Being a teenager is hard. And Netflix is there to remind you of that.
Whether you want to revisit your younger years or are still facing the ups and downs of high school, the streaming service has curated a collection of films that you will definitely relate to.
We’ve searched through Netflix’s catalog to find some of the best teen movies out there, from films that focus on lighthearted first loves to those that zone in on the more serious complications of being an almost-adult.
Ready to feel young again? Then check out these five coming-of-age teen movies you can stream on Netflix right now.
1. Lady Bird
The titular high schooler of Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is opinionated, bold, and fearless — however, figuring out who she is isn’t easy being that she’s under the control of a strict Catholic school and her equally harsh mother.
Despite her family’s financial struggles and her average performance at school, Lady Bird dreams of spreading her wings and going to a prestigious college on the East Coast. But first, she’ll have to overcome the heartbreak and frustrations of senior year in 2002 Sacramento.
With witty writing and sharp acting, this coming-of-age movie hits even harder with every re-watch. Bonus: Timothée Chalamet!
Where to watch:Lady Bird is now streaming on Netflix.
2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is on the sweeter side of the teen movie spectrum, featuring a bubblegum pink romance between Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and star lacrosse player Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo).
Lara Jean writes parting love letters to every crush she’s ever had in hopes of getting over them. Though these notes are supposed to stay locked away in her closet, she must confront the boys of her past after the letters are mysteriously mailed out. Even worse, one of her letters gets sent to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, so Lara Jean must keep up a fake relationship with Peter to throw him off-track.
The great news about this teen romance is that the sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,is also available on Netflix right now.
Where to watch: To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before is now streaming on Netflix.
3. The Half Of It
One of Netflix’s newer films, The Half Of It, has loner Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) earning extra cash by writing papers for her classmates. After jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) asks her to try her hand at writing a love letter for his crush instead of doing homework, she agrees. However, as Ellie develops feelings toward the girl she’s writing to, she must figure out whether keeping up the ruse is worth her own happiness.
Though the premise of The Half Of It is simple, its fresh spin on the love triangle will entice modern audiences.
Where to watch: The Half of It is now streaming on Netflix.
Dumplin’ is just as cute and feel-good as it sounds.
The comedy focuses on Texas girl Willowdean Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), who is forced to live in the shadows of her former beauty queen mother (Jennifer Aniston).
When the Miss Teen Bluebonnet Pageant rolls around, Willowdean decides to enter in an attempt to protest her mom’s superficiality, despite not fitting the traditional pageant mold. Though this seems like a good idea to her at first, she is soon forced to confront her own feelings of insecurity.
Where to watch: Dumplin‘ is now streaming on Netflix.
5. Yes, God, Yes
Yes, God, Yesis a sweet movie that will catch you off guard with its caring examination of a high schooler’s sexual awakening.
When Alice (Natalia Dyer) becomes the subject of a raunchy rumor at her Catholic school, she doesn’t even understand it because she doesn’t know much about sex. Whatever she does know, she feels guilty about. To prove her innocence, she goes on a religious retreat, where she finds out that her holier-than-thou peers and authority figures are struggling with their own desires just as much as she is. Anchored by Dyer’s strong performance and heavy doses of early 2000s nostalgia, Yes, God, Yes is a perfectly understated teen comedy. – Belen Edwards, Entertainment Fellow
Where to watch: Yes, God, Yes is now streaming on Netflix.