High School movies?
May 24, 2009 2:19 AM   Subscribe

I know Heathers, Clueless, Breakfast Club, Carrie, Dead Poets Society, all the obvious ones... can you complete this list? Thank you, Hive Mind.
posted by mooza to Media & Arts (59 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Weird Science (1985)
Sixteen Candles (1984)

The problem is knowing which ones you consider to be the obvious ones? Those are all pretty obvious, but maybe you accidentally forgot one.
posted by sharkfu at 2:22 AM on May 24, 2009


I suppose an IMDB search plot keyword="high school" could help too.
posted by sharkfu at 2:25 AM on May 24, 2009


How about The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner? It's not a black teen comedy, but it's full of teen rebellion against school.
posted by zippy at 2:26 AM on May 24, 2009


Sorry, I guess I should have asked for obscure high school movies, or what everyone's favourite HS movies were.

Thanks for the IMDB search, it should have occurred to me straight away...
posted by mooza at 2:32 AM on May 24, 2009


Gregory's Girl
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 2:37 AM on May 24, 2009


Additionally, behold: Netflix's entire "High School" category, which allows for sub genre searching, including movies from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Teen Witch to Can't Hardly Wait (and more!)
posted by Mizu at 2:42 AM on May 24, 2009


Oh Netflix that looks great...but I'm not in America so I can't join, so I can't have a look at that list unforch.
posted by mooza at 2:56 AM on May 24, 2009


Dazed and Confused!
posted by jedrek at 3:01 AM on May 24, 2009


Hehe, while not exactly a 'high school' film, Ginger Snaps is pretty nifty cult film about adolescence .... and werewolves. Think 'Heathers' meets 'The Howling'.

I'm also rather fond of Pump Up The Volume.
posted by elendil71 at 3:06 AM on May 24, 2009


Specifically In High school:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Say Anything
Better Off Dead
Lucas
Liscence to Drive
Rockin'Roll Highschool Forever
Class

High School Summers:
Porky's
Porky's 2: The next day
Porky's Revenge (3)
The Lost Boys (not that new piece of tripe)
Gleaming the Cube

Television Shows:
21 Jump Street

Other:
Young Guns
Young Guns II
St. Elmos Fire
Oxford Blues
Bad Boys (1983) - not the Will Smith Movie
The Outsiders
The Warriors
Red Dawn (aw c'mon)
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:07 AM on May 24, 2009


School Ties? Stand and Deliver? Dangerous Minds?
posted by Ghidorah at 3:10 AM on May 24, 2009


10 Things I Hate About You
Mean Girls
posted by amyms at 3:33 AM on May 24, 2009


History Boys(!)
Cute, and incredibly smart high school brits trying to get into Oxford/Cambridge and quoting Wordsworth on their days off.
posted by drea at 3:41 AM on May 24, 2009


Grease?
posted by TheRaven at 3:51 AM on May 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


But I'm a Cheerleader
posted by Carol Anne at 4:01 AM on May 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Welcome to the Dollhouse (may have been middle school but very similar type of film)
American Pie
Napoleon Dynamite
Twilight
Three o'Clock High
posted by justonegirl at 4:03 AM on May 24, 2009


My Best Friend's a Vampire, of course!
posted by Asherah at 4:11 AM on May 24, 2009


My Boyfriend's Back
posted by jedrek at 4:34 AM on May 24, 2009


Election.
posted by applemeat at 4:39 AM on May 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Theoretically, 2001's Not Another Teen Movie.
posted by seandq at 4:44 AM on May 24, 2009


Clueless, Can't Hardly Wait, Mean Girls, Superbad, Juno
posted by donajo at 5:08 AM on May 24, 2009


Saved!
Sister Act 2
Jawbreaker
Bring it On
posted by lampoil at 5:14 AM on May 24, 2009


Not strictly high school: Adventures in Babysitting and Goonies are both about how much trouble you can get into on the evenings and weekends.
posted by hydropsyche at 5:18 AM on May 24, 2009


Oh, and War Games fits my new category as well.
posted by hydropsyche at 5:19 AM on May 24, 2009




I tried Google Sets and got this:

clueless
dead poets society
heathers
carrie
breakfast club
mean girls
the breakfast club
jawbreaker
pretty woman
odd girl out
the outsiders
cruel intentions
high school musical
angus
she's all that
american pie
grease
the craft
weird science
dazed and confused
the lost boys
can't hardly wait
pretty in pink
bring it on
thirteen
varsity blues
kids
porky's
scream series
road trip
american wedding
bully
ken park
american pie 2
posted by SNACKeR at 5:42 AM on May 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Degrassi High: School's Out
posted by Midnight Rambler at 6:05 AM on May 24, 2009


Buffy the vampire slayer, the film, high school dance + bloodshed.
posted by sundri at 6:10 AM on May 24, 2009


all over me and kids. slightly more art housey cult films from mid 1990s new york with awesome soundtracks.
posted by iamnotateenagegirl at 6:10 AM on May 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Brick

Donnie Darko
posted by Gorgik at 6:51 AM on May 24, 2009


If....
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 6:55 AM on May 24, 2009


Freaks and Geeks, if you're open to TV
2nding Donnie Darko

For the list:
Foxfire
Never been kissed
posted by degrees_of_freedom at 7:20 AM on May 24, 2009




Summer School.

Some Kind of Wonderful.
posted by Sassyfras at 7:27 AM on May 24, 2009


Cooley High
American Graffiti
Rebel Without A Cause
Virgin Suicides
posted by degrees_of_freedom at 7:33 AM on May 24, 2009


My Bodyguard
posted by miss lynnster at 7:50 AM on May 24, 2009




I think that page was screwed up somehow. Here's the list again.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:54 AM on May 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Catholic Boys, 1985. Erm, FWIW, the priest is brilliant [the guy with the speech defect from The Princess Bride].

Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984, had quite a lot of scenes set in school, from memory.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 8:18 AM on May 24, 2009


Pump Up the Volume
posted by frobozz at 9:46 AM on May 24, 2009


Risky Business
House Party
posted by fuse theorem at 9:50 AM on May 24, 2009


Can't Buy Me Love
Just One of the Guys
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 10:12 AM on May 24, 2009


Teen Wolf
Napoleon Dynamite
posted by purpletangerine at 10:12 AM on May 24, 2009


The Sure Thing remade as Sex Drive
Can't Hardly Wait
Better Off Dead
One Crazy Summer
Wikipedia has a list of Teen Comedies
posted by P.o.B. at 10:47 AM on May 24, 2009


Revenge of the Nerds
posted by velvet winter at 11:17 AM on May 24, 2009


Sort of high school movies (youthful themes, involve people in HS) would be:
Breaking Away
Caddyshack
Vision Quest
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 11:21 AM on May 24, 2009


Oops. Correction: Revenge of the Nerds actually doesn't qualify - it is set in the first year of college, not in high school.

I first saw it when I was in high school, though, so for me it'll be forever linked to high school memories.
posted by velvet winter at 11:23 AM on May 24, 2009


Velvet, in a way its a HS movie, as the themes would appeal to people younger than college age. Anyone actually in college might not relate to it as well. Another one along those lines is Real Genius perhaps.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 11:26 AM on May 24, 2009


Wow, lots of great ones here. I was just thinking of Breaking Away yesterday. My own personal favorite of the genre is the mighty Better Off Dead.

Once that I don't think has been mentioned so far: Once Bitten, an incredibly cheesy high school sex comedy/vampire flick, featuring Jim Carrey in his first starring role. (Bonus: my boyfriend is one of the co-stars.)
posted by scody at 12:23 PM on May 24, 2009


Oh yeah! Brick, discussed here.
posted by P.o.B. at 12:28 PM on May 24, 2009


Taps
posted by Jahaza at 2:41 PM on May 24, 2009


Evil (aka Ondskan)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:55 PM on May 24, 2009


Elephant
The Perfect Score

Also seconding But I'm a Cheerleader. Although it doesn't take place in a high school it does have a boarding school-like setting to it.

TV Shows (these were some of my favourites growing up):
-Boy Meets World
-Smart Guy
posted by alon at 5:52 PM on May 24, 2009


For a highly unconventional but awesome "high school" movie I heartily recommend Hal Hartley's Trust. Kind of in the same dark vein as Heathers, but darker.
posted by ryaninoakland at 6:43 PM on May 24, 2009


Little Darlings
Slums of Beverly Hlls
posted by brujita at 11:25 PM on May 24, 2009


Flatliners
posted by salvia at 12:35 AM on May 25, 2009


St Trinian's. It earns bonus points for featuring Stephen Fry!
posted by pseudonymph at 8:19 AM on May 25, 2009






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