everyone loves a good ugly duckling turned beautiful swan feel-good movie. Plus, Julie Andrews stars as Queen Clarisse Renaldi.  :)

Save the Last Dance (2001)

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Starring Julia Stiles as Sara Johnson, Save the Last Dance brings to the foreground the interracial relationship between Sara and Derek (played by Sean Patrick Thomas). Besides bonding over their shared love for dancing and hip-hop, they also have to deal with Derek’s criminal past. 

Easy A (2010)

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Haven’t watched Easy A yet? Well, you should really get a move on. This was the movie that launched Emma Stone onto the A-list and justifiably so, because she owned the movie. The movie begins with Olive (Stone) lying to her best friend about losing her virginity. The lie spreads like wildfire and Olive decides take matters into her own hands and to embrace her new-found reputation. With so many hilarious scenes, this movie is a must-watch!