Teenagers in films don’t exactly behave like they do in real life. The stereotypical tropes rise to the top, the standard of beauty is higher and the actors playing them are usually in their late twenties or sometimes even older. Despite this, cinematic history is rich with fascinating, iconic teenage characters, and some of them aren’t even from John Hughes films.
20. Kat Stratford – 10 Things I Hate About You
The character of Kat Stratford from ’90s rom com 10 Things I Hate About You is loosely based on Katherina Minola, the eponymous Shrew from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. At the start of the film the heroine – played by Julia Stiles – appears to be nothing but an ill-tempered pessimist. But as her relationship with Heath Ledger’s Patrick develops, she’s revealed to be so much more.
19. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games
Being a teenager isn’t easy, but what about when you end up pitted against other teens in a fatal combat game? Well, that’s exactly what Katniss Everdeen volunteers to do in The Hunger Games. The brave teen competes in the brutal contest so her little sister won’t have to suffer the same fate. And over the course of the series, Everdeen becomes a thoroughly inspiring revolutionary.