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The 100 best teen movies

We rank and rave about the best teen movies depicting those hormonal high school years

Written by
Kate Wertheimer
Time Out contributors

It's possible that no other genre of film hits home for people the way teen movies do. Whether you were the prom queen or the band geek, the valedictorian or the juvenile delinquent, you spent your high school years experiencing all the same highs and lows that make these movies—like those moments—unforgettable, for better or worse.

There's a sense of nostalgia for these films, even if they don't mirror our particular adolescent experience. They're reminders of what it was like to be young, and of the growing pains and first loves and friendships that defined us then and helped shape who we are now.

And whether you suffered or sailed through your teenage years, there's a film on this list you'll relate to. There are comedies, love stories, even a horror flick (and let's be real, at least a few of all our high school experiences were truly horrifying). You can also find out how many of our top 100 you've seen or test your teen movie quote knowledge, and delve deeper in to some of the best teen movie scenes of all time.

So get into it, and let us know what you think. Did we forget your favorite? Is our quotes quiz a real ball-buster? Are there sexier (or more awkward) virginity scenes out there? And really, most importantly, should numbers one and two on our list be switched?? We want to know, so pass us a note, call us on your hamburger phone or leave a comment below.

 By Time Out staff, edited by Kate Wertheimer