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 cruhes of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, the best high school movies offer laughs, love, and a few hijinks. 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. For more memorable stories about teens, try our lists of Best Prom Movies and Teen Romance Novels.

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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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McFarland, USA Movie Poster Image
Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Poster Image
Diverse, entertaining reboot has some language, violence.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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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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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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She's the Man Movie Poster Image
Cute but crass comedy based on Shakespeare play.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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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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Candy Jar Movie Poster Image
Drama about debate team rivals has some cursing.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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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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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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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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Hoop Dreams Movie Poster Image
Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Love, Simon Movie Poster Image
Affecting, lovable romcom about gay teen has a little edge.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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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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Never Been Kissed Movie Poster Image
Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Perfect Date Movie Poster Image
Solid romcom fun with two charismatic leads; swearing.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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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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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Movie Poster Image
Engaging teen romcom has underage drinking, language.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before Movie Poster Image
Book-based teen romcom has some language, racy talk.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Twilight Movie Poster Image
Teen fans will love faithful -- if uneven -- adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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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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The DUFF Movie Poster Image
High school comedy is racy but unexpectedly insightful.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking love story is a must-see for fans of the book.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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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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Juno Movie Poster Image
Brilliant teen-pregnancy comedy, but iffy for kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Kissing Booth Movie Poster Image
Quirky romcom has strong language, teen drinking, sex.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Love and Basketball Movie Poster Image
Romance and sports mix; some strong language and sex.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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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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Moxie Movie Poster Image
Sexual themes, language in feel-good feminist teen tale.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Rock 'n' Roll High School Movie Poster Image
The Ramones still rock in comedy with some adult material.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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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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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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Beast Beast Movie Poster Image
Meaningful teen drama has gun violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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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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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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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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Booksmart Movie Poster Image
Superb, smart teen comedy has drinking, strong sex talk.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Edge of Seventeen Movie Poster Image
Excellent acting in poignant, mature coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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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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