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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: 128,516

2. Overcomer (2019)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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17 Metascore

A high-school basketball coach volunteers to coach a troubled teen in long-distance running.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Shari Rigby, Alex Kendrick, Aryn Wright-Thompson, Cameron Arnett

Votes: 1,222 | Gross: $26.25M

3. 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: 214,585 | Gross: $188.76M

4. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.6
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78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 149,446 | Gross: $7.99M

5. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

8.7
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In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town's pride and... See full summary »

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 51,848

6. Power Rangers (2017)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.9
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44 Metascore

A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin

Votes: 94,769 | Gross: $85.36M

7. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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60 Metascore

A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 160,499 | Gross: $90.82M

8. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 323,231 | Gross: $45.88M

9. She's All That (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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51 Metascore

A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker

Votes: 79,303 | Gross: $63.37M

10. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 135,904 | Gross: $4.86M

11. Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.0
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A close knit group of six friends try to make it through their teens while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Votes: 29,100

12. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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52 Metascore

Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

Directors: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 42,463 | Gross: $25.34M

13. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 113,974 | Gross: $67.26M

14. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

R | 117 min | Comedy

6.9
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83 Metascore

In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

Votes: 48,455 | Gross: $3.37M

15. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.2
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70 Metascore

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 54,853 | Gross: $61.19M

16. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

7.7
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87 Metascore

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 42,839 | Gross: $54.80M

17. That's My Boy (1932)

71 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

5.4
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Tommy Scott goes to a Connecticut college to become a doctor, but is soon discovered to be a prodigious football talent. He becomes a national star and falls in love, but fame and ill-advised financial deals threaten to ruin his future.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Richard Cromwell, Dorothy Jordan, Mae Marsh, Arthur Stone

Votes: 83

18. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 95,425 | Gross: $2.42M

19. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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75 Metascore

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

Votes: 91,027 | Gross: $70.00M

20. Love Story (1970)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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84 Metascore

A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Votes: 27,535 | Gross: $106.40M

21. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 49,996 | Gross: $58.97M

22. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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86 Metascore

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

Votes: 121,352 | Gross: $20.81M

23. Valentine's Day (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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34 Metascore

Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba

Votes: 108,035 | Gross: $110.49M

24. 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: 3,557 | Gross: $10.23M

25. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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74 Metascore

A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 16,334 | Gross: $8.72M

26. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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68 Metascore

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 43,796 | Gross: $64.38M

27. Shark Night 3D (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

4.0
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22 Metascore

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee

Votes: 23,459 | Gross: $18.87M

28. Love & Basketball (2000)

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

7.2
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70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 16,906 | Gross: $27.44M

29. Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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56 Metascore

In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, David de Vries

Votes: 30,057 | Gross: $31.20M

30. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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76 Metascore

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 40,185 | Gross: $28.61M

31. Drive Me Crazy (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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42 Metascore

Nicole and Chase used to be BFFs, then junior high happened. The high school centennial dance is coming but Nicole gets dumped. So does Chase. They stage a relationship to get at their exes. They visit each other's worlds. Love in the air?

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Stephen Collins, Mark Metcalf

Votes: 17,187 | Gross: $17.85M

32. 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: 16,888 | Gross: $10.01M

33. In the Valley of Elah (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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65 Metascore

A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jonathan Tucker, Jason Patric

Votes: 66,374 | Gross: $6.78M

34. The Thirteenth Year (1999 TV Movie)

TV-G | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.9
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A teen learns that his birth mother is a mermaid after he begins to grow fins and slimy scales on his thirteenth birthday.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Chez Starbuck, Justin Jon Ross, Courtnee Draper, Brent Briscoe

Votes: 4,221

35. The Real O'Neals (2016–2017)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.1
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A family's bond is strengthened when the youngest son tells his parents that he's gay.

Stars: Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Matt Shively

Votes: 4,763

36. Teen Wolf Too (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy

3.3
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8 Metascore

Todd Howard is a struggling teenager. Nothing seems to be going very well for him, until he turns into a wolf.

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: Jason Bateman, Kim Darby, John Astin, Paul Sand

Votes: 10,212 | Gross: $7.89M

37. Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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When her father goes out of town, beautiful A-student Natalie lets best friends Jeff and Polly move in. Separately and together, the trio of young teens learn much about life, love, and growing up.

Director: Linda Feferman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman, Alan Boyce

Votes: 1,272 | Gross: $0.03M

38. 1 Mile to You (2017)

TV-14 | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.3
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After a teenager's friends die in an accident, he finds running allows him to remember them perfectly. Running, however, also brings him notoriety. He is caught between keeping the past alive and making new memories in the present.

Director: Leif Tilden | Stars: Graham Rogers, Tim Roth, Justin McCammom, Ty Parker

Votes: 1,950

39. My All-American (2015)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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34 Metascore

Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

Director: Angelo Pizzo | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 5,170 | Gross: $2.25M

40. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 18,843 | Gross: $9.59M

41. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,536 | Gross: $7.83M

42. Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend (1989 Video)

Unrated | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.4
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The relative coexistence of the human world, demon world and beast world is soon to be disrupted by The Overfiend, an immensely powerful demon who'll be reborn after 3000 years to remake the world to his own liking.

Director: Hideki Takayama | Stars: Sonny Weil, Bick Balse, Herb Hummel, Christopher Courage

Votes: 2,739

43. 23 Blast (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Family, Sport

6.5
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45 Metascore

When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.

Director: Dylan Baker | Stars: Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang, Max Adler

Votes: 1,600 | Gross: $0.49M

44. One on One (1977)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Sport

6.4
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Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G.D. Spradlin, Gail Strickland

Votes: 1,417

45. Wolves (I) (2016)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

5.7
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46 Metascore

An 18-year-old basketball star who is being recruited by Cornell University seems to have it all figured out: captain of his team, a good student, has a longtime girlfriend and some good ... See full summary »

Director: Bart Freundlich | Stars: Taylor John Smith, Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 929

46. Hoovey (2015)

PG | 91 min | Drama

5.7
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Life can change in an instant, and turn your whole world upside down. And that is exactly what happens to firefighter Jeff Elliott and his wife Ruth who are living their dream in the golden... See full summary »

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Cody Linley, Patrick Warburton, Lauren Holly, Alyson Stoner

Votes: 806

47. Quarterback Princess (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sport

6.4
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Tami, a young girl who has just moved to Oregon, stands up against her coach and the naysayers of her small town to prove that she's capable of being a talented football quarterback despite her gender.

Director: Noel Black | Stars: Don Murray, Barbara Babcock, Dana Elcar, John Stockwell

Votes: 897

48. Everybody's All-American (1988)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.2
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A Louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman

Votes: 2,749 | Gross: $12.64M

49. Baby It's You (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin, Jack Davidson

Votes: 1,614 | Gross: $1.87M

50. Meet the Browns (2008)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.3
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45 Metascore

A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father -- a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tamela J. Mann, Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry, David Mann

Votes: 6,290 | Gross: $41.94M



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