5 Great Teenage Movie Heroes

As Jennifer Lawrence continues to fly the flag for teenage heroes in The Hunger Games movies, we celebrate the franchise’s latest instalment Mockingjay with a look at our favourite young heroes.

5. The Lost Boys (Schumacher, 1987)

The Lost Boys' heroes the Frog BrothersWe begin our top five with a pair of teenage heroes the world really cannot do without. In Joel Schumacher’s cult favourite The Lost Boys, we are introduced to vampire hunters the Frog brothers. With comic book lore their doctrine to finding and killing these bloodsucking fiends, their mission is to keep hometown Santa Carla safe from total apocalypse. With a little help from their friends, they just about succeed.

4. Spider-Man (Raimi, 2002 – 2007 & Webb, 2012/2014)

Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man,At four, we’re swinging from New York skyscrapers with Spider-Man. Whether you prefer Sam Raimi’s 2002 version of the web-flinging teenager or Marc Webb’s 2012 interpretation, few can argue that the likeable Peter Parker fails to scale the heights to become one of cinema’s best superheroes.

3. Kick-Ass (Vaughn, 2010)

Kick-Ass, Film, Hit Girl,At three, we join Kick-Ass and Hit Girl in their much-loved 2010 adventure. They are the crime-fighting heroes of director Matthew Vaughn’s offbeat adaptation of Mark Miller’s comic book series. Developed by the same team that brought us the romantic fantasy Stardust with Vaughn writing alongside Jane Goldman, the pair concoct a unique interpretation of the genre while delivering all the thrills you expect from the superhero movie.

2. Harry Potter (Various, 2001 – 2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsOn to second place and we have the Harry Potter series. The fascinating thing about the eight movies, released between 2001 and 2011, is how we, as an audience, have grown up with Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the gang. It makes for an even more engrossing and exciting adventure thanks to the imagination of author J.K. Rowling and the skill of an assortment of directors who have so beautifully realised these tales on-screen.

1. The Goonies (Donner, 1985)

The Goonies, Film, Richard Donner, Hey You GuysSo, that brings us to number one in our top five. For this entry, we ditch magic wands and superpowers for homegrown courage as “The Goonies” head off on adventure to save their homes from destruction. This exciting tale of pirates and lost treasure is filled with great adventure, characters you’d love to be friends with in real life, and some great villains led by the incomparable Anna Ramsey as leader of the Fratelli gang.

Written by Daniel Stephens

Top 10 Films collaborated with the The Reel Deal film show for this top 5!

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Michael Scoates Reply

    Kick-Ass is one of my all=time movies, let alone in the teen hero sub-genre 🙂 I’ll put a shout out for Tris from Divergent and the upcoming Insurgent as I think that could be the start of something great. Also a shout for Donnie Darko.

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