Let's be honest here, being a teenager can be rough. Whether you're just starting high school or you're about to take that giant leap into adulthood, you can totally relate to all of the incredible movies out there that are all about being a teen. Looking for the ultimate romantic comedy or something completely new and totally different from anything you've ever seen before? These films are the best of the best when it comes to showing what it's really like to be a teenager nowadays. So grab some popcorn, gather all your friends, and get ready to relate to all of these characters as you go down this list. These are the best teen movies that you definitely have to watch.
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Billed as "a brass-knuckle punch in its startling revelation of teenage savages" and based on the book of the same name by Evan Hunter — aka crime writer Ed McBain — who drew on his own experiences as a teacher in the Bronx — Blackboard Jungle ushered in the age of the teenage delinquent. In London, Brooks's film attracted crowds of Teddy Boys, who slashed cinema seats, danced in the aisles and actually started a riot. The reason for such shocking behaviour wasn't so much the film's content, which today garners a more sober 12 rating, but because of the use of Bill Haley and the Comets' early rock'n'roll hit Rock Around the Clock, which played over the opening credits. Today, it is the least shocking aspect of a film that touches on knife crime, drug use and even rape within the state school system, but back then it was a touchstone for disaffected youth, never mind the fact that Haley was a journeying white musician in his 30s and the song was already a year old.
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What is it about the teenage years that makes us want to revisit them over and over in movies? Teen movies are their own kind of nostalgia. Especially for those romance fans. Hey, you can even find a teen sci-fi movie with elements of time-travel in there. Just remember, as you think back to your days of acne and locker combinations, what it took to make it through to the other side and into your adulthood.