Teen movies are a mainstay of cinema.The rock ‘n’ roll teen films of the '50s gave the genre its first heyday and the genre then exploded into popularity through the '80s and have remained a favourite of film fans.
The '80s gave us the Brat Pack canon of films and made huge stars of actors like Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick and some of the genres most popular movies. The most recent flock of teen films from American Pie onward mostly follow a similar blueprint, mainly because American Pie was so unstoppably successful.
Teen films appeal to a broad audience, offering relatable themes to teens of all generations and nostalgia to adult viewers of all ages. They help people through - or help them remember - some of life’s important early milestones: first kisses, heartbreak, triumphs, love and tragedy.
The movies on this list are all great examples of teen movies and represent the breadth of the genre. They are all underappreciated, well worth discovering or revisiting and cover a broad range of themes such as alienation, bullying, coming-of-age, violence, sexuality and disenfranchisement.