Some good teen movies, and some of my favorite of all time are the ones that make us feel as if we’re reliving the experience for the first time. There have been a multitude of attempts over the past several decades but many have failed. Here are some of the best teen movies that have passed the test.
The Breakfast Club certainly ranks high on the list. Several kids spend a day in detention from different walks of life. The teens end up meshing in an effort to derail the detention host despite their differences. A John Hughes film, The Breakfast Club offer incredible insight into the differences among geeks, athletes, nerds and beauty queens. It stars some of the most well known actors and actresses of the 1980’s era including Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez.
Sixteen Candles is another must see teen movie. Everyone forgets that it’s Samantha’s birthday. Samantha goes to the big dance despite that fact and gets hit on by a freshman who would rather just prove to his buddies he had sex. In a coming of age tale from 1984, this film is a must see for teenagers. It’s timeless in so many ways. Anthony Michael Hall is brilliant in his role as a geeky freshman trying to find a girl. Samantha spends the movie trying to track down Jake-the superstar athlete.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is another epic teen tale of kids just trying to spend a day away from the restrictions of school. Matthew Broderick excels in his portrait of a young man who just wants to do something different with his day other than go to school. Often imitated, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was an original that showed the world what a day of skipping school could mean.
Mean Girls is another movie with a black comedy approach. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried star in this comedy that illustrates just how dark the life of a higher school student can potentially be. It’s one of those movies that really gets exactly what the high school experience can be like in painful terms.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High might offer up the exact slice of life as it goes in the United States. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold really support an amazing cast in one of the most spectacularly truthful films ever made about the awkward high school experience. Another timeless movie, Fast Times At Ridgemont High really puts the viewer back in that uncomfortable chair in high school.
Superbad might be the funniest teen movie of all time. The more recent flick illustrates just how painful it is for those enduring the teen experience. Jonah Hill is superb in his standout role as the guy who tries to convince his buddy to get beer for the big party. There are so many laugh out loud scenes that this movie might eventually take over as the best teen movie of all time.
American Pie is also another to consider upon casting votes for the best teen movie of all time. Starring Jason Biggs, American Pie brings to life the trials and tribulations about four guys trying to have sex for the very first time. It hammers home the not so funny moments and the awkwardness of puberty.