21 Classic Movies All Teenage Girls Need To See

Spoiler: does not feature The Notebook.

1. Annie Hall (1977)

United Artists

dir. Woody Allen
The original rom-com. Diane Keaton shows the world that smart is sexy.

2. The Blind Side (2009)

Warner Bros.

dir. John Lee Hancock
Sandra Bullock’s academy award winning performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy proves that football isn’t just for the boys.

3. The Boat That Rocked (2009)


dir. Richard Curtis
From the same director as Love Actually and Notting Hill, this star-studded cast is guaranteed to cheer up your day with one of the best soundtracks ever.

4. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Warner Bros.

dir. Arthur Penn
Faye Dunaway is just as tough and twice as beautiful as any male gangster in this flick that blew up the new wave genre.

5. Clueless (1995)

Paramount Pictures

dir. Amy Heckerling
Proving that teenage life is hard for every girl, even the popular ones. Plus, no matter how stylish you are in high school, you’ll look back on your outfits in ten years and say “WHAT was I THINKING?!”

6. Control (2007)

The Weinstein Company

dir. Anton Corbijn
Following the rise and fall of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis, this film by photographer Anton Corbijn will introduce you to a period of British music that gave us songs such as “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.

7. Factory Girl (2006)

The Weinstein Company / MGM

dir. George Hickenlooper
Equal parts glamorous and heartbreaking, this biopic follows the life of Andy Warhol’s biggest muse, Edie Sedgwick.

8. Fame (1980)


dir. Alan Parker
Set against the stunning backdrop of late ’70s New York, Fame teaches that no matter how talented you are, being young is hard.

9. Ghost World (2001)

United Artists

dir. Terry Zwigoff
Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson star in this cult classic as two best friends trying to figure out what to do with their small town after graduation.

10. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Columbia Pictures

dir. James Mangold
Angelina Jolie plays the cool kind of crazy that makes you desperately want to be her, and desperately not want to be her friend.

11. The Graduate (1967)

Embassy Pictures

dir. Mike Nichols
Everyone should know where the iconic “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me” line originates from.

12. Kids (1995)

Buena Vista Pictures

dir. Larry Clark
Although the film follows the day in the life of a teenage boy, the female characters in Kids are some of the strongest young women you’ll find on film.

13. Kidulthood (2006)

Revolver Entertainment

dir. Menhaj Huda
Thought by many to be the British equivalent of Kids, Kidulthood follows the same “a day in the life” formula, however Jaime Winstone’s portrayal of Becky shows the grittier side of the “cool girl” persona.

14. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

United Artists

dir. Mike Figgis
Elisabeth Shue shows how addiction can affect more than just the addicted in this heartbreaking romantic drama.

15. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Following the traditional road movie structure, this indie flick sees the dreams of a young girl manage to hold together her struggling family.

16. Natural Born Killers (1994)

Warner Bros.

dir. Oliver Stone
Stone’s updated version of the Bonnie and Clyde story is visually stunning and will leave any girl who watches it feeling like a total badass.

17. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Bazmark Productions

dir. Baz Luhrmann
Despite its modern day setting, Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is spoken in the original Shakespearean dialogue — a good way to prepare for an exam.

18. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Buena Vista Pictures

dir. Wes Anderson
This quirky ensemble comedy will make anyone feel better about their dysfunctional family.

19. Stand By Me (1986)

Columbia Pictures

dir. Rob Reiner
Despite it’s all male cast, Stand By Me is a classic in terms of teenage friendship.

20. Thelma and Louise (1991)


dir. Ridley Scott
The ultimate female road movie.

21. Working Girl (1988)

20th Century Fox

dir. Mike Nichols
Melanie Griffith fights her working class background, bitchy women, and cheating men to make it in the big city.

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