Teen life is difficult and stressful. Many new responsibilities come as a part of this awkward transition from childhood to adulthood. Social relations are often competitive; girls and guys often face similar yet different cultural stresses and challenges. Experiencing one’s first romantic feelings while struggling with bullying or academic challenges is hard.; a lot of teens go through these kinds of struggles. Here’s a list of ten great movies about this painful and yet incredible process of moving from childhood to adulthood.
Heathers is a dark comedy film that describes high school drama and tragedy. Veronica is a popular high school girl who is friends with a group of three wealthy, beautiful and popular girls named “Heather.” Her friendship with the girls sweeps her away into a world of cruel popularity struggles and bullying. The film describes the crazy and violent power struggles of students at an Ohio high school.
2. A Cinderella Story
Hillary Duff falls in love with an anonymous guy over email, she later discovers he might be one of the most popular boys in her school.
3. Sierra Burgess is a Loser
Sierra is an intelligent yet awkward girl who makes an alliance with a cheerleader named Veronica. Veronica helps Sierra by giving her number to a sensitive jock named Jamey; Sierra helps Veronica by tutoring her to help impress a college guy she likes.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This film is about the great struggles of Lara Jean Covey, a Korean American high school student who faces great challenges when her private love letters are sent to the boys she likes.
5. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Nick and Norah meet for the first time. This charming story shows love at first sight that leads to an all-night chase around New York City looking for the elusive band where’s Fluffy.
Boyhood is an incredible film which documents the coming of age process of Mason from childhood to college. This film was created through a complex 12-year process focusing on everyday happenings instead of dramatic life-changing moments.
7. Blue is the Warmest Color
A French film about a lesbian teenage girl who tries to love men but develops a powerful relationship with a blue haired girl. The film explores the challenges of finding one’s identity and of experiencing young love.
8. Wet Hot American Summer
A film about consolers on the last day of camp in 1981. The film explores several bizarre characters and examines their strange habits.
9. The Edge of Seventeen
A coming of age film about Hailee Steinfeld playing Nadine, a teenager with social difficulties and a conflict-ridden family life.
10. The Spectacular Now
A film which follows Sutter Keely, the most popular dude in his high school who is planning to party it up through senior year. He is dumped by his girlfriend and later falls in love with a new girl after getting wasted.
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