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The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School 

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Updated July 29, 2020 3.5k votes 303 voters 5.9k views 54 items

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
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school student (Emma Stone) relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Glee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows & Movies About High School
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