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What are some good "high school" movies?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2774points) November 22nd, 2011

You know which one’s I mean right? Like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, etc etc.
What are some other “inspirational” teenage movies, preferably around that time period?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ela's avatar

Fast Times at Ridgemont High “People on ‘ludes should not drive.”

jrpowell's avatar

Can’t Buy Me Love

ragingloli's avatar

High School of the dead.
Have not watched it though, but the series, I think, involves pupils dying and being turned into zombies.

6rant6's avatar

Grease and American Graffiti of course.

SuperMouse's avatar

Teen Wolf
Mean Girls
Peggy Sue Got Married
Back to the Future
Some Kind of Wonderful
Running on Empty

marinelife's avatar

Ten Things I Hate About You was a really good movie about high school.

rebbel's avatar

Class of 1984 I set in a high school if it can be seen as inspirational I am not sure though.

EmptyNest's avatar

The Breakfast Club is one of my favs.

deni's avatar

@marinelife I agree. 10 Things I Hate About You is AWESOME and so nostalgic for me. And I love the soundtrack.

Kardamom's avatar

I was a teenager during the 80’s. I don’t recall any of the teenage movies being inspirational at all, they were mostly funny and sometimes raunchy, and usually involved sex and drugs and rock and roll. Porky’s was one of the raunchiest ones.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is one of the funniest, and most accurate movies from that time period. Sean Penn’s character is exactly like some of the boys I went to school with. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is also very funny. Pretty in Pink was mostly stupid, but it’s worth watching for Jon Cryer’s parts, alone. I thought Molly Ringwold should have gone off with him instead of Andrew McCarthy. Check out This Clip to see how cute Jon was back then (I still think he’s adorable and hilarious).

Valley Girl was OK.

Taps is a very good movie about a group of military school students who end up taking over their school. Parts of it are very strong and sad, but both Sean Penn and Tom Cruise are great! This is before Tom Cruise started being kind of douchey and weird. Although his character in this movie kind of foreshadows some of his current behavior. just saying

Weird Science was pretty funny.

River’s Edge was a very disturbing movie about a bunch of apathetic teenagers and a murder.

Oh, duh, how could I not think of this one, although it’s from a later period, Stand By Me. That’s an excellent, inspirational teen movie, although it’s not a “high school” movie, so maybe this isn’t what you’re looking for.

Bring it On was a pretty decent movie about high school cheerleading.

And there’s always Napoleon Dynamite

And Stand and Deliver

And Dead Poets Society

A few oldies are To Sir With Love and Asphalt Jungle (both with Sidney Poitier)

If you’re interested in some excellent foreign movies that deal with high school aged kids in boarding schools that are not set in our time period you might like Au Revoir Les Enfants or Europa Europa or The Chorus

NostalgicChills's avatar

Thanks guys!
—I’m planning to watch most, if not all, of these movies over thanksgiving break.—

Kardamom's avatar

Ooops, in my above post ^^ I accidentally wrote Asphalt Jungle (which is a totally different movie) instead of writing Blackboard Jungle for one of the older movies with Sidney Poitier.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Kardamom‘s list made me think of another good high school movie with Mr. Sidney Poitier is To Sir With Love. That one of course made me think of some other high school movies featuring awesome educators such as Stand and Deliver and Lean on Me. There are also some cheesy high school movies such as Vision Question starring an incredibly young Matthew Modie and Only the Strong. Finally what is any 80’s teen film festival without Risky Business?

NostalgicChills's avatar

I just realized you also put “The Chorus”/Les Choristes. That is my all time absolute favorite movie!

filmfann's avatar

Up the Down Staircase

downtide's avatar

Once Bitten, starrring a very young Jim Carrey. I never laughed so hard in my life as the first time I saw this.

Linda_Owl's avatar

“Summer School” starring a very young Mark Harmon (it is hilarious & also has a good message).

deni's avatar

I’m thankful no one said Fast Times at Ridgemont High….I’ve heard a lot of people say they really like that movie, if for no other reason than that it is nostalgic, but I’d seriously rather lose a leg than ever have to watch it again.

@downtide oooooooooo

fundevogel's avatar

Better Off Dead is my favorite feel-good suicide comedy.

Yes, it is a high school movie as well.

mazingerz88's avatar

Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Lol.
Meatballs. Lol.

marinelife's avatar

“Mt Bodyguard” is a good school movie about bullying.

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