When it comes to great teen movies, most people talk about Clueless, The Breakfast Club, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, Juno, etc. While those movies are definitely classics, I can’t help but think of other great teen movies that don’t get the same level of recognition.
I’m talking about the underrated teen movies that deserve a little more love and widespread appeal! Whether big budget or low budget, old or new, there are movies out there that are so under the radar. Take Teen Witch, for example. Why doesn’t everybody know about what might be the best cheesy teen movie of the ’80s? Come on, people! Get it together!
So here’s a short list of some great teen movies we think are totally underrated. Make sure to check if you can watch any of these films on Netflix so you can become just as infatuated with them as we are.
Teen WitchWhen it comes to the '80s, teen films dominated. But I only hear about John Hughes films like The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles. Maybe it's because the acting was actually good in those films, but I still wish that more people had love for Teen Witch! It has everything an '80s teen movie needs: Super '80s montages, terrible clothing choices and romancing hot dudes who are totally out of your league. Basically, it's perfection. It even has a rap interlude. Come on, you can't beat that!Source: IMDB
The CraftThis teen horror movie is pretty under the radar. It's pretty over the top and campy but that's the fun of it, really. The Craft is basically a movie about a group of friends who are witches who harness some pretty strong powers. Drama ensues, naturally. Honestly, if you're not interested in the plot, at least watch for the stylespiration.Source: IMDB
PariahSure, Pariah is a very well received film and was incredibly popular at Sundance. But, unfortunately, not many teens know about it. Pariah is about a black teenage girl from Brooklyn who is a lesbian. She goes through the motions of hiding her identity from her family, falling in and out of love and dealing with the pressure of academic success. It is one of my favorite movies period, so definitely give it a look.Source: IMDB
American GraffitiBefore Ron Howard was balding and directing blockbuster films, he was the star of one of my favorite coming of age movies. Set in the '60s, American Graffiti provides a realistic portrayal of the era without being too innocent or overly gritty. It's honest and fun and the soundtrack is brilliant.Source: IMDB
ThirteenCritically acclaimed? Sure. Is it one of the top teen movies that comes to most people's mind? Definitely not. When it comes to movies about young teen debauchery and angst, this is it.Source: IMDB
SavedThe brilliance of Saved lies in its ability to blend teen comedy tropes with serious issues like homophobia, teen pregnancy and religion. Unlike indie films like Juno that were catapulted to mainstream success, Saved's success was a little more modest. But honestly, if Juno can be a household name, so should Saved.Source: IMDB
Wish Upon A StarThis TV movie played on Disney Channel all the time back when I was a kid. Today, Disney Channel definitely wouldn't air it because it is way too mature for their demographic now, I suppose. But this movie is by far my favorite of all body swapping movies. Two sisters with totally different personalities and lives switch bodies and have to pretend that everything is busisness as usual. Well, it isn't. Seriously, if you have some time to kill watch this morsel of mid-nineties brilliance.Source: IMDB
Center StageThis movie doesn't get the same level of notoriety that many teen movies of the '90s and early '00s do, but that doesn't mean it should be pushed to the side. Who isn't a sucker for a movie about diverse students who go to a competitive ballet school in NYC? Mandy Moore is on the soundtrack, okay? That means it is good by default.Source: IMDB
Dazed And ConfusedThis cult classic is usually only regarded as a total stoner movie, but it's actually a great coming of age film! But maybe I'm just really defensive of it because it is one of my favorite movies and I'm worried that people think I'm a stoner because of it.Source: IMDB
HeathersI consider Heathers the original Mean Girls with a dark, satirical edge. If you love movies about manipulative teen queen bees, you have to watch Heathers. Warning: It might make you fall in love with hideous shoulder padded blazers.Source: IMDB
Which of these movies do you love? What other teen movies do you consider majorly underrated? Tell us in the comments!