Bleak and Gritty Teen Films

Inspired by watching River's Edge (forgot I started this list, oops).

When it comes to teen films, it's easy to think of a glossy new wave soundtrack and dance montages. While some of these films (like 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' or 'The Breakfast Club') may contain some gritty emotional moments, all-in-all the genre contains a lot of films with upbeat and optimistic final messages, when teen-dom is not an upbeat and optimistic time for everyone.

Teen film = the protagonist is a teenager.

Suggestions very welcome, although I'll say in advance I'm looking more for films like 'River's Edge' than 'The Virgin Suicides'. I want films with a raw edge.

  • River's Edge
  • Reckless
  • Little Darlings
  • Dirty Girl
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Gas Food Lodging
  • Fish Tank
  • The Fan
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
  • Times Square
  • Heathers
  • Pump Up the Volume
  • Christiane F.
  • The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Foxes
  • The Basketball Diaries
  • Donnie Darko
  • Kids
  • Bully
  • Brick
  • Mysterious Skin
  • This Boy's Life
  • Say Anything...
  • Rumble Fish
  • Fame
  • Bad Boys
  • Running on Empty
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Over the Edge
  • Scum
  • Stella Does Tricks
  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too
  • Better Off Dead...
  • The Warriors
  • Streets of Fire
  • O.C. and Stiggs
  • I Killed My Mother
  • Fat Girl
  • Angus
  • Badlands
  • Quadrophenia
  • Breaking Glass
  • Wetlands
  • It Felt Like Love
  • Show Me Love
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Pariah
  • L.I.E.
  • 12 and Holding
  • Mean Creek
  • Electrick Children
  • Gabriel
  • The Chumscrubber
  • Terri
  • White Bird in a Blizzard
  • Slums of Beverly Hills
  • This Is England
  • Stoker
  • Somers Town
  • Neds
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • Thumbsucker
  • Gummo
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • My One and Only
  • Kes
  • if....
  • The Mudge Boy
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Imaginary Heroes
  • Skipped Parts
  • The Cement Garden
  • The Little Thief
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Igby Goes Down
  • Carrie
  • The 400 Blows
  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • Elephant
  • The Devil's Backbone
  • Wild Boys of the Road
  • The Young and the Damned
  • Little Criminals
  • Pixote
  • Wasteland
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Cracks
  • Hanna
  • A Taste of Honey
  • Mud
  • The Unloved
  • No Child of Mine
  • Fun
  • The Falling
  • Blue Velvet
  • Made in Britain
  • SubUrbia
  • Suburbia
  • Dogs in Space
  • The Wanderers