20 Teen Romance Movies That Will Have You Swooning

Whether you are a self-proclaimed rom-com movie lover or you claim to hate these types of genre, we are all kinda guilty of enjoying a good teen romance every once in a while. Let’s be honest, what’s not to enjoy when you need is a simple, happy-ending movie after a day of stress? We’ve all been there: a high school romance drama (maybe you were the main subject or maybe you witnessed it), wanting to be seen by your ultimate crush, experiencing that puppy love… So grab some popcorn and jump onto our list of best teen romances out there!

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#20. The Kissing Booth

This is one of those movies that when I clicked “play”, I knew I was in for a cheesy and corny story. While that is exactly what was delivered, there was something special about the relationship between Elle Evans and Noah Flynn.

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To not give away too much of the film, we’ll give you the basics. Elle Evans is best friends with Lee Flynn, who was born at the same time and at the same hospital as her. Together, they make a friendship pact whereby they cannot date each other’s relatives. However, things change when Elle starts developing feelings for Lee’s older brother Noah.

#19. 10 Things I Hate About You

If you aren’t into the typical knight in shining armor and damsel in distress characters that most of the teenage romance movies have, you should definitely check out this movie. And if you happen to like the sibling relationship involved in The Kissing Booth, then this one is a must.

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This 1991 romantic film comedy is about a boy named Cameron, who is desperate to date Bianca, but who is strictly prohibited to date unless her older sister Kat is dating. To get around this, Cameron seeks bad boy Patrick and convinces him to take Kat on a date. Wanna know the rest? Watch it!

#18. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Another cheesy Netflix romantic comedy, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is another guilty pleasure that will give you the same butterflies as The Kissing Booth. Praised for being more racially diverse, this movie is about Lara Jean’s love letters being sent to their recipients by Lara’s little sister.

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Lara Jean had written these letters a while back with no intention for them to ever be sent out, but since her little sister Kitty feels like Lara is in desperate need of dating, it takes her no time to mail them. This results in a former crush, Peter Kavinsky, to convince her to actually date in order to make his ex-girlfriend jealous.

#17. Love, Simon

If you are tired of your typical girl and boy romance films and instead want something different, give Love, Simon a try. Praised as being heart-warming and life-affirming, this film revolves around Simon Spier’s high school life as he tries to hide the fact that he’s gay.

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As if trying to keep a part of himself a secret wasn’t hard enough, Simon also has to deal with a blackmailer that is threatening to reveal his sexuality to the whole school. Just to make everything more complicated, this young man is trying to figure out which classmate of his is the one that he has fallen in love with online.

#16. High School Musical

Come on, you couldn’t have expected this list to be complete without High School Musical, right? I mean, it’s iconic and even if you don’t like it, you kinda secretly do. We’ve all wanted at some point to be either Gabriella or Troy, singing your heart out and being part of all the drama.

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While we doubt you’ve never heard of HSM in your life before, let’s go over the main plot just in case. Gabriella meets Troy during a New Year’s Eve karaoke session and the two feel the chemistry right away. The story follows how their relationship develops at their High School while each is trying to focus on what they’ve always done (basketball for Troy and studying for Gabriella).

#15. Clueless

Clueless is the movie where the shallow, rich, beautiful and popular girl realizes that it’s not all about appearances. Cher Horowitz has been living with her dad in a huge mansion at Beverly Hills ever since her mother passed away during childbirth.

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She goes to Bronson Alcott High School, where she’s the typical IT girl. Like every popular girl, she has a best friend that is also rich and beautiful, Dionne Davenport. However, this year she decides to do something different: to take the new student Tai Frasier and give her a new makeover.

#14. American Pie

While the above movies might be more teen-friendly, this one is more for the older teens. American Pie is basically a teen sex comedy, which means that the funny parts of the movie are mostly about sexual situations and love affairs.

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The storyline is about a group of guys that make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate high school. At this point, you are probably wondering, well what does that have to do with a pie? Well, that comes from a scene in the movie where the protagonist is pleasuring himself with warm apple pie.

#13. Cruel Intentions

If the title of this movie isn’t enticing enough for you to go on your computer and search it up, let’s see if a quick synopsis will do. Cruel Intentions is about a group of rich teenagers that live in New York City, and like every movie or TV show with wealthy high schoolers, you know the drama is going to be big.

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While popular girl Kathryn promises to take care of naive Cecile, she actually intends to use Cecile to take revenge on her ex-boyfriend Court. How is Court related to Cecile, you might be wondering? Well, Court dumped Kathryn for Cecile.

#12. The Last Song

If you don’t remember the time when Miley Cyrus was all innocent (not that there’s anything wrong with where she’s now) and your typical Disney girl, go back and watch The Last Song. After all, this is where she met her spouse and famous hunk, Liam Hemsworth.

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Based on a Nicholas Sparks’ novel, this film is about the story of a complicated teenager (portrayed by Miley Cyrus) that reconnects with her father after visiting him in his beach house somewhere in the southern United States. Unsurprisingly, she falls in love with handsome Will (portrayed by Liam Hemsworth), whose mother disapproves of his romance.

#11. The Breakfast Club

Another classic that dates back to 1984, The Breakfast Club is about five teenagers that belong to very different high school cliques that come together in detention on a Saturday. The characters are portrayed by Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

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Each of the five students has their own stereotypes: John Bender is known as “The Criminal”, Clair Standish is “The Princess”, Brian Johnson is “The Brain, Andy Clark is “The Athlete”, and Allison Reynolds, who is a compulsive liar, is “The Basket Case”.

#10. Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Just by looking at the actors of this film you know it’s going to be a good romantic comedy. This is the story of two teenagers, Nick (portrayed by Michael Cera) and Norah (portrayed by Kat Dennings). These two meet when Norah asks Nick, who recently went through a breakup, to be her boyfriend for just 5 minutes.

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The whole movie is set within a very music-based atmosphere. Nick makes mix CDs for his ex-girlfriend given his broken heart, but these are then picked up by Norah after being discarded by the intended receiver herself. Norah ends up thoroughly enjoying the music in the tapes and developing an interest in their creator.

#9. The Fault In Our Stars

If you are looking for something that isn’t your typical teenage drama and instead are searching for something a little deeper, a little more meaningful and a little more heart wrenching, then The Fault In Our Stars is the movie you should be watching.

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Seen from Hazel Grace Lancaster’s perspective, this movie revolves around the story of two teenagers with cancer who happen to fall in love with each other and need to deal with the limited time they have left to indulge in one another’s comforting presence.

#8. Step Up

Are you looking for something that has more than just drama between a guy and a girl chasing each other? Try Step Up because this movie revolves around a lot more than just the romance, and that’s the amazing dance moves you’ll get to witness here.

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Like many romantic movies out there, this one involves a disadvantaged male protagonist Tyler Gage, who falls in love with privileged dancer Nora Clerk. Unsurprisingly, these two end up dancing with one another and the spark is undeniable.

#7. Can’t Hardly Wait

Can’t Hardly Wait is a 1998 American comedy that takes place in a high school graduation party (are you even surprised?). Known for having many actors who are currently very renowned but were not that well known back when the film was released, this is a film you need to watch if you love high school-themed 80’s movies.

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This story is about all the conflicting romance issues of your typical dramatic high school. You have Preston Meyers, a nerdy outsider who has been madly in love with Amanda Beckett for the past four years. And then you have Amanda, the most popular girl, trying to deal with her recent break up with jock Mike Dexter.

#6. A Walk To Remember

Nicholas Sparks’ novels are known for being super dramatic, super romantic, and super heart-wrenching. Well, A Walk To Remember is no exception and if you liked A Fault In Our Stars, make sure you watch this one because Mandy Moore’s performance is simply stunning.

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The story shows the two completely opposite lives of rebellious Landon Carter, who enjoys underage drinking and breaking the rules, and Jamie Sullivan, who is probably the most innocent girl in school and also the daughter of the local minister. You guessed it, these two end up falling in love.

#5. Save The Last Dance

If you watched 10 Things I Hate About You and just loved the character of Julia Stiles, then you better jump on board and watch Save The Last Dance too. This is a teen dance film that revolves around an interracial couple in Chicago who works together so that Sara Johnson, played by Stiles, is ready for a dance audition.

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The goal of Sarah Johnson, and probably of every person passionate in music, is to be admitted to Juilliard School, arguably the best performing conservatory in America. After her mother’s death in a fatal car accident, she moves in with her father in Chicago, where most of the film takes place.

#4. A Cinderella Story

If you were born before the 2000s then you probably are very, very familiar with Hilary Duff. She was iconic back in the day; no matter where you looked, whether it was in a movie or in a TV series, Hilary Duff would be there on the screen, and A Cinderella Story was no exception.

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The movie is based on the very famous folk story Cinderella. However, in this modern adaptation, the two main characters meet through the internet and become pen pals. They agree to reveal who they are in their high school’s much anticipated Halloween dance.

#3. Twilight

Come on, you couldn’t expect our list to be complete without Twilight. Whether you love the saga or not, it is a must that you watch the films (or read the books) to make sure whether you are team Edward or team Jacob. Trust me, you want to know if you’d rather be saved by a werewolf or a vampire.

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In case you are completely oblivious with the plot of this super famous saga, Twilight is about how the life of teenager Bella Swan (starred by Kristen Stewart) forever changes upon her arrival in Washington State where she meets mysterious teen Edward Cullen, who definitely is like nothing she’s ever seen before.

#2. Grease

Grease is just one of those classics that you must watch even if you have no idea what it’s about. The film was released back in 1978 and it is based on the 1971 musical of the same name. The main characters are greaser Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson.

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Not surprisingly, our two main characters fall in love at the beach and the film revolves around the relationship that these two develop at Rydell High School. Like your typical romance film, we have the girls’ clique The Pink Ladies, and the male greaser gang T-Birds.

#1. Romeo And Juliet

Now, for the grand finale, we have a romance film that is probably the story that gave birth to teenage romance. Even if you are the type of person that isn’t into older movies, we heavily suggest that you give the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet a try.

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If you do, be prepared for the heart-wrenching finale that William Shakespeare wrote back in 1595 because even if you are familiar with it, watching it on the screen makes your heart ache just a little bit. After all, this is a tragedy and we all know that tragedies are not known for happy endings.

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