The Best Movies About High School

Apr 11, 2024 | Education, Movies

Are you ready to relive the glory (or horror) of high school? From awkward first dates to drama-filled cliques, there’s no shortage of material when it comes to making movies about high school. Thankfully, Hollywood has brought us some truly iconic films that perfectly capture the essence of those formative years. So grab your backpack and join me as we explore the best movies about high school. Whether you’re a current student or just looking to reminisce, this article has got you covered. Get ready to laugh, cry, and maybe cringe a little as we take a trip down memory lane with these coming-of-age classics. So without further ado, let’s dive into the world of high school cinema!


1. High School (2006)

High SchoolThe principal’s (Michael Chiklis) decision to implement a mandatory drug test comes at an inopportune time – the day after he indulged in drugs for the first time. This sets the stage for chaos and rebellion as the soon-to-be class valedictorian hatches a cunning plan to get the entire school high.






2. 23 Blast (2013)

23 BlastAs the final whistle blew and the crowd roared in celebration, Jason couldn’t help but feel a sense of emptiness. The star quarterback had just led his team to victory, yet he couldn’t fully experience the joy and glory that came with it.






3. School Dance

School DanceHigh school freshman Jason’s heart races every time he sees her. She’s the girl of his dreams, but there’s just one problem: she doesn’t even know he exists. As he navigates the halls of his high school, trying to muster up the courage to talk to her, Jason is consumed by thoughts of this mysterious girl. He imagines what it would be like to have her by his side, sharing laughs and deep conversations. But he also wonders if she would even notice him, a quiet and introverted freshman lost in the sea of upperclassmen.





4. High Strung (2018)

High StrungA chance encounter in the bustling city of New York brings together a Midwest dancer and a street-wise British musician. With vastly different backgrounds, they clash at first but soon discover an undeniable attraction between them. As they prepare for a life-changing competition, they must learn to navigate their differences and find harmony in their unique perspectives. Through artistic expression and contemplation, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and connection, inviting the audience to join them on their beautifully abstract path





5. BUTTER (2022)

Explore the emotional journey of self-discovery and expression in BUTTER, a thought-provoking drama set to release in 2022. Follow McKaley Miller, Alex Kersting, and Mira Sorvino as they embark on a captivating exploration of art, identity, and the complexities of human connection. BUTTER invites viewers to delve into a world of open-ended possibilities and minimalist aesthetics, leaving room for contemplation and personal interpretation. Through concise language that sparks imagination and evokes emotions, the film encourages viewers to project their own ideas onto the screen.


6. Mean Girls (2024)

In the world of high school, popularity reigns supreme. But for new student Cady Heron, fitting in with the elite group of girls known as “The Plastics” is easier said than done. Led by the calculating Regina George, this clique is not one to mess with, and Cady soon finds herself caught in their web of drama and manipulation. But when Cady falls for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, she becomes even more of a target. With the help of her unlikely friends Janis and Damian, Cady sets out on a mission to take down Regina and her cruel reign over their school.


7. The Half of It (2020)

Ellie has always been a quiet and studious girl, achieving top marks in all her classes. But when she’s approached by Paul, the charming but not-so-bright jock, to help him win over the most popular girl in school, she never expected their friendship to blossom into something more. As they spend more time together and get to know each other beyond their usual cliques, Ellie starts to develop feelings for the same girl Paul is pursuing. Written and directed by Alice Wu, this coming-of-age movie explores the complexities of young love and friendship in a refreshing and thought-provoking way.


8. Spntaneous (2020)

Welcome to a world where every moment could be your last. A world where high school students are literally exploding without warning. It’s chaos, it’s terrifying, and it’s the backdrop for Mara and Dylan’s unexpected love story. As seniors in their high school, Mara and Dylan are faced with a reality that no one should have to deal with at such a young age. They must learn to survive in a world where tomorrow is not guaranteed. But as they navigate this new and dangerous world, a bond begins to form between them.


9. Reality High

It was a typical high school crush story – Dani had been in love with her classmate for years, but he never seemed to notice her. That is, until she finally caught his eye and they started dating. Things were going great until Dani’s life took an unexpected turn.


10. Fitting In

In a world of conformity, it can be difficult to find your place. But for 14-year-old Elinor, fitting in has never been an option. Born with a passion for dance that sets her apart from her peers, she struggles to balance her love for movement with the expectations placed on her by society.

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