Find Out What Teen Movie Was Released the Year You Were Born

Time to watch the classics!
by Macy Alcaraz   |  Jul 25, 2017
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  1. Clueless (1995)

In this Amy Heckerling film adapted from the 1816 Jane Austen novel Emma, Alicia Silverstone plays the iconic teen Cher decked in designer threads and gives a satirical look at the rich high school girls of Beverly Hills. If scenes look familiar, you might remember how Iggy Azalea's music video "Fancy" was a tribute to this movie. So if you're totally buggin', you'll want to haul ass to your room to watch this movie. Plus, check out how Paul Rudd has remained a major Baldwin (really cute guy in Cher-speak) all these years!

  1. The Craft (1996)

Light as feather, stiff as a board. Ever wonder what it's like to be a teenage witch? This movie starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Skeet Ulrich (yes, Jughead's dad!) is not your usual teen film. When a new girl starts high school in a new city, she befriends a trio who are dabbling in witchcraft and obsessed with the occult. Imagine all the possibilities: a spell to make your crush fall in love with you; get back at that bully who's giving you a hard time in school; basically, conjure up anything you want. But what happens when things get out of hand? Black magic definitely has its consequences.

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  1. Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997)

Not exactly a teen movie but this hilarious film stars Lisa Kudrow (FRIENDS) and Mira Sorvino (Intruders) as best friends trying to reinvent themselves at their 10-year high school reunion. Because they want to impress their high school batchmates they make up elaborate lies to cover up for their seemingly boring lives. Who invented Post-Its? Find out when you watch this movie!

  1. Pleasantville (1998)

When two siblings (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) get transported to the 1950s from the 1990s, things can get pretty interesting. After a service repairman hands them a magical remote control, they get zapped into the perfect world of Pleasantville, where everyone is, well, pleasant. They're a long way from home and in order to fit in, they need to adjust to the societal norms of a place where everything seems perfect—on the surface anyway.

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)


It’s Shakespeare like you've never experienced before. Loosely based on the play The Taming of the Shrew, sisters Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) Stratford are complete opposites. Kat is a senior who loves indie rock and feminist lit and wouldn’t be caught dead enjoying anything mainstream. Bianca is the gorgeous popular sophomore everyone wants to date except she isn't allowed to. It's love at first sight for new student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) when he sees Bianca. So when Kat and Bianca’s dad change the rules (Bianca can long as her sister does, too), Cameron devices an elaborate plan to get someone to take Kat out—the mysterious bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger)—in hopes that his dream girl will say yes to a date with him.

  1. Bring It On (2000)

Who doesn't love school spirit? Cheerleading is serious business in this movie that stars Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, and Gabrielle Union. When the defending high school cheerleading champions Toros find out that their flawless routines were actually stolen from a rival hip-hop squad from East Compton, they have to work doubly hard to prove that they've got what it takes to take the top spot. All together now: Brr, it's cold in here. There must be some toros in the atmosphere!

  1. Save the Last Dance (2001)

When aspiring ballerina Sara (Julia Stiles) loses her mother, her dreams slowly fall apart. She's forced to move in with her father in Chicago where she can't seem to fit in. She befriends Chenille (Kerry Washington) who shows her the way around the city. Somehow dance finds its way back into her life and she falls in love in the process. Will her dreams finally be fulfilled or will she turn her back on them?

  1. A Walk to Remember (2002)

Who hasn't fallen in love with the story of Jamie (Mandy Moore) and Landon (Shane West)? When popular guy Landon gets into trouble and is forced to take up community service, he comes across the town reverend's daughter Jamie and slowly forms a friendship with her. The love story is unexpected and unfolds into one of the most heartbreaking moments in teen movie history.

Which ones have you seen already? What are your favorite teen classics? Leave a message below or tweet us @candymagdotcom to share your faves!

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