Adolescent adventures. High school horror stories. Crushing crushes and perfect prom nights. The teen movie is a cinematic favourite, magnifying the hopes, dreams, greatest fears and glittering futures of youngsters onto the big screen with snappy dialogue, earworm soundtracks, and grand romantic gestures. Though they evolve every few years along with teenage culture itself, teen movies are time capsules forever documenting a time and place on celluloid — as well as containing formative performances from cinematic greats. Team Empire opened up its old angst-filled diaries to draw up a list of the greatest ever teen movies — the most quotable, banger-fuelled, swoonsome classics that capture all the pain and glory of the teenage experience.
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Some days, all you want to do after you finish your homework is throw on a pair of comfy AF sweatpants and binge some iconic movies. Because let's face it, there's really nothing better than a good teen movie. So grab some popcorn and get ready to relate to all of these characters as you go down this list.
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