The Best '70s Teen Movie

by pere-25366 | created - 16 Jul 2018 | updated - 19 Aug 2018 | Public

Ah, '70s culture... a sexually charged time defined by teen passions of disco, drive-ins, diners, roller skating, neon signs and so many other great things. To remember this seemingly lost innocence, we have '70s teen movies - they either reminded us of that decade or a decade that preceded it; either way, nostalgia was felt with these films.

Which of these '70s Teen movies will you most likely remember?

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1. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 39,167 | Gross: $29.13M

2. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 220,761 | Gross: $188.76M

3. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 77,110 | Gross: $115.00M

4. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

79 Metascore

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Votes: 107,324 | Gross: $0.20M

5. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 158,501 | Gross: $33.80M

6. Over the Edge (1979)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Vincent Spano

Votes: 5,709

7. Lemon Popsicle (1978)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three friends live their lives in the 1950's each searching for someone to love.

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Yftach Katzur, Anat Atzmon, Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy

Votes: 2,772

8. I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

In 1964, six teenagers from New Jersey run off to see The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) in the hope of meeting their idols. However, they don't have tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman

Votes: 4,072

9. A Swedish Love Story (1970)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Two teenagers fall in love over the summer, in spite of cynical and disapproving adults who dismiss their relationship as being nothing but young love.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Ann-Sofie Kylin, Rolf Sohlman, Anita Lindblom, Bertil Norström

Votes: 5,585

10. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Votes: 17,878 | Gross: $43.05M

11. The Wanderers (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

64 Metascore

The Wanderers is a teenage, Italian gang in Bronx, NYC, 1963. They have their confrontations with other gangs. Drugs and weapons are uncool. Adult life awaits them.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich, Toni Kalem

Votes: 9,435 | Gross: $0.01M

12. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 30,714 | Gross: $3.10M

13. Corvette Summer (1978)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Eugene Roche, William Bryant

Votes: 2,592 | Gross: $15.50M

14. Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Eve Plumb, Leigh McCloskey, Lynn Carlin, William Schallert

Votes: 300

15. Malibu Beach (1978)

R | 96 min | Comedy

School's out and it's time for a summer of fun, mischief and love for various characters on Malibu Beach.

Director: Robert J. Rosenthal | Stars: Kim Lankford, James Daughton, Susan Player, Michael Luther

Votes: 571

16. Massacre at Central High (1976)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors.

Director: Rene Daalder | Stars: Derrel Maury, Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine, Kimberly Beck

Votes: 1,528

17. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 126,973 | Gross: $30.86M

18. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

Ramones fanatic and delinquent Riff Randell battle it out with the strict new principle of Vince Lombardi High School, Miss Togar, with help from the Ramones.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante | Stars: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young

Votes: 8,328

19. Moscow: Cassiopea (1974)

85 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Several children go to a lifelong space mission to Cassiopeia because they don't want to go to school.

Director: Richard Viktorov | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Misha Yershov, Aleksandr Grigoryev, Vasiliy Merkurev

Votes: 668

20. Leave Us Alone (1975)

82 min | Drama

A group from a ten to sixteen-year-old Danish educational center breaks the rules there and goes to an uninhabited island in a stolen boat. When the boat disappears, they are left to ... See full summary »

Directors: Ernst Johansen, Lasse Nielsen | Stars: Martin Højmark, Ole Meyer, Jens Wagn Rasmussen, Sven Hastel

Votes: 95

21. Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

At a roller disco competition, two rivals find themselves becoming good friends while competing for a prize of one thousand dollars in cash.

Director: William A. Levey | Stars: Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Ron Palillo, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 431

22. Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He drives out there to check it out, and gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers.

Director: William Sachs | Stars: Bill Adler, Cynthia Wood, Dennis Bowen, Melissa Prophet

Votes: 425

23. Summer of '42 (1971)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance

During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant

Votes: 6,773

24. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

53 Metascore

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director: Nicolas Gessner | Stars: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman

Votes: 11,895

25. A Boy and His Dog (1975)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Director: L.Q. Jones | Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton, Tim McIntire

Votes: 15,730 | Gross: $6.90M



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