We all love a good comedy, and for many of us they define our teenage years. In fact, some of the best movies for teens can help define an era of your life in a way that you won’t truly appreciate until you’re looking back some day far off in the future. Here are a few of the most legendary teen movies that helped define the decades in which they were produced:
#1 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Matthew Broderick plays a lackadaisical teenager who plays hooky from school and takes his best friend and girlfriend on an adventure through Chicago while escaping the clutches of a conniving truancy officer.
#2 – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Complete with all of the whacky emotions, romance, and heartbreak of high school, Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger have incomparable onscreen chemistry in this coming of age romantic comedy. Definitely belongs on any list of 1990s comedies.
#3 – Save the Last Dance (2001) – Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas play opposite one another in this intense and dramatic Romeo and Juliet-esque film as they explore the difficulties of first love and interracial relationships.
#4 – Mean Girls (2004) – Lindsay Lohan heads an all-star cast as first time public school student, Cady, in this hilarious and charismatic film about what it means to be a teenage girl in high school.
#5 – Juno (2006) – Featuring one of the best movie theme songs of all time, Ellen Page explores the highs and lows of first loves and teenage pregnancy as the sarcastic and witty Juno in this quirky comedy.
#6 – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008) – Based on a novel by the same name, this music-centric feel-good film stars Kat Dennings and Michael Cera as they adventure through NY in search of their favorite band.