The dog days of summer are over and school is back in session. Over the
years, school has been a popular setting for both comedies and dramas.
With the intense law-school scenes of
The Paper Chase
and the toga parties of
Animal House at
the extremes, school-centered movies have backdrops many of us can relate
Some of America's most popular movies are about the high school years. Think you know them? Test your knowledge with the
Back to School movies quiz.
Try these links for a few of the best:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
An honest portrayal of southern California high school students
who enjoy malls, sex and rock 'n' roll. The film is
based on real-life adventures chronicled by director writer/director Cameron
Frat-house adventures rule for the Delta House of Faber College in
this classic American college comedy.
Never Been Kissed
A journalist enrolls in her old high school as part of her research for
a story in this romantic comedy.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
In this classic comedy, a popular high school wise guy is determined to have
a fabulous day off from school. The dean of students is on his tail.
A high school girl who moves to a Chicago suburb enjoys pranking the popular crowd at her new school by posing as one of them -- until she realizes she became someone she wasn't proud of anymore.
To Sir, With Love
Sidney Poitier plays a reluctant teacher in a tough London school in this acclaimed 1967 film.
A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950s and hides his
religion until a jealous bigot forces it out. School Ties was a
big break for many young actors, including Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon and Chris
The Breakfast Club
When five kids are forced to spend a Saturday detention in school, they find they have more in common than they realized. A Brat Pack classic.
Dead Poet's Society
A beautiful film in which English professor John Keating inspires his
students to love poetry and seize the day.
Teen, High School and College Movies
Acting as a movie directory for young adults, this alphabetical list provides endless movie options. Click on a movie link and read a synopsis, as well as browse links to related websites.
Rotten Tomatoes' 25 Best School Movies of All Time
This Rotten Tomatoes Honor Roll list not only features its ranking of top school movies, but also the critics' ratings that make the site so popular -- so you can see if the movies are even worth viewing.
Huffington Post's Best Back to School Movies
John Farr, HuffPo's writer and editor of timeless film, comes up with his top list that mostly includes classic films. He also gives his short critique of the film and why it deserves a spot on his list.