10 Teen Movies Like Hunger Games Actually Worth the Hype
They might be lesser-known, but boy do they deliver!
1. "The Giver" (2014)
Welcome to a world without war, pain, or choice.
In a seemingly perfect, yet eerily emotionless society, young Jonas is chosen to receive the memories of the past, both the good and the bad, from an old man known as The Giver.
But with great power comes great responsibility, right? As Jonas learns about love, laughter, and pain, he realizes the cost of living in a world without emotion. Now, he must make a choice: continue living in a world devoid of feeling, or challenge the status quo?
2. "The Host" (2013)
Imagine a world invaded by aliens inhabiting human bodies.
Meet Melanie, who is captured and implanted with a "Soul" named Wanderer, an alien that can access her thoughts. But Melanie refuses to relinquish control.
As they journey through Melanie's memories, Wanderer grows fond of the humans Melanie loves, including her boyfriend, Jared. Struggling against her programming, Wanderer decides to find them and protect them from the alien Seekers hunting them down.
3. "In Time" (2011)
Time is literally money in a world where people stop aging at 25, but have only one more year to live.
In this dystopian world, the rich can live forever, while the poor die young. Enter Will Salas, a man from the wrong side of the tracks, who is accused of murder after receiving a gift of 100 years from a wealthy man.
On the run, Will kidnaps a rich man's daughter, Sylvia, and they team up to turn the tables on the system. As they steal time from the rich and give to the poor, they must stay ahead of the relentless Timekeeper chasing them.
4. "Warm Bodies" (2013)
In a post-apocalyptic world, the living and the undead coexist.
R, a lonely zombie, saves Julie, a human, from an attack by his fellow zombies. Strangely, he feels drawn to her. As they spend time together, R starts to regain his human emotions and memories. His heart starts beating again, and he realizes he's falling for her.
As their unlikely relationship develops, it sets off a chain of events that might just transform the entire lifeless world.
5. "The Maze Runner" (2014)
What if you woke up in an ever-changing maze with no memory of your past?
Welcome to the life of Thomas, who finds himself trapped with a group of boys in a mysterious, deadly maze.
When a girl named Teresa arrives, she reveals that she recognizes Thomas. As memories start flooding back, Thomas realizes he must lead the group through the maze and uncover the truth. However, the stakes are high, as the sinister organization WCKD controls their fate.
6. "Ender's Game" (2013)
War. Strategy. Sacrifice.
In a future where Earth has barely survived two alien invasions, Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young strategist, is recruited into an elite military training program. He's groomed to lead humanity in a final battle against the alien Formics.
As Ender undergoes rigorous training, he is pushed to his limits and questions the morality of war. When the final battle comes, Ender makes a decision that will change the course of humanity.
7. "Divergent" (2014)
In a society divided into factions based on virtues, what happens if you don't fit in?
Tris Prior discovers she's a Divergent, someone who belongs to multiple factions and cannot be controlled.
When she uncovers a plot to eliminate Divergents, Tris teams up with her instructor, Four, to uncover the truth. As they navigate the perils of their society, they uncover dark secrets that threaten their existence.
8. "I Am Number Four" (2011)
From a distant planet to Earth, with alien hunters on your tail.
John Smith is no ordinary teenager. He's an alien, one of the nine survivors of his planet who have sought refuge on Earth. As they're hunted down one by one, John realizes he's next.
With his guardian, Henri, he moves to a small town and assumes a new identity. There, John befriends Sarah and discovers his powers. When his enemies arrive, he must protect himself, his new friends, and his secret identity.
9. "City of Ember" (2008)
In an underground city on the brink of collapse, two teenagers hold the key to survival.
Lina and Doon live in the City of Ember, built underground to protect humanity from a catastrophe. But the city's power generator is failing, and resources are running out.
When Lina discovers a cryptic message, they embark on a quest to decipher it and find a way to the surface. As they navigate the city's dark secrets, they uncover a conspiracy to keep the truth hidden.
10. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (2013)
Clary Fray's life changes when she discovers she's a Shadowhunter, a half-angel warrior.
After her mother is kidnapped, Clary joins a group of Shadowhunters to rescue her.
As they navigate the hidden world of demons, warlocks, and vampires, Clary learns about her past and her powers. Along the way, she falls for the enigmatic Shadowhunter, Jace, and discovers dark secrets about her family.
As they confront the evil Valentine, Clary must embrace her destiny and save her mother.