School massacre films

by Jxp100 | created - 04 May 2015 | updated - 04 May 2015 | Public

films that deal with school massacres and their effects, excluding gore fests, parodies and documentaries

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1. Zero Day (2002)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school.

Director: Ben Coccio | Stars: Cal Robertson, Andre Keuck, Serataren Adragna, Melissa Banks

Votes: 4,542 | Gross: $0.01M

terrifyingly realistic, best school shooting movie by far, from shooters perspective, tear jerker and stomach turner, directly based on Columbine massacre

2. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Votes: 160,608 | Gross: $1.74M

school massacre from the point of view of the mother, highly disturbing

3. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 94,257 | Gross: $1.23M

school shooting in dream like states following characters on the days leading up to their unwilling demise, based on Columbine massacre

4. The Class (2007)

99 min | Drama

An average Estonian high-schooler decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.

Director: Ilmar Raag | Stars: Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Lauri Pedaja, Paula Solvak

Votes: 15,452

foreign school shooting film about revenge and discrimination

5. Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, History

63 Metascore

A dramatization of the 1989 Montréal Massacre, during which several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Martin Watier

Votes: 17,561

college shooting, art film, thought provoking, follows anti feminist shooter, based on Polytechnique massacre

6. Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ben Foster, Randy Harrison, Janel Moloney

Votes: 12,960

film dealing with a boy suspected of school shooting plots and the suffering and lonliness as a result, well made

7. The Dirties (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.

Director: Matt Johnson | Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Padraig Singal, Ross Hill

Votes: 7,484

school shooting that starts as a parody but after torment by bullies evolves into something darker

8. American Yearbook (2004)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

Will is the kid-next-door, but is relentlessly terrorized by school bullies. Then the mysterious Chance eventually convinces Will that they should get a gun and take the bullies out: pull a Columbine.

Director: Brian Ging | Stars: Nick Tagas, Jon Carlo Alvarez, Giovannie Espiritu, Chris Ratti

Votes: 120

film about planning a "columbine"

9. Amish Grace (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Biography, Drama

When a gunman killed five Amish children and injured five others in a Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania schoolhouse shooting in October of 2006, the world media attention rapidly turned from the ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tammy Blanchard, Fay Masterson, Madison Mason

Votes: 1,985

school shooting film involving an amish community and their capability to forgive horrible crimes, based on PA amish schoolhouse shooting

10. April Showers (2009)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

After a school shooting leaves 14 people dead, survivor Sean Ryan is forced to come to terms with loss.

Director: Andrew Robinson | Stars: Kelly Blatz, Daryl Sabara, Janel Parrish, Ellen Woglom

Votes: 1,017

film about the effects of a massive school shooting on a town, directly based on Columbine massacre

11. Beautiful Boy (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.

Director: Shawn Ku | Stars: Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Kyle Gallner, Logan South

Votes: 6,786 | Gross: $0.08M

film about parents coping with their sons college massacre, based on Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres

12. Blackbird (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

An alienated teenager's posturing online threat ignites a firestorm of fear in a small community.

Director: Jason Buxton | Stars: Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast, Michael Buie, Alex Ozerov-Meyer

Votes: 1,694

film about a boy accused of plotting a school shooting

13. Ekskul (2006)

Crime, Thriller

A troubled adolescent high school student plans revenge on his friends who abused him. He bought a pistol and holds hostage his six friends who have insulted him in the school.

Director: Nayato Fio Nuala | Stars: Erly Ashy, Indra Brasco, Inong, Teguh Leo

Votes: 59

film about a bullied boy and his school hostage situation

14. Heart of America (2002)

R | 87 min | Drama

On the last day of school, two bullied teenagers decide to take revenge on their tormentors.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Michael Paré, Patrick Muldoon, Birkett Turton

Votes: 2,687

film about school bullying and violence, not a favorite of mine, based on Columbine massacre

15. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

At Westerburg High where cliques rule, jocks dominate and all the popular girls are named Heather, it's going to take a Veronica and mysterious new kid to give teen angst a body count.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 109,058 | Gross: $1.11M

film about a murderous couple and a possible school massacre, would have been farther up but isn't exactly a "school shooting" film

16. Hello Herman (2012)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

27 Metascore

A journalist interviews a sixteen year old boy, who is in police custody after he shot and killed 42 people at his high school.

Director: Michelle Danner | Stars: Norman Reedus, Garrett Backstrom, Martha Higareda, Rob Estes

Votes: 1,451

film about a school shooting and the fame achieved by the shooter, based on Virginia Tech massacre

17. Home Room (2002)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.

Director: Paul F. Ryan | Stars: Busy Philipps, Erika Christensen, Victor Garber, Raphael Sbarge

Votes: 3,387 | Gross: $0.01M

film about the effects of a school shooting on prejudice and trust

18. If.... (1968)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 24,608

film about a school rebellion, would have been higher but isn't exactly a "school shooting" film

19. The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

R | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

38 Metascore

A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, Gabrielle Brennan

Votes: 14,623 | Gross: $0.30M

film about the effects of a school shooting on a girls mind, based on Columbine massacre

20. The Only Way (2004)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

Devon Browning is viewed as an outcast and is a victim of physical and emotional abuse from his classmates. After a tragic death in his family, his life begins to fall off course. He ... See full summary »

Directors: Levi Obery, David Zimmerman III | Stars: Billy Kearney, Victoria Corwin, Dustin Reinmann, Jerry Stowell

Votes: 44

film about school shooting, based on Columbine massacre

21. State's Evidence (2004)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

Six high school teenagers decide to commit suicide together, but their plans soon go awry when one of them has something darker in mind as well.

Director: Benjamin Louis | Stars: Douglas Smith, Kris Lemche, Drew Tyler Bell, Alexa PenaVega

Votes: 751

film about a group of friends and their unwilling participation in a school massacre

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