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1.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Simply the best movie ever made in my eyes. ” - BalletZombie
 
2.
School of Rock (2003)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
“ Just because I can watch it over and over again and can recite the whole movie. ” - BalletZombie
 
3.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ A clever movie with a hidden meaning. ” - BalletZombie
 
4.
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
“ A quirky classic with a horrible plot, but it just hilarious. ” - BalletZombie
 
5.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (96 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
“ Just a dumb funny movie to watch when you're bored.... or high. ” - BalletZombie
 
6.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
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A girl makes a wish on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman. (98 mins.)
Director: Gary Winick
 
7.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
“ A feel good movie that will make you cry and laugh at the same time. ” - BalletZombie
 
8.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob. (124 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ The best movie of the Twilight Saga. ” - BalletZombie
 
9.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
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The adventures of a teenager who is fresh out and in elementary, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year. (94 mins.)
“ I fall over laughing everytime. ” - BalletZombie
 
10.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
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Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. (99 mins.)
Director: David Bowers
“ Devon Bostick just gets hotter and hotter. I can't look away from the screen. ” - BalletZombie
 
11.
Aquamarine (2006)
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Two teenage girls discover a mermaid in their beach club's swimming pool. (104 mins.)
Director: Elizabeth Allen
“ A teeny bopper girlie chick flick that I am absolutely in love with. ” - BalletZombie
 
12.
17 Again (2009)
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Mike O'Donnell is ungrateful for how his life turned out. He gets a chance to rewrite his life when he meets a janitor near a bridge. (102 mins.)
Director: Burr Steers
“ Clever humor and Zac Efron. What more do you need? ” - BalletZombie
 
13.
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ Don't watch this movie if you're an ugly crier. This movie will make you sob no matter what type of person you happen to be. ” - BalletZombie
 
14.
The Last Song (2010)
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A rebellious girl is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect. (107 mins.)
 
15.
Abduction (2011)
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A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. (106 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ Taylor Lautner's best movie yet. Lily Collins and Taylor Lautner have amazing chemistry together. ” - BalletZombie
 
16.
Fame (2009)
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An updated version of the musical Fame, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. (107 mins.)
“ A Movie that I could watch a million times and never get sick of. I love this movie. ” - BalletZombie
 
17.
Chicago (2002)
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Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
“ Although a tad bit long, Chicago has great musical sequences and actors. One of the best movie-turned musicals. ” - BalletZombie
 
18.
Grease (1978)
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Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ The original High School Musical. ” - BalletZombie
 
19.
West Side Story (1961)
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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
 
20.
Mulan (1998)
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To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. (88 mins.)
“ My favorite animated Disney movie. ” - BalletZombie
 
21.
Mary Poppins (1964)
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A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (139 mins.)
“ Who couldn't love Mary Poppins? ” - BalletZombie
 
22.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ The BEST Christmas movie you will ever see. It's so good you'll want to watch it year-round. ” - BalletZombie
 
23.
Ballerina (2006 Documentary)
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This documentary gives insight to the lives of five ballerinas, all at different points in their careers. Looking at the operations of the Vagonova Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre, the life of a ballerina is disclosed. (77 mins.)
“ The best ballet documentary I have seen yet. ” - BalletZombie
 
24.
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
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A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. (101 mins.)
“ Of course the book is so much better but it is my favorite book so I had to put the movie in here. ” - BalletZombie
 
25.
Mean Girls (2004)
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Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ What kind of girl would I be if I didn't include Mean Girls in my favorite movie list? ” - BalletZombie