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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A modern-day Grease for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
 
Hilarious comedy classic; language makes it PG-13.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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Musical phenomenon is still great fun, but quite racy.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
 
Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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High school comedy is racy but unexpectedly insightful.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
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Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Dated, but still fun for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
 
The Ramones still rock in comedy with some adult material.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
 
Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Socially relevant '80s teen flick.
On DVD/Streaming
(1998)
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A gem of a coming-of-age story.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(1999)