What are your 3 favorite movies with a high school setting?

Mine are:

  1. Election
  2. Clueless
  3. Back to the Future (technically, has a high school setting).

But I’m something of a simpleton. What are yours?

Only one I can think of would be Rushmore. Ferris, maybe? That is still only two. I am going to see Napoleon soon so maybe that will make three.

Pump Up the Volume.
Breakfast Club.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Grosse Point Blanc
To Sir With Love

Sixteen Candles.
Breakfast Club.
American Pie.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Dazed and Confused


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Breakfast Club

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Breakfast Club
Donnie Darko

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  2. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  3. Risky Business (1983)
  4. Lucas (1986), mainly because a scene was actually filmed in my high school.

Looking at the dates for these movies, is it surprising I graduated in 1986? :slight_smile:

Also, all four flicks were set in the Chicago suburbs in the mid-1980s, just like my high school. Ferris Bueller was like a memory trip through Chicago landmarks, The Breakfast Club setting was the archetypical North Shore Chicago suburban school, Risky Business had scenes shot in the suburb I lived in, and Lucas, as I mentioned, had a scene that was actually filmed in my high school.

Does Ferris count? You know because the main character is never in the school.
Election for sure but I need to think about the others.

  1. Rushmore
  2. Does Dead Poet’s Society count?
  3. Donnie Darko

Honorable: 4. Would The Emperor’s Club count as well?

Dazed and Confused
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

You know, it was HARD to pick just three. I feel the need to make honorable mention of the recent film Saved!, because it was great and absolutely the closest cinematic representation of my own high school I’ve ever seen.

11 posts and no mention of Bill & Ted. Either it hasn’t aged well or isn’t perceived to be a high school film.

For me, it (and Better Off Dead) are edged out by

Dazed and Confused
Say Anything

Better Off Dead
Say Anything

Fast Times
Stand and Deliver
The Faculty

Wow, is that hard to narrow down just to three! After a good forty-five seconds of deliberation, I’m going to go with Better Off Dead, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Not Another Teen Movie.

I’ll regret those choices in another five minutes when something … wait. Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home doesn’t really spend much of the time in high school, but that would definitely replace even Ferris.


No Blackboard Jungle yet?

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Or, if American Beauty counts, then that’s my #1 choice.

Well, they did spend the bulk of the movie across time and space; aside from the final presentation, they just weren’t in class that much.

But I’ll list it anyway, since the two films are among my faves…

  1. Back to the Future
  2. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What’s your third choice?