Good Teen Romance Movies

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

For our readers in the thirteen to eighteen age group, here’s a list of good teen romance movies. These films can actually be enjoyed by moviegoers of any age, but the lead characters do tend to be high school students with high school problems. If you’d like to rent some of the films on this list, just click on this link to start your free trial membership with Netflix. We’ll get a small commission, which will allow us to continue to bring you quality posts in the future.

Valley Girl (1983) – Thinly based on the immortal tale of Romeo and Juliet, the movie revolves around a Valley Girl (Deborah Foreman) who endangers her popularity by dating a punk from Hollywood (Nicolas Cage). In true 80’s style, the action culminates at the prom, and Modern English sings us out with their classic “I Melt with You.”

Save the Last Dance (2001) – After the death of her mother, a promising young dancer (Julia Stiles) abandons her dreams of attending Juilliard. But when she moves in with her father on Chicago’s South Side, she discovers a new group of friends, the power of hip hop, and the inspiration to once again pursue her goals. Winner of “Best Kiss” at the MTV Movie Awards, as well as “Breakthrough Male Performance” for Sean Patrick Thomas.

Say Anything… (1989) – Marking the directorial debut of Cameron Crowe, Say Anything… stars John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler, a bright young man with a fascination for kickboxing. When he takes an interest in the class valedictorian (Ione Skye), teen romance suddenly fills the air. Featuring a 100% freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s most iconic scene pairs up Lloyd, a boombox, and Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.”

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants to ask out Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but she’s not allowed to accept unless her cynical older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles), also has a date. Cameron hatches a scheme to hire someone to woo Kat, and the man for the job is rough-around-the-edges Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Filled with all sorts of romantic twists and turns, the film is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. My favorite moment comes when Patrick tries to get in Kat’s good graces by singing Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” with the high school marching band providing musical accompaniment.

She’s All That (1999) – After getting dumped by his girlfriend, popular Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) makes a bet with best buddy Dean (Paul Walker) that he can transform any girl in their school into Prom Queen within six weeks. Art student Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) is chosen as the subject of the experiment. But while Dean schemes to get into her pants, Zack slowly finds himself becoming attracted to her. Based on Pygmalion, the 1913 play by George Bernard Shaw.

Step Up (2006) – Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) is a young hoodlum who gets caught vandalizing the Maryland School of Arts with his pals. Taking the fall for the whole incident, Tyler is sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service at the school. That’s where he encounters Nora Clark (Jenna Dewan), a senior dance student currently without a partner for her upcoming showcase. Did I mention that Tyler can dance? Hmmm.

Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) – Patrick Dempsey stars as a high school nerd who pays a cheerleader $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. Since this is a teen love story from the ‘80s, you should be able to guess what happens from there.

Sixteen Candles (1984) – In this John Hughes classic, Molly Ringwald stars as a sophomore who has a major crush on a senior. To further complicate things, she’s being pursued by a horny freshman (Anthony Michael Hall), her family forgot her 16th birthday, and she has to endure the oddness of foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe).

A Walk to Remember (2002) – Shane West and Many Moore star in this uplifting and heartbreaking adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks. West plays a popular high school student who’s befriended by the shy daughter of a preacher. As their emotions begin to grow beyond friendship, a tragic twist is introduced in true Nicholas Sparks fashion. If you’re a girl, you’d better be prepared to cry a lot during this one.

Twilight (2008) – Based on the first book in the wildly popular Twilight series, the film concerns a teenage girl who moves in with her father and starts attending a new school. And before you can say “supernatural romance,” she falls head over heels in love with a mysterious classmate who just happens to be a vampire. Fans of teen romance and teen angst won’t want to miss this one.

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February 23, 2010


If you like John Cusack, make sure to check out the 2012 facebook page 🙂

October 28, 2010


cant take my eyes off of you — this was sung by patrick and not cameron. please honor heath ledger. at least get your facts straight. just saying. 🙂

October 30, 2010


Corrected. Looks like my brain and my typing were going in two different directions. Thanks for the catch, Cassie.


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