Let’s see here What are some of the best Teenage movies that you Must complete before you miss your awesome years!
1.) Lady Bird
Lady Bird is written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The movie shows the story of a teenager set in 2002, who goes to a catholic school and has a strained relationship with her mother. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith. The acting performances are authentic, cinematography has been done wonderfully, the film delivers fresh insight about the problems of adolescence and most important characters are relatable and sincere. It has captured your first break up, anxiety about your career and the tantrums and fights with your parents. If you are a teenager you are going to love it and if you are an adult the nostalgia will hit you hard and remind you of when you were 17.
2.) The Breakfast Club
This movie is known to be one of the greatest teenage films ever made. It is written and directed by John Hughes. It stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.The movie captures adolescent problems in a powerful and honest manner. The scenes are heart-warming, funny and emotional and not a single element in the movie is wasted. It is about 5 teenagers who spend a Saturday in detention. The acting performances are brilliant in the movie and the screenplay is on point. The storyline is engaging throughout and you might relate to the characters on a personal level or you might have known kids like them.
This movie has had a huge impact on pop culture and captures high school in a dark and subversive manner unlike the rest of the films on this list. During the 1980s period depiction of teenagers was in a more optimistic and jolly manner. It is written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and Penelope Milford. The film portrays four teenage girls — three of whom are named Heather — in a clique at an Ohio high school, whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a misanthrope intent on murdering the popular students. If you are looking for something edgy and dark but with teenagers in mind then watch the movie without any delay.
4.) The Fault in our stars
The movie is based on the bestselling novel “The Fault in our stars” written by John Green. The movie has been directed by Josh Boone and stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort; with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe playing supporting roles. It is about two teenagers Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters suffering from cancer, falling in love and experiencing adolescence. The movie is an emotional roller coaster. It makes you happy, emotional and is really warming. The acting performances are genuine and the movie has been performed beautifully. Watch the movie with a handkerchief to wipe your tears.
5.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The movie has been adapted from a novel of the same name written by Stephen Chobsky who is also the director of this movie. The movie is set in 1999 and tells a story about Charlie, during his first year of high school and depicts his journey suffering from depression and anxiety while making new friends and memories. The movies include Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, and Dylan McDermott. The acting performances are terrific and the movie wonderfully talks about the struggles of adolescence in a heart-warming manner. It makes you feel many emotions at the same time and you will enjoy all of them.
6.)The half of It
The movie has been released in 2020 directed by Alice Wu and stars Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, and Collin Chou. It is about a shy, introverted student and was bullied; Ellie Chu who is queer helps the school jock Paul Munsky to woo a girl Aster Flores whom, secretly, they both like. The movie manages to capture everything but never becomes clumsy. The acting performances are top-notch, direction and the screenplay makes you absolutely adore this movie. The movie is humorous, emotional, a love story, full of struggles and it will make a special place in your heart. The movie is not a story about romance but about love and finding a part of you and we all love to see Asian queer representation in the mainstream cinema.
7.) Sixteen Candles
This movie is written and directed by John Hughes and stars Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, and Anthony Michael Hall. It’s a sweet comedy film and like most of John Hughes films, the movie deals with teenagers in the most realistic way. The movie offers timely laughs and is comforting to watch. The acting performances are on point and do justice to their characters. The movie will entertain you throughout and resonate with your teenage self.
8.) The Fundamentals of Caring
The movie is based on the novel “The Revised Fundamentals of Care giving” by Jonathan Evison. It is written and directed by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and Selena Gomez. The movie manages to be dark, edgy and humorous at the same time. It is about a teenager Trevor who is suffering from muscular dystrophy and Ben who was a writer is now his caretaker. They go on a road trip where they meet Dot and Peaches. The movie is sweet, funny and emotional. It leaves you with a smile on your face and a happy heart. Watch this movie ASAP if you are having a bad day.
9.) Paper Towns
Paper Towns is based on a novel by John Green under the same name. It is about two teenagers Margo and Quentin “Q” Jacobsen who were childhood friends and are neighbours but then drifted apart, Q goes to search for Margo who has disappeared and has left some clues for him. The journey helps Q discover himself and his relationship with Margo. It is a well-acted and an earnest movie. It is not your clichéd Hollywood movie it stays sincere and real. You will love the film while watching it and it is going to stay in your head for quite some time after you have watched it.
10.) Love, Simon
It is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The movie is about Simon who is a closet gay teenager and has fallen in love with an anonymous kid online and a blackmailer reveals his secret. He is forced to balance the peer pressure, his family and his secret which is out in school now. The movie is humorous, charming and has some heartbreaking moments. It has been directed by Greg Berlanti, written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger and stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner. “Love, Simon” is one of the freshest coming out movies and is a really touching queer romantic movie especially for the new generation.
Note- The order of the films listed is the ranking of the films.