Back-to-School Movies

Already feeling the back-to-school blues creeping up? Brush them away with this list of back-to-school movies that'll get your kids excited to hear the bell ring. From Harry, Ron, and Hermione's magic classes at Hogwarts to the high school struggles of Napoleon Dynamite, school has been the setting for some of America's most popular movies. Some of these movies do push boundaries, so be sure to check them out first and have conversations about your rules for the school year. Before summer is over, take a trip down memory lane with your kids and relive the excitement of walking down those hallways. For other fun back-to-school options, check out our list of Back-to-School Books and Best High School Movies.

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Short, fact-filled animated version of popular kids' book.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Classic, clever, kitschy songs that teach.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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High School magic strikes again.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Cartoony high school superhero drama; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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'90s drama about inspiring teacher has some cursing.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Terminator meets Mother Goose; lots of violence, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Classic '80s comedy has lots of profanity, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Charming take on Jane Austen's Emma has sex, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Powerful drama is so much more than a football movie.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Teen Scarlet Letter update is smart but risque.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Dark '90s high school comedy has lots of sex, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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