20 Movies That Nail What It's Actually Like To Be A Teen
Eighth Grade, Dazed and Confused, Lady Bird, and 17 other movies that show what it's really like to be a teenager.
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Being a teenager is a messy journey full of extreme highs and lows. While most would agree there is no shortage of movies about teens, these stories can often feel as if they were crafted by people who have never actually had a conversation with someone in that age range — or else feature 27-year-olds playing them.*
Even the most beloved teen movies often feel entirely over the top in how they depict this unique period of life onscreen. So we put together a list of 20 movies that actually treat their teen characters like they're, well, teens.
*And yes, before you point it out yourself, many of the titles included below feature actors who are in their 20s playing teenagers (it's a long, unfortunate Hollywood tradition!). Nonetheless, we believe they still accurately reflect the modern teen experience.