One of the best movie genres out there is the coming-of-age genre because you always feel like you grew up with the characters as you watched them. And that’s super nice, touching and will probably make you cry. But, like, good and happy tears. Well, sometimes sad ones. Basically, there are just a lot of emotions going on all over the place, but it’s always great — we promise!
So, before your teens are done and over with, you have to watch some (or all; shoot for all) of these 18 movies. They’ll probably change your life a little.
The Breakfast Club
The quintessential teen movie with every type of character, all of whom you'll adore by the end.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
For when you're feeling alone in the world and need a reminder that no one is ever all alone.
The Spectacular Now
Because it is an amazing teen love story that everyone deserves to witness at least once. But also a million times, if you end up loving the movie like we know you will.
10 Things I Hate About You
Another absolute classic, which just so happens to be based on Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew.
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As if we would let you reach your 18th without having seen one of the best teen movies of its decade and possibly ever!
One of Emma Stone's best movies, which is saying a lot because, duh, she's Emma freaking Stone.
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It's honestly surprising if you've made it this far without having seen this. But, just in case, we think you should do so like yesterday.
The To Do List
In which Aubrey Plaza's character goes on a quest to lose her virginity before college and ends up learning a whole lot about who she is as a person in the process.
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Good book, even better movie.
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Stuck in Love
Are you ready to CRY? Because that's what you're going to do when you watch this movie, which you totally should start doing, like immediately.
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The heart-wrenching story of a long distance couple just trying to make it work overseas and trying to make us bawl like babies as well
What are teen years without arguably the best Wes Anderson movie to date?
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Never Been Kissed
We're all a little bit like Josie Grossie, aren't we?
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Everyone who finishes watching this movie is all, "yeah man, but what's the meaning of life?" So, join the club.
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In which the guy from Like Crazy learns to manage the craziness that is his life like a mature adult.
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The Kings of Summer
You'll never want to go on an epic adventure more than you will after watching this movie. Go for it.
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The movie follows 12 years of ups and downs in a boy's life and was actually filmed over 12 years. This will be the coolest movie you watch all year, hands-down.
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We heart Carey Mulligan in this precocious-schoolgirl-in-love role, and you probably will, too.
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