15 Movies to Watch with Teenagers this Fall

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All this week I'm sharing movies you can watch with anyone in your family. So far we've talked about movies for your younger kids and movies for your older kids. Today we've made it to the teenagers. What you'll notice about this list is that there's nothing animated on it and the scare factor is a little bit higher, although I wouldn't be too worried about nightmares. Let's jump right in, shall we?

1. Practical Magic (1998)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 13+
Sally and Gillian are sisters who were born into a magical family. Both unlucky in love, they've mostly avoided magic as adults, but they find themselves in need of witchcraft when Gillian's abusive boyfriend dies unexpectedly. They may be witches, but this movie is really about rediscovering love. Some of the scenes in this movie are pretty heavy, so I wouldn't recommend anyone under 13 watch it.


2. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Rated: R
Recommended: Ages 15+
This live-action take on Ichabod Crane stars none other than Johnny Depp. Ichabod travels to Sleepy Hollow to investigate numerous beheadings and discovers the legend of the Headless Horseman is real. This movie is rated R for blood and gore. There's also one sexual scene, although no body parts are shown.


3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 13+
Is there anyone out there who hasn't seen this Tim Burton classic? Edward's creator dies before giving him hands, leaving him instead with scissors and blades. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter. But it's not meant to be. The ending is sad and beautiful at the same time.


4. Remember the Titans (2000)
Rated: PG
Recommended: Ages 13+
A Virginia town is forced to integrate its high school and combine a white and black football team. Making things even more controversial, a long-time white coach is passed over for the head coaching position and a black coach is hired instead. As the football team comes together, so does the town.


5. The Covenant (2006)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 15+
Four best friends share a powerful secret - each is a warlock. Centuries ago their families entered a pact to protect that secret, but when a fifth warlock shows up in town to settle a 300-year-old grudge, the friends have to protect their secret and each other. There are some disturbing scenes, sexual content, and language, so mom and dad may want to screen this to make sure you're OK with your teens watching.


6. The Craft (1996)
Rated: R
Recommended: Ages 15+
When Sarah moves to Los Angeles, she falls in with a trio of witches. Together, the four of them cast spells on anyone who makes them mad. But soon Sarah wants out and the others won't stand for it. I'm not sure how this movie is rated R and The Covenant is not, but here we are. As with the latter, I recommend parents screen this before deciding to let your teens watch.


7. Dark Shadows (2012)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: 13+
Is this the third Johnny Depp film on the list? Oh well. This goofy horror-comedy is kind of like a modern-day Addams family. It's based on a popular show from back in the 1960s, although I can't say if it's anything like it. What I can tell you is that you should watch it at least once. Note for parents: there is some sexual content and drug use.


8. Warm Bodies (2013)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: 13+
It's a zombie love story! For real. A zombie takes a teenage girl under his protection. As their relationship develops, he realizes he's turning back human. R, the zombie, is understatedly funny, mostly because he doesn't actually speak, but his thoughts mixed with his zombie facial expressions are gold.


9. Zombieland (2009)
Rated: R
Recommended: 13+
And now to the other zombie movie on my list. Zombieland is about four people just trying to survive the zombie-apocalypse. Woody Harrelson's character is hilarious. Things parents should be aware of: there is a lot of violence against zombies in this movie which means there is a lot of blood and gore, but it's very theatrical.


10. The Goonies (1985)
Rated: PG
Recommended: 13+
Another cult classic that all teenagers should see. The Goonies are a group of friends who set out on a mission to find a pirate treasure and save their town. But they're not the only ones after the booty. An Italian crime family is also searching for the gold. The big lesson of the movie? Goonies never say die.


11. Ghostbusters (1984)
Rated: PG
Recommended: Ages 13+
When Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are together on screen, magic happens. This movie is comedic gold. Oh, and there are ghosts and demons trying to take over New York City. Google says this movie is appropriate for ages 8 and up, but I think 13 is a better age to start. Who ya gonna call?


12. Now and Then (1995)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 13+
This is the perfect movie to rent for your teenage daughter's next sleepover. It's all about friendship and growing up. Four friends reunite in their hometown when one of them is about to have her first baby. The movie goes back and forth between the present and the summer of 1970 when they all grew up.

13. Teen Witch (1989)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 13+
Here's another movie to add to your teen girl's next sleepover. From the over-the-top 80s fashion to the crazy dance sequence at the end, this movie is worth watching because it's so ridiculously bad. Louise gains magical powers on her 16th birthday and uses them to become the most popular girl in school, but in true movie fashion things don't turn out quite like she thought they would.


14. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 15+
Bad fashion, corny acting and lots of vampires. This movie is everything you'd expect a 90s movie to be - namely cheesy. When Buffy learns she's the Slayer, she teams up with Pike to save the world. This movie is big on girl power.


15. Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Rated: PG-13
Recommended: Ages 15+
Talk about a tale of forbidden love. Ethan and Lena are drawn to each other but their relationship ignites a dark curse. Lena is a caster who will be claimed for good or evil on her 16th birthday unless she can break the curse.

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