Troubled teen movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant troubled teen movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, touching, sincere, captivating and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with troubled teen, teenager, youth, family relations, teenage girl, high school, coming of age, teenage life, friendship and school plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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troubled teen movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as troubled teen: The O.C. (2003), The Fosters (2013), Vampire High (2001), Short Term 12 (2013), Higher Ground (2000), Twelve Mile Road (2003), Down a Dark Hall (2018), Skins (2011), Neverland (2011), Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014).

List of troubled teen movies

 7.5
 81K
The O.C. (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The series centers on Ryan Atwood, a troubled youth from a broken home who is adopted by the wealthy and philanthropic Sandy and Kirsten Cohen. Ryan and his surrogate brother Seth, a socially awkward yet quick-witted teenager, deal with life as ...
Style: touching, witty, serious, intellectual, realistic
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: troubled teen, first love, family relations, best friends, classmate, social differences, teenage love, dating, lifestyle, parents and children, teenage life, social relations ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 7.9
 25K
The Fosters (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school vice principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Their ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, melancholic, sincere ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gays and lesbians, foster child, lesbian, foster home, family problems, lesbian mother, adoption, troubled teen, teenage life, step siblings, supportive parent, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, san diego california
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 6.3
 515
Vampire High (2001)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Vampire High is a Canadian TV series which originally aired from 2001 to 2002. The show centered on a group of young vampires subjected to a daring experiment by the "Elders": taken in by a boarding school that also housed mortal ...
Style: serious, captivating, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: troubled teen, vampire, boarding school, supernatural, supernatural ability, teenage love, teachers and students, teenage life, leadership, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, isolation ...
Place: beverly hills
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 8.0
 82K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: social worker, child abuse, troubled teen, incest, foster child, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
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Higher Ground (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Higher Ground is an American-Canadian drama action television show shot outside Vancouver, British Columbia. The series ran from January 14, 2000 - June 16, 2000 and aired on Fox Family. It stars Joe Lando, Hayden Christensen, A.J. Cook, Meghan Ory, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama, teens, family outing
Plot: troubled teen, hardcase students, mountain, dedicated educator, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, social problems, understanding, teenage life, youth, young people ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa
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Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A divorced farmer takes in his troubled teenage daughter for the summer, a summer which changes the lives of the two of them, and their friends and family.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: troubled teen, family relations, farmer, teenage life, estrangement, family problems, youth, parents and children, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, elderly, summer vacation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Down a Dark Hall (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Kit, a troubled girl, is sent to the exclusive Blackwood boarding school, where she discovers that only other four female students have been admitted to learn the four pillars of knowledge under the ominous wing of the mysterious headmistress Madame ...
Style: psychological thriller, rough, bleak, suspenseful, scary
Plot: private school, boarding school, haunted house, troubled teen, possessed, schoolgirl, black magic, hearing voices, talent, trance, ghost, mystery ...
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 3.9
 5K
Skins (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: A wild ride through the lives of a group of high school friends stumbling through the mine field of adolescence... and stepping on most of the mines as they go.
Style: realistic, sexy, semi serious, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: teenage sex, teenage sexuality, high school, friendship, youth, teenage life, social relations, friends, love and romance, coming of age, teenager, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, baltimore
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 6.4
 10K
Neverland (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they've been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook to snatch a priceless, some believe, magical ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: pirate, adventure, imaginary kingdom, mysterious place, orphan, danger, young heroes, fairy, native, rivalry, youth, escapades ...
Time: 1900s, turn of the century, 18th century
Place: london
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Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: No one seemed to care about Jamie Marks until after his death. Hoping to find the love and friendship he never had in life, Jamie’s ghost visits former classmate Adam McCormick, drawing him into the bleak world between the living and the dead.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: afterlife, ghost, high school, death, coming of age, hopes, supernatural, youth, redemption, troubled teen, seeing dead people, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.6
 257K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
Style: thought provoking, serious, psychological, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: suicide, depression, teenage girl, loss of friend, guilt, teenage boy, high school, human relationship, suicidal, death of daughter, loss of daughter, abusive relationship ...
Place: usa
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 5.5
 505
The Pact (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A pair of young lovers, one depressed, decide to end their lives together in a suicide pact.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching, cult film
Plot: friendship, price of justice, murder, reunion, family problems, best friends, death in the family, voyeurism, troubled teen, loss of daughter, suspicion of murder, fashion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Louder Than Bombs (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, France, Denmark, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Three years after his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed, dies in a car crash, Gene keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad. A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah, to return ...
Style: sincere, rough, melancholic, captivating, touching
Plot: death of mother, existentialism, sibling relationship, death of wife, father son reunion, parent child relationship, car accident, single father, widower, mental illness, depression, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa
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De toutes mes forces (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Nassim, a 16-year-old boy, is placed with a family in the suburbs following the death of his drug addict mother. But he refuses to integrate into the social setting that surrounds him. He invents another life for himself, similar to that of his ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: teenage boy, troubled teen, teenage girl, pregnant teenager, high school, death of mother, school, unplanned pregnancy, society, parents and children, youth, love ...
Time: 21st century
Place: paris france
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Run, Broken Yet Brave (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: RUN, is the story of Ashley, a sixteen-year old teenager with a chip on her shoulder. She is sent by her mom to spend a month of her summer holidays with her grandparents on the family farm. While there she develops a love-hate relationship with her ...
Style: captivating, contemplative, light, psychological, touching
Plot: troubled teen, teenage girl, teenage protagonist, canadian, native american, countryside, grandfather granddaughter relationship, female protagonist, farm, summer vacation, first nations, truck ...
Place: canada
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 6.7
 6K
Hear My Song (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: music, teachers and students, orphan, dedicated educator, school, singing, choir, music school, classical music, youth, power relations, talent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, sincere, harsh, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bully, bullying, high school, social misfits, violence, teenage life, death threat, bomb, vengeance, juvenile delinquency, social problems, teachers and students ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
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 6.8
 9K
Boy Wonder (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young Brooklyn boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother and grows up obsessed with finding her killer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night. But what is a real hero? And who decides ...
Style: rough, psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, pimp, crime, childhood trauma, criminal, violence, vigilante, vengeance, crimes, vigilantism, haunted by the past, boxing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Scott Baio plays a high school hockey player. He is well liked and well respected among his coach and teammates. What they don't know is that he is an alcoholic. His background comes from his father, who is also an alcoholic. Baio must work to ...
Plot: troubled teen, alcohol abuse, family relations, father son relationship, loner, bartender, teenager, confrontation, ice hockey, widower, drunkenness, temper
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Like, la Leyenda (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The experiences of a group of young people interned at the Life Institute of Knowledge and Evolution (LIKE), a prestigious and cosmopolitan educational institution, with a supposedly modern and open educational system, but in reality it is deeply ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, realistic
Audience: teen drama
Plot: teen romance, love triangle, private school, rich kid, love interest, class differences, school teacher, troubled teen, classism, betrayal, bullying, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mexico
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In The Name of God (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In a time of forgiving and giving thanks, a reverend and his family take in a troubled boy named Mason after having lost a son of their own. It's a bumpy ride for Mason, butting heads with his new step-brother and the church counselor he's ...
Style: christian film, melancholic, contemplative, sincere, unusual plot structure
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, teenage boy, christianity, troubled teen, support group, church, christian, adoptive father, foster home, adoptive mother, respect, foster child ...
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The Wishing Tree (2012)
Genre: Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Professor Evan Farnsworth is a widower who works tirelessly at a prestigious boarding school in Maine, dedicating all his time to helping his students believe in themselves. Accepting a job to teach the students left behind during Christmas ...
Style: humorous, captivating, sincere, light, feel good
Plot: christmas, boarding school, widower, desire, friendship, interracial friendship, young love, troubled teen, teacher student relationship, teenage boy, teenage girl, professor ...
Place: maine
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Like Father Like Son (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Life for Dee Stanton is improving at every turn. Her legal career is blossoming and her boyfriend Dominic unexpectedly proposes to her. Things were very different 11 years ago when her husband Paul was jailed for the brutal murders of four girls and ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, convict, single mother, murder investigation, teenage son, prison, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, family relations, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
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Jim, the World's Greatest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One of his earlier pieces, Don Coscarelli (of Phantasm Phame) has a knack for seeing the world through the eyes and heart of a young boy. He offers a Peter Pan-esque adventure to men from the boomers to present day, with each generation being ...
Plot: troubled teen, teen angst, alcoholic father, brother, abuse, teenager
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New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, deadly, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness.
Style: touching, sad, suspense, depressing
Plot: family conflict, twins, surfing, troubled teen, brother sister relationship, teenager, loneliness, sibling relationship, adolescence, mother daughter relationship, stereotypes, life & death ...
Place: california, los angeles
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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other's older brother, who is totally his sister's nemesis.
Style: emotional, witty, realistic, touching, depressing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenager, teen angst, adolescence, teenagers, high school, teen romance, best friend, coming of age, friendship, teenage girl, loneliness, sibling relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: california
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Pump Up the Volume (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mark Hunter is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to suburban Arizona from New York. Unbeknownst to his parents and peers, at 10pm each school night Mark takes to the shortwave radio in his basement and transforms into pirate DJ ...
Style: realistic, captivating, offbeat, gloomy, witty ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids, girls' night
Plot: radio, rebellion, boss, teenager, suburbs, high school, suicide, misfit, confession, anti conformity, repression, radio dj ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, california
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 6.7
 26K
Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, siblings relations, single parent, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, united states, orlando florida
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Middle of Nowhere (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film follows Grace, a young woman whose irresponsible mother blows her college fund on her younger sister's beauty pageant campaign.
Style: sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, friendship, fall in love, teenage life, ambition, drug dealing, youth, rebellion, opposites attract, family problems, rebelliousness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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