The best teen movies on Netflix to watch for some high school nostalgia

Cinderella stories, books-turned movies and Jennifer Coolidge cameos—the best teen movies on Netflix don't disappoint

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Crushes, drama and hormonal antics abound in the best teen movies on Netflix.

From fairytale retellings to book adaptations, our list of flicks has a little bit of everything for the young adult (or actual adult) looking to indulge in a romantic, feel-good movie night. These picks just might inspire a few stay at home date ideas, to boot!



The best teen movies on Netflix to watch ASAP

1. 'A Cinderella Story'

A 2000's cult classic for the Disney lovers, this modern retelling of Cinderella gets the high school treatment. The 2004 film places us not in a decadent castle, but rather Los Angeles, as Sam (Hilary Duff) contends with her evil step-mother and sisters. 

Things take a turn for the interesting when an anonymous text message/email exchange heats up with a cute fella, whom she agrees to meet at a school dance. But will her familial duties get in the way of her newfound romance?

Oh, and who are we to resist an appearance by our favorite The White Lotus star and all-around legend Jennifer Coolidge?

2. 'Moxie'

A newfangled feminist anthem, Moxie is the brainchild of Amy Poehler's production company, so you know immediately you're in for a treat. (The SNL funny lady even stars in the flick.) 

The Netflix original follows a bashful teen who is inspired to call out the sexism in her school thanks to a new friend and her mother's rebellious streak in her youth. 

3. 'He's All That'

A modern-day remake of the iconic '90s rom-com, He's All That is a high school romance for the TikTok generation. 

We are treated to a gender-swapped reboot that focuses on a social-media queen's quest to turn the dorkiest guy in school into prom king. TikTok royalty, Addison Rae, stars in the lead role. Plus, she gives fans a sneak peek at her viral-worthy dance moves in the process. 

4. 'Sierra Burgess is a Loser'

Sierra (played by Stranger Things actress Shannon Burgess) is a sweet, book-smart student who unexpectedly joins forces—and develops a friendship—with the school's resident Heather.

Together, they trick Sierra's crush into a romance with a case of mistaken identity. As you might've imagined, the plan does not always run smoothly. 

5. 'What a Girl Wants'

Amanda Bynes in her prime! The Nickelodeon darling stars in a Princess Diaries-esque scenario where she boards a plane to England in search of the father she's never known. Once there, she discovers that he runs in a royal circle, and his family members aren't entirely on board with her arrival.

6. 'The Half of It' 

This sentimental Netflix original about fitting in and identity is the coming-of-age story we could all appreciate. The shy, intelligent Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) is helping the school hottie woo the girl of his dreams, who is, coincidentally, the girl of Ellie's dreams as well. 

7. 'Lady Bird'

The Greta Gerwig-directed gem follows a stubborn, passionate teen (played by Saoirse Ronan) who struggles in her relationship with her mother, a nurse who is trying to support her family after her husband finds himself out of a job. American Crime Story: Impeachment star Beanie Feldstein and Call Me By Your Name actor Timothée Chalamet round out the young, talented cast. 

8. 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

Jenny Han's YA bestseller-turned Netflix sensation To All The Boys I've Loved Before follows a teen whose dreamy letters to her crushes are exposed. What could possibly go wrong? Be sure to catch the follow-ups on Netflix as well!

9. 'The Kissing Booth'

Another book-turned-film for the YA set, The Kissing Booth follows a teen's first kiss with her crush, who also just happens to be her best friend's super-off-limits older brother. Whoops! 

10. 'After'

Anna Todd's sexy book sensation gets the film treatment in this too-hot-to-handle story of the school nerd who falls for the bad boy—a trope we can't resist! 

11. 'Tall Girl'

Everyone feels awkward in high school, especially a girl who's over 6 feet tall. Will a hot new guy in school force her to see what's been right in front of her all along?

12. 'The Last Summer' 

Two NYC-bound college freshmen attempt to make the most out of their final summer at home, and things, as they do, turn romantic!

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.