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Every Movie Noah Centineo Played a Teen Heartthrob, Ranked

Noah Centineo is no stranger to romantic comedies, particularly spawning from Netflix’s endless list of teen rom-coms. Throughout the years, Centineo has found himself as the male protagonist in a number of lovey-dovey movies aimed towards young adults. While some became huge successes and gathered sequels, others were small, independent movies some might not even know of. Regardless, Centineo performed numerous similar roles and between 2017 and 2021, and it became clear that if Netflix needed a leading man in a romance movie they knew just who to call.

Since his most recent venture, the To All the Boys franchise, wrapped up, Centineo has been cast in roles quite the opposite of Gen Z eye candy. Between the upcoming Black Atom film, for which he has been cast as Albert Rothstein aka Atom Smasher, and a currently untitled Netflix original about the GameStop stock market controversy, it’s safe to assume that the 25-year-old is stepping away from his role as a teen hunk. Nevertheless, that still leaves his fans with a long list of movies perfect for Valentine’s Day, girls’ night, or just any other Tuesday. Here are Centineo’s best movies where he played a teen heartthrob, ranked.

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7 Swiped
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In 2018, Centineo starred as Lance Black in this panned coming-of-age film that only received a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. Centineo’s fame likely drew in a number of viewers, especially given that his photo was the main focus of the film’s poster, all the while Centineo himself was the deuteragonist. In the movie, Lance seeks help from the lead character James (Kendall Sanders) to create a dating app to match college students across campus. While Centineo’s character is intended to be a cool guy the ladies will love, he instead comes across as a misogynistic, unlikeable jerk, far from anything a viewer could render admirable.

6 SPF-18

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Perhaps the least known of the bunch is SPF-18, despite ironically featuring a cast of famous adults including Molly Ringwald, Pamela Anderson and Keanu Reeves (though only for a few seconds). As a whole, SPF-18 lacks substance with its abundance of montages and minimal plot – the main conflict being the lead female, Penny, having to make the incredibly tough decision of choosing between one attractive male and another. With its one dimensional characters, it’s hard to find anything about Centineo’s character, Johnny, to actually enjoy, with viewers knowing nothing more than he likes to surf, and he likes school.

5 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

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In 2018, he brought the fictional Peter Kavinsky to life in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and would go on to do so in the 2020 sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. As a high school boyfriend, Peter had his ups and downs in his relationship with Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor). Because this series took the Love Triangle route that young adult franchises seem to constantly endure in their second film, it brought forth a male competitor, leaving fans to be either #TeamPeter or #TeamJohnAmbrose. While Peter took Lara Jean out on her first real date and came to her rescue to keep her from conquering her fear from driving in the snow, viewers still had to sit through Peter talking to his ex behind Lara Jean’s back and, most lowly, making fun of John Ambrose’s stutter.

4 Sierra Burgess is a Loser

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Another 2018 Netflix original stars Centineo along with Shannon Purser, who played the titular Sierra Burgess. Many found the movie simply creepy for its romanticization of actions that would be shamed in real life from catfishing to non-consensual kissing, both of which Centineo’s character Jamey was a victim of. It follows Sierra, a self-conscious band geek whose phone number falls into the hands of Jamey, the high school football star who believed he was getting into contact with a popular, snobby cheerleader named Veronica, (Kristine Froseth). The film subverts expectations by creating a friendship between the two girls until Sierra ruins Veronica’s reputation, all out of anger. Ironically, however, in the end Jamey forgives Sierra for every non-forgivable act she’d done and the two end up together.

Related: The 12 Best Rom-Coms on Netflix, Ranked

3 The Perfect Date

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In another installment of dating app themed romances, Centineo took part in this 2018 Netflix film as Brooks Rattigan. The feature reunited Centineo with his former co-star Laura Marano, the star of Disney’s Austin & Ally. Centineo had a recurring role on the series as Dallas, the – to no one’s surprise – cute guy love interest. Unlike Swiped, the dating app had a purpose beyond organizing hookups between unfamiliar college students. Brooks used it to role-play as the ideal man any woman wanted, in attempts to get money to pay for Yale. Along the way he falls in love with Celia, played by Marano, and eventually gives up his role as an escort, taking the typical teen moral of “being yourself.” After having gotten into Yale, he gave it up for UConn.

2 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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At the start of the To All the Boys franchise, Centineo’s character, Peter, was one of five guys to receive a love letter from Lara Jean and by the end of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, he was the one she pursued. Though the fake relationship started with Peter using Lara Jean as a ploy to make his ex jealous, and Lara Jean using Peter to keep her sister’s former love Josh from knowing she had feelings for then, by the end of the 100 minutes, viewers loved the two so much they wound up being nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Best Couple and winning a one for Best Kiss.

1 To All the Boys: Always and Forever

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever was the perfect end to the young adult trilogy: Centineo and Condor linked one last time as audiences said goodbye to the lovable duo that was “Covinsky.” By this third film, Peter had clearly undergone a heap of character development as the two experienced the difficulties of going off to college. Though the soulmates initially planned to stay in the same place throughout university, they eventually went their separate ways, pursuing their dreams all the while insisting for sure that they would be together forever.

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