Most Popular Teenage Protagonist Movies and TV Shows
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1. Blinded by the Light (2019)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.
Votes: 6,615 | Gross: $11.47M
2. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family
Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
Votes: 5,306 | Gross: $54.89M
3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Votes: 451,689 | Gross: $334.20M
5. Ready Player One (2018)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.
Votes: 315,102 | Gross: $137.69M
6. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 954,885 | Gross: $210.61M
7. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 802,690 | Gross: $408.01M
8. Spider-Man (2002)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Votes: 649,253 | Gross: $403.71M
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.
Votes: 497,067 | Gross: $290.01M
10. Your Name. (2016)
PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?
Votes: 143,139 | Gross: $5.02M
11. Descendants (2015 TV Movie)
TV-G | 112 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
The teenage son of the king and queen of Auradon offers the trouble-making children of villains a chance to attend prep school in the kingdom.
13. Mid90s (2018)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.
Votes: 29,730 | Gross: $7.36M
14. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.
Votes: 532,328 | Gross: $262.03M
15. Weird Science (1985)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.
Votes: 73,883 | Gross: $23.83M
16. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
Votes: 58,927 | Gross: $58.85M
17. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)
R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.
Votes: 14,301 | Gross: $0.02M
18. Hanna (2011)
PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.
Votes: 180,602 | Gross: $40.26M
19. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.
Votes: 102,299 | Gross: $40.49M
20. Dogtooth (2009)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.
Votes: 70,712 | Gross: $0.11M
21. The Croods (2013)
PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.
Votes: 179,212 | Gross: $187.17M
22. Nerve (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."
Votes: 104,874 | Gross: $38.56M
24. Fright Night (1985)
R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller
A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.
Votes: 54,504 | Gross: $24.92M
26. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
R | 84 min | Horror
Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.
Votes: 22,911 | Gross: $11.00M
27. Skam (2015–2017)
Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Romance
The story of young teenagers and pupils on Hartvig Nissens upper secondary school in Oslo, and their troubles, scandals and everyday life. Each season is told from a different person's point of view.
29. Ender's Game (2013)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.
Votes: 213,459 | Gross: $61.74M
31. The Kings of Summer (2013)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
Votes: 74,005 | Gross: $1.29M
33. Giant Little Ones (2018)
R | 93 min | Drama
Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.
Votes: 2,560 | Gross: $0.18M
34. Hot Summer Nights (2017)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.
35. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
Votes: 41,155 | Gross: $3.64M
39. What a Girl Wants (2003)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.
Votes: 55,777 | Gross: $35.99M
41. The New Guy (2002)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy
A high school senior branded uncool in the ninth grade gets himself expelled so he changes his image to cool kid at the town's other high school.
Votes: 32,250 | Gross: $28.97M
42. Monster Trucks (2016)
PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A young man working at a small town junkyard discovers and befriends a creature which feeds on oil being sought by a fracking company.
Votes: 13,915 | Gross: $33.37M
44. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance
A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Votes: 16,341 | Gross: $8.72M
46. That's So Raven (2002–2007)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A teenage girl periodically receives brief psychic visions of the near future. Trying to make these visions come true results in trouble, and hilarious situations, for the girl and her friends.
48. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.
Votes: 58,857 | Gross: $38.04M
49. Rumble Fish (1983)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
Votes: 29,388 | Gross: $2.49M
50. Super Dark Times (2017)
Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.
Votes: 14,868 | Gross: $0.03M