Movies about difficult teens

List of the best movies about difficult teens selected by visitors to our site: Hichki, Boarding School, Down a Dark Hall, Bad Seeds, Mid90s, Ben Is Back, El Angel, Inuyashiki, Amateur, Cruise
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Hichki (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryIndia
Duration02:23
CharactersTeachers, Strong women, Difficult teens
PlaceSchool, India
StyleCute, Fascinating, Touching

Hichki is a story about a woman who turns her most daunting weakness into her biggest strength. Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) is an aspiring teacher who suffers from Tourette Syndrome. After several interviews and numerous rejections, she lands her dream job as a full-time teacher in one of the most elite schools in the city. However, she soon realises that the class she has been assigned comprises of defiant and impish students who can't seem to keep out of trouble. Despite a few initial hiccups, Naina must do whatever she can to ensure that her students realise their true potential, and defy all the odds against them.

Boarding School (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Losers
PlotDeath
PlaceSchool
StyleTense, Heavy

When troubled 12-year-old Jacob Felsen is sent away to boarding school, he enters every kid’s worst nightmare: a creepy old mansion, deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers. As events become increasingly horrific, Jacob must conquer his fears to find the strength to survive.

Down a Dark Hall (2018)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama
CountrySpain, USA
Duration02:25
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens
PlotGhosts, Intrigue, Adventure
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Kit, a troubled girl, is sent to the exclusive Blackwood boarding school, where she discovers that only four other female students have been admitted to learn the four pillars of knowledge under the ominous wing of the mysterious headmistress Madame Duret.

Bad Seeds (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersPoor, Teens, Difficult teens

Wael, a former street child, makes a living from small scams with his adoptive mother and partner-in-crime Monique. When this unconventional duo swindles the wrong guy, Victor, an old acquaintance of Monique now in charge of a support organization for troubled teens, they have no choice but to become his interim secretary and educator in order to redeem themselves.

Mid90s (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Friends, Single mothers
PlotMoney, Chase
PlaceGhetto, Party, Los Angeles
StyleDeep Meaning, Makes me think, Light

Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop.

Ben Is Back (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersParents, Family, Difficult teens, Dogs
PlotDrug addict, Snow, Money
TimeNew Year
StyleDisturbing, Touching, Action, Heavy, Tense

19-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly, is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

El Angel (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryArgentina, Spain
Duration01:54
CharactersFriends, Teens, Difficult teens, Thieves, Serial killers, Presidential, Spy, Cyclists
PlotDancing, Money, Motorcycles, War, Political, Undercover, Love, On real events
PlaceSchool, Egypt
StyleSmart, Atmospheric, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1971. Carlos Robledo Puch is a 19-year-old boy with an angelic face, but a vocational thief as well, who acts ruthlessly, without remorse. When he meets Ramón, they follow together a dark path of crime and death.

Inuyashiki (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:32
CharactersGrandparents, Terminally ill, Difficult teens, Killers

A middle-aged office worker encounters aliens and is gifted with alien technology and limitless powers.

Amateur (2018)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersTeens, Trainers, Difficult teens
PlotBasketball, Sports
StyleNetflix, Inspirational, Fascinating

14-year-old basketball phenom Terron Forte has to navigate the under-the-table world of amateur athletics when he is recruited to an elite NCAA prep school.

Cruise (2018)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersDifficult teens, Students
PlotLove, Relationship, Love triangle, Jealousy
PlaceNew York, USA, USSR
TimeSummer
StyleRomantic

Set in the 1980s, a young Italian-American from the wrong side of the tracks falls for a Jewish girl from Long Island.

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Power Rangers (2017)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand
Duration02:24
CharactersFriends, Teens, Superhero, Superhero, Difficult teens, Monsters, Terminally ill
PlotSuperpowers, Apocalypse, Fate, Alien invasion
PlaceSpaceships
StyleUnexpected ending

Saban's Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Carrie (2013)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersDifficult teens, Friends, Mothers, Teens, Teachers
PlotTelekinesis, Superpowers, Revenge, Supernatural, Death
PlaceSchool, Small cities
TimeGraduation
StyleDepressive, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:52
CharactersDifficult teens, Teens
PlotDepression
StyleDepressive

After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.

Three Steps Above Heaven (2010)
Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySpain
Duration02:03
CharactersDifficult teens
PlotLove, First love, Motorcycles
StyleNumbers in the title, Touching

Story of two young people who belong to different worlds. It is the chronicle of a love improbable, almost impossible but inevitable dragging in a frantic journey they discover the first great love. Babi (Maria Valverde) is a girl from upper-middle class that is educated in goodness and innocence . Hache (Mario Casas) is a rebellious boy, impulsive, unconscious, has a appetite for risk and danger embodied in endless fights and illegal motorbike races, the limit of common sense

Eden Lake (2008)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:31
CharactersDifficult teens, Teens
PlotSurvival, Revenge, Chase, Fear
PlaceForest, Lake, Beach
StyleDepressive, Heavy, To cry, Tense, Disturbing

Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to rage as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways, and a weekend outing becomes a bloody battle for survival.

Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:20
CharactersTeens, Girlfriends, Difficult teens, Friends, Losers
PlaceRussia, Moscow, School
StyleTouching

One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their universe, and looks like the ideal way to escape their daily lives...

Practical Joke (2008)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:24
CharactersDifficult teens
PlotLove
PlaceRussia
StyleTouching, Makes me think

Remake film. Russian drama school domination. In the last quarter of graduating class comes a new student, violating all classifications, and an affront to the leader. That, in turn, is ready to do anything not to give up this title until the end of school days. How badly would not have had to deal with those who stand in his path to goal.

The Class (2007)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryEstonia
Duration01:39
CharactersDifficult teens, Teens, Teachers, Pupils, Friends, Losers
PlotFight, Revenge, Rivalry, On real events
PlaceSchool
StyleDepressive, Heavy, Action, Soulful

An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.

Georgia Rule (2007)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersDifficult teens, Teens
PlotMystery, Justice
PlaceSmall cities
TimeSummer
StyleSoulful, To cry

Georgia Rule follows a rebellious, uncontrollable teenager who is hauled off by her dysfunctional mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding that - regardless what happens - the ties that bind can never be broken.

Kidulthood (2006)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:29
CharactersTeens, Gangsters, Difficult teens
PlotWeapon, Survival
PlaceSchool, London
StyleAction, Heavy

A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

Bastards (2006)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryRussia
Duration01:38
CharactersHeroes, Military, Difficult teens
PlotDeath, War
PlaceRussia
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Disturbing, Fascinating

A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin.

Tough Enough (2006)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryGermany
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens
PlotBlackmail
PlaceGermany
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the difficulties a 15-year-old faces in a poor and criminal environment.

The Quiet (2005)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersDifficult teens, Orphans, Teens, Family, Losers
PlotRivalry, Depression
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing

After her widowed father dies, deaf teenager Dot moves in with her godparents, Olivia and Paul Deer. The Deers' daughter, Nina, is openly hostile to Dot, but that does not prevent her from telling her secrets to her silent stepsister, including the fact that she wants to kill her lecherous father.

Speak (2004)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersTeens, Difficult teens, Losers
PlotDepression
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleTouching, Soulful, To cry

Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to hide her secret: that star senior Andy raped her at the party. But Melinda does manage to find solace in her art class headed by Mr. Freeman.

Thirteen (2003)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersDifficult teens, Teens, Friends
StyleAction, Soulful, Tense

Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before Tracy's new world and attitude finally takes a toll on her, her family, and old friends.

The Virgin Suicides (2000)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersFamily, Sisters, Teens, Difficult teens
PlotRelationship, Loneliness, First love, Depression, Tennis
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Fascinating, Makes me think, To cry

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

Scarecrow (1984)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:07
CharactersDifficult teens
PlotFirst love, False accusations, Cheating
PlaceSchool, Russia
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Soulful, Touching, Gloomy

A twelve years old girl Lena who has come to live with her grandfather in a small Russian town is being bullied by her classmates. She took the rap of being a class traitor because she was in love with the boy who had betrayed his classmates when they were bunking off and going to cinema instead of a literature lesson. The class is penalized for that, not being allowed to go to Moscow for fall holidays with the rest of the school. Lena is being ostracized, "boycotted" however not telling the truth, waiting that the boy himself would confess to be guilty.

The Call (2020)
CharactersDifficult teens, Teens, Old man
PlotDeath, Revenge, Cheating, Ghosts, Supernatural
PlaceUSA
StyleTense, Disturbing

In the fall of 1987, a group of small-town friends must survive the night in the home of a sinister couple after a tragic accident occurs. Needing only to make a single phone call, the request seems horribly ordinary until they realize that this call could change their life…or end it.

Kids Return (1996)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryJapan
CharactersYakuza, Teens, Friends, Students, Difficult teens
PlotBoxing, Rivalry
PlaceSchool
StyleAction, Heavy

Shinji and Masaru spend most of their school days harassing fellow classmates and playing pranks. They drop out and Shinji becomes a small-time boxer, while Masaru joins up with a local Yakuza gang. However, the world is a tough place...

Over the Edge (1979)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Difficult teens
PlotUprising
StyleAction, Heavy

The music of Cheap Trick, The Cars, and The Ramones highlights this realistic tale of alienated suburban youth on the rampage. Dillon makes his screen debut in this updated, well-done "Rebel Without a Cause." Shelved for several years, the movie was finally released after Dillon made it big. Sleeper with excellent direction and dialogue.

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