50 Best Movies Set in High School ...


50 Best Movies Set in High School ...
50 Best Movies Set in High School ...

Age is no barrier to watching movies set in high school. We like to rekindle memories, enjoy reminders of what school was like for us, judge how far removed the movies are from our own real-life high school experiences, and when we’re still in our high school years, all of the above as well as fuelling our expectations. And let’s not forget some of the most iconic movies are set in high school. Let’s remind ourselves of some of them.

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The Breakfast Club

The quintessential high school movie with five characters that we can all identify with in different ways.

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Easy a

Emma Stone stars as a smart high school girl who falls victim to the vicious teen rumor mill.

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Bring It on

The high school cheerleading movie starring Kirsten Dunst that took the world by storm in the 90s.

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A high school movie with a twist about young love that gets super dangerous, super fast!

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Mean Girls

A modern masterpiece from the genius mind of Tina Fey - an absolute must see in the high school genre!

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The Craft

Forget Sabrina, these four teen witches were the talk of the school in the 90s.

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A timeless high school musical about love, lust and everything in between!

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10 Things I Hate about You

A great modern retelling of a Shakespeare classic starring the late great Heath Ledger.

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Pretty in Pink

Another one of John Hughes’ 80s high school classics starring young actress of the decade Molly Ringwald.

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Sixteen Candles

John Hughes and Molly Ringwald combine again for fun comedy about a girl whose birthday is forgotten by her family.

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The Princess Diaries

Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews are a dream team as a dowdy high schooler discovers she is a princess.

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The Faculty

We’ve all wondered if our teachers were aliens, but in this film, they actually were!

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The Spectacular Now

A great modern high school film about the complications of love starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

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She’s All That

Another 90s classic, this time starring one of the decade’s biggest heartthrobs, Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Perhaps the most iconic high school film of all, Clueless showed 90s’ teens how the rich kids lived!

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Paper Towns

Adapted from a John Green novel, Paper Towns is a fun romance about a high school boy who goes in search of his one true love.

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21 Jump Street

A hilarious remake of the 80s TV show starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

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American Pie

The original raunchy high school sex comedy that sparked a whole new modern genre.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day off

An 80s classic that made all of us want to skip school for the day and run riot!

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17 Again

A middle aged man gets the chance to rewrite his high school days when he wakes up as a 17 year old again.

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A creepy remake of the original starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the high school girl with supernatural powers.

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Dead Poets Society

The late great Robin Williams gives a performance as the high school teacher that we all wish we’d had.

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Say Anything

John Cusack gives a memorable performance in one of the most beloved high school romances films of the 80s.

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Napoleon Dynamite

There is nothing quite like Napoleon Dynamite; a hilarious high school comedy that is truly original!

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Never Been Kissed

Drew Barrymore plays a journalist who enrolls back at her old high school as part of a news story.

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Can’t Hardly Wait

Full of different characters and crazy situations, Can’t Hardly Wait gives the audience a fun insight in to graduating from high school.

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Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Lindsay Lohan stars as a drama queen city girl whose family chooses to move to the suburbs.

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The Karate Kid

A bullied high school boy learns to defend himself with the help of a faithful martial arts teacher.

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A unique film by Wes Anderson about the life and loves of a bizarre but genius high school student.

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Dangerous Minds

An ex-marine turned teacher fights against the odds to give her class of inner city kids a chance to graduate.

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An iconic movie that spawned an entirely new genre of horror starring Neve Campbell.

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It Follows

A great modern horror about a group of high school students plagued by a curse that is passed through sex.

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Friday Night Lights

A moving tale based on a true story about a Southern high school football team.

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Can’t Buy Me Love

The school nerd pays the popular girl in school to pretend to be his girlfriend.

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A classic movie about a group of young and aspiring performers at a talent academy in New York.

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Dazed and Confused

An insight in to the crazy days of a group of high school students in 1976.

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Back to the Future

A charismatic high schooler is sent back in time to ensure that his parents get together in their own high school days.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

A group of Californian high school students excel at their favorite subjects: sex, drugs and rock and roll!

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A fun high school comedy about the internal politics and struggles of a student council election.

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Donnie Darko

A cult classic about a troubled teenage boy who sees visions of a human sized bunny rabbit.

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The Last Picture Show

A classic coming of age tale about a group of high schools kids in 1950s Texas.

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A tense and dramatic tale about a group of private school girls and the teacher whom they adore.

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To Sir, with Love

Sidney Poitier stars as an inspiring teacher who must confront race issues in an all-white East London school in the 60s.

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The History Boys

A fun film about a group of gifted teenage boys as they strive to get in to Oxford and Cambridge.

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Sister Act 2

Whoopi Goldberg goes back in disguise to coach a talented high school choir to competition glory.

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The modern phenomenon about an awkward high school girl who falls madly in love with a vampire.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A charming tale about a shy freshman who is befriended by two of his high school’s oddest students.

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A recent comedy starring Mae Whitman about who discovers she is her friendship group’s DUFF – designated ugly fat friend.

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The Outsiders

A gripping drama about high schools gangs and the violence that can ensue between them.

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A charming and memorable comedy drama about a high school girl who becomes pregnant and decides to give the baby up for adoption.

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What’s your favorite high school movie? I love Pretty in Pink because the soundtrack just speaks to me.

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I'm kinda glad High School Musical wasn't included cause I didn't like it but I think it should have been included due to its popularity. 

❥ love it.

I've heard that the Carrie remake is not good.

@oxnathxo 10 things I hate about you is one of my favs too

Call me then

Yeah - where is High School Musical?

I CANNOT WAIT to see paper towns. I want to see that SOO BAD


Omggggg I love this movieeee

So many great movies on this list. Thank you!!!

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