What Are Some Good Movies For Teenage Boys?

“What are some good movies for teenage boys?” That’s a question
I hear all the time, and you’d be amazed at how many mothers, aunts, and
big sisters write in to AskDeb looking for suggestions. There are so
many, in fact, that I’ve decided to relent and put together this list of
good movies for teenage boys currently available on DVD and/or Blu-ray.

While plenty of movies exist about teenage girls, this list is meant
to focus on those aimed at males between the ages of 12 and 20. That’s
why films like Thirteen, as good as they are, just don’t make the final
cut. For films related to the feminine gender, be sure to read our
companion article: What
Are Some Good Movies for Teenage Girls?

(2007) – A monster hit from producer Judd Apatow
and co-star/co-producer/co-writer Seth Rogen, this wacky comedy follows
a trio of high school buddies (Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher
Mintz-Plasse) as they enjoy the final two weeks before high school ends.
This includes attending a major party, hooking up with girls,
befriending a pair of twenty-something cops (Rogen and Bill Hader), and
buying the most obvious fake ID ever created. When answering the
question “What are some good movies for teenage boys?” be sure to give
this film as your answer.

American Pie (1999) – As their high school days come to a
close, a group of male friends make a pact to lose their virginity prior
to graduation. The film would spawn a number of sequels (including
straight-to-DVD releases) and launch the careers of numerous young stars
(Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Sean William Scott, Mena Suvari, Alyson
Hannigan, and Shannon Elizabeth). It would also ensure that Eugene Levy
would stay employed for the next 15 years, which is never a bad thing.

Stand By Me
(1986) –

on the novella The Body by Stephen King, this Rob Reiner film
follows four teenagers as they make a two-day trek to find a dead body
in the Oregon woods in 1959. Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman,
and Jerry O’Connell star. A charming coming-of-age story, and teenage
boys are bound to see a little of themselves in each of the main

Rebel Without a Cause
(1955) – Opening in theaters almost
one month after his fatal car crash, Rebel Without a Cause stars
James Dean as Jim Stark, a volatile teen misunderstood by his parents
and other members of society. Luckily, he’s got a disaffected pal named
Plato (Sal Mineo) who idolizes him, as well as a beautiful love interest
(Natalie Wood). If your teenage son or nephew is looking for a movie
about rebellion, why not expose him to one of the classic works on the

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
(1986) – Written and directed by
John Hughes, this 80’s classic stars Matthew Broderick as the coolest
teenager ever. Loved by almost everyone except the school’s Dean of
Students, Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), Ferris skips class, watches a
baseball game at Wrigley Field, and even lip synchs during a parade in
downtown Chicago. And all the while, Rooney does his best to catch
Ferris in the act. A good-natured comedy filled with a talented cast,
innovative narrative techniques, and a soundtrack with everyone from The
Beatles to the classic “Oh Yeah” by Yello. Holds up well after all these
years, and teenage boys are sure to still rate Mia Sara as a hottie.

(1995) – Wildly fascinating and sobering as hell,
is the kind of film that will cause parents to lock up their
children and never let them leave the house. Dealing with promiscuous
youngsters in New York City, the movie follows Jennie (Chloe Sevigny), a
teen recently diagnosed with HIV, as she searches for Telly (Leo
Fitzpatrick), the boy who infected her. Telly, by the way, has a policy
of only sleeping with virgins, rationalizing that it prevent him from
getting an STD. Also starring Rosario Dawson in her film debut, Kids
is an unflinching look at life on the streets, and issues such as drug
use, alcohol abuse, rape, and child molestation are frequently depicted.
Still, it provides a great opportunity to open a dialogue about some of
life’s more uncomfortable subjects.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
(2001) – The first
film adaptation of the long-running J.K. Rowling series, the
Philosopher’s Stone finds Harry Potter as a bespectacled 11-year-old
about to begin his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
Wizardry. Along with pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint),
Harry encounters a three-headed guard dog, a living chess set, and a
traitor intent on returning Lord Voldemort (the series’ chief
antagonist) to the land of the living. Later films in the series are
darker (and sometimes better), but any teen who hasn’t experienced this
fantasy series needs to start at the beginning. Co-starring Richard
Harris, Maggie Smith, and Alan Rickman.

River’s Edge (1986) – After murdering his girlfriend, a
teen brags about it to his pals and shows them the location of the body.
Inspired by a true story, the film stars Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves,
Ione Skye, and Daniel Roebuck as the teens, while Dennis Hopper plays a
local nut who’s all too eager to discuss his prior misdeeds. A good
movie for teens, although highly disturbing.

La Haine
(1995) – Three Parisian friends (Vincent Cassel,
Hubert Kounde, and Said Taghmaoui) try to make sense of their
surroundings in the aftermath of a riot. With violence and racism a
constant threat, the trio must contend with skinheads, undercover cops,
and the hopeless future of life in the ghetto. With a blistering
soundtrack provided by legendary French rap group Assassin, the
film–along with Mathieu Kassovitz–would capture a Best Director award
at Cannes. A must-see for fans of City of God.

The Lost Boys
(1987) – No list of good movies for teenage
boys is complete without this tale of youths taking on a gang of
California bloodsuckers in the late 1980s. Set to the strains of INXS,
Lou Gramm, and Echo & the Bunnymen, the film stars Jason Patric and
Corey Haim as brothers recently relocated from Arizona. When Michael (Patric)
falls for a local girl named Star (Jami Gertz), it draws the attention
of the spiky-haired David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his gang of
miscreants. Meanwhile, Sam (Haim) begins to notice the tell-tale signs
of vampirism all around him, and he must team with the Frog brothers
(Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) to clean up Santa Carla.

The Empire Strikes Back
(1980) – Before George Lucas went
completely mad and started churning out CGI train wrecks, fans of the
series were treated to this sci-fi masterpiece written by Lawrence
Kasdan/Leigh Brackett and directed by Irvin Kershner. Filled with
revelations, a series of cliffhanger moments, and the debut of both Yoda
and Boba Fett, Empire provides a more mature look at the ongoing
galactic struggle. Favorite moment: the gathering of all the bounty
hunters aboard Darth Vader‘s ship, including the mad droid IG-88 and the
reptilian Bossk.

The Basketball Diaries
(1995) – Based on the autobiography
of author/poet/musician Jim Carroll, The Basketball Diaries
features a powerful performance from Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role
as a high school basketball star who gets mired down in a life of heroin
abuse and prostitution. Co-starring Lorraine Bracco, Mark Wahlberg,
Bruno Kirby, and Ernie Hudson (aka the fourth Ghostbuster). For more
greatness from the late Jim Carroll, be sure to check out his 1980 debut
album, Catholic Boy (which includes the single “People Who

Boyz n the Hood
(1991) – John Singleton burst onto the scene
as a writer/director in this supercharged tale of violence and sexuality
in South Central Los Angeles. Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is the
virginal lead of the film, a young man planning for college despite
being surrounded by rampant drug use, drive-by shootings, and police
corruption. Both a commercial and critical success, the film co-stars
Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, and Angela

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