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The Best Teen Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Teen movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Teen movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Rock 'n' Roll High School

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6.7/10
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61/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Y Tu Mamá También

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7.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Romance, LGBTQ

What it's about: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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3. The Bridge

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8.0/10
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64/100
Released: 1959
Drama

What it's about: A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Philo, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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4. A Taste of Honey

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7.5/10
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62/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A working class girl struggles to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.70 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. A Brighter Summer Day

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8.4/10
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68/100
Released: 1991
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.70 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. First Desires

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4.7/10
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44/100
Released: 1983
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Three teenage girls decide to visit a romantic island and find love. They get shipwrecked and end up on different sides of the island. Each girl begins her own romantic adventure either with a man, a boy or even another girl.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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7. Smooth Talk

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6.5/10
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55/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Based on the short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", by Joyce Carol Oates, this film chronicles 15-year-old Connie's sexual awakening in the Northern California suburbs. Her experimentation gets out of hand when the mysterious Arnold Friend takes an interest in her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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8. Love You More

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7.1/10
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50/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Animation, Drama

What it's about: Two teenagers are drawn together by the Buzzcocks' single 'Love You More' during the summer of 1978.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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9. Mala Noche

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6.6/10
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55/100
Released: 1986
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: Mala Noche is the film debut from director Gus Van Sant. The film portrays the unanswered love of an American man toward a young Mexican man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Crazed Fruit

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7.3/10
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55/100
Released: 1956
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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11. The Last Tree

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6.5/10
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58/100
Released: 2019
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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12. Scrubbers

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5.5/10
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39/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend Doreen is being held. Carol's plan works, although she is devastated to find that not only has Doreen found herself a new girlfriend inside (who both taunt and tease Carol), when Annetta is arrested at the convent and sent to the same closed borstal, she assumes it was Carol who "grassed" her up and proceeds to plan her revenge. Carol finds protection in the form of inmate Eddie, while Annetta's constant bullying attempts keep her in solitary confinement; however, Carol's world is turned upside-down when Eddie is released from borstal and her protection is gone... Written by Rhino

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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13. Unknown Pleasures

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6.9/10
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63/100
Released: 2002
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Three disaffected youths live in Datong in 2001, part of the new "Birth Control" generation. Fed on a steady diet of popular culture, both Western and Chinese, the characters of Unknown Pleasures represent a new breed in the People's Republic of China, one detached from reality through the screen of media and the internet.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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14. The Madness of Youth

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6.9/10
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47/100
Released: 1960
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Jirô wanders the streets with friends committing petty crimes that gradually escalate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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15. The Learning Tree

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7.1/10
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50/100
Released: 1969Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The story, set in Kansas during the 1920's, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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16. Apart from You

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7.1/10
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53/100
Released: 1933
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: For Apart from You, Mikio Naruse turned his camera on the lives of working women, which he would continue to do throughout his long career. In this gently devastating drama, a critical breakthrough for the director, he contrasts the life of an aging geisha, whose angry teenage son is ashamed of her profession, with that of her youthful counterpart, a lovely young girl resentful of her family for forcing her into a life of ignominy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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17. The Sun's Burial

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46/100
Released: 1960
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin's gang. Shin's an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she's in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she's taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others' murderers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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18. Hoop Dreams

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72/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, fuboTV, Showtime & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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19. Youth in Fury

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40/100
Released: 1960
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A reckless student contemplates terrorism in a prescient film that confirmed Shinoda as a fearless member of Shochiku’s iconoclastic New Wave. At the height of student protests, Shimojo (Shinichiro Mikami) takes his aggressions to another level, beset by seemingly insoluble feelings of alienation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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20. Slacker

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66/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Austin, Texas, is an Eden for the young and unambitious, from the enthusiastically eccentric to the dangerously apathetic. Here, the nobly lazy can eschew responsibility in favor of nursing their esoteric obsessions. The locals include a backseat philosopher who passionately expounds on his dream theories to a seemingly comatose cabbie, a young woman who tries to hawk Madonna's Pap test to anyone who will listen and a kindly old anarchist looking for recruits.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.90 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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21. Mouchette

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1967
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A young girl living in the French countryside suffers constant indignities at the hand of alcoholism and her fellow man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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