TEENAGE Romantic movies

Best Teenage Romantic movies...

10 Things I Hate About You

...Starring: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

What it’s about: Kat and Bianca are sisters but couldn’t be any more different. Bianca is the life of the party, with boys chasing after her left and right. Meanwhile, Kat is anti-social and feared by most of the student body at their school. So when their overprotective father enforces a new rule stating that Bianca can only date if Kat does, the boys at their school devise a plan to get Kat to fall in love with the resident bad boy, Patrick.

Why it made the list: An oldie but a goldie, this love story introduced us to two of the best actors of our generation: Joseph Gorden-Levitt (still so young and cute here!) and Heath Ledger (RIP). We also got to see Heath bust out into song in a now-classic scene! Another classic moment? The scene where a tearful Julia Stiles recites all the things she hates (and loves!) about Heath’s character, Patrick.


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Comedy, Family, Romance

Rated PG-13 For Crude Sex-Related Humor and Dialogue, Alcohol and Drug-Related Scenes

94 minutes

She’s The Man

...Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum

What it’s about: Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, She’s The Man follows Viola Hastings, a soccer-playing tomboy who impersonates her brother, Sebastian, so she can join his school’s team. During her stay, she develops a crush on her roommate and team captain, the sweet but awkward Duke Orsino.

Viola finds herself in a hairy situation when she ends up helping Duke win over a girl even as she finds herself falling for him – all while he remains blissfully unaware that Sebastian is actually a girl!

Why it made the list: Amanda Bynes’ comedic chops really shine through in this film, and it’s hilarious seeing her try her best to cover up her girl-ness!

It's hard enough being the nerdy new guy on campus without also being the new girl on campus, who has fallen for the coolest guy on campus. Viola Johnson had her own good reasons for disguising herself as her twin brother Sebastian and enrolling in his place at his new boarding school, Illyria Prep. She was counting on Sebastian being AWOL from school, while he tried to break into the music scene in London. What she didn't count on was falling in love with her hot roommate, Duke, who in turn only has eyes for the beautiful Olivia. Making matters worse, Olivia is starting to fall for Sebastian, who -- for reasons Olivia couldn't begin to guess -- appears to be the sensitive type of guy she'd always dreamed of meeting. If things weren't complicated enough, the real Sebastian has come back from London two days earlier than expected and arrives on campus having no clue that he's been replaced -- by his own twin sister.

A Cinderella Story

...Starring: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, Regina King

What it’s about: In this modern-day twist on Cinderella, high schooler Sam is forced to live with and work for her evil stepmother at the family diner. As an outcast, she finds solace in confiding with her mystery penpal. But when the two finally meet up, their vast differences (and Sam’s evil stepfamily) complicates things for her.

Why it made the list: Jennifer Coolidge’s performance as Sam’s stepmother is so frustratingly good you’ll find yourself both annoyed and excited to see her on screen!

Cute but geeky high-school student Samantha Martin (Hilary Duff) is knocked off her feet by her father's untimely death, which leaves his diner and Samantha's well-being in the care of Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), Sam's thoroughly wicked stepmother. Not one to take on such menial tasks as dishwashing and mopping floors, Fiona exploits Sam's dependence as a method of hoisting any dirty work off her own shoulders. School is hardly a break for Samantha, particularly when Shelby (Julie Gonzalo) is around; spoiled, wealthy, and popular, Shelby treats Samantha nearly as badly as Fiona does. Samantha's life is irrevocably changed, however, by two events: a makeover of epic proportions and a sudden electronic correspondence with a mysterious young man. Due to a misplaced cell phone and a series of fateful coincidences, Samantha and her Prince Charming develop a romance through text messages and e-mails, and ultimately promise to meet face-to-face at the biggest school dance of the year. Of course, getting there doesn't go smoothly, and Samantha may miss her chance to meet her dream date -- none other than Austin (Chad Michael Murray), the most popular boy in school. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Step Up

...Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan

What it’s about: Just like in High School Musical, Nora and Tyler are from different worlds – she’s a ballet student, he’s a rebellious hip-hop dancer. But when Tyler is sentenced to community service at Nora’s school, their worlds collide. And as Nora discovers Tyler’s talent, she changes his life in more ways than one.

Why it made the list: Step Up introduced the world to Channing Tatum. And for that, we will forever be grateful.

An aspiring ballerina from a wealthy family learns some lessons about both dancing and life from a roughneck with soul in this teen drama. Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a rough section of Baltimore, and has been in and out of trouble with the law most of his life. Finding himself before the judge yet again, Tyler is sentenced to 200 hours of community service, and he ends up mopping floors at the Maryland School of the Arts. Tyler catches the eye of Nora (Jenna Dewan), a gifted ballet student who is trying to incorporate hip-hop moves into her classical routines. None of Nora's fellow students seem to be on the same page as her, but Tyler is a talented street dancer with strength, moves, and enthusiasm. Despite the misgivings of the school's administrators, Nora persuades Tyler to team up with her for a major class project. Tyler gains a new self-respect as he gives in to the discipline of the dance academy, but he wonders if this new opportunity means turning his back on who he really is. Matters become all the more complicated when Tyler and Nora realize they're falling in love. Step Up was the first directorial credit for choreographer Anne Fletcher, who designed dance routines for the films Bring It On, She's All That, and Boogie Nights. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

High School Musical

...Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman

What it’s about: Troy and Gabriella are from opposite worlds. Troy’s a basketball star, Gabriella’s a science nerd. Neither have any interest in musical theatre, but when the two hit it off doing karaoke at a New Year’s party, they can’t seem to escape the pull of music – and each other.

Why it made the list: Though released as a TV movie under the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) banner, High School Musical became so successful that the third and last film, High School Musical: Senior Year, became the first DCOM film to be released in theatres. Talk about bopping to the top!

The captain of the East High basketball team and the key member of the academic club shock the student body by teaming to audition for the upcoming school musical in a Disney Channel Original Movie that's all about being yourself and following your dreams. Troy (Zac Efron) is best known as the player who keeps the East High basketball team on the scoreboard. Of course, life isn't always about athletics, though, and as Troy slam-dunks on the boards, beautiful and brainy Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) is raising the reputation of East High as the key member of the school's successful academic team. Despite their outgoing natures, no one would ever peg Troy and Gabriella as theater types. When word gets out that this popular pair has secretly chosen to reach for the stars and try their luck on the stage, the students of East High are about to learn an important lesson in teamwork while gearing up for a musical performance that will have their audience dancing in the aisles.

Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist

...Starring: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings

What it’s about: If you liked To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’s fake boyfriend/girlfriend gimmick, you’ll love Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Following a chain of events that begins with Norah begging Nick to be her five-minute-boyfriend, the pair take a wild and unpredictable road trip across New York City, dodging annoying exes and hunting down their missing drunk friend.

Why it made the list: Crazy characters aside, one of the best things about Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is its soundtrack, featuring artists like Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, and We Are Scientists.

Michael Cera and Kat Dennings star as two lonesome teens who make a love connection as they prowl the streets of New York looking for their favorite band's secret show, as well as for their drunk friend Caroline. Norah is sick of being the doormat for her catty friend Tris, so rather than look like she's arrived at yet another concert without her unreliable ex-boyfriend-with-benefits Tal, she grabs a stranger and pretends he's her date. Unfortunately, that stranger is Nick -- whom Tris just dumped. Oddly enough, though, Nick and Norah seem to have a real connection. But is Nick still too hung up on the princess? The only way to find out is to spend all night combing Manhattan in a yellow Yugo

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  • PG-13 (for mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior)
  • Genre:
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
  • Peter Sollett
  • Written By:
  • Lorene Scafaria

Love, Simon

...Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Keiynan Lonsdale

What it’s about: When a mystery boy vents online about hiding his identity, closeted high schooler Simon Spier reaches out to him through email. The two slowly form a bond and Simon, burdened by his secret, finally feels like found someone he can be himself with. The only problem is, he has no idea who it is.

Why it made the list: While there are a lot of things to love about this film, it deserves extra praise for being one of the first gay teen rom-coms produced by a major Hollywood studio. Rarely do you ever see such a tender and sweet depiction of queer young love. Representation matters

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

...Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur

What it’s about: Lara Jean Covey has two secrets: First, she’s in love with her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. Second, she has written love letters to all five of her past crushes – Josh included. Her world is turned upside down when somebody finds and sends her letters, and she tries to dodge drama by convincing Peter Kavinsky – another recipient – to pretend to be her boyfriend. Slowly, though, the line between real and pretend blurs!

Why it made the list: While we haven’t had a decent rom-com in ages, this film’s release on Netflix seemed to mark the reemergence of the genre!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey's love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she's ever loved-five in all-- are mysteriously mailed out. From New York Times Bestselling Author, Jenny Han, the film adaption of the popular YA novel stars actress Lana Condor (Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Noah Centineo (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, The Fosters).