The 50 Best Teen Movies of All Time

So your child has outgrown the Disney animations, and trying to find something to watch on family movie night has become quite a challenge. Don't fret - here are 50 of the best teen movies to help you navigate the tough teenage years and also entertain mom. Prepare the popcorn and enjoy it.
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1. "Freedom Writers" (2007)
A dedicated teacher goes above and beyond to ensure that her students plan for the future.
Watch on YouTube
2. "Unsuspecting" (1995)
This fun teen classic in Beverly Hills is loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma and is a must for its legendary 90s fashion, the quotable dialogue ("as if") and the killer soundtrack.
Rent on iTunes
3. "The Karate Kid" (1984)
When Daniel (Ralph Macchio) signs up for a new school, he becomes the main target of a group of bullies. To defend himself, he hires Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), a craftsman who happens to be a martial arts master.
Buy from Amazon Prime
4. "The Outsiders" (1983)
A coming-of-age drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola that tells the story of the ongoing gang rivalry between the Greasers and the Socs in rural Oklahoma. It has an outstanding cast, which includes Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise. Stay gold, people.
Rent on Amazon
5. "Little" (2019)
Jordan (Regina Hall) is an evil businesswoman - that is, until she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself (Marsai Martin). Cheeky attitude included.
Watch Hulu
6. "Lady Bird" (2017)
This coming-of-age film directed by Greta Gerwig with Saoirse Ronan has it all: brilliant writing, outstanding performance and all the nostalgia (the main character is a high school graduate in 2002). No wonder it received five nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, including one for Best Director (Gerwig only became the fifth woman to ever do so).
Buy from Amazon
7. "The Longshots" (2008)
A former soccer player becomes the coach of the Pop Warner team. His secret weapon? His niece Jasmine (aka quarterback).
Watch on Netflix
8. "The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants" (2005)
We love this sweet story about magical jeans (it makes sense in the movie, as we promise) and friendship almost as much as the fact that their four stars have stayed very close since then.
Rent on Amazon
9. "American Honey" (2016)
When Star runs away from home, she befriends a group of teenagers who don't have the best influence. (Disclaimer: The discretion of the viewer is recommended due to serious issues such as smoking, alcohol and sexual content.)
Watch on Netflix
10. "Easy A" (2010)
If The Scarlet Letter is on your teen's curriculum, this hilarious flick with the very talented (and fun) Emma Stone is a must.
Rent on iTunes
11. "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008)
Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) visits a small town in South Carolina to learn more about her late mother. There she meets the Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo), who take her in and teach her beekeeping.
Buy from Amazon Prime
12. "Hoop Dreams" (1994)
Follow two downtown Chicago children dreaming of basketball glory in this exciting documentary that deals with race and class issues.
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