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21 Classic Movies All Teenage Girls Need To See

Spoiler: does not feature The Notebook.

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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".


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.

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.

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.

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