Best High School Themed Movies

Best movies that take place at a high school or revolve around high school aged characters, of all genres.
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1.
Angel (1984)
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15 year-old Molly is the best in her class in high school. Nobody suspects that the model pupil earns... (94 mins.)
“ As if homework from an expensive prep school wasn't enough, this gal was also turning tricks on Hollywood Boulevard to pay her tuition! ” - Dave-36
 
2.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
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A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)
 
3.
Bring It On (2000)
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A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships. (98 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
 
4.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
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A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires. (86 mins.)
“ The basketball games were always quite interesting and the prom was quite eventful. ” - Dave-36
 
5.
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
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A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ Definitely one of the best teen movies out there! A classic. ” - Dave-36
 
6.
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Payback was a bitch for everybody who made fun of this wallflower! ” - Dave-36
 
7.
Clueless (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. (97 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ Oh, the '90s...I don't miss them, but this movie captures the time period quite accurately. ” - Dave-36
 
8.
Cruel Intentions (1999)
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Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term. (97 mins.)
Director: Roger Kumble
“ These young perverts were in high school, right? ” - Dave-36
 
9.
The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
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A confident, out-of-the-closet gay teenager has the support of an eclectic range of friends while dealing with a homophobic bully during his first year at an international high school. (98 mins.)
“ Set in the 1980s about an American exchange student coming of age and out of the closet. Tad Hilgenbrinck is excellent. ” - Dave-36
 
10.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ "Suffer sisters, suffer!" ” - Dave-36
 
11.
Easy A (2010)
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A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
 
12.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
13.
Grease 2 (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
An English student at a 1960s American high school has to prove himself to the leader of a girls' gang whose members can only date greasers. (115 mins.)
Director: Patricia Birch
“ Yes, I liked this better than the original! ” - Dave-36
 
14.
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday. (110 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Damn rich kids, always getting into some kind of bloody trouble. ” - Dave-36
 
15.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
“ Classic. Must-see. Outstanding. Heather Chandler was the original (and best) "mean girl." "What's your damage?" ” - Dave-36
 
16.
Jawbreaker (1999)
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Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong. (87 mins.)
Director: Darren Stein
“ A '90s version of "Heathers," with Rose McGowan great as the lead bad girl. ” - Dave-36
 
17.
Just One of the Guys (1985)
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Terry Griffith has got it all -- looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that's... (90 mins.)
Director: Lisa Gottlieb
“ Even though there was no way that Joyce Hyser could've passed for a teenaged boy, this is still a lot of fun, with a great supporting cast. ” - Dave-36
 
18.
The Last American Virgin (1982)
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The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized... (92 mins.)
Director: Boaz Davidson
“ Lots of hilarious moments to be sure, but wow, this movie has some downer parts, especially the conclusion! ” - Dave-36
 
19.
Lovely But Deadly (1981)
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A cheerleader goes undercover to fight drug dealers because her brother OD'd and her fellow cheerleaders are hooked. (95 mins.)
Director: David Sheldon
“ "Just say no!" takes on a whole new meaning when a teen vigilante and her harem of karate-kicking she beasts take on the high school drug dealers! ” - Dave-36
 
20.
Lucas (1986)
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A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other. (100 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
21.
Massacre at Central High (1976)
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A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors. (87 mins.)
Director: Renee Daalder
“ Another reason to think twice before picking on those awkward kids in your class. ” - Dave-36
 
22.
Mirror Mirror (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A teenage girl begins receiving black magic power through an antique mirror that drips blood, not realizing the mirror is controlled by demonic forces. (104 mins.)
Director: Marina Sargenti
“ The cheerleaders and jocks who aren't very nice to the new goth girl at school are soon sorry when she discovers she has an evil mirror in her new home that can make bad things happen to her enemies. ” - Dave-36
 
23.
Mischief (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 1956, the shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of high school... (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Damski
“ Nice to see a teen comedy set in the 1950's for a change. ” - Dave-36
 
24.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story. (107 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
“ Josie Grossie! ” - Dave-36
 
25.
Private School (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby... (89 mins.)
Director: Noel Black
“ Betsy Russell - enough said! ” - Dave-36
 
26.
Prom Night (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A masked killer stalks four teenagers, responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom. (92 mins.)
Director: Paul Lynch
“ Though a slasher pic to be sure, it's also a mystery with sympathetic characters which takes it time getting to the title event where teens are menaced by a masked killer. ” - Dave-36
 
27.
Savage Streets (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend. (93 mins.)
Director: Danny Steinmann
“ Though Linda Blair and her gal pals look about ten years too old to be in high school, here they are in this exploitation classic! Watch as a leather-clad Linda gets revenge on the gang of punks who tossed her pregnant best friend off a bridge and raped her deaf/mute sister (Linnea Quigley). Brutal stuff. ” - Dave-36
 
28.
Senior Week (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Everett and his party-hungry buddies embark on an all-night road-trip to the Florida beaches, for a week of fun... (98 mins.)
Director: Stuart Goldman
“ Not very well-known and not very good, this is for bad movie completists solely for the over-the-top performance of Barbara Gruen as Madeline Bagley (a.k.a. The Baglady), the deranged English teacher at a Jersey high school. So deranged she follows her delinquent students down to Florida to ruin their good times! There's also an unfriendly hoagie lady who provides a few chuckles. ” - Dave-36
 
29.
She's All That (1999)
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A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Iscove
“ This hasn't aged well, and watching it now you'll be rolling your eyes during many scenes. However, it's got a lot of familiar faces in the cast (Paul Walker pre-Fast & Furious) and was pretty successful at the time. ” - Dave-36
 
30.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
31.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
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When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith. (95 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ Fantastic little love triangle going on here, Eric Stoltz & Mary Stuart Masterson are terrific. ” - Dave-36
 
32.
Student Bodies (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A killer named the Breather tallies up a score of teenage bodies in this scathing parody of slasher films. (86 mins.)
Director: Mickey Rose
“ Parody of the teen slasher flicks. ” - Dave-36
 
33.
Summer School (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students... (97 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
34.
To Save a Life (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a childhood friend's death, Jake Taylor, an all-star athlete must change his life - and sacrifice his dreams to save the lives of others. (120 mins.)
Director: Brian Baugh
“ A little preachy at times but an effective drama with a good lead performance by Randy Wayne. ” - Dave-36
 
35.
Valley Girl (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love... (99 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
“ This movie is so much fun it will literally make you wish you were a teenager living in The San Fernando Valley in 1983. Like, fer sure. Deborah Foreman is adorable! ” - Dave-36
 
36.
Varsity Blues (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured. (106 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
 
37.
Weird Science (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that. (94 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
38.
Wild Things (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students. (108 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ These high-school nymphs were playing for keeps! Though their evil plans didn't quite work out the way they'd hoped. ” - Dave-36
 
39.
Zapped! (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies. (98 mins.)
“ Scott Baio is a nerd who manages to gain telekinetic powers after a lab mishap. Off go the girls' shirts & skirts! ” - Dave-36
 
40.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Five students from different social circles are stuck in detention. I always found it sort of dull but it's definitely a classic and has legions of fans. ” - Dave-36
 
41.
Class of 1984 (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school. (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Lester
“ Murderous punk rockers terrorize both students and staff until a teacher decides to get revenge. Brutal and effective. ” - Dave-36