Top 10 Intense Teen Movies Like Thirteen

By Jessica Fontaine
Published: April 26, 2023 (Last updated: January 24, 2024)
10 Movies like Thirteen you must watch
Thirteen Promotional Image (Credit to Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Thirteen is a 2003 drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke. It stars Nikki Reed, Evan Rachel Wood, and Holly Hunter. The film follows an honors student named Tracy, who befriends Evie, her rebellious classmate. If you like coming-of-age movies about the inevitable chaos of adolescence, here are 10 similar movies like Thirteen.

Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade follows Kayla, a thirteen-year-old girl who struggles to push through her final week of middle school. She deals with anxiety and isolation from her peers.

To cope, she posts motivational video blogs and obsesses over social media. Her father can’t seem to bond with her as a single parent but hopes to support her during her tough eighth-grade year.

Like Thirteen, Eighth Grade is about the obstacles teens face as they grow up and the authority figures they push away.

Beautiful Boy (2018)

In Beautiful Boya promising teenager with good grades falls into a drug addiction. As he fails many attempts to get his life back on track, his worried father does everything he can to save his son before his addiction takes over.

Both Thirteen and Beautiful Boy illustrate the pain parents feel as their children’s dangerous decisions threaten their relationships.

Booksmart (2019)

In Booksmarttwo accomplished students find that they’ve spent most of their teenage years with their noses in books. The night before their high school graduation, they decide to make up for lost time and engage in a night of partying that does not go as planned.

When You Finish Saving the World (2022)

A mother and her teenage son struggle to connect. To deal with their lack of connection, she tries to bond with a young boy she meets at the women’s shelter. Her talented musician son, attempts to impress an intelligent and political girl at school.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, a shy teenager who always watches life from the sidelines. When he meets two fascinating seniors, he comes out of his shell and learns about friendship and love from them. Charlie becomes happier and more passionate about life, but as his new friends are about to go to college, his sadness threatens the joy he has acquired.

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Nadine is an awkward high-schooler who has gotten through life with her best friend, Krista. However, that all changes when Krista starts dating her popular all-star boyfriend. Feeling alone, Nadine branches out and befriends another classmate who helps her realize that high school life may not be so bad.

Yes, God, Yes (2019)

Yes, God, Yes follows a Catholic girl who discovers a sexual AOL chat. She begins exploring her sexuality, despite lessons that this is a sin. She struggles to suppress these urges even further when she goes on a spiritual retreat with her class.

Lady Bird (2017)

In Lady Birda nurse has a turbulent relationship with her teenage daughter, Christine. Calling herself “Lady Bird,” Christine has big dreams of attending a prestigious college, despite her family’s financial struggles. She and her mother clash because Christine feels that her mother does not appreciate her, while her mother thinks Christine is ungrateful.

Flower (2017)

In Flowerrebellious teenager Erica lives with her single mom, Laurie, and her new boyfriend, Bob. Erica’s life is disrupted by the return of Bob’s son from rehab as he comes to live with the family. Erica forms an unexpected friendship with him as she strives to expose a teacher’s illegal secret.

Plan B (2021)

Plan B follows an innocent teenager and her regrettable sexual encounter at a party. She and her best friend spend the next 24 hours on a road trip, hunting down a Plan B pill.

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