Best High School Teen Movies of all time- A Must Watch
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Here’s a list of Best High School Teen Movies of all time according to IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Guardian ratings, audience choice, list of their awards & nominations. There must be hundreds of teen movies that’s why we have picked Top 50 best-rated movies of your favorite actors on this list based on High School stories and life.
Moreover, this list is a collection of best-rated movies from different other genres and countries as well- including high school, drama, comedy, teen, romance, action, sport, fight, party, dark-comedy, etc.
The sole purpose of this list was to select best-rated movies which are based on High Schoolstudents life, struggles, problems, that how some students face bullying, how they perform in sports or get good grades. What can be the reasons for any student’s downfall or success? And to relate all these stories and incidents with our life and School memories.
You may have watched some of them but being a cinephile you must need to watch all of them and complete the list. These movies are selected randomly from 1 to 50 so you can start from anywhere as all are great picks and worth watching. Save this list, share it with your friends, and don’t forget to share your reviews with us in the comments below. Enjoy 🙂
Summary: A new English teacher and a former graduate, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school. The school is known for its ancient and very strict traditions & high standards. He uses unorthodox methods in his teachings. This enables his students to think out of the box and live freely, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating’s help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.
Summary: Five high school students from different types of thinking and styles faces a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her life story or situations, making the others see them a little differently. When the day ends, they question whether the school will ever be the same for them or not.
Summary: John Hickam (Chris Cooper) is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects from both of his sons, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal), to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son’s new mania. But Homer starts building rockets with the help of his school friends and their supportive teacher (Laura Dern). He faces many struggles during his rocket-building journey and to win a science fair.
Summary: Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) returns to his former high school in 1999 based in Richmond, California. His aim was to get the basketball team into shape. With the help of his tough standards of training and academic discipline, he succeeds in setting his players on a winning streak. But things start to disrupt when their grades start to suffer. Carter locks them out of the gym and shuts down their championship season. However, he faces a lot of criticism from the players and their parents but still, he sticks to his standards and rules. He was well determined and keen that his players can excel at both places as on the class and the court as well.
Summary: Erin (Hilary Swank), A dedicated teacher in a racially divided Los Angeles school has a class of teenagers who are more or less incapable of learning anything and are at risk to drop out. Instead of giving up, she inspires and motivates her students to take an interest in their education and in planning their future. She assigns them a different type of reading material that relates to their lives and encourages them all to keep journals.
Summary: Thomas, Costa, and JB are three anonymous & unpopular high-school seniors who are determined to finally make their mark and want to become famous. But how to make themselves famous and unforgettable in the annals of high-school history? Obviously there is only one way- with an epic party. The idea is innocent enough, but nothing could prepare the three friends for this huge party. As word of the party’s awesomeness spreads, dreams are ruined, records are broken, and legends are born.
Summary: Bartleby Gaines after receiving his latest college rejection letter, come up with a novel way to fool everyone into thinking that he has got accepted by a college. So he makes a plan to open his own university. Bartleby and his similarly frustrated friends take over an abandoned building, create a fake Web site, hire a friend’s uncle to pose as the dean, meanwhile they actually get successful in doing that and the school is born. However, they do their jobs too well, and soon many other rejects and frustrated students try to gain admittance to the nonexistent South Harmon Institute of Technology.
Summary: Athlete David Greene (Brendan Fraser) receives a football scholarship to a reputable prep school in the 1950s. But the problem started right when he started hiding the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers. The pressure or fear of that they may be anti-Semitic was stopping him. Meanwhile, he quickly becomes the big man on campus thanks to his football skills. But when his Jewish background is discovered, things start to become really hard for him. Even his friends (Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell) turn on him with violent threats and public mockery.
Summary: Jim McAllister, a well-liked high school government teacher, can’t help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the student body and convinces Paul, a brainless student but a popular athlete, to run against Tracy. When she becomes aware of Jim’s secret involvement in the race then it gets hot and results in a very bitter clash between them.
Summary: This coming-of-age film follows the chaos of a group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas, celebrating the last day of high school in 1976. The graduating class heads for a popular pool hall and joins an unplanned keg party. But a star football player Randall “Pink” Floyd (Jason London) has promised to focus on the championship game and to avoid himself from partying. Meanwhile, the incoming freshmen try to save themselves from being beaten by the seniors, especially from the sadistic bully Fred O’Bannion (Ben Affleck).
Summary: Two inseparable best friends (Jonah Hill & Michael Cera) plan their last weeks of high school and are invited to a gigantic house party. Together with their nerdy friend, they spend a long day trying to score enough alcohol to supply the party and intoxicate two girls in order to kick-start their sex lives before they go off to college. Their pursuit gets complicated after one of them falls in with two crack-head cops who are determined to show him a good time.
Summary: Two successful students and best friends Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the day of graduation, they suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to fill up four years of not-to-be-missed fun into one night. Results in a complete chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare or wish for.
Summary: Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart, and quite harsh to most of her fellow teens, in short, that she doesn’t attract many boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can’t date until Kat (her sister) has a boyfriend, so everything is somehow attached to Kat falling in love with someone. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Will Kat let her guard down and allow herself to fall for this effortlessly charming and handsome guy?
Summary: Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) is consumed by his life as a high school basketball star. Pressured by a mean coach (Bruno Kirby) and a concerned mother (Lorraine Bracco). Meanwhile, Jim starts to do drugs (Heroin). Soon, the mean streets of New York City have replaced the basketball court as his main destination. Jim and his friends start to beg, steal, and prostitute themselves to score drugs. Jim’s only chance to escape addiction must be his neighborhood friend and hoops companion Reggie (Ernie Hudson).
Summary: Andie (Molly Ringwald) is an outcast young girl at her Chicago high school, hanging out either with her older boss (Annie Potts), who owns the record store where she works, or her unusual classmate Duckie (Jon Cryer), who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane (Andrew McCarthy), asks her out, it seems too good to be true. As Andie starts to develop feelings for Blane, she soon starts to realize that dating someone from a different social sphere is not that easy.
Summary: Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), an innocent junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research modern teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), she starts to infiltrate the inner circle of the most popular group on campus. But she hits a major obstacle in her investigation because of her own failed love life. When she falls for her dreamy English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
Summary: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has exceptional skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick and borrows a Ferrari to start his one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, his High School principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) determined to catch him in the act and starts following him.
Summary: Marion McPherson, A mother of a teenage girl (Christine aka Lady Bird) who faces a lot of ups and downs in her relationships, friendship, and studies during her senior year in high school. She works tirelessly to keep her family running after her husband loses his job. She also maintains an unstable and stormy bond with her teenage daughter who is just like her- loving, determined, kind of mean, and rigid personality.
Summary: Basketball star Richard “Cochise” Morris (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs) and Leroy “Preach” Jackson (Glynn Turman), who dreams of a career in writing, are likable Chicago high school students in 1960s Chicago. They like to party and are into hanging out with friends, pretty girls, and the Motown sounds which were very popular those days. Each wants to make it big in his own way, but not everybody they meet is looking out for them, as they learn when a seemingly harmless outing goes wrong.
Summary: Greg purposefully lives an antisocial life and spends most of his time making parodies of films. Because of this behavior, his mother is very worried about him and pushes him to befriend a classmate named Rachel (Olivia Cooke) who is battling leukemia. Somehow after some time the two surprisingly develop a pretty great friendship, and she helps Greg and Earl with their creative & funny endeavors.
Summary: The star player of his high school football team Stefan Djordjevic (Tom Cruise is desperately hoping that his football skills and talent will earn him a scholarship. Sports scholarship is his only chance to get out of his sick hometown of Ampipe, Pennsylvania. He starts to struggle after having a bad argument with his coach (Craig T. Nelson). Eventually, he gets kicked off from the team and even blacklisted from college recruiters. Stefan must fight for a chance to fulfill his dreams and escape the dead-end future he faces.
Summary: Everyone knows that growing up is hard and just like that life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) as well. Nadine is already at peak awkwardness when her All-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). After all these events, Nadine feels more alone than ever. Until an unexpected friendship with a sympathetic and helpful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a flash of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.
Summary: Hyun-soo (Kwon Sang-Woo) transfers to High School Jungmoon based in Kangnam In the spring of 1978. They moved here because his mother thinks that the land price will skyrocket due to the development of the area. A school that is well known for its poor outcomes, bullying, and brutality. He joins a low-rank class and experiences violence by other students and groups led by Jong-hoon (Lee Jong-hyuk), a stereotypical Korean bully.
Summary: Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular group at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior in her group. When she and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront group leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that her boyfriend is intentionally killing students he does not like. She attempts to stop J.D. while also clashing and facing that group’s new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).
Summary: Ten years after studying together and graduating high school, four friends, Momo, Léon, Alain and Bruno meet for the birth of the child of their friend Tomasi, who recently died. Together they try to relive all their mutual memories from their last year at the Parisian high school during the seventies. This was basically France’s answer to `The Breakfast Club’ movie.
Summary: In the early 1970s in Alexandria Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution’s respect. Every game is celebrated more lavishly than Christmas. School football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But then things start to heat up when the local school board was forced to integrate an all-black school with an all-white school. Even more, the European American head coach of the Titans is replaced by an African American coach (Denzel Washington) from North Carolina. The very foundation of football’s great tradition was put to the test. Tensions arise when players of different races and classes are forced together on the same football team.
Summary: Nerdy high school boy Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson) from her parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother’s expensive designer dress. Ronald agrees to pay for that $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as his girlfriend for an entire month. As the days pass, however, Cindy starts to grow feelings for Ronald, making him popular. But when Ronald’s former best friend gets left behind, he realizes that social success and popularity isn’t everything.
Summary: College is up next for a group of high-school friends, so Francesca (Scarlett Johansson), the most daring girl from the group, suggests they steal SAT questions in order to get good grades and increase their odds of getting into good universities. Hoop star Desmond (Darius Miles), attractive and handsome Kyle (Chris Evans), working-class Matty (Bryan Greenberg), stoner Roy (Leonardo Nam), and foxy Anna (Erika Christensen) sign on for the scheme. But getting into the test facility after hours proves that the stealing is more hard and tricky than any multiple-choice exam.
Summary: When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover (secret cops) as high-school students. They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks and set out to shut down a dangerous drug ring from the school. But, as time passes, Schmidt and Jenko discover that high school is nothing like it was just a few years earlier. Furthermore, they must again tackle the teenage terror and anxiety they thought they had left behind. The story continues in its next part 22 Jump Street where they investigate college students.
Summary: The story focuses on the lives of two teens, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson). How they faced with graduation from high school, take a hard look at the world they live and observe and decide what they really want in life. When Enid takes an interest in the strange guy Seymour (Steve Buscemi) and Rebecca focuses her attention on their mutual crush Josh (Brad Renfro). After this, the girls’ friendship is completely and forever changed.
Summary: High School basketball star Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) with a bright future, but he threw it all away to marry his girlfriend and raise their child. Almost 20 years later when Mike’s marriage has failed and his own children think he’s a loser plus his job is going nowhere. He gets a chance to correct the mistakes of his past and change his life when he is miraculously transformed into a teenager (Zac Efron). But in trying to fix his past with his friend, Mike may be putting his present and future at risk.
Summary: High school highly talented, popular, and successful boy Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is like a dream fit for everyone. But his popularity starts to decline sharply when his cheerleader girlfriend, Taylor (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), leaves him for a corrupt reality-television star Brock Hudson (Matthew Lillard). He becomes very desperate to revive his lost reputation and eventually starts planning for this impossible challenge. He has six weeks to gain the trust of nerdy unreachable Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) and helps her to become the school’s next prom queen.
Summary: An enthusiastic artist Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh), who is rejected by her classmates for wearing glasses, a ponytail, and paint-covered overalls. And on the other side American football star player Jake Wyler (Chris Evans), who makes a foolish bet to turn Janey into a prom queen before the prom. But two people don’t want this to happen Jake’s evil sister, Catherine, the cruelest girl in school, and Priscilla, the spiteful cheerleader.
Summary: With her sister’s upcoming wedding, Agitated Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical teenage dread. Samantha feels sad for the sexually attractive older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her virginity will be nothing but failure with the popular senior like him. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly reject the affections and emotions coming from Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the nerdy boy from the school, and unfortunately the only one who likes her.
Summary: After losing her high school’s writing competition Terry Griffith (Joyce Hyser) starts to believe that she lost this just because she’s a girl. So Terry decides to change high schools and pose as a boy to prove her point. Her brother, the Buddy (Billy Jacoby), helps her pass as a guy so well that she is soon making friends with the boys at school, including the attractive Rick (Clayton Rohner), who becomes her new best friend. After making these gender changes things start to get difficult for her and even complex when she falls in love with him.
Summary: Provoked by her popular best friend to spill details of her boring weekend, Olive (Emma Stone), a tidy teen, decides to spice things up by telling a little lie about losing her virginity. When the high-school busybody (Amanda Bynes) overhears the conversation and spreads it all over campus. Word quickly spreads and Olive suddenly gets famous but for the wrong reasons but she welcomes the attention.
Summary: Two childhood friends Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) both have a dream to become professional basketball players. Quincy has the advantage of his father, Zeke (Dennis Haysbert), who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Quincy is a natural talent and a born leader from the start. On the other hand, Monica has a savagery amount of passion and very competitive but sometimes becomes overly emotional on the court. As time passes, the two begin to develop feelings for each other, but their separate paths to basketball, popularity, and fame threaten to pull them apart.
Summary: Teenage Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the district of Illinois. Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick tour of the cruel, wordless laws of popularity in her fellow students and how they divide them into different strange groups. She unintentionally finds herself in the good ranks of an elite group of cool students known as “the Plastics”. But after some time Cady realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.
Summary: A Christian high-school football coach Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick), gets some very bad news. Apart from his and his wife’s (Shannen Fields) infertility problems, he now has to deal with the attempt of local parents to force the school to replace him as a coach. The school’s team, the Shiloh Eagles, has never had a winning season in the six years that he has coached the boys. Following a visitor’s message, Grant tries to inspire and motivate his players to use faith and hard work to conquer fear and opposing teams.
Summary: Silly, rich, and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school. Consider herself as a great matchmaker, Cher first persuades two teachers into dating each other. After being impressed by her success, she decides to give hopelessly clumsy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was and then she develops feelings for him.
Summary: Young men and women audition for desired spots at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Those who make the cut discover that it takes a lot of hard work to become a star and sometimes difficult decisions have to be made to become successful in life. The youngsters then struggle with heavy issues such as homosexuality, abortion, illiteracy, and even attempted suicide. On top of their unique struggles, the students must also deal with the boring school activities and teenage common problems like homework, heartbreak, and rejection.
Summary: College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of any group or crew, but that’s exactly what she faces right after arriving at her new school. She finds many different groups including mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals. The only thing that they have in common is how well they sing together. Beca takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations together in a fight to win the college music competitions.
Summary: In order to play in the soccer team and due to some other complications Viola Johnson (Amanda Bynes) poses as her twin brother (Sebastian) and takes his place at a new boarding school. She falls in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, who loves beautiful Olivia, who has fallen for Sebastian. Meanwhile, between all of this mess, Viola’s twin brother returns from London ahead of schedule. But Sebastian had no idea that his sister has already replaced him on campus.
Summary: Straight-A college student Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) has always done what is been expected from him. But when his two best friends, Miller (Miles Teller) and Casey (Skylar Astin), arrive on campus to surprise him for his 21st birthday. Jeff finally agrees to leave studies for a bit and enjoy the night with his friends. Although he has a crucial medical school interview early the next morning. Jeff allows his pals to take him out for just one drink. But many drinks later, Hangover starts for Jeff and he is about to ruin the most important day for his future.
Summary: Pretty teen Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is interested in dating but inexperienced. Given advice by her reckless friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), Stacy gets trapped in a love triangle with nice guy Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and his more cool and positive buddy Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Meanwhile, Stacy’s classmate Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who lives for surfing and being stoned, faces off against Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), a strict teacher who has no time for the misbehavior’s and their horseplay.
Summary: Old-Fashioned high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF. When Bianca realizes that she is being used by people to get to her popular friends, she decides to change. She begs for help from her former friend to rebuild her image in exchange for teaching him science. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and transform the school’s social order.
Summary: In West Canaan, Texas, high school football rules above everything. Things change when starting quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) gets injured. The Coyotes’ ruthless coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight), now must promote benchwarmer Jonathon “Mox” Moxon (James Van Der Beek) to lead the team in their campaign for a divisional title. However, Mox wasn’t hoping that and was not ready for this responsibility but now he must have to deal with the pressure of carrying the hopes and emotions of an entire town on his shoulders. Meanwhile, as he was already struggling to pursue his own life goals and dreams.
Summary: Jake (Sean Faris) moves to Orlando, Florida with his mother (Leslie Hope) and his little brother (Wyatt Smith). He feels like an outsider in his new school and with having a problem of losing his temper and getting out of control on even little things. But Jake wants to fit in, and he decides to go to a party with his classmate Baja (Amber Heard). There, Jake is pushed into a fight and humiliated by another classmate (Evan Peters) who is a street martial-arts champion. After that Jake visits martial arts trainer Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou) and decides to start gym and training- to get better and fight back.
Summary: High School Star athlete Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) lives in a small town, falls for a nerdy but pretty girl Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) at a holiday karaoke party. When they return to campus, both Troy and Gabriella give audition for the upcoming school musical even. Meanwhile, the jealous Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) starts to plan against them and their chance of selection. The two must struggle to make it to auditions while also dealing with their existing deadlines and tasks to the basketball team and the academic decathlon.
Summary: A small but chaotic and wild town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an extensive and sickly degree. Things in town start to change and shatter for them when star tailback, Boobie Miles (Derek Luke) gets seriously injured during the first game of the season. And for them, all hope is lost. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) to get the best out of other players and team members. And now All of the town’s self-respect and honor falls on his shoulders.
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