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 push boundaries, so be sure to check them out first and have conversations about your rules for the school year. 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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Emily's First 100 Days of School Movie Poster Image
Short, fact-filled animated version of popular kids' book.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Schoolhouse Rock! Movie Poster Image
Classic, clever, kitschy songs that teach.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Teacher's Pet Movie Poster Image
Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Freaky Friday Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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High School Musical 2 Movie Poster Image
High School magic strikes again.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Mad Hot Ballroom Movie Poster Image
Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Matilda Movie Poster Image
Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Sky High Movie Poster Image
Cartoony high school superhero drama; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Poster Image
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Mr. Holland's Opus Movie Poster Image
'90s drama about inspiring teacher has some cursing.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Stargirl Movie Poster Image
Gentle book-based school drama has positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Grease Movie Poster Image
Musical phenomenon is still great fun but quite racy.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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Tall Girl Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age comedy about feeling different; mild cursing.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Bring It On Movie Poster Image
Smart, sassy movie, but expect raunchy humor, language.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Kindergarten Cop Movie Poster Image
Terminator meets Mother Goose; lots of violence, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Lucas Movie Poster Image
A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Stand and Deliver Movie Poster Image
Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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The Half of It Movie Poster Image
Touching, smart teen story deals with sexuality; drinking.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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To Sir, with Love Movie Poster Image
Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Back to School Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s comedy has lots of profanity, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Clueless Movie Poster Image
Charming take on Jane Austen's Emma has sex, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Friday Night Lights Movie Poster Image
Powerful drama is so much more than a football movie.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Mean Girls Movie Poster Image
Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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School Ties Movie Poster Image
Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Breakfast Club Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Easy A Movie Poster Image
Teen Scarlet Letter update is smart but risque.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Election Movie Poster Image
Dark '90s high school comedy has lots of sex, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Fame Movie Poster Image
Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Rushmore Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy has profanity, sex, underage drinking.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Old School Movie Poster Image
Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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