First crush, first love, and vulnerabilities. Butterflies in the stomach, while our hearts skip beats. Being a teenager was beautiful, wasn’t it? Even the smallest things would get us all excited, and falling in love was so damn easy. No matter who you were or where you were in school, you’ll surely have at least one story about your love life. It could be a major heartbreak, a rejection, a regret or maybe even the best decision of your life.
We’ve all been there. Now I’m sure most of us would never want to revisit our teenage years and especially not the childish romance part of it because you know we’re adults now who seek meaningful relationships (at least that’s what we tell ourselves). But still, we find ourselves being drawn to teenage dilemmas of love that are portrayed in so many movies. The best part is we get to see these from a distance and say “Hah! I did that too” or “Man, I dodged a bullet in school.” Whatever your reasons may be, we’ve made a list of really good teen romance movies on Netflix that are available for streaming.
15. Irreplaceable You (2018)
‘Irreplaceable You’ is about a couple, Abbie and Sam, who have known each other since they were kids. But when Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she decides to find a new lover for Sam which eventually makes her realize that they’re meant to be together forever and they’re both irreplaceable. The movie can be dull and a little flat at times but by the end, it will still leave you a little teary-eyed and will surely touch your heart.
14. Some Freaks (2016)
Matt is a one-eyed high school senior who falls in love with an extremely overweight girl named Jill. After graduation Jill moves to a new city for college. When they meet the next time Gill has completely transformed herself by losing weight. Matt does not seem to handle that well and Jack’s behavior towards her new look makes Jill reconsider their relationship. What follows is a funny and dramatic story of the couple who try to figure out who they truly are and how that aligns with what others think about them. This movie will surely bring back memories of being insecure as a teenager and for those who were bullied and called misfits, this one will be very relatable.
13. According to Greta (2009)
Greta (Hilary Duff) is a depressed teenager who’s almost on the verge of pulling the plug and ending her life. She is sent to live with her grandparents for the summer where she falls for a cook who has had some history as a juvenile. This infuriates her grandparents and they start pressurizing her to keep her away from the guy she loves. Done with the constant harassment and pressures from everyone around her, Greta decides to commit suicide on a boating trip that will completely change the lives of everyone who knew her. The movie is narrated by Greta herself in the form of notes in her diary and she does that in the most beautiful way. Overall the movie has a great soundtrack, some amazing quotes you won’t forget and heart touching story.
12. The Outcasts (2017)
Two geeky best friends Mindy and Jodi are always victims of pranks by the other kids. When one day the “Queen Bee” of the school pulls off a very embarrassing prank on the two, the best friends build an army of other victims like them. All of them then come together as the outcasts of the school to get their revenge, meanwhile, a love story thrives between Mindy and Jodi. The movie has a lot of humor, wit, and fun but at times may come off as a ‘Mean Girls’ rip off.
11. You Get Me (2017)
The story revolves around Tyler’s life who is a high schooler madly in love with his girlfriend Ali. When Ali ends up breaking up with him over a very big fight between the two, Tyler turns to Holly and ends up sleeping with her. But the next day, a shit storm unfolds when Ali also wants to have Tyler back and Holly too has taken a transfer to their school, now determined to have Tyler all for herself. This one will remind you of all the wrong choices that you made back in the day and ended up in some serious trouble. Acting out of our feelings was common for us when we teenagers, but it did not necessarily lead us to the best places.
10. Heathers (1988)
This one takes a whole dark approach to the teen romance genre. Remember being in school and hanging out with people you didn’t like but you still did because you did not have a choice and just wanted to look cool? Veronica’s story is somewhat similar. She hangs out with a group of girls called “The Heathers” but she totally despises them to an extent where she would be willing to kill them. When she starts dating a psychopath named Jason Dean, the two get together to kill all the members of “The Heathers” one by one and cover them up as suicides. If satire is your thing, then do not miss out on this one.
9. Rip Tide (2017)
‘Rip Tide’ is the story of a teenage model name Cora who falls prey of the paparazzi and a damaging video of hers goe viral. Her parents decide to send her to Australia to her Aunt Margot to get her away from this mess and that’s where she meets her love interest, a guy named Tom. The movie does a great job in showing the wonderful transition Cora’s life goes through and gives hope that no matter how bad things may seem at a certain point of our life, things will always get better slowly. But the characters of the movie lack substance and the film could’ve progressed in a more subtle way. But still overall its quite an inspiring story with a dash of romance in it.
8. Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)
Sierra Burgess is a typical high school teenager who’s insecure about the way she looks. She sees herself as a complete loser and hates the other high school girls who obsess over their looks. Things get really complicated for her when she starts texting a good looking high school jock anonymously who believes that she is someone else. And that someone else is the most popular girl in school. All this leads to Sierra and the popular girl teaming up to win the hearts of their crushes together. Along the way, they realize harsh realities about each other and gain each other’s sympathy to become really good friends. Things start to get really complicated but in the end, everyone learns a lesson. The movie could’ve been really good like other Netflix teen flicks that came around the same time. But what the movie was trying to show turned out to be the complete opposite of what they portrayed and all of it made the protagonist Sierra Burgess look like the villain of the story because of the way she treats everyone. But you might have a very different opinion about that, so do give it a shot.
7. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015)
Naomi and Ely have been lovers since forever even though Ely is not exactly straight. But things get really complicated between them when the two fall for the same guy. Being almost inseparable their entire lives, now the bond between the two will be tested to its limits as the two try to find themselves and also the true value of each other’s presence in their lives. Overall the movie is more or less a typical teen movie and is enjoyable at times. Other than that the movie has nothing more to it, no cheesy drama, no emotions, no sense of humor that’ll make you rewind and watch a particular scene again, it’s just a good time killing teen romance.
6. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Everything eventually comes to an end and so did high school, unless you failed way too many times. Even then it did eventually end. For some of us, it wasn’t the best feeling to say goodbye to the good old school days but for some, they were just glad that were out of the hell hole. This exactly what the characters of high school musical feel in the third installment of the movie when it’s their senior year and it’s time to move ahead with a new life. Meanwhile, Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) are troubled by the idea of being separated after school and they share their fears, sorrows, and insecurities about it. But not just them, but pretty much everyone is going through mixed feelings about starting a whole new life and getting outside their comfort zones. Leaving a phase of your life behind whether it was good or bad, can be really hard sometimes and this movie reminds us of that.
5. Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Even the smallest events of our lives can either make us who we want to become or completely break us, shattering all our dreams. Charlie’s life changes completely when his younger brother dies in a car accident. The incident gives him the ability to see the dead and because of that Charlie starts working at a local cemetery so that he can meet his brother every day. But when a girl named Tess enters his life, he has to choose between her or his deceased brother. The film has great cinematography and the story has a great twist at the end. The movie seems a little dull at times but overall is a very heart touching story about loss and love.
4. The Kissing Booth (2018)
As typical as this one maybe it’s still surprisingly catchy and will keep you entertained. ‘The Kissing Booth’ is the story of a teenager named Elle who ends up locking lips with her longtime crush Noah at a kissing booth. But Noah happens to be the brother of Elle’s childhood best friend, Lee. Sparks do fly between Elle and Noah but the two try really hard to keep their relationship as secretive as possible so that Lee does not find out about them. But he does catch them red-handed one day and hell breaks loose not just between Noah and Lee but also between Noah and Elle, who went far beyond breaking their friendship code.
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3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is another Netflix teen romance flick that recently came out and literally blew up all over the internet. The movie revolves around the life of Lara who writes letters to all her crushes but never really sends those letters to any of them and keeps them hidden in a box instead. When someone discovers those letters in her room and sends them to all her past crushes, her life becomes extremely chaotic. She now has to deal with not just one but two of the guys who happened to be on her list of ex-crushes. But along the way, she does find love and also finds value in her relationship with her sister.
2. An Education (2009)
‘An Education’ is the story of a young school girl who falls in love with a man twice her age which starts to change her entire life. Everything seems to be going on fine between them until she finds out a shocking truth about the man and his intentions. The entire movie seems to be very thoughtful and deep. Even the title ‘An Education’ probably implies to the lessons the protagonist learns outside her school. The film also touches a few social issues here and there, other than just being a coming of age film. This film can be viewed by an audience from almost any demographic as it offers a lot more than just teen romance.
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1. Alex Strangelove (2018)
‘Alex Strangelove’ is the kind of movie you’ll end up watching just to kill time but by the time it’s over, you’ll have big beads of tears rolling down your cheeks. The movie is about a high school teenager who has an almost perfect life with great grades and an amazing beautiful girlfriend. But things get really complicated when he accidentally meets Elliot who is a handsome and charming young man sending Alex into a very strange journey of self-exploration through sex, friendships and an adventure that brings joy in his life but at the same time confuses him.
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