Best High School Movies

It's movies like these that make you think high school will be the greatest -- or most tragic -- time of your life. From the adventures of Ferris Bueller's Day Off to the first crush of Sixteen Candles, the best high school movies offer laughs, love, and a few hi-jinks. While some more recent high school love stories -- like High School Musical and Clueless -- have us pining for those summer nights (sing it, Danny and Sandy!), it's the heartache of John Hughes' films that anchors our list of favorite high school movies of all time.

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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Poster Image
Diverse, entertaining reboot has some language, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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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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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(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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Never Been Kissed Movie Poster Image
Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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10 Things I Hate About You Movie Poster Image
Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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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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The DUFF Movie Poster Image
High school comedy is racy but unexpectedly insightful.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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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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Pretty in Pink Movie Poster Image
Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Rock 'n' Roll High School Movie Poster Image
The Ramones still rock in comedy with some adult material.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)
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Some Kind of Wonderful Movie Poster Image
Classic John Hughes teen drama has lots of cursing.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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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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Say Anything Movie Poster Image
Smart, edgy coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Sixteen Candles Movie Poster Image
Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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