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23 Movies Everyone Needs To See In Their Teens


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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what they consider to be the most iconic teen movie of all time. Here's what they said.

1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Universal Pictures

"The Breakfast Club worked for '80s teens, '90s teens, and is still effective for '00s teens and 2010s teens. It emphasizes the main dragging points of high school and teen years without being specific to one generation. For that age demographic, it really feels timeless."

Submitted by j4e7a45900.


3. Clueless (1995)

Paramount Pictures

"Strong female lead, minority characters that don’t have to act a certain way to fit in to the narrative and embrace their culture. Gay character that isn’t taken as a joke, but added to the plot. Love this film and it never gets old."

Submitted by vanessam443386532.

4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Buena Vista Pictures

"It’s one of the only teen movies to have come out of the '90s (or ever) that has a strong, outwardly feminist lead character. Kat takes no one’s shit, and that is exactly what I needed to look up to as a teen. The characters are all really realistic and relatable, and the film has some hilarious moments, along with some that tug at your heartstrings."

Submitted by greasybyuntae.

5. The Outsiders (1983)

Warner Bros.

"I don't think I could ask for a better adaptation of the book (at least with the extended cut), which in and of itself is one of the best coming-of-age stories out there."

Submitted by Eleanor Barker, Facebook.


7. The Craft (1996)

Columbia Pictures

"It had a huge impact on all the girls at my school, 70% of us were dressing like Nancy – the teachers hated it. It was an awesome movie with a killer soundtrack."

Submitted by Koeyoshi Yokohama, Facebook.

8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Paramount Pictures

"I work with high school students, and I introduced them to the movie a couple years ago. They’re obsessed. I like to think I’m training future generations right…with John Hughes’ help, of course."

Submitted by emman4414b47ef.

10. Dazed and Confused (1993)

Gramercy Pictures

"Every adolescent should watch Dazed and Confused! It has amazing acting, a killer soundtrack, a young Matthew McConaughey, and a '70s setting, plus Richard Linklater gives the viewer a totally clear-eyed look at all the drama and ridiculousness of high school."

Submitted by Sommer Toadvine, Facebook.


12. American Graffiti (1973)

Universal Pictures

"I saw it for the first time in a theater. After I did, I felt somewhat hopeful about the uncertainties of my future (in spite of the post-end credits) and curious for what unexpected thrills one night can bring."

Submitted by Ann Catherine Hughes, Facebook.


19. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Warner Bros.

"I love the way James Dean sulks around his parents' house and stands up for the class misfit. Plus, Natalie Wood can't even take a damn walk without the cops accusing her of being a hooker. Knife fight with Dennis Hopper, drag racing, awesome '50s clothes! It's a great movie. If you have a chance, watch it."

Submitted by Karen Bowes, Facebook.

21. A Cinderella Story (2004)

Warner Bros.

"The dress, the guy, the love notes, and the chemistry between the actors is amazing. It all comes together perfectly and Hilary Duff played the perfect Cinderella! I put it on whenever I need a pick me up."

Submitted by erinm115.

22. Empire Records (1995)

Warner Bros.

"When I watched it in seventh grade I couldn’t wait to get to high school. I thought being a teen would be like that. It wasn’t exactly like that, but I’ve had a lot of moments in my life that are pretty reminiscent of the movie. I also went through every single phase that reflects every single character."

Submitted by kyled476a98496.

23. Donnie Darko (2001)

Newmarket Films

"Whose teenage years were normal? Who wasn't scared of the future, and who didn't think that one person meant more than the rest of their life? Who wasn't scared of dying alone?"

Submitted by Rilyn Johnson, Facebook.

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