If you liked The Kissing Booth, try Pretty In Pink
Featuring the original teen movie sweetheart, Molly Ringwald (ask your mum who she is), Pretty In Pink was one of the OG teen flicks. It’s about a girl torn between her bestie and the hot, popular guy she has a crush on. Sound familiar?
The best bit: The wild 80s fashion!
If you liked To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, try 10 Things I Hate About You
Fake dating? Check. Teen shenanigans? Check. Dramatic love confessions that will leave you sobbing? Triple check. 10 Things I Hate About You is one of the ultimate 90s teen movies and features heaps of actors you’ll recognise when they were super young.
The best bit: Every time young Heath Ledger smiles.
If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, try A Walk to Remember
Get out the tissues and ice cream – this one’s a tear-jerker. Starring Mandy Moore in one of her earliest roles, the movie follows her tragic love story with the local bad boy. We won’t spoil it, but you’ll definitely cry before the credits roll.
The best bit: Mandy Moore sings several of the songs that play in the movie.
If you liked Mean Girls, try the original Heathers
Okay, Heathers is a bit more out there and full on than Mean Girls, but if you enjoy an edgy black comedy this is the movie for you. In fact, even Riverdale has referenced the musical version of Heathers in its musical episode. As for the Heathers reboot… we don’t talk about that.
The best bit: Winona Ryder’s badass attitude.
If you liked 17 Again, try Never Been Kissed
Instead of literally ageing back into her highschool self like Matthew Perry/Zac Efron does in 17 Again, Never Been Kissed sees a super young drew Barrymore return to high school as an undercover journalist. There are some… problematic parts of this movie, but overall it’s pretty cute.
The best bit: Drew’s outfit for her first day of school. Trust us, it’s wild.
Where to stream it: Disney+.
If you liked The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, try The Breakfast Club
Sad teens and interpersonal drama, what more could you want? John Hughes was the original king of the teen movie, and The Breakfast Club is without a doubt his biggest success. Starring Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson (the OG hot bad boy), this was the coolest movie out when your parents were teens and it holds up today.
The best bit: When Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds plays at the end.
If you liked Love, Simon, try But I’m a Cheerleader
Queer coming of age movies were harder to come by in the 90s, but But I’m A Cheerleader was the most iconic! You’ll recognise heaps of the cast in this comedy and most gay girls will end up with a crush on either Natasha Lyonne or Clea DuVall… or both. It’s a little racy at times, so don’t watch with your parents.
The best bit: When you realise that yes, that IS RuPaul from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
If you liked literally any dance movie, try Centre Stage
Dance movies were a big thing in the 90s and early 2000s, but Centre Stage never got enough credit for being one of the best. Set in an elite ballet school, it has it all; intense love triangles, hunky guys in tight black singlets, girl drama and all the dancing you can handle.
The best bit: When they drive a motorbike across a theatre stage in the final performance. We’re not kidding.
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