Best Films About School 📓

Am I the only person, who still loves watching films about students, even though I myself graduated years ago? I hope not.

There’s something relaxing about watching (and rewatching) teenage films. Especially in september, when the academic year starts and you get nostalgic for the difficult, yet pleasant studying days.

Sadly, the majority of films about high schools are really dumb, predictable and too cliche. There’s always the group of mean girls, their hot boyfriends, a bunch of losers, who, usually are the main characters of the film. And since I’ve watched too many films like this, I decided to make a list of all the good and worthy ones about school or university. So if you’re a nostalgic person like me, you can enjoy them and go down into the memory lane, remembering your own youth.

1. Honor Society (2022)

Let’s start with the one I watched this year. I honestly didn’t expect to like this film as much as I did. First of all, I gotta praise the general moody atmosphere of this movie, because it felt so aesthetically pleasing to watch. Second, I really love the outfits of the main character. Third, it wasn’t like any other movie at all. It teaches you great lessons about morality and priorities, about the principle of “the end justifies the means“. It shows that the most important thing in this life is humanity, love and compassion. Plus it had a very unexpected plot twist, which I really enjoyed.

2. The Breakfast Club (1985)

I think many people will know this classic. The movie doesn’t have a strong plot, but it’s really great at describing the social roles and labels that are put on people, and how no one wants to see what’s behind those fake masks. 5 kids get detention and have to get acquainted with each other and see who they really are, beneath those mandatory masks. I really loved its message, and I think it’s important for everyone to see and understand this film. Also it shows that every single person is going through some difficulties in their lives, no matter how popular or successful they seem.

3. LOL (2011)

At first sight this film seems quite dumb, but its atmosphere compensate the weak plot. There’s something really soothing about it, maybe because I watched it when I was in high school, having a “cool” friend group made me relate a little to it. It shows the problems of school and lessons, conflicts with parents, relationship within a friend group and of course love. The best part of the film, in my opinion, is its soundtrack, which has become an integral part of my autumn playlist. Especially the song “Somewhere only we know“, which is of one my all time faves.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

This is another comfort watch of mine. Though I gotta say, that the book was much better and deeper, so I’ll definitely recommend that as well. However the movie was also really good. It’s about a wallflower Charlie, who transfers to high school and now has to face the problems of socializing and fitting in. I loved this story, cause I felt a strong similarity between me and Charlie, and he actually helped me a lot to solve my own problems through solving his. And again, this film is full of the most awesome songs, so if you’re a fan of old music in indie/rock genre, you’ll definitely appreciate it.

5. Dead Poet Society (1989)

I mean I’ve already made a whole post about this film, so there’s no need to say how much I loved it. I really pity that I haven’t seen it when I was in university, cause it would have completely changed my experience as a student and my mindset. It’s one of those “must-watch“, that will be relevant in all times, cause it shows the conflict of generations, the ability to live in the present moment, the freedom of opinions and mindset and the dictatorship of educational institutions.

6. The Duff (2015)

Let me explain: “duff” is an abbreviation which means “designated ugly fat friend“. It’s a term that is used to describe the less beautiful or popular person in a friend group. When the main character finds out that she is considered “duff“, her whole life changes, cause she realizes that people know her only due to her popular best friends. This movie is about accepting and loving your true self. Even if people see you in a certain way, it doesn’t mean, that you have to be that person, cause you’re free to choose who you are.

7. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

This one’s a biography about some of the members of Beat Generation (like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr etc.). Just like “Dead Poet Society” this film also shows that transferring period, when the old feels forced and fake, and it’s time for youngsters to create their future and their new standards and rules. I loved its message and amazing atmosphere of dark academia, which is the mood of my whole september.

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17 comments

  1. Nice overview of the films. If I want to be brain dead for a couple of hours, then I might watch those types of films about school. Lol.

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  2. I have long grown of school age but I like watching about young people in order to underdtand them better through films, and avoid denunciations like “what kind of youth these days”. Of course movies are not real life, but they give a certain idea about new generation. And I can say, that they’re better than us, if we don’t spoil them 😊

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  3. I’m a Senior now, and I don’t mean in school and I still enjoy watching movies about teenagers.
    The Edge of Seventeen was good movie. I loved “The Duff”. Thanks for your suggestions. I also loved “Juno”, “Say Anything”, “Saved”, “Eighth Grade”, “13 going on 30”, “Some kind of Wonderful”….so many. “Dead Poets Society” is definitely one of the best. For me, watching teen movies helps me understand and process not only my own youth, but they also reflect the situations we all go through at any age. The cliques, labels, isolation, competition etc sadly don’t end in school. I’ve seen in all, at all ages. I have an older friend who lives in a “retirement” place and she spoke of the cliques and judgements that go on even there.

    Thanks for this post!

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    • thanks a lot! I’ve only seen 13 going 30 from your list, but I’ll definitely watch the others! yeah, that’s sadly true, the same situations happen again and again,, but to be honest you shocked me about the retirement place! I never imagined that things were like that too in there 🙄

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      • Yes. My friend is a liberal democrat and she found a few people she could sit with during the meal time as many of the others were Trump loving republicans who considered her outrageous. Since there are usually more women than men at these places, I’ve seen the women flirt it up and attempt to win the attention of the few men. It is so amazing to see the same behaviors of 70, 80 year olds that were as those of 13 to 18. Pretty sad.

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  4. The only ones of these Anita and I have seen are The Breakfast Club and The Dead Poet’s Society, both of which we thoroughly enjoyed because, as you say, they are not “typical” teen flicks.
    ❤️& 🙏, c.a.

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    • yes, they are really good! I think you may also like Honor Society, Kill Your Darlings and Perks of Being a Wallflower from this list, because they give you something to think about ☺️

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