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.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Musical phenomenon is still great fun but quite racy.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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High school comedy is racy but unexpectedly insightful.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The Ramones still rock in comedy with some adult material.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Smart, edgy coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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