Teen movies get the reputation for utilizing stereotypical characters and putting them in the most unbelievable of situations. It is the rare teen film that makes its mark on Hollywood history.
We present 13 movies that focus on teens, that completely break the mold and have gone down as some of the great films of our time... regardless of their genre.
1. Say Anything
Besides having one of the most iconic musical scenes of all time (thank you, Peter Gabriel), Say Anything is a teen romance that treats its leads like mature individuals. And... it has John Cusack at his best.
Reese Witherspoon truly announced herself to the world in Election opposite Matthew Broderick. It stands out because it's from the brilliant mind of Alexander Payne (who went on to make Sideways and The Descendants).
3. Dazed and Confused
Sure, Dazed and Confused was in many ways a party movie about the last day of school in 1976. But, it truly captured so much more about life's journey.
Heathers took the teen movie stereotype and basically added a bad boy who was truly lethal to the mix. With Christian Slater and Winona Ryder falling in love with explosive results, it couldn't lose.
5. Easy A
Easy A gave us the joy that is Emma Stone. That, and a sardonic wit about the perils of being a teenager in modern America.
6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
You may sense a theme here, great directors getting their start making teen movies. Cameron Crowe wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High and that could explain why it's so smart, savvy... and absolutely entertaining.
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