Entertainment The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining films & series about life for high school students.

High school is a time many people recall with fond memories, choosing to forget the homework and inability to go to the bathroom without a pass. The time we spent in high school often includes great stories about playing sports, making friends, having a good time at parties, and of course, meeting that special girl or guy you had a crush on the entire year. Considering all this, high school has long been depicted in television and film, which is probably due to the fact that most of the population had similar experiences. Were you the jock, the nerd, or even a mean girl? Whatever your role, there are movies and TV shows about high school pretty much everyone can relate to.

Whether you're looking for new shows about high school or a classic high school comedy, there's certainly something to suit your interests. For those who love a good teen romance story, some of the best movies about high school are all about relationships. John Hughes' entries into the genre are all about "getting the girl" and navigating the halls of a school where you just don't fit in. Ferris Beuler's Day Off is all about a guy who doesn't attend school while TV series like Glee spend most of their screen time with the kids in school. Whatever your preference in the genre, be it comedy, romance, or drama, there's plenty to see that will remind you of your days in high school. 

Which high school movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good ones missing from the list.

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more
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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more
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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David ...more
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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more
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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more
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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more
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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more
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Fame is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Fame is a 1980 American musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Its screenplay is by Christopher Gore, its choreography by Louis Falco and musical ...more
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more
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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more
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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
The Edge of Seventeen (originally titled Besties) is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden ...more
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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger. A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after ...more