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Within the last few years, TV shows have reinvented the way in which we approach teenage issues. The hit Netflix shows 13 Reasons Why and To All the Boys I've Loved are breaking new ground in the ways we discuss important issues such as bullying, suicide, the intensity of your first real crush, and the need to fit in—acknowledging the reality that navigating this stage of early adulthood isn't nearly as easy as the teen movies of yesteryear would have us believe. And yet, there's something so deliciously enjoyable about the teen rom-coms of the '80s, '90s, and early aughts, with their stock characters, formulaic plots, and happy endings. There's a comfort to their predictability, and a joy in the way that they remind you of a time when all of your emotions were so extreme and life, in all its glory, was wide open with possibility. And some of them are worth watching for the fashion alone did we really wear chokers? So if you're in the mood for a teen movie—be it a drama, comedy, or horror film—check out our ranking of some of the classics. This film is about a nerdy high schooler Patrick Dempsey who bribes a beautiful cheerleader Amanda Peterson into pretending to be his girlfriend, in order to boost his own social status. If you want to watch a movie about two teens who wind up falling in love—by pretending to be in love—and are super into '80s fashion , this hits the spot.
PG min Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. Votes: 11, R min Action, Comedy, Crime. An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. Votes: 50, TV 51 min Drama, Fantasy, Horror. When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back. Votes: ,