14 Amazing Teen Movies Like Clueless
Films like Clueless are a celebration of strong, independent women. They manage to strike a chord in the hearts of many. This film is still a strong cultural influence 20 years after its release.
A gem like this movie is hard to find. But do not fret, I’ve got you covered. Being a huge fan, I’ve compiled a list of works that are similar to Clueless. Let’s take a look.
14 Teen Films Like Clueless
- She's All That
- Mean Girls
- Bring It On
- Can't Hardly Wait
- Pretty in Pink
- Easy A
- Legally Blonde
- Never Been Kissed
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- The Breakfast Club
- Cruel Intentions
1. She’s All That
A popular high school guy makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into a prom queen. Can he do the seemingly impossible?
This film is made with teenagers in mind. It clearly targets only a certain age group. Having said that, this film will not disappoint you even if you’re an adult.
The story is very predictable. You can guess what’s coming from miles away. Still, it’s pretty entertaining. Give it a go.
2. Mean Girls
The plot revolves around Cady Heron, a new girl who moves in from Africa. She begins going to public school for the first time, but can't stay away from a clique known as the Plastics. When she makes the mistake of falling in love with the leader's ex-boyfriend, they decide to take revenge on her by any means possible.
As a 23 year old guy, I’m not big fan of teen movies. Mean Girls, however, isn’t exactly your typical entry in the genre. Cady’s story is relatable and genuine. You’ll root for her all the way through.
Cynics will point out that it’s just a rehash of Heathers. While I love that movie, this film has toppled it in every way. The plot is creative and thought provoking. There are good performances all around. If you’re looking for a great teen movie, give this one a go.
3. Bring It On
Directed by Peyton Reed, Bring It On is the story of a cheerleading squad that finds out that they have to perform without their best routine as it has been stolen by their previous captain. With no help in sight, they must do something before the upcoming competition.
I loved this one for its sharp and smart storytelling. Props to the writer Jessica Bendinger for doing an amazing job. It makes a clear effort to stay away from the cliché teen relationship tropes that are often shoved down our throats. Cheesiness does creep in every once in a while, but those moments don’t ruin an otherwise brilliant piece of entertainment.
4. Can't Hardly Wait
There isn’t much to talk about this movie. Whatever little there is, however, is beautifully executed.
The plot revolves around a couple of high school kids at a graduation party. They all have different agendas. Some want to get laid, while others take it as an opportunity for sweet revenge.
Without a typical cheesy storyline, this movie is fairly intriguing. The characters are relatable as you want to know what they’re up to. It's guaranteed that you will laugh all the way through.
The plot revolves around an intelligent teen who teams up with a rebel to get rid of a nasty clique. Things spiral out of control pretty soon as plans are made to kill every member of the clique, including her.
A bit of drama, some scares, romance, and rebellion—Heathers mixes these elements in just the right proportions. The result is a classic, chaotic teen movie that never lets up the pace once it gets going.
This is easily one of the best high school films of the 80s. The plot is definitely darker than most entries in the genre. Still, the chuckles are guaranteed. With spectacular direction and amazing casting, this movie cements its place as one of the best out there.
6. Pretty in Pink
A not-so-popular girl must choose between her childhood sweetheart or a new, rich guy at her school.
The 80s will always be remembered for some amazing teen flicks. It was the era when those movies ruled. With John Hughes at the helm, things couldn’t possibly go wrong. Most of his movies are entertaining, and this one is no different.
With a witty screenplay and an amazing cast, Pretty in Pink has cemented its spot as one of the must-watch classics.
7. Easy A
The plot is about Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone), who spreads rumors at school about losing her virginity. When she starts helping out more of her classmates by lying that she slept with them, her social status degrades. She must figure out a way to save face before getting expelled from school.
Teen movies are mostly about losing virginity, geeks getting girls, and other tropes that we’ve grown used to. Not this one though. Easy A brings something fresh to the table that will have you chuckling all the way through.
Emma Stone gives us a relatable and genuine character that you can root for. She’s charming, witty, and amazing as usual. Call me biased, but it's the truth. She carries the whole film on her shoulders. Of course, a good supporting cast and tight writing is also worth noting. Easy A is certainly worth giving a shot.
8. Legally Blonde
Elle Woods has everything you could ask for—a caring boyfriend and a life of luxury. Things take a drastic turn when she gets dumped. In a bid to get her love back, she decides to follow him to law school. Once there, she realizes that life isn’t as easy as it was back home. She must fight for what she thinks is hers.
Most female-centric movies are about showing that women are equal to men in every way. They can stand up to anything that the situation demands. There have been a ton of movies with these tropes so Legally Blonde surprised me. I didn't expect much from it. However, it turned out to be an intelligent movie with a great storyline.
9. Never Been Kissed
Never Been Kissed is the story of Josie Geller, who gets a chance to be promoted from an editor to a reporter. It becomes pretty clear that she gets more than she bargained for when she risks losing her job.
It’s an enduring, heartwarming story that wins you over within the first few minutes. While this movie is billed as a comedy, most moments are more bittersweet than funny. If you’re in for a comedy, you’re out of luck. On the other hand, if you love some serious romance, you’ll love what this film brings to the table.
Can a story be enjoyable without any sex, violence, or even a villain? Emma is a perfect example of a touching and endearing story being successfully told without any of those elements.
The plot revolves around Emma Woodhouse, a charming young lady who loves to play matchmaker for the whole town. She unites men and women who are not right for each other. Things get complicated when she finally realizes who she loves.
Given the limitations of film, I don’t know what else director Douglas McGrath could have done to adapt the novel more precisely. He has done some amazing work. Gwyneth Paltrow is charming as Emma Woodhouse. The supporting cast must be praised for their contributions as well.
11. 10 Things I Hate About You
Bianca Stratfort is dying to go out with the guy she has a crush on. To do that however, she must find someone for her older sister—a tough, mean girl no one would dare to date. As the family rule says, you can’t date until your older sister does. Will she go out with anyone?
This movie is funny, heartwarming, and enjoyable all the way through. Some critics say that it’s predictable. Most romantic comedies are due to their happily-ever-after endings. The characters here at least feel genuine. Thankfully, the jokes always stay fresh and original, never stooping low just to score a few more chuckles.
It may be predictable, but it is still better than the tons of mediocre teen comedies that have come out. If you’re looking for some funny movies, 10 Things I Hate About You should be right up your alley.
In the tiny town of Beumont, rock music and dancing have been banned. When Ren McCormack moves in from Chicago, he takes up the task of reintroducing everyone to some fun.
This is a silly and lighthearted movie with an unlikely plot that will still be able to connect with audiences, especially teenagers. It does take some time to find its groove. Once it does, it’s pretty enjoyable.
Don’t pay attention to the negativity around it. Footloose has a lot to offer.
13. The Breakfast Club
If you were a teenager in the 80s, you must’ve heard the name John Hughes a lot. He made tons of amazing movies, mostly revolving around teens. The Breakfast Club is no different.
The film is the story of five high school students who are sentenced to detention on a Saturday. They don’t have anything to talk about in the beginning. Once they get to know each other, it turns out that they have more in common than they initially thought.
14. Cruel Intentions
This is one of those movies that you’ll hate yourself for loving. The plot revolves around two manipulative and seductive step-siblings who always get what they want. The brother bets that he will deflower the headmaster’s daughter. If he wins, he’ll get the only girl he could never get—his step-sister. If he loses, she’ll get his Jaguar Roadster.
You sure as hell don’t want to miss out on how everything turns out. This is an intelligent movie with a very dark and unexpected ending.
Do you think I missed out on any good films? Let me know in the comments section.