High school movies that earned an A+
Ah, high school movies. These movies dramatize the very real and very awkward adolescent experiences that every Blazer endures. In our list of the eight best high school flicks, we SCO entertainment experts pick out the cream of the crop, giving detail and insight on what to expect from each teen film. From Ferris skipping class in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to Cady spreading rumors in "Mean Girls," what's not to love?
The Breakfast Club (1985)
1980s high school hit "The Breakfast Club" tells the story of five disconnected classmates who bond after suffering from extreme boredom in Saturday detention. After a rough start to a long day, Andy (Emilio Estevez), Claire (Molly Ringwald), John (Judd Nelson), Allison (Ally Sheedy) and Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) learn to see each other as more than just another jock, spoiled princess, angry criminal, basket case or brainiac. The cast delivers moving performances as the characters struggle to live up to their parents' and peers' expectations – feelings that all high school students can relate to. As with Blazers, "The Breakfast Club's" high school students prove to be three-dimensional and manage to defy clichéd stereotypes. In a particularly deep movie about living with pressure, the actors deliver performances that are sure to touch the hearts of all audiences.
Hoop Dreams (1994)
"Hoop Dreams" is an award-winning documentary about two inner-city Chicago teenagers, William Gates and Arthur Agee, on the road to becoming big-time college basketball players. The film begins when William and Arthur are freshmen in high school, and ends five years later as they start college. Director Steve James does an incredible job capturing all the aspects of inner-city life as well as the hard work that goes in to being a highly-touted high school athlete. For basketball documentary enthusiasts, this film towers above others such as "More than a Game," "Through the Fire," and "No Crossover: The trial of Allen Iverson." At the same time, "Hoop Dreams" is about much more than basketball, as it also focuses on tragedies in the lives of the two young men. Even if you're not a basketball fan, you'll find yourself glued to the screen when you watch "Hoop Dreams."
Mean Girls (2004)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
All-star cast Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join forces in "10 Things I Hate About You," a film loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." The young cast portray high school students caught in a complicated love triangle – err, make that hexagon, and the romantic storylines quickly go from complicated to nearly indecipherable. Though the plot may seem complex, it never becomes tedious because of sharp acting and a great screenplay. In fact, the confusion that the characters go through actually keeps the movie interesting and audiences engaged. In addition to its now all-star cast, the movie's connections to Shakespearean literature make high school – even when studying Shakespeare – all the more enjoyable. To treat yourself to a classy flick with smart literary references, watch "10 Things I Hate About You.”
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
No list about high school flicks is complete without Ferris Bueller. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is a classic coming-of-age film about a kid who's determined to have a blast. In the movie, Ferris (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school for a day and go to downtown Chicago with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). The trio avoids getting caught by their school principal and by Bueller's parents and spend the day having fun in a variety of ways. This 80s flick is a can't-miss for its comedic value as well as its stellar acting. Broderick is the perfect match for his role as Ferris, whose wit and charm allow him to skip school without consequence. Depicting teen angst and eventual maturity in a novel way, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" claims the spot as the number one high school movie in history.
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