Back-to-School Movies

From Harry, Ron, and Hermione's magic classes at Hogwarts to the high school travails of Napoleon Dynamite, school has been the setting for some of America's most popular movies. Before summer's over and the anxiety of the first day of school takes hold, enjoy one of these movies with your kids. Bring the season in with a laugh, some cheers, or even a tug at the old heartstrings.

Browse Back-to-School Movies

 
Short, fact-filled animated version of popular kids' book.
On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
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Classic, clever, kitschy songs that teach.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
 
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
 
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
 
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
 
High School magic strikes again.
On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
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Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Offbeat fantasy gem, but too dark for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Cartoony high school superhero drama; OK for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
 
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
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A music teacher inspires his students.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
 
Hilarious comedy classic; language makes it PG-13.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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The Terminator meets Mother Goose.
On DVD/Streaming
(1998)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
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Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Intensely watchable movie based on a true story.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
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Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(1998)
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Classic '80s comedy has lots of profanity, innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Socially relevant '80s teen flick.
On DVD/Streaming
(1998)
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Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
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Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.
On DVD/Streaming
(2009)
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Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)