The films we love as teenagers stay with us for the rest of our lives, no doubt about it. The films on this list meant everything to me throughout the ages of 13 – 19. I would obsess over them, reblog endless quotes on tumblr. I would watch them when I was happy, sad, whatever teenage emotion I was feeling. These films got me through it all. I’ve tried my hardest to describe what each film means to me, but as I’m sure you know, the feelings that your favourite films from years past give you are hard to pin down with words.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
I’m pretty sure that anyone born in the mid-late 90s can agree that this film has a lot of significance for our generation. It’s not an overstatement to say that this film 100% changed my life as a young teen. I watched it repeatedly, and the soundtrack still gives me goosebumps. I also can’t listen to Come on Eileen without seeing this dance in my head.
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Another film that, if you were anything like I was, probably reminds you of endless hours of scrolling on tumblr. Another film with a soundtrack that gives me ALL the feelings of nostalgia.
Winona Ryder was basically my everything when I was fifteen, and Heathers still remains one of my all-time favourite films.
The Thing Called Love (1993)
This underrated gem of a film was my obsession back in 2014. It had everything I loved: Sandra Bullock, River Phoenix (who I have a cat named after), and country music. As a teenager who did nothing except write songs in her bedroom, this film was a dream.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Kate Winslet with the blue hair and orange hoodie was all I aspired to be. Years later I dyed my hair blue, realized that it was near impossible to fade when I decided to change the colour, and cursed this film. I still adore it to this day, though.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Everything about this film captivated me when I was a teenager. The costumes, the soundtrack, but mainly the SCORE. The score is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future was my favourite film when I was thirteen. There was even a month where I watched the entire trilogy every single night. To me, it marks the beginning of my teenage years.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Trainspotting marks the end of my teenage years. There comes a time in every British teen’s life when they first discover this film. For me, it was a few weeks before my eighteenth birthday while stuck in bed with a serious bout of the flu.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Everything about this film reminds me of being fourteen. I think I must have watched it well over a hundred times.
Les Miserables (2012)
When Les Miserables came out, I was rehearsing for a youth production of the musical and I was OBSESSED. I went to the costume exhibition, I played the soundtrack on repeat for months. This film literally became my world. I don’t know where the time’s gone since my teen years, but Les Miserables never fails to transport straight back to them.
What films made your teen years? Let me know!