Entertainment Weekly's "50 Best High School Movies"

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From September 15, 2006 issue: "We still enjoy reliving our worst teenage traumas, from classrooms and cafeterias to pep rallies and senior proms. This dean’s list of films captures those memorable years of promise and pimples."

  1. 1.
    The Breakfast Club (High School Reunion Collection)
    by John Hughes

  2. 2.
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Widescreen Special Edition)
    by Amy Heckerling

  3. 3.
    Dazed & Confused (The Criterion Collection)
    by Richard Linklater

  4. 4.
    Rebel Without a Cause (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Nicholas Ray

  5. 5.
    by Michael Lehmann

  6. 6.
    American Graffiti (Collector's Edition)
    by George Lucas

  7. 7.
    by Amy Heckerling

  8. 8.
    Boyz 'N The Hood (Anniversary Edition)
    by John Singleton

  9. 9.
    by Alexander Payne

  10. 10.
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    by John Hughes

  11. 11.
    Say Anything
    by Cameron Crowe

  12. 12.
    Mean Girls (Widescreen Edition)
    by Mark Waters

  13. 13.
    High School (1968 Documentary)
    by Frederick Wiseman

  14. 14.
    Donnie Darko (Widescreen Edition)
    by Richard Kelly

  15. 15.
    Carrie (Special Edition)
    by Brian De Palma

  16. 16.
    by David Seltzer

  17. 17.
    Peggy Sue Got Married
    by Francis Ford Coppola

  18. 19.

  19. 20.
    Dead Poets Society
    by Peter Weir

  20. 21.
    Grease (Widescreen Edition)
    by Randal Kleiser

  21. 22.
    American Pie (Unrated Widescreen Collector's Edition)
    by Paul Weitz

  22. 23.
    Cooley High
    by Michael Schultz

  23. 24.
    Rushmore (The Criterion Collection)
    by Wes Anderson

  24. 25.
    Hoosiers (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
    by David Anspaugh

  25. 26.
    Pretty in Pink
    by Howard Deutch

  26. 27.
    To Sir, With Love
    by James Clavell

  27. 28.
    Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
    by Robert Zemeckis

  28. 29.
    Gregory's Girl
    by Bill Forsyth

  29. 30.
    Bring It On (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
    by Peyton Reed

  30. 31.
    The Karate Kid (Special Edition)
    by John G. Avildsen

  31. 32.
    Scream (Dimension Collector's Series)
    by Wes Craven

  32. 33.
    Hoop Dreams (The Criterion Collection)
    by Steve James

  33. 34.
    Get Real
    by Simon Shore

  34. 35.

  35. 37.
    Friday Night Lights (Widescreen Edition)
    by Peter Berg

  36. 38.
    Bye Bye Birdie
    by George Sidney

  37. 39.
    The Virgin Suicides
    by Sofia Coppola

  38. 40.
    Risky Business
    by Paul Brickman

  39. 41.
    Can't Buy Me Love
    by Steve Rash

  40. 42.
    by Alan Parker

  41. 43.
    Stand and Deliver
    by Ramón Menéndez

  42. 44.
    Can't Hardly Wait
    by Deborah Kaplan

  43. 45.
    My Bodyguard
    by Tony Bill

  44. 46.
    Flirting (1991)
    by John Duigan

  45. 47.
    Napoleon Dynamite
    by Jared Hess

  46. 48.
    Just One of the Guys
    by Lisa Gottlieb

  47. 49.
    Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)
    by John Hughes

  48. 50.
    Splendor in the Grass
    by Elia Kazan

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Created by Mark Kaiserman on Sep 08, 2006.


Untitled — 4 years ago

Harry Potter is included but If…. isn’t?

What? — 5 years ago

Uh… what about Dazed and Confused?

EW Gets a B+ — 7 years ago

Unlike many EW lists (see “25 Most Controversial Films” earlier this year), this one doesn’t over-use really recent films that won’t hold up. Of films from the last 3 years, Mean Girls, Napoleon Dynamite, Brick, and Friday Night Lights are worthy inclusions – Harry Potter #4 is a little more debatable perhaps since HP#5 may quickly trump it.

While the order of the 50, is, as always, debatable, the list itself seems to contain the usual EW obscure films (Get Real) and clunkers (Just One of the Guys, Can’t Buy Me Love – if you include those, why not Scott Baio’s Zapped! – okay that’s not a fair comparison)

But, as always, there are some notable absences: Saved!, Weird Science, WarGames, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Pleasantville, Porky’s, The Chosen, October Sky, Dick, and The Girl Next Door.

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