Cheesy teen movies are part of all of our adolescence. Culture editor Thomas Crawshaw shares his favourites over the past 30 years.
Teen movies are transcendent. They are some of the only movies, regardless of quality, that can really stand the test of time. Despite the fact they can quickly become outdated, irrelevant and replaced – they always keep that all important factor of being relatable. You can really be any age and still love a good teen movie and everyone has that defining movie they always watch when they’re feeling down.
The first teen movie I was ever exposed to (I say exposed because I was really quite young and my brother shared a bedroom with me so I was kind of forced to watch it) was American Pie: Band Camp. If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re really not missing out on much at all. Saying that, I still enjoyed it and would probably still watch it today regardless of it’s quality. Then came Mean Girls. Everyone’s favourite teen film, and also probably one of mine.
I’m a sucker for a bad film, and this translates well on my taste in teen films. My favourites would be Jawbreaker (1999), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), and Heathers (1988). If you haven’t seen any of these films – you need to and quick. They’re all equally as terrible as each other, with the exception of Heathers. Which is one of the best cinematic masterpieces in film history. Honestly, it is.
Then there’s the brat pack movies. If you’re a die-hard teen movie fan then you should know at least one of these. The Breakfast Club, St Elmo’s Fire, Sixteen Candles.. These films paved the way for some of your favourite films now. And if you haven’t seen The Breakfast Club then I’m sorry but get off of the internet right now and watch it (actually, just stay on the internet and watch it somewhere online).
Now, I’m going to try my best and take you through a chronological guide of my favourite teen movies – and you’re going to watch them all because you really need to. The movies in bold are the ones you REALLY should watch.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Weird Science (1985)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Pump Up The Volume (1990)
Edward Scissorshands (1990)
The Craft (1996)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Drive Me Crazy (1999)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Ghost World (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Mean Girls (2004)
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)
Wild Child (2008)
Easy A (2010)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
The Bling Ring (2013)
The Way Way Back (2013)
The DUFF (2015)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
I had fun writing that. It’s been good to rediscover some films and now I think I’m going to work through that list myself too. Get like 50 bags of popcorn, an alcoholic beverage of choice and get comfortable. Then watch them all. At once.