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December 14, 2012
Guest Post: The Best High School Movies Ever
— Posted by Roxanne Stone
High school … is there another time in life more full of drama, angst and yes, comedy? Hollywood has not missed the fact that audiences love to watch movies about those golden years and, in the past five decades, hundreds of movies depicting high school life have hit the screens from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Some have been better than others, though, and the debate over which are the “best” will rage on likely forever. There are some films that rise to the top of any list — such as these 10, listed in no particular order.
10. “Pretty in Pink”
A classic of teenage class warfare, this 1986 prom-centered John Hughes tale stars Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader and a pre-“Two and a Half Men” Jon Cryer. Ringwald is Andie, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who hooks up with McCarthy’s Blaine, a rich guy whose friends don’t exactly approve of his new love. Cryer’s character Duckie is one of the most beloved of any high school flick, and hardly anyone thinks Ringwald made the right decision at the film’s end.
9. “The Breakfast Club”
A Saturday detention stretching all day might not appeal to any teenager, but if the people you’re stuck with are as fun as this group, you might change your mind. A Brat Pack classic with Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Emilio Estevez, “The Breakfast Club” is funny, thought-provoking and iconic.
8. “Mean Girls”
6. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
5. “American Pie”
4. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
2. “Friday Night Lights”
1. “Napoleon Dynamite”
This list doesn’t include every quality high school movie; some could argue that “Sixteen Candles,” “Clueless,” or more serious fare such as “Hoosiers” or “Hoop Dreams,” deserve a spot on the list. And who knows what’s to come? One thing is for certain: As long as people go to high school, Hollywood will continue to make movies about the experience.
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About the Author: Roxanne Stone is a pop culture blogger and self-described John Hughes fanatic. Her college thesis was actually about her favorite movie of all time: “The Breakfast Club.”
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Roxanne Stone is a pop culture blogger and self-described John Hughes fanatic. Her college thesis was actually about her favorite movie of all time: “The Breakfast Club.”
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