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Top 10 All-Time High School Movies

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It’s graduation season and, in honor of this time of year, the Roundtable of Tyler Smith (@morelessons), Jeremiah Panhorst (@jpanhorst) and Zack Brooks (@brooksza) count down the Top 10 All-Time High School Movies!

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Tonight’s Post Show Recaps Movie Roundtable is Top 10 All-Time High School Movies. Tyler Smith (@morelessons), Jeremiah Panhorst (@jpanhorst) and Zach Brooks (@brooksza) count down their favorite high school movies and compile their three lists into one overall top 10. Since it’s the end of the school year, the Roundtable felt like it was fitting to discuss the top 10 high school movies. They each compiled their own top 10 list and through a super-complex formula they pulled together an aggregate list. As always on Post Show Recaps, we want to hear from you. Tweet your comments, ideas and movie snubs using the hashtag #PSRecaps. You can subscribe to all of the Post Show Recaps shows by going to http://www.Postshowrecaps.com/itunes

Discussion questions:

  • What are some of the key elements of a high school movie?
  • What is the difference between high school and teen movies?
  • Do you think high school movies are generational? Would someone who graduated from high school this month have the same list?

The Roundtable’s aggregated list: 10. Napoleon Dynamite; 9. 10 Things I hate About You; 8. Mean Girls; 7. Rebel without a Cause; 6. Back to the Future; 5. American Pie; 4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; 3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High; 2. Dazed and Confused; 1. Breakfast Club

Outliers:

  • Rushmore
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Mean Creek
  • Heathers
  • Carrie
  • Clueless
  • American Graffiti
  • Spectacular Now
  • Lucas
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Superbad
  • Detroit Rock City

Or if you want to just list all the movies discussed in alphabetical order and not give away the list:

  • 10 Things I Hate About you
  • American Graffiti
  • American Pie
  • Back to the Future
  • Breakfast Club
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Carrie
  • Clueless
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Heathers
  • Lucas
  • Mean Creek
  • Mean Girls
  • Movie
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Rushmore
  • Spectacular Now

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  • Trixie02

    Interesting discussion. I like your number one choice, but do feel it is overrated and simplistic regarding cliques.

    Gregory’s Girl is a pretty good film set in a high school in Scotland, but it may not be that well-known. Grease wasn’t mentioned?

  • I realized that a bunch of my favorites (Say Anything, Can’t Hardly Wait, One Crazy Summer, and The To-Do List) are technically ineligible because they’re actually about the summer after graduating high school. Get at me when you guys do your inevitable sequel to this list, the best movies about summer vacation.

  • Megan Z

    Wait, nobody else’s high school experience perfectly mirrored Heathers?

  • taylor

    I can agree with most of this list but you guys break my heart by leaving out ELECTION.

  • taylor

    Zach – very pleased to hear you mention Spectacular Now! What a sweet little film. It reminded me to emphasize that this whole panel should try to see The Fault In Our Stars at some point. I truly believe that (and the rest of the John Green catalog) will be the high school/teen story of this next generation. I’d go as far as to say that John Green is the next iteration of John Hughes.

    • Anna

      I think The Spectacular Now is better than TFIOS (Granted, I haven’t seen the movie yet). The Spectacular Now is a much more relatable high school love story, but just as moving as TFIOS. I also find the subplot of TFIOS to be quite ridiculous

      • taylor

        Spectacular Now is a much more subtle and interesting story, but TFIOS really punches you in the gut. Is Shailene Woodley the Molly Ringwald of our time?

        • Anna

          Perhaps Shailene grabbed some pointers from Molly during their time together on The Secret Life of the American Teenager

        • Anna

          Also on your John Green comment- I really hope that the success of TFIOS allows his other books to be made into movies as well. I would absolutely love to see a movie version of Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns

  • prett77

    What about Grease?

  • Keaton Brower

    Haven’t listened yet, but did you guys not consider The Perks of Being a Wallflower? It would be very high on my list.

  • Michael Norris

    1. Rebel Without a Cause
    2. American Graffiti
    3. Dead Poets Society
    4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    6. Mean Girls
    7. Election
    8. Back to the Future
    9. The Breakfast Club
    10. Dazed and Confused

    HM: Spider-Man, Blue is the Warmest Color, Back to the Future II, Easy A, Footloose, Napoleon Dynamite, Carrie, The Spectacular Now, Freaky Friday, Scream, Halloween, Grease, Brick, Detachment, Kick-*ss