O-M-G! Have you seen the teen romance movies streaming on Netflix? From good teenage romcoms to more serious dramas, you can find plenty of teen love movies on Netflix to get your heart pumping. Whether you’re looking to deep dive into the ennui of high school drama romances or lose yourself in a dance competition, you’ll find all the best teen dramas on Netflix right here. Watch out for classic teen romantic comedy movies as they cycle through Netflix. Especially if you’re looking for good movies for your next big sleepover? or date night?
All the Bright Places (2020)
Based on the international bestselling young adult fiction novel by Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places tells the story of high school students, Violet (Elle Fanning) and Theodore, who likes to go by his last name, Finch (Justice Smith), both of whom are suffering from mental illness caused by trauma in their pasts. It’s a tender love story, growing from two broken people who, together, begin the process of healing. The film is both gentle and heartbreaking, and a rare entry in the excess of teen Netflix originals that truly tries to handle mental health with care.
Easy A (2010)
Ah, high school, otherwise known as the rumor mill—the perfect venue for English teachers everywhere to assign out readings of The Scarlet Letter, and excellent grounds for a comedy about a teenage girl who takes her reading assignment of the book a little too seriously. In this early Emma Stone movie, the actress plays a teenager named Olive who, when a lie about losing her virginity spreads like wild fire, embroiders an “A” on all of her clothing and starts up a little business that lets her classmates spread rumors about their (not true) sexual exploits for money. Irresistibly funny and charismatic in the role, Stone shines in this star-making moment. Largely due to her performance and the movie’s cues taken from John Hughes classics before it, Easy A is a sex comedy that actually deserves an A+ for being as smart and witty as it is.
The Half Of It (2020)
In the small town of Squahamish, Ellie Chu agrees to write love letters for Paul Munsky so he can impress popular girl Aster. However, the whole situation gets messy as she comes to terms with own feelings for Aster.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
One of Julia Roberts’ earliest roles, Mystic Pizza is a cult classic. The romantic comedy follows teenagers Kat (Annabeth Gish), Daisy (Julia Roberts), and Jojo (Lily Taylor) as they experience life and love while working at the titular pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut. A favorite among teenagers at the time, Mystic Pizza features charming turns from all three of its leads, especially Julia Roberts, who was just beginning to show off her megawatt smile and personality that would come to define her career. The movie is not without its cheese (no pun intended), but the characters are easy to root for, their problems are very relatable, and there’s plenty of shots of pizza; what’s not to love? Mystic Pizza is a nostalgic, romantic delight that never gets old.
After hearing about a teen in Indiana who is banned from her prom due to wanting to bring a girl as her date, a group of Broadway stars looking to rehabilitate their image decide to come to her rescue with mixed results.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s outstanding comic didn’t find much of an audience upon its release, but over the years it has grown into a cult classic. The movie follows Scott Pilgrim (Cera), a sweet if slightly selfish and misguided young man who falls for delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Winstead). He can only continue to date her if he defeats her seven evil exes. Scott’s comfortable with the video game framework, but the film is really about two people discovering they have to get over their own baggage if they’re going to find new love. Wright decorates the whole picture with video game tropes and fun little nods, but never loses sight of the core romantic story. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is funny, effervescent, and only gets better on repeat viewings.
Two students in the debate club decide to work together so they can get into their dream schools and discover that there’s more to each other than they originally thought.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s novella of the same name, Stardust is a whimsical, magical adventure through a fantasy land where stars crash to earth in human form, space pirates navigate the air, and the ghosts of the monarchy are entertained by fratricide. Long before he was Daredevil Charlie Cox charmed as Tristan Thorn, a young man who journeys to a magical land to capture a fallen star (Claire Danes) and finds adventure and romance lying beyond the wall he was told to never cross. Stardust is playful and fun to boot, with a vibrant performance from Michelle Pfiefferas a badass witch on the quest for immortality. All in all, Stardust has everything you want from a fantasy adventure, from wild imagination to sweeping romance to Robert De Niro as a space pirate.
Lady Bird (2017)
The dizzying, frustrating, exhilarating rite of passage that is senior year of high school is the focus of actress Greta Gerwig’s first directorial effort, the story of girl named Lady Bird (her given name, in that “it’s given to me, by me”) who rebels against everyday Sacramento, California life to obtain whatever it is “freedom” turns out to be. Laurie Metcalf is an understated powerhouse as Lady Bird’s mother, a constant source of contention who doggedly pushes her daughter to be successful in the face of the family’s dwindling economic resources. It’s a tragic note in total complement to Gerwig’s hysterical love letter to home, high school, and the history of ourselves.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his beloved novel will take you back to adolescence in a way many coming-of-age films aim to capture but not all can. The film, about an introverted high school freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) discovering where he fits in for the first time when he befriends a group of outsider seniors (Ezra Miller, Emma Watson), while he feels forced to cope with his best friend’s suicide and mental illness in private, will take you back to all of the feelings you felt at 16. Lerman’s endearing portrayal, as well as each character’s own delicate experience, the heartwarming dialogue ripped from the text, and that tender soundtrack, are more than enough to have you nostalgic for drives around your hometown and desperate to put on an 8-track and have a good cry. If you let it, it’ll make you “feel infinite.”
To All the Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You
Just as Peter K. and Lara Jean continues to blossom, one of her old crushes shows up in her life again and she has some big decisions to make.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
What if your private letters to your crushes weren’t private, but wound up in the hands of aforementioned crushes? It’s a teen’s nightmare! But maybe—just maybe!—this story, which is based on Jenny Han’s best-selling YA novel of the same name, will turn out to have a happy ending. With strong performances from young leads Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the rare Netflix original movie with enough heart and sincerity to overcome its flaws.