50 Best High School Movies of All Time

#20

Superbad (2007)
87%

#20
Adjusted Score: 93.563%
Critics Consensus: Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.
Synopsis: Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their... [More]
Directed By: Greg Mottola

#19

Rushmore (1998)
89%

#19
Adjusted Score: 94.681%
Critics Consensus: This cult favorite is a quirky coming of age story, with fine, off-kilter performances from Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.
Synopsis: "Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#18

Election (1999)
93%

#18
Adjusted Score: 97.566%
Critics Consensus: Election successfully combines dark humor and intelligent writing in this very witty and enjoyable film.
Synopsis: In this satiric comedy, Jim McAllister is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha,... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#17

Ghost World (2001)
92%

#17
Adjusted Score: 96.854%
Critics Consensus: With acerbic wit, Terry Zwigoff fashions Daniel Clowes' graphic novel into an intelligent, comedic trip through deadpan teen angst.
Synopsis: Set during the summer after they graduate from high school, two ultra-hip friends, Enid and Becky fear drifting apart when... [More]
Directed By: Terry Zwigoff

#16

House Party (1990)
96%

#16
Adjusted Score: 97.113%
Critics Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.
Synopsis: House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid (Christopher Reid) decides to throw... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 97.175%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Synopsis: Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#14

Hairspray (2007)
91%

#14
Adjusted Score: 97.928%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Synopsis: Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#13

Heathers (1988)
95%

#13
Adjusted Score: 98.084%
Critics Consensus: Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie -- changing the game for teen comedies to follow.
Synopsis: A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 97.458%
Critics Consensus: The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings.
Synopsis: With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait... [More]
Directed By: James Ponsoldt

#11

Carrie (1976)
93%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99.526%
Critics Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.
Synopsis: This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

Pages: Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next

Tag Cloud

Pop supernatural science fiction cooking Tumblr PaleyFest Britbox sports President sitcom medical drama transformers Disney Channel Ghostbusters The CW Winners dc CMT LGBTQ Grammys Box Office Premiere Dates YouTube Red Musicals Rocky Comic Book Spring TV binge HBO Song of Ice and Fire TNT political drama Watching Series Superheroes Paramount Network Food Network YA DirecTV Schedule ABC TV Election TV Land NBC Summer Extras war CW Seed Mindy Kaling Pixar See It Skip It Star Wars BBC Valentine's Day crossover VICE Reality Competition psycho DC Comics TLC Super Bowl USA Network ESPN WGN Photos unscripted Sci-Fi IFC Tomatazos Animation justice league politics 2015 Universal Character Guide Interview romance Horror Reality Marvel SDCC TCA 2017 Walt Disney Pictures Sundance Now Oscars Lifetime Rom-Com ITV crime PBS Nickelodeon hist based on movie CNN National Geographic Opinion TBS A&E Amazon Infographic Toys Action SXSW streaming Holidays cinemax Set visit Year in Review Sundance History MSNBC Western Warner Bros. FX E3 Martial Arts Mystery E! Marathons TCA technology what to watch SundanceTV Awards GoT biography 21st Century Fox American Society of Cinematographers Creative Arts Emmys travel FXX TCM USA Mary Tyler Moore El Rey OWN Fantasy RT History historical drama Trailer Emmys CBS All Access thriller Teen Thanksgiving Nat Geo DC streaming service mutant 24 frames Dark Horse Comics blaxploitation Logo Music boxoffice zombies Freeform Christmas golden globes GIFs Biopics comiccon Spike Shondaland BET Country Calendar Superheroe Certified Fresh Musical VH1 festivals Crackle serial killer harry potter 2016 spy thriller APB BBC America diversity crime thriller talk show DC Universe CBS Starz Cosplay Trivia robots Comedy Central discovery YouTube Premium 20th Century Fox Fall TV X-Men Paramount Comedy Video Games composers 2017 adventure dceu Ovation Fox News Polls and Games Drama Lucasfilm Ellie Kemper Showtime aliens Cartoon Network Sony Pictures cops Sneak Peek Hulu Winter TV Bravo Adult Swim Star Trek TIFF The Arrangement Acorn TV social media finale dramedy Nominations Kids & Family Columbia Pictures cats police drama ABC Family Rock GLAAD Masterpiece Esquire period drama ratings Red Carpet TruTV 007 AMC singing competition Apple vampires MTV Writers Guild of America Lionsgate Netflix First Look Syfy Best and Worst 45 cults Pirates Podcast FOX Disney docudrama crime drama Countdown Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt zombie NYCC IFC Films