Inside: When your big kid asks you to watch a flick on a Friday night, you don’t want to waste any time. Here are 20 of the best teen movies to watch on Netflix.
If you have a teenager, then you probably have heard the ever-popular phrase “there’s nothing to watch.”
Although this used to be true, Netflix has truly upped its game when it comes to entertaining movies, particularly for teens.
Watching movies with your teenagers can be a great way to connect and talk about important issues, such as sex, drugs, alcohol, friendship, etc.
OR, sometimes you can just sit back and be entertained.
If you are looking for some teen-friendly movies for your next movie night, or just a good flick to watch on Netflix, this list will help.
Here are some of the best modern teen movies on Netflix right now.
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The Best Teen Movies on Netflix
Sierra Burgess is an independent spirit who isn’t all that interested in being part of the popular clique at school. However, when her phone number falls into the hands of one of the cutest boys in school, Jamey, who thinks he’s digitally connecting with one of the most popular girls in school things get interesting. This movie stars Shannon Purser and the popular Noah Centineo, who also stars in To All the Boys We Loved Before.
Sierra and Jamey exchange texts and phone calls creating an undeniable virtual connection, but her fears of revealing her true identity lead to a modern “Cyrano” storyline that creates both humor and drama in this imperfect, but entertaining teen movie.
In this uplifting musical, a seemingly hopeless teen finds the family, friends, and love he’s been yearning for during his first-ever visit to summer camp.
Two teenage science prodigies spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. When one of their older brothers is killed, they put their unfinished project to the test to save him. This is a socially relevant film that tackles some important issues in a new, exciting way.
Inspired by her mom’s rebellious past, an extremely shy and quiet 16-year-old girl starts an e-zine to out sexism at her school. Directed by Amy Poehler and starring teen favorite Hadley Robinson and Lauren Tsai, it’s a great girl-power movie that provides a lot of comedy.
A shy and different high school student at an all-girls Catholic school in California tries to navigate a challenging relationship with her mother and her dreams of attending college on the East Coast during her senior year of high school. Bonus points go to Timothee Chalamet who plays the awkward boy who will soften your heart.
When smart but social outcast Ellie Chu is asked by a goofy but well-meaning jock to write love letters to his crush Aster, Ellie finds herself fighting surprising feelings. This teen rom-com takes an old story and makes it heartwarming and refreshing. Starring Leah Lewis and Daniel Diemer, this is a fun, clever movie for the whole family.
Based on the books with the same name, this cheesy but entertaining film follows a forbidden high school romance and the choice one young girl has to make between friendship and attraction to the hottest boy in school. It may not be Oscar-worthy, but you’ll find yourself smiling. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself watching the sequels….
A terminally ill girl forges a friendship with a hypochondriac and brings him along the quest to complete her bucket list.
Based on Anna Todd’s bestselling novel, After follows Tess (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college
If you are looking for the perfect teen romance movie to watch, you will love this one starring Lana Condor! This movie follows Lara Jean and how she finds her entire quiet high school life turned upside down when her secret love letters get mailed to her crushes!
Also, you have to watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2&3.
Growing up can be hard, and every teenager knows this to be true. What would happen if your best (and only) friend started dating your older brother! This movie follows the story of Nadine and what happens when this exact scenario unfolds.
Jodi, the tallest girl in her high school, has always felt uncomfortable in her own skin. But after years of slouching, being made fun of, and avoiding attention at all costs, Jodi finally decides to find the confidence to stand tall. Great launchpad to talk about learning to love yourself exactly as you are.
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When the smartest girl in school finds out what her classmates think of her, she enlists the best football player at her high school to help her with a makeover.
Born with a fatal sensitivity to the sun, a sheltered teen girl falls for her hometown neighbor but hides her condition from him as their romance blossoms.
This movie follows the story of two teenage prodigies who have cracked the code on how to time travel! This movie follows these characters as they are sent through a series of trips to the past.
For those who love a good romantic story, you will love the classic tale of boy meets girl, but with a unique twist. This unlikely romance starts as a boy and girl who are total opposites but fall for each other during their last year of high school.
In a battle to win Ramona’s heart, Scott Pilgrim has to defeat her seven evil exes in a martial arts battle to win her heart! This movie has everything, from humor to romance, all wrapped up in a fun and witty movie starring big names like Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Anna Kendrick.
A teen from small-town Texas, Willowdean Dickson, is the daughter of former beauty queen Rosie. But she is taught by her aunt to love Dolly Parton and herself, even though her plus-sized frame isn’t quite in keeping with traditional pageant beauty standards. This is the Jennifer Aniston both teens and adults will ove.
After her aunt’s passing, Willowdean decides to enter the local pageant, which is the oldest one in Texas — and which her mother now directs..
Alright, maybe not the most modern of this bunch, but if your teens aren’t familiar with this fantastic musical, it’s a perfect way to pass a few hours. This movie goes back in time to 1962 and follows the story of plus-size Tracy Turnblad and her mission to try to integrate Baltimore with one Watusi at a time!
Great music, great messages and just a whole lot of fun!
No matter what kind of movie you are looking for on Netflix, these modern teen movies are sure to be a hit with teenagers. If you are looking for some other great genre movies, here is a list of sports movies and 80’s movies for teens.
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