Monday, July 14, 2014

Top Ten Teen Films

Monday, July 14, 2014 10:34 PM with 21 comments
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today plus links to a whole slew of other blogs. After you read mine, of course.

Today's topic is our choice in the world outside of books. In a nod to the movie side of my blog, I'm doing my favorite teen films.

Top Ten Teen Films

1. Sixteen Candles 

Two words: Jake Ryan. For you young 'uns out there who haven't seen this 80s gem, do yourself a favor and pick it up (do NOT watch it on TV--get the actual film). This movie follows a girl named Sam whose entire family forgets her birthday which has fallen on the eve of her sister's wedding. This film has everything from a school dance to a wild party to a foreign exchange student named Long Duck Dong. And it has Jake Ryan. John Hughes helped define the teen genre as we know it. This one is my favorite of his films, but they are all amazing.

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2. Say Anything...

Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court are two people on opposite sides of the high school food chain. After their high school graduation, Lloyd takes the chance and asks Diane out for the graduation party. The movie follows them as they fall in love the summer before Diane is to leave for college. This movie gave me some serious delusions about how men behave. I can't even tell you how many times I watched this film in high school, but it's an insane amount.

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3. Heathers

I was way too young the first time I saw this, but I immediately fell in love with both Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Heathers is a pitch-black comedy about a girl named Veronica who hates her trio of friends--all named Heather. When she and new boy, JD, accidentally kill the queen bee, they cover it up by making it look like a suicide--and they don't stop there. This film is one of the first to really glorify the popular girl clique. 

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4. Clueless


A remake of Jane Austen's Emma, this film follows Cher Horowitz as she tries to set up the new girl in school and then tries to find love herself. This film is the epitome of the 90s.

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5. 10 Things I Hate About You


A remake of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, this films follows sisters Kat and Bianca. Cameron, new to the school and played by the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hires bad boy Patrick, played by the adorable Heath Ledger, to take out Kat, the school's "shrew". The gorgeous Bianca is only allowed to date if Kat does, and Kat has little interest in boys. This is one of my favorite casts of all time.

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6. Superbad

Every time I see this film, I find something new that cracks me up. This film about two best friends at the end of their high school career who know they are going to be apart--probably for the rest of their lives--in just a few short months is hilarious and touching. Mostly hilarious.

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7. Easy A

A nod to the Scarlett Letter, Easy A follows a girl named Olive who is both shocked and not surprised by the way she gets treated when she pretends to have sex with her gay friend to help him out. Emma Stone is perfection.
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8. Mean Girls

The glorious Tina Fey wrote this movie based on the non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabees (which is an excellent book if you've never picked it up). Hilarious and insanely quotable, I love everything about this film. On Wednesdays we wear pink.

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9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This movie is just pure fun. A young Matthew Broderick plays Ferris Bueller, a Peter Pan type who just wants to have one more truly memorial day with his best friend and girlfriend before the end of his high school career.

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10. Election


Based on a novel by the same name by Tom Perrotta which is easily in my top 3 books of all time. This movie version is pretty spot on in completely awesome in its own right. Dark and funny and awesome. I cannot recommend the movie or the book enough.

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Well that's all for me today. So hard to narrow it down to 10! What topic did you pick? I'm excited to see the different topics. Link me up!


  1. Great list. :) I've seen seven out of ten of these. I think Ferris Bueller's Day Off is my favorite one though. I also like The Breakfast Club quite a bit. Oh and Fast Times At Ridgemont High is great too.

  2. Your list is full of so much awesome!!! 10 Things is easily my favorite from the list, with Clueless and Mean Girls trailing close behind!

  3. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU was so good! Oh, I need to rewatch that! And I liked FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF too.

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  4. OMG, I love all of these movies so much. Heathers is amazing and no one really seems to know about it, which makes me sad. I'm hoping the musical puts it on more people radars!
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  5. Gosh, I love 10 Things I hate about you.. and those first two in the list are clearly some of the classics in teen movies :)

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  6. Great choices Natalie. I love 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, Easy A and Clueless. All fantastic movies.

  7. I love that you feature some of the classic teen movies and a few of them are my favourites. I rewatched Clueless recently and that scene on the highway was hilarious.
    Since you like movies, I'm starting a movie meme this Thursday, come and join if you can.

  8. This is a wonderful list (and I'm happy to notice that I've seen all of them). :D Clueless is my definite favorite from this one - I even included it on my top 10 films list. :)

  9. Mean Girls can never ever get old. XD My sister was homeschooled and then went to school and she watched it and just died laughing. ;) Ohhh and Easy A?! That probably is one of my favourite teenish/contemporary movies of EVER. The quotes! The hilarity! Even the parents are awesome! ("Oh my god, you are adopted!") x)
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  10. Great List! I will quote Mean Girls till I die lol

  11. This list was AWESOME! Every movie I was like yup, completely agree. 80s movies will always be timeless.

  12. Awesome list! I am a huge fan of Say Anything, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Clueless. I was obsessed with all three in high school. I am pretty sure back in the day I could recite parts of Clueless verbatim. I also really loved Can't Hardly Wait.

  13. OMG, these are all my favorites...especially 10 Things I Hate About You and Clueless...I just love Shakespeare retellings done in such a comedic fashion. Mean Girls will always be awesome, and Sixteen Candles...sigh. But no The Breakfast Club? The 80s movies're totally making me nostalgic. I remember working at the video store in high school and renting VHS copies of all those for old times sake...I'm so old that DVDs were only JUST coming into popularity.

  14. Great list!! I included Ferris Beuller on my TTT this week too. I haven't seen Mean Girls, but I've heard a lot about it. I will have to see if it is on Netflix. Clueless and Election were hilarious as well.

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  15. 10 Things I Hate About You is one of my favorites, just because the cast did such a great job. Now I'm tempted to rewatch it tonight...

    Fabulous top ten!

  16. I dont think i've ever heard of Heather but im searching it up right now because it sounds amazing and the fact that Winona Ryder stars in it just sells it :) Great list! love the originality :)

    Nemo @ Blame it on the Book

  17. Your movie list is full of hilarious movies, with several on my favorites' list! Clueless is an example, and who doesn't love Mean Girls? (Actually, I only watched it for the first time a few months ago, although I now see why it was such an insta-classic.)

  18. I read Election a long time ago but never got around to seeing the movie. I heard the new musical Heathers is fabulous.

  19. Mean Girls and Easy A are AWESOME movies! Mean Girls makes my top ten movies ever. I LOVE that movie!!

  20. Fantastic list! Love so many of them, though I have bot seen Election or Heathers so I will have to check out both of those. I love 16 Candles!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  21. 😂😂😂 The cellphones on the Clueless cover. OMG, so much laughter. Also, if we lived in each other's real lives we would totally have a movie night. We have all the same favorites. <3 this list.


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