20 Highest-Grossing Teen Romance Movies

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12. Pretty in Pink

Paramount Pictures

The fact that Pretty in Pink made this list in spite of inflation speaks to how popular it was when it came out. The movie made $40 million in the U.S., and went on to influence every teen romance movie that came after it. In fact, if you adjusted how much this movie made with inflation, it would be up there in the top three highest-grossing teen romance movies.

The movie has a simple story, really. It follows an outcast girl who gets swept up after a popular boy asks her out. From there, plenty of relationship drama unfolds, but Pretty in Pink works because its smaller moments are so good. Few teen romance movies of today have the kind of natural charm that the great John Hughes movies so often did.

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