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Top High School Movies, According To Simon

It's time to go back to school but that doesn't mean it has to be a drag! Get into the school spirit with Life Is Crap's Simon's top choices for the best High School movies!

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1. Grease
Topping off the list is a cinematic and musical classic. Cool-guy Danny and good-girl Sandy meet on vacation, develop an attraction to each other, and then meet up later at school by chance. As Sandy struggles with what it means to be a good-girl, Danny tries to stay in the cool crowd without being a total softie. This teenage love story centers around the trials of tribulations of high school with a 50's style musical soundtrack following it every step of the way. 

2. Bring It On
A modern take on high school cheerleading, Bring It On tackles bigger issues than just classes and boyfriends. The high-class Toros take on the East Compton Clovers, a team that has been betrayed due to the Toros stealing their routines. Captain Torrance must figure out how to keep it all together. Only a 2000's comedy could pull this off so effortlessly.

3. Heathers
While this isn't the typical dark comedy, it's been a hit since its release in 1989. Veronica Sawyer and her love interest JD become involved in some dark crimes in their high school life gone bad featuring three mean girls with the same - Heather. Watch this classic movie and you might just want to get a puffy-sleeved jacket and start playing croquet.

4. Mean Girls
On the lighter end of the mean girl themed movie, we have Mean Girls. Tina Fey wrote this script based on a self-help novel. With classic one-liners, a gaggle of stars, and a plot that remains timeless, Mean Girls still delivers to this day as one of the top high school movies of all time.

5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Buller, the titular character who plays hookey from school with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron. Hilarity ensues as Bueller runs around the city of Chicago while his scorned teacher and sister try to track him down and rat him out.

6. Clueless
Cher Horowitz lives the best life in Beverly Hills this high school movie teaches her lessons money can't buy. As she does good deeds for everyone around her, she soon realizes that she should be doing it because it feels good, not for herself. This 90s movie is a cultural look at high school life during this time as well as a flick that is timeless for all, even if you're years removed from high school.

7. The Breakfast Club
Don't you forget about this movie, which takes a whole day of high school detention, a room full of stereotypes, and is guaranteed to make you cry. Everyone identifies with one of these - the brain, the athlete, the goody two shoes, the rebel, the crazy girl - who are you? Watch this John Hughes classic and reminisce on your high school days.

8. Easy A
When a rumor spins out of control, Olive Pendergast slowly loses control of her high school life and reputation. When a tangled web of lies turns out to be more than she bargained for, Olive must prepare the pieces. This tale of rumors and high school is too familiar and timeless as anything.

9. Perks Of Being A Wallflower
One of the best-selling novels of all time comes to film. Charlie, a shy freshman, befriends Sam and Patrick, two outcasts who show Charlie the ropes of high school. Charlie discovers a lot about himself and learns the meaning of friendship.

10. Superbad
Seth and Evan are two best friends getting ready to go away to college. During the end of their senior year of high school, Seth and Evan agree to get alcohol for their crushes at a party later that night. What begins is an adventure, a cop chase, and a night full of shenanigans for both friends. 

11. Edge Of Seventeen
Nadine is a seventeen-year-old girl dealing with grief, but things take a turn for the worst when her best friend begins to date her brother. Her confidant is in the form of a fast-talking teacher Mr. Bruner. Nadine learns a lot and grows up in this classic coming-of-age movie that everyone can relate to.

12. Dazed and Confused
This film follows an ensemble of high schoolers in the 70s as they go through their last day of school. As a film that only Linklater can do, the film explores many different themes with a plot that's easy to follow. 

13. 10 Things I Hate About You
This modern-day version of The Taming of the Shrew is a classic high school movie. A new student, Cameron, falls instantly for popular girl Bianca, who's father creates a strict household for her and her sister Kat. Cameron asks bad boy Patrick to date straight-laced Bianca and what ensues is one of the best high school romantic comedies of all time. 

14. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Falling in love, going to high school, spending summer at the mall - nothing is more high school than that. Join Jeff, Mark, Brad, Stacy, Linda, and the gang for a timeless classic hit that is just so 80s.

15. Lady Bird
Being a teenage girl isn't something most people would go back and relive, but if you do, make Lady Bird your choice. This film follows a high school senior who struggles with her sense of self alongside a turbulent relationship with her mother.  Like most high school movies, this timeless hit resonates with anyone who was once in Lady Bird's shoes.

16. High School Musical
This Disney Channel Original Movie makes the bottom of this list due to its timelessness. Similar to Grease and Romeo and Juliet, Troy and Gabriella meet on vacation and become star crossed when Gabriella, a new student, is instantly lumped in with the nerds while Troy is a popular jock. Both must learn to break the barriers of high school cliques and fall in love instead.


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