20 teen movies everyone should watch

You can do stupid things, or you can watch how stupid things are done – if you choose the second option, then catch this selection of the best youth films. This includes comedies, action films, horror, and melodramas, where young people fall madly in love, get into awkward situations, rebel, and even fight zombies. An old classic about enchanting holidays and a new movie with Internet trolls and obstinate voice assistants.

Map of Perfect Moments (2021)

The protagonist of the romantic movie novelty falls into a time loop and is forced to constantly relive the same day. One day, a guy meets a girl who is also caught in a time trap. Young people are imbued with sympathy and decide to spend infinity together. Sincere feelings give rise to a desire to end the protracted ideal day and find a future together.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Genre: Melodrama, comedy, fantasy
Actors: Kyle Allen, Catherine Newton, Jermaine Harris…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8
Age restrictions: 16+

Rebel (2021)

The heroine of a new foreign film about youth – a musical drama with a feminist message – dreams of quickly dumping her from school to university. The appearance of a new student, who dared to put in place a cool captain of the school football team, encourages a teenager to fight against discrimination. Inspired by her mother’s activist past, the schoolgirl arranges a real feminist revolution in a conservative educational institution.

Original title: Moxie
Genre: Drama, comedy, music
Actors: Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Alicia Pascual Peña…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7
Age restrictions: 18+

Fear Street (trilogy, 2021)

The modern film adaptation of popular youth horror films by American writer Robert Lawrence Stein. A group of teenagers from a small town is being chased by mysterious killers. While trying to escape, the teenagers learn that something similar has happened before. The solution to the shocking oddities and the secret of getting rid of the threat must be sought in the distant past.

Original title: Fear Street Part Three: 1666
Genre: Horror, Detective
Actors: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr….
Country: Canada, USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.2
Age restrictions: 18+

Hang Out in Palm Springs (2020)

An interesting youth movie plays on the popular idea with a time loop. The main character comes to the wedding of his girlfriend’s friends. While preparations for the wedding are underway, the guest is splashing in the pool. But before the ceremony, Niles finds out about his lover’s betrayal and starts an affair with the bride’s older sister. Sarah follows her new friend, despite his warnings, into a mysterious cave, after which the couple relives this November day all over again.

Original title: Palm Springs
Genre: Comedy, romance, fantasy
Actors: Andy Samberg, Christine Milioti, J.K. Simmons …
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4
Age restrictions: 18+

Couple for the holidays (2020)

Sloan, tired of listening to wishes from his relatives for a serious relationship with a man on every family holiday, meets a handsome golfer. A charming athlete does not mind pretending to be a boyfriend at the upcoming celebration. Young people, having appreciated the benefits of their little show, agree to maintain friendly relations throughout the year and spend holidays together.

Original title: Holidate
Genre: Melodrama, comedy
Actors: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1
Age restrictions: 16+

Love and Monsters (2020)

The list of the best youth films continues with a cool post-apocalyptic movie . Most of humanity has been wiped out and the planet is ruled by giant monsters . The few survivors are hiding in bunkers. A young resident of one of these shelters received a radio signal from his school love. The news inspired the hero to go in search of a girlfriend.

Original title: Love and Monsters
Genre: Comedy, fantasy, action, adventure
Actors: Dylan O’Brien, Hiro, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker …
Country: Canada, USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0
Age Limits: 16+

Akimbo Guns (2019)

An inconspicuous loser who broke up with a girl and works in an unpromising office, in the evenings has fun trolling on the Internet. Terrible retribution awaits the cynical wit for yet another virtual rudeness. The organizers of cruel games figured out the troll by IP and, having screwed pistols to his hands, forced him to become the hero of an online show. One of the scenes with the main character of the film even before the premiere became a popular Internet meme.

Original title: Guns Akimbo
Genre: Action, thriller, comedy
Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Mark Rowley…
Country: UK, Germany, New Zealand
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3
Age restrictions: 18+

Solstice (2019)

In a Swedish village cut off from the world, every year for many hundreds of years, residents hold unique ancient rites in honor of Midsommar – the holiday of the summer solstice. A youth company of anthropology students sets off to study an ancient mystical ritual. Researchers will have to find out that the mysterious tradition is far from being as harmless as it seems at first glance.

Original title: Midsommar
Genre: Horror, drama, thriller
Actors: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren …
Country: USA, Sweden
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.1
Age restrictions: 18+

Okay, Lexi! (2019)

An interesting film for young people in the light genre fantasy comedy . A tech-obsessed loser gets himself a new phone with a voice assistant named Lexi. Artificial intelligence is trying to help its owner in everything – and win a woman’s heart and get a promotion at work. However, virtual custody soon becomes too intrusive.

Original title: Jexi
Genre: Comedy, romance, fantasy
Actors: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne …
Country: USA, Canada
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1
Age restrictions: 18+

After (trilogy, 2019, 2020, 2021)

The cycle of melodramas is based on the novels of the American writer Anna Todd, designed for a youth audience. The sensual trilogy based on bestsellers turned out to be a light version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The plot is based on the common idea that opposites attract. A daring rebel with a dark past is not the best match for a diligent student from a decent family, but a fateful meeting divides the life of a young couple into before and after.

Original title: After
Genre: Melodrama
Actors: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Khadija Red Thunder…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.3
Age Limits: 16+

100 things and nothing more (2018)

The top teen films continue with a funny German comedy with a high rating and an exciting plot. Two business partners decide on a bet to spend a month without consumerism and give up all property. Amid an extravagant bet, a spectacular stranger appears on the horizon. Impressing a fashionable beauty and not violating the terms of the dispute will be a difficult task.

Original title: 100 Dinge
Genre: Comedy
Actors: Florian David Fitz, Matthias Schweighofer, Miriam Stein …
Country: Germany
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4
Age Limits: 18+

Midnight Sun (2017)

American feature film – a remake of a poignant Japanese melodrama. The main character suffers from a rare disease and cannot be in the sun. The girl leads a nocturnal lifestyle, and also composes excellent songs with a guitar. A meeting with a handsome guy brings a deadly threat to life along with true love and sunlight into the life of beauty.

Original title: Midnight Sun
Genre: Drama, melodrama
Actors: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6
Age restrictions: 16+

Happy Death Day (dilogue, 2017 and 2019)

An interesting youth film with good reviews from the audience is worth watching for fans of black comedies. Plots about falling into a time loop no longer surprise anyone, but a pretty student is forced to relive the day of her murder over and over again. In order not to die again and again at the hands of the villain, the heroine will have to reconsider her outlook on life and figure out the maniac.

Original title: Happy Death Day
Genre: Horror, sci-fi, detective, comedy
Actors: Jessica Roth, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modin…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6
Age restrictions: 16+

Pretend to be my boyfriend (2012)

The founders of a fashionable glossy magazine want to see someone bold and open to new bold ideas at the head of the publication – this is the only way to attract a youth audience. The current 40-year-old editor pretends to have an affair with an 18-year-old student to keep her high position. The adventure helps to achieve the goal, only the young man seriously fell in love with an imposing lady.

Original title: 20 ans d’écart
Genre: Melodrama, comedy
Actors: Virginie Efira, Pierre Nine, Charles Berling…
Country: France
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4
Age restrictions: 16+

I’m ok super hood (2012)

At the end of the Soviet Union, three friends moved from Russia to Germany to fulfill old dreams and achieve success. A foreign land dumps a lot of difficulties and trials on ambitious migrants. The guys will have to adapt to unusual conditions, change their habits and lifestyle, and also check whether male friendship can stand against the background of love for a beautiful girl.

Original title: Russendisko
Genre: Comedy, melodrama
Actors: Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Christian Friedel …
Country: Germany
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.5
Age restrictions: 16+

Cabin in the woods (2011)

A well-known foreign movie for young people is a great option for an atmospheric horror movie for the evening. A group of friends gathered to have fun in an abandoned forest hut. A randomly found book awakens the sinister dead from eternal sleep. Having fought off the zombies, the guys learn with horror that the invasion of the undead is only a small part of a terrible large-scale experiment.

Original title: The Cabin in the Woods
Genre: Horror, comedy, fantasy
Actors: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0
Age restrictions: 18+

Three meters above the sky (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

Spanish youth films in the genre of melodrama, based on the novels of Federico Moccia, made the whole world cry. A probationary rebel and a sweet girl from a wealthy family have almost no points of intersection, but one day at a party, parallel personalities will intersect. The first meetings will not turn out to be the best impressions, but they will set the beginning of a sensual and passionate love story.

Original title: Tres metros sobre el cielo
Genre: Action, drama, melodrama
Actors: Mario Casas, Maria Valverde, Alvaro Cervantes…
Country: Spain
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9
Age restrictions: 16+

Killer Vacation (2010)

In a selection of popular youth films, you can not do without a mind-blowing comedy of horrors. A company of students goes out of town to have a good time in nature. The guys run into a couple of clumsy farmers and mistake their uncouthness for aggression. The lively teenagers conclude that the strange villagers are maniacs and are preparing to give the potential villains a very tough rebuff.

Original title: Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Genre: Horror, comedy
Actors: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden…
Country: Canada, USA, India, UK
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5
Age restrictions: 18+

Eurotrip (2004)

A graduate of the school, to improve his knowledge of the German language, entered into correspondence with a peer from Germany. The correspondence friend turned out to be a cool guy, and therefore the student boldly shares all his problems and experiences with his correspondence friend. However, it soon turns out that the German comrade is a girl, and quite pretty at the same time. The hero makes every effort to meet with a pen pal.

Original title: EuroTrip
Genre: Comedy
Actors: Scott Mechlowitz, Jacob Pitts, Kristin Kruk …
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.6
Age restrictions: 16+

Hold on till the end (2004)

The girl of the main character from a cool movie about modern youth got a cool job and left for another city. Friends and parents advise the guy to forget about his beloved and focus on finding a new passion. The stubborn young man rejects frivolous offers and concludes that he must return his girlfriend. A rash decision will turn into funny adventures and ridiculous incidents.

Original title: Going the Distance
Genre: Melodrama, comedy
Actors: Christopher Jaco, Joanne Kelly, Sean Roberts…
Country: Canada
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.6
Age restrictions: 16+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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