Teen Thriller Movie Ideas

Teen Thriller Movie Suggestions

Now that the Pretty Little Liars Season 6b finale has aired last week – we figured our dolls might need some movie suggestions to keep you entertained until the #PLLseason7 is finally here (June 21, 2016). So here are some of our favorite teen thriller movie suggestions just for you! Note: Half of these movies are PG-13, and half of them are rated R but each are noted below by the movie. Also, even though these are mostly scary movies – none of the movies are full on horror movies.



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Teen Thriller Movie Suggestions:


  • Scream – 1996
  • The Craft – 1996
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer – 1997
  • Urban Legend – 1998
  • The Faculty – 1998
  • Disturbing Behavior – 1998
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer – 1998
  • The Rage Carrie 2 – 1999
  • Teaching Mrs. Tingle – 1999
  • Cruel Intentions – 1999
  • Final Destination – 2000
  • The Skulls – 2000
  • The Glass House – 2001
  • Don’t Say a Word – 2001
  • Soul Survivors – 2001
  • Abandon – 2002
  • Swimfan – 2002
  • Final Destination 2 – 2003
  • Man of Fire –  2004
  • Cellular – 2004
  • House of Wax – 2005
  • The Covenant – 2006
  • When a Stranger Calls – 2006
  • Disturbia – 2007
  • The Invisible – 2007
  • Prom Night – 2008
  • The Uninvited – 2009
  • Sorority Row – 2009
  • The Stepfather – 2009
  • Twilight Saga: Eclipse – 2010
  • Abduction – 2011
  • Scream 4 – 2011
  • Gone – 2012
  • House at the End of the Street – 2012
  • Carrie – 2013
  • Ouija – 2014
  • The Boy Next Door – 2015
  • The 5th Wave – 2016


Scream (1996) Rated: R

The original teen scary movie! Attempting to cope with her mother’s murder, Sidney (portrayed by Neve Campell) and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by a murderer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. This characters are in highschool, and this movie is not just scary but funny with great characters.


The Craft (1996) Rated: R

A girl moves to a new city with her family to start a new life. She meets up with the girls who are very interested in witchcraft. Together they can do anything, from getting their dream guys to like them, and more.


I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Rated: R

Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea. This movie star’s great actors including: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr. I personally enjoyed Scream more – but this was still a good watch.


Urban Legend (1998) Rated: R

A group of students are taking a class in college that is currently focused on Urban Legends, and students start to suspect that a series of bizarre deaths are connected to some of these urban legends.


The Faculty (1998) Rated: R 

High school students start to suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. This is a great high school sci-fi thriller that everyone can enjoy!


Disturbing Behavior (1998) Rated: R 

The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town’s method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. Must see!
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) Rated: R 

Julie’s back in college with her new friend, and they win a weekend trip to an island. On the way there, someone dies, and then the girls are tormented on the island.


The Rage Carrie 2 (1999) Rated: R

A horrible massacre strikes up after an outcast teenage girl is taunted by a group of high school jocks, all of them unaware of her telekinetic powers. I have always loved this movie. The gifted and completely misunderstood female lead and the very sweet and understanding highschool jock. I loved the characters and felt they had a lot of chemistry together. 


Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) Rated: PG-13

Leigh Ann wants to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle’s class goes awry, mayhem ensues and friendships, loyalties and trust are tested by the teacher’s intricate mind-games.


 Cruel Intentions (1999) Rated: R

Kathryn and Sebastian are seductive, manipulative step-siblings who get what they want when they want it. Kathryn makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must bed Annette, the headmaster of their school’s daughter, before the end of summer break. Annette has stated that she would wait until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian’s vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he’ll never have. (Note: Very sexual.)


Final Destination (2000) Rated: R

Alex is boarding his plane to France on a school trip, when he suddenly gets a premonition that the plane will explode. When Alex and a group of students are thrown off the plane, to their horror, the plane does in fact explode. Alex must now work out Death’s plan, as each of the surviving students falls victim. Whilst preventing the worst from happening, Alex must also dodge the FBI, which believes Alex caused the explosion.


The Skulls (2000) Rated: PG-13

Luke McNamara, a college senior joins a secret college fraternity organization called “The Skulls”, in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law School. At first seduced by the club’s power and wealth, a series of disturbing incidents, such as his best friends suicide, leads Luke to investigate the true nature of the organization and the truth behind his friends supposed suicide. He starts realizing that his future and possibly his life is in danger.


The Glass House (2001) Rated: PG-13

An orphaned teenager named Ruby (portrayed by LeeLee Sobieski) is taken in by a Malibu couple after her parents death but she soon discovers they aren’t the caring friends they seemed to be.


Don’t Say a Word (2001) Rated: PG-13

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he’s horrified to discover that the abductors’ demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret


Soul Survivors (2001) Rated: PG-13

College freshman Cassie steps into a nightmare of otherworldly visitations after surviving a devastating car accident. Feeling haunted – her only hope is to cling to chance encounters with her lost love Sean, and the aid of a mysterious young priest named Father Jude.


Abandon (2002) Rated: PG-13

A senior at an elite college (Katie Holmes), already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year, unexplained absence.


Swimfan (2002) Rated: PG-13

New Jersey high school senior Ben Cronin is a former juvenile delinquent. He credits the support of his girlfriend Amy Miller and getting into competitive swimming as the reasons for turning his life around. Ben has a new swim fan in Madison Bell, a new student. Despite Ben making it clear that he is in a committed relationship, Madison seduces him. They agree afterward that their encounter was a one-time only event, but Ben slowly comes to the realization that despite Madison’s assertions to the contrary, she has more in mind with him.


Final Destination 2 (2003) Rated: R

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe…Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it’s up to Kimberly to stop it before she’s next.


Man on Fire (2004) Rated: R

In Mexico City, a former assassin (portrayed by Denzel Washington) swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the little girl (portrayed by Dakota Fanning) he was hired to protect. This movie is incredibly sweet while still being action packed so grab some tissue!


Cellular (2004) Rated: PG-13

A teen (Chris Evans) receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.


House of Wax (2005) Rated: R

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit. The cast includes Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton.


The Covenant (2006) Rated: PG-13

Four best friends, young warlocks of the same coven who all share a same secret: magic powers, suddenly have to protect themselves from a stranger- another warlock just like them who has come to town to destroy their coven. We loved this movie from the first time we saw it, and still watch it every once in awhile now! It’s also filled with very handsome actor’s including Friday Night Light’s Pogue Parry.


When a Stranger Calls (2006) Rated: PG-13

Jill goes to babysit at a BIG house all by herself. Then all of a sudden a stranger calls making weird remarks. Jill decides to call the police to trace the call, and is freaked out when she finds out that the call is coming from inside the house!


Disturbia (2007) Rated: PG-13

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in his neighbor’s house.


The Invisible (2007) Rated: PG-13

Nick Powell is an excellent high-school student, and aims to travel to London for a writer’s course – telling his best friend, Pete, that he has already bought the airplane ticket but he has not told to his mother yet. Annie Newton has a problem with Pete, who owes money to her. As events unfold, due to a case of mistaken identity Nick takes a severe beating from Annie and her gang, his body dumped in a sewer. The next morning, he discovers he cannot be seen – he is now a spirit in a state of limbo and can only observe as the events of that day unfold.


Prom Night (2008) Rated: PG-13

Donna’s senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends. The main character is portrayed by the amazing Brittany Snow.


The Uninvited (2009) Rated: PG-13

Anna Ivers returns home to her sister Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother. Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother.


Sorority Row (2009) Rated: R

A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer. This one was an alright watch, but not as good as the others on the list.


The Stepfather (2009) Rated: PG-13

Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?


Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Rated: PG-13

As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob. We love the whole Twilight series and we are not ashamed to say it! 


Abduction (2011) Rated: PG-13 

A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.


Scream 4 (2011) Rated: R 

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, as well as her cousin and Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.


Gone (2012) Rated: PG-13

When her sister disappears, Jill (portrayed by Amanda Seyfried) is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor in an attempt to save her sister.


House at the End of the Street (2012) Rated: PG-13

After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.


Carrie (2013) Rated: R 

A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. In this re-make Carrie is portrayed by the amazing Chloe Grace Moretz.


Ouija (2014) Rated: PG-13

A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren’t meant to be played with, especially the ‘other side’. This movie has stars Olivia Cooke (from Bates Motel) as Laine, and Shelley Henig (from The Secret Circle) as Debbie.


The Boy Next Door (2015) Rated: PG-13

When a handsome, charming teen named Noah (Ryan Guzman) moves in next door, newly separated high-school teacher Claire (Jennifer Lopez) encourages his friendship and engages in a little bit of harmless (or so she thinks) flirtation. Although Noah spends much of the time hanging out with Claire’s son, the teen’s attraction to her is undeniable. One night, Claire gives in to temptation and lets Noah seduce her, but when she tries to end the relationship, he turns violent.


The 5th Wave (2016) Rated: PG-13

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.



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