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1. Glee (2009–2015)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club.

Stars: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith

Votes: 128,910

2. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.3
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84 Metascore

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 41,605 | Gross: $22.68M

3. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 265,837 | Gross: $103.05M

4. Black Lightning (2018– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.

Stars: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams

Votes: 17,679

5. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

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?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 215,816 | Gross: $188.76M

6. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 155,483 | Gross: $33.80M

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 274,853 | Gross: $38.18M

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.2
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35 Metascore

The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 86,887 | Gross: $63.08M

9. Cutting Class (1989)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

4.4
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A murderer is loose in a high school in this 'whodunit' movie.

Director: Rospo Pallenberg | Stars: Donovan Leitch Jr., Jill Schoelen, Brad Pitt, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,028

10. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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69 Metascore

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson

Votes: 484,662 | Gross: $138.45M

11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 428,618 | Gross: $17.74M

12. The Girl Next Door (2004)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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47 Metascore

A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

Votes: 192,573 | Gross: $14.59M

13. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

5.9
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53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 127,135 | Gross: $35.27M

14. Bad Moms (2016)

R | 100 min | Comedy

6.2
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60 Metascore

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence.

Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore | Stars: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate

Votes: 104,103 | Gross: $113.26M

15. The Faculty (1998)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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61 Metascore

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 104,825 | Gross: $40.06M

16. A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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35 Metascore

The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 190,469 | Gross: $41.23M

17. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy

3.4
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19 Metascore

Set back in the 80s when Harry met Lloyd in high school where they cross paths with a mean principal and a bunch of other outcasts much like themselves.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Eugene Levy, Timothy Stack

Votes: 35,347 | Gross: $26.28M

18. Central Intelligence (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.3
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52 Metascore

After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Amy Ryan

Votes: 143,673 | Gross: $127.44M

19. Assassination Nation (2018)

R | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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56 Metascore

After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descents and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.

Director: Sam Levinson | Stars: Odessa Young, Abra, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef

Votes: 11,048 | Gross: $1.96M

20. The Layover (I) (2017)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

4.7
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15 Metascore

Two friends on a road trip compete for the affections of a handsome man when their flight is redirected due to a hurricane.

Director: William H. Macy | Stars: Kate Upton, Alexandra Daddario, Matt Barr, Matt Jones

Votes: 10,929

21. Beautiful Creatures (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.1
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52 Metascore

Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich

Votes: 80,720 | Gross: $19.45M

22. The Guest (I) (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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76 Metascore

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe, Joel David Moore

Votes: 83,468 | Gross: $0.32M

23. The Pacifier (2005)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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30 Metascore

Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot, Brad Garrett

Votes: 81,913 | Gross: $113.09M

24. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 70,413 | Gross: $44.81M

25. My Soul to Take (2010)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.8
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25 Metascore

A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey

Votes: 18,751 | Gross: $14.64M

26. The Crazies (2010)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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55 Metascore

After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

Votes: 105,718 | Gross: $39.12M

27. 3 Days to Kill (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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40 Metascore

A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Director: McG | Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard

Votes: 82,737 | Gross: $30.70M

28. Dangerous Minds (1995)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

Votes: 45,394 | Gross: $84.92M

29. The Miracle Season (2018)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Sport

6.5
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44 Metascore

After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Helen Hunt, Erin Moriarty, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh

Votes: 3,643 | Gross: $10.23M

30. Into the Storm (2014)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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44 Metascore

Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.

Director: Steven Quale | Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon

Votes: 61,533 | Gross: $47.60M

31. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.9
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38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 36,717 | Gross: $52.28M

32. A Goofy Movie (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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When Max makes a preposterous promise to a girl he has a crush on, his chances to fulfilling it seem hopeless when he is dragged onto a cross-country trip with his embarrassing father, Goofy.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Kellie Martin

Votes: 41,672 | Gross: $35.35M

33. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

7.4
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58 Metascore

The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North

Votes: 17,032 | Gross: $31.91M

34. Sometimes They Come Back (1991 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.7
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A man and his family return to his hometown, where he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler, Chris Demetral

Votes: 8,729

35. Rebelde (2004–2006)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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Six teenagers with different lives and personalities attend a prominent private school with only one thing in common: their vocation and passion for music.

Stars: Anahí, Dulce María, Alfonso Herrera, Christopher Von Uckermann

Votes: 2,746

36. November Criminals (2017)

PG-13 | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.3
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31 Metascore

After his friend is murdered, a Washington, D.C. teenager undertakes his own investigation of the crime.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Strathairn, Catherine Keener

Votes: 7,047

37. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 61,165 | Gross: $3.95M

38. Miss Stevens (2016)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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65 Metascore

A heart-broken teacher chaperones a group of high schoolers to a state drama competition.

Director: Julia Hart | Stars: Lily Rabe, Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal

Votes: 4,051 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Bratz (2007)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Music

3.0
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21 Metascore

During their first year of high school, four best girlfriends face off against the domineering student body President, who wants to split them up into different social cliques.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Nathalia Ramos

Votes: 16,927 | Gross: $10.01M

40. Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990–1993)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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For a cool high school kid and his friends, thwarting authority figures and other enemies is not a problem.

Stars: Corin Nemec, Billy Jayne, Troy W. Slaten, Melanie Chartoff

Votes: 4,690

41. Teacher (2019)

100 min | Drama

7.3
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A high school English teacher goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies..

Director: Adam Dick | Stars: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak, Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez

Votes: 503

42. Heartbreak High (1994–1999)

50 min | Drama

7.8
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The series based on the lives of a group of students who attend the fictional Hartley High School in Sydney. Praised for its willingness to tackle gritty issues, from drugs to romance to ... See full summary »

Stars: Callan Mulvey, Lara Cox, Emma Roche, Ada Nicodemou

Votes: 2,422

43. Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Music

6.6
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55 Metascore

The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

Director: Liz Friedlander | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 23,969 | Gross: $34.74M

44. 'Til Death (2006–2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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A pair of newlyweds move in next door to a veteran married couple of 25 years.

Stars: Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Kat Foster, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Votes: 5,730

45. Out of This World (1987–1991)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.4
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The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland, who is the daughter of Troy and Donna Garland. However, Troy is an alien from the planet Antereus. As a benefit of her half-alien parentage, ... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Pescow, Maureen Flannigan, Burt Reynolds, Doug McClure

Votes: 1,523

46. Seeking Justice (2011)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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38 Metascore

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 43,178 | Gross: $0.04M

47. World's Greatest Dad (I) (2009)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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69 Metascore

When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Morgan Murphy, Naomi Glick

Votes: 35,863 | Gross: $0.22M

48. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)

R | 86 min | Horror

4.3
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A high school prom faces a deadly threat: a flesh-eating virus that spreads via a popular brand of bottled water.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Rider Strong, Noah Segan, Alexi Wasser, Rusty Kelley

Votes: 12,203

49. Senior Trip (1995)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.7
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While on detention, a group of misfits and slackers have to write a letter to the President explaining what is wrong with the education system. There is only one problem, the President ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Makin | Stars: Matt Frewer, Valerie Mahaffey, Lawrence Dane, Tommy Chong

Votes: 5,213 | Gross: $4.69M

50. Detention (2011)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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45 Metascore

As a copycat killer named after movie villain Cinderhella stalks the student body at Grizzly Lake High School, a group of co-eds band together to survive while serving detention.

Director: Joseph Kahn | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook

Votes: 14,368



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