When John Hughes hung up his hat as the resident teen film storyteller, the world was left to wonder if we would ever experience the same coming of age stories again. Luckily, the ’90s proved to be a decade where teen films came in abundance, but that didn’t guarantee a steal at the box office. Nor did it promise that teens of the ’90s would connect to the stories adults continued to assume were about them. Still, as the decade wore on, several films about teenage life, and more specifically high school, were born. Some were tender and earnest, while others were seemingly funny and often ridiculous, but they were relatable above all else.
In the spirit of this nostalgic journey, we’ve rounded up 10 teen classics from the era that defined the genre and teenage life in the ’90s, for better or worse.