Looking for some quality films to take you back down memory lane? Whether you’re searching for the familiar hilarity that comes with high school or the nostalgic pang that evokes the long-forgotten memory of a first love, expect that you will never run out of good teen movies to choose from.
From romance to comedy to drama, there is a range of quality movies that are sure to bring you back into your teenage years. Sure, while the debate over which one reigns supreme may be everlasting, the discussion on which earned the most remains constant.
To let you know which quality films you should watch again, we have created a countdown of the 10 highest profiting teen movies of all time. Check them out below. Have you seen them all?
10. Mean Girls
Earnings: $86 million
This is the perfect way to start this list, right? Perhaps, it could be safely said, that Mean Girls marked the beginning of a new era for teen films. With their iconic lines that soon became the national banters of teens across the world, the movie is the ultimate go-to film for every sleepover.
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert, the movie isn’t just packed with a healthy line-up of girl-power stardom but also takes pride in its crude humor, hilarious sexual references, and a relatable representation of the internal politics of high school.
Overall, Mean Girls is said to have earned a total domestic gross of $86 million, making it the 10th highest profiting teen movie of all time.
9. American Pie
Earnings: $102 million
Before the hit Netflix series Sex Education, American Pie was the original ribald teen sex comedy film. Centering on the raging hormones of four teenage boys as they enter into a pact to lose their virginity before graduation, the film is your classic raucous comedy. It is loaded with a great cast of characters, a bit of charm, and a series of excruciating embarrassing scenes.
To date, even decades since the movies’ first release, its impact remains visible in a number of teen movies, such as the 40-Year-Old Virgin and Neighbours.
Overall, American Pie is said to have earned a total domestic gross of $102 million in 1999.
Earnings: $111 million
Of course, while the impact of American Pie is unquestionable, it wouldn’t be able to achieve the popularity it currently has without the original teen sex comedy film that inspired it, Porky’s.
Set in the 1950s, Porky’s centers on the lives and misadventures of students at the fictional Angel Beach High School in Florida. Grubby but highly entertaining, what sets the movie apart from American Pie is its more graphic content that features a great deal of nudity and explicit sex talks.
Upon its release, Porky’s is said to have earned a total of $111 million.
7. American Graffiti
Earnings: $115 million
An Academy Award-nominated classic, American Graffiti is one of the biggest teen movies you should not miss. Set in 1962, the film is a funny and bittersweet coming-of-age film that follows the story of a group of fresh high school graduates as they spend one final night before they go off to college.
Smart, warm, and nostalgic, American Graffiti is the ideal “classic car flick” that celebrates the vibrance of the teen-age 1950s amid the cruising and rock ‘n’ roll cultures.
Overall, the film is said to have garnered a staggering $115 million during its release, positioning it as one of the top-grossing teen movies of all time.
Earnings: $121 million
Coming up ahead of American Graffiti is none other than the 2007 coming-of-age teen comedy film Superbad. Starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the movie follows the classic “losing one’s virginity before going off to college” narrative but with an authentic take on friendship and the end of teenage innocence.
Surprisingly poignant, smart, and heartfelt, the movie comes as one of the most loved teen films, as it features clever humor and genuine sweetness.
5. The Fault in Our Stars
Earnings: $124 million
As you might have guessed, the movie adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars is one of the top-grossing teen films of all time.
Following the story of two teenage cancer patients, The Fault in Our Stars promises a thoughtful, sincere, and heartbreaking romance that delves on hope, love, death, and recovery. Loaded with smart and heartfelt dialogues and superb acting from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, it comes as a no surprise that the movie managed to earn a total of $124 million.
4. Save the Last Dance
Earnings: $131 million
Reveling in topics of love, passion, differences, and forgiveness, Save the Last Dance is another teen melodrama that combines elements of ballet and hip hop. In the story, an aspiring 17-year-old ballerina loses her zeal for dancing following the tragic death of her mother. Because of this, she decided to move in with her father, who lives in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She meets a young black man who shares the same passion for dancing.
Tragic, courageous, and sentimental, Save the Last Dance explores the themes of death, guilt, racial disparity, and recovery.
Overall, the film managed to earn $131 million during its release.
3. 21 Jumpstreet
Earnings: $138 million
This film features Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as they take on the roles of two officers who were forced to go back to their local high school as students in order to bust a drug ring. 21 Jumpstreet is a memorable teen, cop-action comedy that serves as the comedic re-imaging of the original 21 Jump Street.
Coming up as a funny and thoughtful satire of ’80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, the movie takes pride in its strong humor and bromance chemistry exemplified by the two leads as they confront the terrors that come with being teenagers again.
2. Spiderman: Homecoming
Earnings: $325 million
Coming up as number two is none other than the 2017 American superhero film Spiderman: Homecoming. Serving as a sequel to Captain America: Civil War and the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie follows the life of Peter Parker as he balances his life as an ordinary high school student and New York City’s ultimate superhero.
Exhibiting Tom Holland’s innocent charm as the newest Spiderman, the movie is a brilliant reimagination of the popular Marvel hero amid cheerful enthusiasm and teenage bewilderment.
Overall, the movie is said to have earned a whopping $325 million in theaters.
1. Twilight Series
Earnings: $3.3 billion
Surprised? Probably not. With an astounding reception and millions of copies sold, it comes as a no surprise the Twilight series stands as the top-grossing teen movies of all time.
Released in the fall of 2008, the introduction of Twilight comes as a cultural flashpoint that had transformed the landscapes of mainstream media and box office standards. Following the story of a teenage girl, as she confronts her feelings towards a glittery vampire, the movie franchise has signaled the resurgence of a tidal wave of interest in the paranormal – from hot vampires to shirtless werewolves.
Overall, with the film’s big impact on pop culture, it remains to be the undefeated king of the teen film realm, bearing a remarkable $3.3 billion in gross revenue.
Ready to feel that familiar roller coaster of emotions that defined your teenage years? Wild, hilarious, and heartfelt, these 10 highest profiting teen movies of all time are sure to give you the right dose of youthful enthusiasm and nostalgia you’re looking for.
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