School's already back in session for many, and it’s only a matter of time until summer is officially over for the rest of the country.
For some, this means loading up on new supplies and finishing summer reading. But for others, the reality of bus stops, bullies and a new locker combination is an anxiety attack waiting to happen.
Movies about school capture the best and worst aspects of our cumulative experience. They also remind us that life moves pretty fast, to take a day off every once in a while, and that pain is temporary but film is forever.
To cope with the end of summer, consider the following cinematic remedies. Take as prescribed, have a good laugh, and share your favorites.
1. "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" (1986): “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
2. "The Breakfast Club" (1985): “Could you describe the ruckus, sir?” – Brian Johnson
3. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982):
4. "Better off Dead" (1985): “Two dollars!” – Paperboy
5. "Back to School" (1986): “I’ve not a fighter, I’m a lover.” – Thornton Mellon
"Sixteen Candles" (1984): “What's happenin' hot stuff?” – Long Duk Dong
"Three 0’Clock High" (1987): “You and me, we're gonna have a fight. Today. After school. Three o'clock. In the parking lot.” – Buddy Revell
"Election" (1999): “Reading, Writing, Revenge.” – movie tagline
"Teen Wolf" (1985): “Give me a keg of beer…and these.” – Scott Howard
"Lean On Me" (1989): “They used to call me Crazy Joe. Well now they can call me Batman!” – Joe Clark
What about License to Drive?
I can't believe that Sixteen Candles is honorable mention. That movie is superior to Breakfast club. Where's Meatballs or Porkies? How about Grease? Dazed and Confused?
What about PRETTY IN PINK???
Stand & Deliver, how can that movie not be mentioned?
Dead Poets Society! What the?!
To Sir With Love
Harry Potter series...
i love the breakfast club its the best move ever
Just saw "Better off Dead", very funny and VERY bizarre !
"Two Dollars !" phrase from a very creepy kid, a kid genius who can build his own ray gun and spaceship, a completely ditzy mom who does the wackiest things when she cooks or shops for Christmas gifts, a odd duo of Asians who likes to drag race and dress and talk like Howard Cosell, an icky mom and fat son across the street....with the exchange student from France .................... who thinks up this stuff ?!
I'm surprised that a sequel didn't come out of this little gem !
HOUSE PARTY, HOUSE PARTY! HOUSE PARTY AND A VERY, VERY HONORABLE MENTION................PORKY'S
The Trouble with Angels
The Prime of Ms. Jean Brodie
To Sir with Love
Class of 42
The Breakfast Club
To Sir With Love.
And all the Harry Potter movies!
"Up the Down Staircase" for H.S.
"The Paper Chase" for college
More school movies/teen movies from the Seventies:
Class of '44
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Animal House - I can't believe y'all forgot THAT one!
Come Onna My House (this one is a made for TV movie, circa 1972)
When I think of the year 1975, the only thing that always come to mind is that tv show "Welcome Back Kotter"!
I am not going to judge on who has the best list of top high schoola and collage films here.
So I decide to put my top 5 high school and collage or any school films by decades. Because there is one for evryone no matter which decade you went to high school or collage or grade school in
1. Animal House
3. Rock n Roll High Scool
4. Class of 42 ( Its one of those great collage movies from the decade that was forgotten)
5. Love Story ( How about a movie that take place at Harverd)
1) The Breakfast Club
2) Fast Time at Ridgemont High
3) Real Genius
4) Vally Girl
5) Risky Business
1) American Pie
4) Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Not the TV show) ( Before Twlight 16 years later. There was)
5) Patch Adams ( Not a high school or collage movie. But a med school movie)
2000 to 2009
2) Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone
3) Old School
4) Friday Night lights ( This is the Billy Bob Thornton verson. Not the TV show)
5) Saved. ( We need one that take place in a cathloc school)
Saved takes place in a Conservative Private School not a Catholic School.
A few of the older movies, like Rebel without a cause and Too sir with love. As far as '80s no Pretty in pink?
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Sixteen Candles should have been in top 5 definately...
What about the movie Dazed and Confused and Pump up the Volume?? Those were Great as Well!!
ANIMAL HOUSE!! (even though that was about college)
Phoebe Cates! ( o )( o )
Has anyone mentioned "Heathers"?
dazed and confused hands down
Good list. Might add Carrie to mix it up a bit.
Although I've never been able to finish the movie!
HELLO!!!...no Dazed and Confused...c'mon...one of the best
Good list, much much better than the pathetic 4th of July list. Just don't forget Summer School or Dead Poet's Society.
No "Rock 'N' Roll High School"???? Sheesh!
No "Rock 'N' Roll High School???? Sheesh!
"Lean On Me " hands down is my favorite movie.
My favorite movies are (like totally 80's! and a few 90's):
2. Risky Business
3. The Karate Kid (the original version)
4. Valley Girls
5. House Party
1. Animal House
2. Good Will Hunting
4. I Know What You Did Last Summer
The BEST high school films:
2. Porky's II: The Next Day!
3. Porky's Revenge!
4. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
5. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
I'd add in Clueless, Dead Poet's Society, Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Dangerous Minds, The Principal and How I got Into College.
Dead Poet's Society
forgot summer school. classic!
TOO MANY 80'S MOVIES!!!! But they are the best ones; Ferris Bueler and the Breakfast Club are all-time school classics, but there are some other good ones. Here's my list:
1. Dead Poet's Society "Oh Captain! My Captain!"
2. Lean on Me...Morgan Freeman really is "the HNIC"
3. Stand and Deliver "It's easy, anybody can do it." Good call, Clay!
4. Napolean Dynamite "What are you gonna do today Napolean? WHATEVER I FEEL LIKE, GOSH!!!"
5. Revenge of the Nerds " 'scuse please, but why do they call you Booger?"
Just One of the Guys...mainly for the part at the end of the prom when Terry proves that she's a girl.
To Sir With Love...whatever Sidney Poitier touches turns to gold.
Rushmore...this movie is worth watching, if not just for Bill Murray
No mention of "Heathers"?
I 2nd "Heathers" should be on the list.
not mention of "Pump Up The Volume." A classic high school rebellion flick. and as cheesy as it was "Jawbreaker" could slide in this catagory for an honorable mention. also like to throw out there "School Ties" for all those prep school students.
College: Higher Learning, With Honors
Splender In The Grass. To Sir With Love. The Lord Of The Flies (the original)
My sentimental favorite is Gregory's Girl.
Do u? U do know that jobs have computers and ppl have phones, etc. Please get with the times.
Love the list!! Yes, St. Elmo's Fire should be up there but great picks. Man, LOVE Better Off Dead! "$2...plus tip!!"
10 Things I Hate About You should have totally made it on here. <3
a couple of others:
Inspirational.... Stand and Deliver
Scary.... Less than Zero
I could never get into Less Than Zero the movie, the book on the other hand was a masterpiece.
"People are afraid to merge."
I havent heard of half those... but then again I was just born when most of them came out. my fave 6 whould be 1. dazed and confused 2. jaw breaker 3. Ten things i hate about you 4. clueless 5. mean girls 6. never been kissed
Does anyone have a day job!
I love "Better Off Dead" because they filmed it at my junior high school, Clark Jr. High in beautiful La Crescenta, CA!
Better Off Dead is a GREAT movie but not really about school. I like most of the movies that have been mentioned but what about Summer School? That movie was awesome!
Oh, yeah and rounding out at number 10 – the classic film "AMERICAN GRAFITTI".
with "MEAN GIRLS" for honorable mention.
Now that I've seen "Better off Dead", I like to knock "Mean Girls" off the list of honorable mention and put the Cusack flick in it's place.
Top high school / college movies ? Here's my top 9.
1. Ferris Bueller – Tops the list totally and beats all the other films in this category.
2. Not Another Teen Movie – LMAO & ROTFL kind of film, a must have in one's home film library.
3. Animal House – Belushi was a star !
4. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – this was showing when I was in high school (yeah, I'm old !)
5. American Pie (the sequels all sucked big time !)
6. Three O' Clock High – a better than average film.
7. Election – Matt Broderick is great in this film.
8. Back to School – It's rappin' Rodney !
9. Can't hardly Wait
My top five... Back to "COLLEGE" films:
1. Animal House (1978)
2. School Daze (1988)
3. Back to School (1986)
4. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
5. St. Elmo's Fire (1984)
Back to "High School" films:
1. Fast Times at Ridgemount High (1982)
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1987)
3. Grease (1974)
4. American Graffiti (1974)
5. Dead Poets Society (1988)
Dead Poet's Society
If I could do school like Ferris did, I would take this old body and re-enroll in a heartbeat. Great list!!
C'mon, Mean Girls, Clueless, and some others should have def been on this list! I do love the movies you mentioned but you essentially only used 80's movies, and while those are classics, some newer movies should have been included!
Clueless? MEAN GIRLS?!
Seriously... those "films" would be nothing (they virtually are anyways) without directors like John Hughes who really caught the essence of what is high school *cringe*.
Dazed and Confused = YES.
Here are my top 5:
2.1 8 7
I think 10 things I hate about you should be on this list. I LOVE the movie Lean on me. It is hard for me to belive that it is based upon a true story. I will never get tired of that movie. I also love the movie Stand and deliver that is also incredibly impactful and inspiring.
Mostly 80's movies. I think we can tell the age of the author of this article. The teens today dont want to watch those movies.
I disagree, my daughter (17) and her friends all love those 80's movies.
I teach highschool and these are dead on. The kids are big into 'retro' and know these by heart.
All three of us kids (sister, 21; brother, 17 and me, 25) grew up watching these kinds of movies. We always watch "Fast Times" with our dad :)
Sixteen Candles should have made the top 5!
Can't Hardly Wait
YES!!!!!! "he has hair....and wears tshirts"
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