100 Great Films for Teens, Ages 11-16

As a compliment to our list of films for kids ages 4 to 10, here are 100 great films for children ages 11 to 16 that feature children, teenagers or young adults. Judging films appropriate for teens is tricky. We have grouped them by the age when we think the film is both appropriate for them and would hold their interest. We error slightly on the side of believing teenagers can handle challenging material. Parents of a sensitive child might want to add a year or two to our designations. By age 17, we believe teens can handle adult movies. Sequels are not included (with one exception because it features a child).

OhGodBook21980.jpgAGE 11
The Blob (1958)
Oh, God! Book II (1980)
Gremlins (1984)
Dragonslayer (1981)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Airborne (1993)
Pay It Forward (2000)

AGE 12
Little Women (1933)
Grease (1978)
My Bodyguard (1980)
Lost boys.jpgThe Earthling (1980)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
WarGames (1983)
Lucas (1986)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Hope and Glory (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
School of Rock (2003)
The Hunger Games (2012)
The Book Thief (2013)

West Side Story poster.jpgAGE 13
All Mine to Give (1957)
The Dairy of Anne Frank (1959)
West Side Story (1961)
Paper Moon (1973)
The Warriors (1979)
Footloose (1984)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Lean on Me (1989)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Clueless (1995)
Scream (1996)
Life is Beautiful (1997)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Bring It On (2000)
I am David (2003)
Mean Girls (2004)
The Blind Side (2009)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
The Way, Way Back (2013)

10 Things I Hate About You film.jpgAGE 14
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Fame (1980)
Taps (1981)
Time Bandits (1981)
Poltergeist (1982)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Red Dawn (1984)
Real Genius (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Hoosiers (1986)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Heathers (1989)
Say Anything (1989)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
She’s All That (1999)
Final Destination (2000)
About a Boy (2002)
Twilight (2008)
Mud (2013)
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Breaking away.jpgAGE 15
The Graduate (1967)
Breaking Away (1979)
Meatballs (1979)
All the Right Moves (1983)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Just One of the Guys (1985)
At Close Range (1986)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
How I Got Into College (1989)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Almost Famous (2000)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Superbad (2007)
The Spectacular Now (2013)
Boyhood (2014)

AGE 16
American Graffiti (1973)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Ordinary People (1980)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Education ver3.jpgRisky Business (1983)
St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
Fire with Fire (1986)
Rushmore (1998)
What Dreams May Come (1998)
American Pie (1999)
Election (1999)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Life as a House (2001)
An Education (2009)
Pitch Perfect (2012)

2015-12-29T17:48:59+00:00December 29th, 2015|The Daily Stir|1 Comment