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Top 5 Best High School Movies

Updated on August 11, 2011

Ahhh high school, a time when you're rebelious, trying to figure out what to do with your life and just trying to have a good time whilst attending classes that make you snooze. High school was a fun time for many and an absolute hell for others but either way, there have been some really amazing, comedic movies made about high school that paints the perfect picture of what it was like during our times in class (and sometimes out of class).

Here are my pick for the top five best high school movies of all time.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an absolute classic; not just in the 'high school' film genre - it's wildly hilarious and entertaining because Matthew Broderick is such a cool guy.

Ferris and Cameron decide it's best to take a day off from school which sets them on a day of close calls with parents, principals and situations that will spoil the fun. The movie is very entertaining because it shows a wild side of those days that you say "forget school" and head out to have fun with your friends. The situations the gang are put into are fun to watch and the schemes Ferris comes up with to get out of situations is like watching MacGyver.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is one of the quintessential movies of the 80's but the message is still relevant to today's youth in high school. John Hughes pulled together a great cast, including Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez, to put together a group of high schoolers stuck in detention where eventually their friendship starts to grow despite their differences and deep moments of personal revelations.

What's fascinating about the movie is that it can take you one moment of being cheerful to another where you feel really out of place and sad; it's quite a roller coaster the more you get to know about the characters but also light hearted when things start to pick up again.

If you want to watch a good movie at night that will leave you in a good mood than I definitely recommend you checking out The Breakfast Club.

Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused is one of my all time favorite movies because it paints the gritty and surreal side of high school life. Set in the 70's, the story is about the last day of high school where everyone is ready to move on while others are now becoming the seniors. The movie goes deep into the different clicks that begin to form throughout high school such as the jocks to the nerds.

The movie is sort of "everything" in a way; each person that watches it can portray themselves as a character. For me, it was interesting to see a geeky character in the same type of situations I found myself in where as friends would identify with others - it kicks up great discussions after the movies over and will leave you reflecting back on the movie for quite a while after the first time watching it.

Overall, if you watch any movie on this list, check out Dazed and Confused because it's cool, funny, down to earth and surreal.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

How would ever have imagined that Sean Penn would be as big of a star as he is today with his major role as the 'stoner' in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The story revolves around the battle between Spicoli and Mr. Hand; both of them go at it back and forth throughout the film which adds to the comedy all the while other characters are out to 'hook up' and find some love.

The movie is chill and full of great scenes (wait until the swimming pool scene, that will definitely have you laughing hard). The characters are fun and work well with each other in this story which happens to be based on the life of Cameron Crowe.

You should most definitely check out Fast Times at Ridgemont High duuuuude.

American Pie

American Pie became an instant hit after a dubious scene involving Jason Biggs and a pie; which, I can't really get into because it definitely won't pass the G-rating here ha! This film is hilarious in every way; Stifler steals the show and there are than a few awkward scenes that have you bringing up repressed, strange memories of your high school days.

A group of high schoolers make a vow to lose their virginity before heading off to college which puts each of them in situations that are both cringe worthy and hilarious at the same time. American Pie did a great job at portraying the 'modern' high school life but has begun to be a little dated.


There you have it; I hope you've enjoyed my list of the top five high school movies. There are more that could fit on the list but I think these ones really captured the awkwardness of life of a high schooler; these are all classics in the genre and are definitely worth watching for a bunch of laughs.


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