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1. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.1
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An adolescent with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he endures the trials of growing alongside a good friend.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

Votes: 36,784

2. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family

6.0
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63 Metascore

Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria

Votes: 12,262 | Gross: $54.89M

3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo

Votes: 55,714

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 503,455 | Gross: $290.01M

5. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 968,898 | Gross: $210.61M

6. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 321,978 | Gross: $137.69M

7. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 807,669 | Gross: $408.01M

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

Votes: 462,915 | Gross: $334.20M

9. Hannah Montana (2006–2011)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Family, Music

5.0
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Adventures of a teenage pop star who keeps her identity secret from even her closest friends by using a disguise on-stage.

Stars: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus

Votes: 34,646

10. Mid90s (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Director: Jonah Hill | Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith

Votes: 33,049 | Gross: $7.36M

11. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 654,583 | Gross: $403.71M

12. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra, Lee Barnett

Votes: 9,778 | Gross: $11.90M

13. Descendants (2015 TV Movie)

TV-G | 112 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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The teenage son of the king and queen of Auradon offers the trouble-making children of villains a chance to attend prep school in the kingdom.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson

Votes: 13,666

14. That's So Raven (2003–2007)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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A teenage girl periodically receives brief psychic visions of the near future. Trying to make these visions come true results in trouble, and hilarious situations, for the girl and her friends.

Stars: Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Kyle Massey

Votes: 16,548

15. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 150,385 | Gross: $5.02M

16. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 297,069 | Gross: $70.14M

17. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.8
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31 Metascore

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

Votes: 59,354 | Gross: $58.85M

18. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.9
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to save the city from the machinations of a mysterious reptilian foe.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 536,244 | Gross: $262.03M

19. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 181,835 | Gross: $40.26M

20. A Goofy Movie (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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When Max makes a preposterous promise to a girl he has a crush on, his chances to fulfilling it seem hopeless when he is dragged onto a cross-country trip with his embarrassing father, Goofy.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Kellie Martin

Votes: 42,202 | Gross: $35.35M

21. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.6
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46 Metascore

Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 74,803 | Gross: $23.83M

22. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.4
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An inquisitive teenager pries into suspected dodgy dealings on her space station home - and ends up being sent down to Earth.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné, Bob Bancroft, Stuart Pankin

Votes: 6,154

23. Dogtooth (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 72,267 | Gross: $0.11M

24. Oh, Ramona! (2019)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

4.9
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A teenager named Andrei transitions from a teenager into an adult.

Director: Cristina Jacob | Stars: Aggy K. Adams, Holly Horne, Bogdan Iancu, Basil Eidenbenz

Votes: 6,152

25. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.9
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44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 103,254 | Gross: $40.49M

26. Skam (2015–2017)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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The story of young teenagers and pupils on Hartvig Nissens upper secondary school in Oslo, and their troubles, scandals and everyday life. Each season is told from a different person's point of view.

Stars: Josefine Frida Pettersen, Lisa Teige, Iman Meskini, Ulrikke Falch

Votes: 24,674

27. Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 214,739 | Gross: $61.74M

28. The Croods (2013)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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55 Metascore

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

Directors: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener

Votes: 180,816 | Gross: $187.17M

29. Nerve (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.5
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58 Metascore

A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer

Votes: 106,523 | Gross: $38.56M

30. Hot Summer Nights (2017)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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44 Metascore

In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.

Director: Elijah Bynum | Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Emory Cohen

Votes: 9,146

31. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.3
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32 Metascore

Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont

Votes: 41,778 | Gross: $3.64M

32. Radioflash (2019)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

4.5
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34 Metascore

When a nuclear device causes an electromagnetic pulse that kills power to more than 200 million people, a teenage girl must help lead her family to survival in a dark new world.

Director: Ben McPherson | Stars: Brighton Sharbino, Dominic Monaghan, Will Patton, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 326

33. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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68 Metascore

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar

Votes: 15,247 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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58 Metascore

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 23,591 | Gross: $11.00M

35. Verónica (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Horror

6.2
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Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero

Votes: 31,015

36. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.1
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25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 42,851 | Gross: $33.09M

37. Trinkets (2019– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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An unexpected friendship forms when three teenage girls meet in Shoplifters Anonymous.

Stars: Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell, Brandon Butler

Votes: 3,376

38. H2O: Just Add Water (2006–2010)

TV-PG | 23 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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Three girls become mermaids after a mysterious island transforms them and gives them special powers.

Stars: Cariba Heine, Phoebe Tonkin, Angus McLaren, Burgess Abernethy

Votes: 11,392

39. Wildling (2018)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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58 Metascore

A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.

Director: Fritz Böhm | Stars: Bel Powley, Brad Dourif, Liv Tyler, Collin Kelly-Sordelet

Votes: 9,974

40. Blue My Mind (2017)

97 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.1
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63 Metascore

A seemingly normal teenage girl faces overwhelming body transformations that put her existence into question.

Director: Lisa Brühlmann | Stars: Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg

Votes: 1,598

41. The Kings of Summer (2013)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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61 Metascore

Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman

Votes: 74,463 | Gross: $1.29M

42. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy

6.7
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44 Metascore

Four socially troubled 18-year-olds from the south of England go on holiday to Malia.

Director: Ben Palmer | Stars: James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird

Votes: 74,564 | Gross: $0.04M

43. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

7.1
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62 Metascore

A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 55,607 | Gross: $24.92M

44. Giant Little Ones (2018)

R | 93 min | Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

Director: Keith Behrman | Stars: Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, Maria Bello

Votes: 3,315 | Gross: $0.18M

45. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Music

4.6
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33 Metascore

A teenage girl is convinced that her home city revolves around her until her family packs up and moves to the suburbs, where she finds herself competing for attention.

Director: Sara Sugarman | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Adam Garcia, Glenne Headly

Votes: 26,304 | Gross: $29.33M

46. My So-Called Life (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.3
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A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents, and school.

Stars: Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes, Devon Gummersall

Votes: 18,080

47. The New Guy (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy

5.9
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24 Metascore

A high school senior branded uncool in the ninth grade gets himself expelled so he changes his image to cool kid at the town's other high school.

Director: Ed Decter | Stars: DJ Qualls, Lyle Lovett, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 32,472 | Gross: $28.97M

48. Agent Cody Banks (2003)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.0
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41 Metascore

A government agent trains Cody Banks in the ways of covert operations that require younger participants.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, Andrew Francis, Angie Harmon

Votes: 31,428 | Gross: $47.81M

49. Bizaardvark (2016–2019)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

3.5
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Centers on best friends Paige and Frankie who express their offbeat individuality through funny music videos on their vlog channel Bizaardvark.

Stars: Olivia Rodrigo, Madison Hu, DeVore Ledridge, Ethan Wacker

Votes: 1,549

50. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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68 Metascore

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Director: Marc Meyers | Stars: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Zachary Davis Brown

Votes: 13,377 | Gross: $1.36M



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