Top Teen Romance Movies List
Teen movies first became a legitimate genre in the 1950s, with movies such as “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The Blackboard Jungle”. Inside of the genre of teen films, many sub-genres have developed, such as comedies, science fiction, dramas, romance, musicals, fantasy, and even horror.
Teen films typically depict the struggles of teenagers and young adults, such as first love, peer pressure, the struggle for independence, rebellion, body image, family, friendships, and rites of passage.
Even though teen cinema is intended towards teenagers and young adults, and the main storyline usually focuses around the main character's life in high school or college, they are quite popular among viewers of all ages. There is always something quite fascinating about romance that it seems to break out from all the age restrictions.
Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke
Overview: Based on the bestselling young adult series of the same name, "Twilight" is the story of young high school girl, Bella Swan, who moves with her dad to a small, remote Washington town. At her new school, she falls in love. Now, while most young love is difficult, it is especially hard when you fall in love with a vampire. One of the most popular vampire romance movies that came out in recent years!
She's All That
Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachel Leigh Cook, Matthew Lilliard
Directed By Robert Iscove
Overview: After being dumped by his super popular girlfriend, a high school jock makes a bet that he can turn the mousey Laney into prom queen, what he doesn't expect is that he may fall in love with her. Another modern retelling of Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion", updated to include all the high school drama and set to a pop music soundtrack.
10 Things I Hate About You
Starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles
Directed By Gil Junger
Overview: A modern reworking of the Shakespeare play, "The Taming of the Shrew", sophomore Bianca is desperate to begin dating, but has to find some way to satisfy her father's rule that she can only date when her older sister Katarina does. However, Kat is not the typical high school girl and is dead set against dating. So a plan is hatched, but the outcome is more than they ever imagined!
Starring John Cusack, Ione Skye
Directed By Cameron Crowe
Overview: After high school graduation, endearing underachiever Lloyd is determined to ask out the beautiful, shy valedictorian Diane. Over the summer love blooms between these two opposites, however Diane's father does not approve of the relationship. A genuinely sweet and earnest tale of young love, which is sure to melt your heart.
Starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall
Directed By John Hughes
Overview: Considered one of the top romantic flicks for teens, this comedic and romantic story of a young girl's sixteenth birthday that is overshadowed and thwarted in every possible way, by her sister's wedding, embarrassing grandparents, and a strange foreign exchange student.
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Claire Danes
Directed By Baz Luhrman
Overview: Updated version of one of the most enduring tragic romances, vividly envisioned in full Baz Luhrman style. While still retaining the original Shakespearean dialogue, the pulsating musical score and updated scenery, gives this version of Romeo and Juliet a considerable, modern edge.
A Walk to Remember
Starring Mandy Moore, Shane West
Directed By Adams Shankman
Overview: Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, this is a story of two opposites, a popular troublemaking jock and the shy, yet beautiful reverend's daughter. Despite their differences, as they get to know each other, love grows between them. However, the reverend's daughter is hiding a heartbreaking secret; will it pull them apart or bring them closer?
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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Starring Michael Cera, Kat Dennings
Directed By Peter Sollett
Overview: Meeting for the first time on one crazy night in Manhattan, Nick and Norah are thrown together by a series of coincidences, and it turns out that they have a lot in common than they might have imagined. A genuine teen comedy that shows that what matters in life are the real relationships and not the superficial ones.
Can't Buy Me Love
Starring Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson
Directed By Steve Rash
Overview: What happens when nerdy Ronald, desperate to become part of the "cool" crowd, agrees to give the most popular cheerleader Cindy, one thousand dollars that she urgently needs, if she will say that she's his girlfriend for one month? Well, let's just say that getting into the "cool" crowd is just the beginning of Ronald's problems.
Save the Last Dance
Starring Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas
Directed By Thomas Carter
Overview: A love story about a young ballet dancer who moves to inner-city Chicago after her mom is killed in a car accident. Trying to acclimate herself into the mostly African American high school, she falls in love with a high school senior who teaches her the intricacies of hip hop dancing. While, the movie is formulaic, the two main actors have a chemistry that is genuine.
Pretty In Pink
Starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer
Directed By Howard Deutch
Overview: Another classic from writer John Hughes, "Pretty in Pink" is charming teenage romance movie about independent, unique Andie, who has a crush on one of the most popular boys in school, Blane. Blane in fact is also interested in Andie, even though they are from different social groups. Will the two be able to overcome their differences to be together, or in the end will their respective social groups pull them apart?
Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger
Directed By Allan Moyle
Overview: An ensemble romantic comedy about a group of high school outsiders who all work at an independent record store. The movie follows the adventures of the different employees through one eventful day, when secrets come to light and unrequited loves are confessed.
Starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd
Directed By Amy Heckerling
Overview: Based on the classic novel "Emma" by Jane Austen, "Clueless" is the story of Cher, a very rich and popular high school student in Beverly Hills. While Cher is considered vain and selfish, especially by her stepbrother, she actually tries to romantically set up the people around her, including two of her teachers and even her awkward stepbrother. However, Cher is not lucky in love herself, until she realizes that she may be in love with someone who has been under her nose the whole time.
Get Over It
Starring Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, and Melissa Sagemiller
Directed By Tommy O'Haver
Overview: When Berke is dumped by his childhood sweetheart, Allison, his heart is broken, but he is determined to win her back. With the help of his best friend's younger sister Kelly, Berke gets a small part in the school play that Allison is also in. When the male lead has an accident, Berke is nominated for the lead opposite Allison. However, along the way Berke has become close to Kelly and in the end, who will he choose?
The Cutting Edge
Starring Moira Kelly, D.B. Sweeney
Directed By Paul Michael Glaser
Overview: A cute romantic comedy movie about quick-tempered figure skater, Kate, who has a shot at an Olympic medal but has gotten rid of her current partner and no one will pair with her. Doug, a hockey player, also has a chance for an Olympic medal with his team, except that he is injured in a game and cannot play with the team. When Kate and Doug pair up, tempers flare, but soon love blossoms as the two strive toward the same goal.
The Prince and Me
Starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably and Ben Miller
Directed by Martha Coolidge
Overview: Many young girls dream of marrying a prince, but when Paige, a pre-med student at the University of Wisconsin, meets Eddie the Prince of Denmark, for the first time, the two can't stand the sight of each other. Paige is a very serious and dedicated student, while Eddie is just looking for girls. However, Paige does not know that Eddie is really a prince, and when the two fall in love, what will happen when Paige finds out Eddie's secret?
Starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, and E.G. Daily
Directed By Martha Coolidge
Overview: The ultimate valley girl is beautiful, popular and has a valley dude for a boyfriend. According to these requirements, Julie has everything, but she is unhappy with her boyfriend and breaks up with him. She meets and falls in love with the handsome Randy, but he is a punk from Hollywood and not a valley dude. Her friends discourage the relationship, but who will Julie choose? A delightful romantic comedy, featuring Nicolas Cage in one of his very first roles.
Never Been Kissed
Starring Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Molly Shannon
Directed By Raja Gosnell
Overview: When eccentric, 25-yeard old copy editor Josie, who desires to be a reporter, is assigned to go undercover at local high school, to learn about contemporary high school kids. Immediately she panics, remembering the torture of high school, however with the help of her brother, she is able to infiltrate the most popular crowd and also falls in love for the first time, however it's with one of her teachers!
Starring Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan
Directed By Anne Fletcher
Overview: At an elite art school in Maryland, Tyler must serve 200 hours of community service as the school's janitor, after being caught breaking into the school with some of his friends. There he meets the privileged dancer Nora, whose dance partner just sprained his ankle. Tyler offers to help Nora, even though he dislikes Nora and the entitled world that she comes from. As the two practice together, they begin to have feelings for each other. However, when Nora's dance partner returns healed, who will she choose? The movie combines romance, drama and lively dance sequences into an enjoyable teen romance film.
Starring Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode and Jeremy Piven
Directed By Andy Cadiff
Overview: Anna is the daughter of the President of the United States and she is dying for some freedom. While traveling abroad, the President agrees to let Anna go to a concert with a friend and only a small detail of secret service. At the concert, Anna and her friend Gabrielle are able to escape the agents. While on the run from the agents, they meet Ben, who accompanies the girls on their adventure. Ben and Anna soon fall in love, but Ben is hiding a secret that could tear them apart. While this movie suspends reality, it is still an enjoyable and lighthearted romantic comedy.
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