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40 Classic Back-To-School Movies To Binge

40 Classic Back-To-School Movies To Binge

by Elyse V

Summer is rapidly coming to a close and that means that school will soon be back in full swing. No matter if you are a current student or graduated many years ago, a back-to-school movie binge seems fitting at this time of year. Our list of 40 classic back-to-school movies to binge has something for everyone.

You can gather some friends, new dormmates, or family members to relive these classic back-to-school movies to binge. So make some (appropriate) drinks, pop some popcorn, and queue up any of these back-to-school movies to binge.

40 Classic Back-To-School Movies To Binge

We included a variety of genres so there is something for everyone. All movies are listed in alphabetical order and not ranked in any manner. All summaries are courtesy of IMDb.

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You – “A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.”
  2. A Cinderella Story – “Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Samantha Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school’s Halloween dance.”
  3. Accepted – “A high school slacker who’s rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.”
  4. Akeelah and the Bee– “A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.”
  5. American Pie – “Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.”
  6. Booksmart – “On the eve of their high-school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.”
  7. Bring It On – “A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year’s championships.”
  8. Clueless – “Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other.”
  9. Dead Poets Society – “Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.”
  10. Drumline – “A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.”
  11. Easy A – “A clean-cut high school student relies on the school’s rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing.”
  12. Election – “A high school teacher meets his match in an over-achieving student politician.
  13. Fame – “A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.”
  14. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – “A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.”
  15. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.”
  16. Footloose – “A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.”
  17. Friday Night Lights – “Based on H.G. Bissinger’s book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.”
  18. Grease – “Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?”
  19. Hairspray – “Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.”
  20. Heathers – “At Westerburg High where cliques rule, jocks dominate and all the popular girls are named Heather, it’s going to take a Veronica and mysterious new kid to give teen angst a body count.”
  21. Hoop Dreams – “A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.”
  22. Juno – “Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding the unborn child.”
  23. Lady Bird – “In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.”
  24. Legally Blonde – “Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen, is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school. While she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.”
  25. Love, Simon – “Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.”
  26. Mean Girls – “Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.”
  27. Mr. Holland’s Opus – “A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.”
  28. Never Been Kissed – “A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.”
  29. Pitch Perfect – “Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.”
  30. Princess Diaries – “Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her sixteenth year.”
  31. Remember the Titans – “The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.”
  32. Say Anything – “A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.”
  33. School of Rock – “After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.”
  34. She’s All That – “A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school’s prom queen.”
  35. Sixteen Candles – “A girl’s “sweet” sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.”
  36. Spider-Man: Homecoming – “Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.”
  37. The Breakfast Club – “Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.”
  38. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – “An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.”
  39. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – “A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.”
  40. To Sir, With Love – “Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London’s East End.”

If none of these titles interest you, you can always check out our comedy binge list, our dramatic binge list, or even our Canadian content binge list, or any of our other movie binge lists here.

What do you think of our classic back-to-school movies to binge?

Are there any glaring omissions? Let us know so we can add them to our list.

How many of the movies on this list have you seen?

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Cheers to enjoying the coming of fall, and watching/reliving these classic back-to-school movies to binge!

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