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The Best Movies About Prep School  

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List Rules Movies about prep schools and prep school students. Vote up the best, preppiest prep school films.

While most people graduate from high school and pursue a degree at a college or university, there is a small number of privileged kids who get to attend a special school before college to help them prepare even more for their career. The idea is interesting enough that many films have been made about life at a prep school and boarding school. What are the best movies about prep school? Vote up the best on the list below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list have been ranked as the best that tell stories about what life in a prep school is really like. Prep school films aren't limited to a specific genre, so there is sure to be a film to fit your tastes and interests.
 
This list features the best movies about boarding school and prep school including, Dead Poets Society, The Emperor’s Club, Mona Lisa Smile, Prep School, Never Let Me Go, and A Little Princess. Vote up the best films below or add a preppy movie that isn't already on the list.

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Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Weir

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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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Mandel

School Ties is a 1992 sports film directed by Robert Mandel starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp. ...more

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Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

Released: 1992

Directed by: Martin Brest

Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more

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Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

The Emperor's Club is a 2002 American drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and stars Kevin Kline. It tells the story of a prep school teacher and his students at a fictional boys' prep school, ...more
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Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lewis John Carlino

Class is a 1983 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by Lewis John Carlino, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe and Cliff Robertson, and is also the film debut of Andrew McCarthy, John ...more

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Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mike Newell

Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and ...more

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Alec Baldwin, Amy Smart, Richard Jenkins

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Corrente

Outside Providence is a 1999 American film adaptation of Peter Farrelly's 1988 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Michael Corrente, and it was written by Corrente and the brothers ...more
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Riot Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
Mike Williams Mendes added Riot Club
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Sean Astin, Louis Gossett, Jr.

Released: 1991

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Toy Soldiers is a 1991 American action drama film directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr., with a screenplay by Petrie and David Koepp. It stars Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Louis Gossett, Jr., Andrew ...more
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Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

Released: 1995

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, and Vanessa Lee Chester. Set during WWI, it focuses on a young ...more

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Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Cary Elwes

Released: 1984

Directed by: Marek Kanievska

Another Country is a 1984 British romantic historical drama written by Julian Mitchell, adapted from his play of the same name. Directed by Marek Kanievska, the film stars Rupert Everett and ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2002

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

Nicholas Nickleby is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Douglas McGrath. The screenplay is based on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, which originally was ...more
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Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mark Romanek

Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex ...more

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Preppie Connection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
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Blackcoats Daughter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
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Judd Nelson, Andrew Dice Clay, Gordon Jump

Released: 1984

Directed by: Dorian Walker

Making the Grade is an American film which was released in 1984. It was directed by Dorian Walker and written by Charles Gale and Gene Quintano. It was filmed at Rhodes College in Memphis,
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Michelle Medina

All I Wanna Do is an 2011 Moroccan documentary film produced by La Prod and directed by Michelle Medina starring Omar Sayed Nass El Ghiwane and Don Bigg, Simohamed, a parking guard and his 17 ...more

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Handsome Devil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
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Michael McElhatton, Hugh O'Conor, Moe Dunford

Directed by: John Butler

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Alexander Panivan, Alexander Osadchiy, Rosa Babiy

Released: 2014

Directed by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

The Tribe is a 2014 Ukrainian drama film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The film is set in a boarding school for deaf children (and thus is entirely in sign language, with no subtitles), ...more
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Kirsten Dunst, Hayden Christensen, Rachael Leigh Cook

Released: 1998

Directed by: Sarah Kernochan

The Hairy Bird, also released under the titles Strike! in Canada and All I Wanna Do in the United States, is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Sarah Kernochan. It stars Kirsten Dunst, ...more
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Marion Cotillard, Corinne Marchand, Hélène de Fougerolles

Released: 2004

Directed by: Lucile Hadžihalilović

Innocence is a 2004 French mystery drama film written and directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović, inspired by the novella Mine-Haha, or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls by Frank Wedekind, and ...more

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Kelly LeBrock, Evan Ross, Edmund Entin

Directed by: Jerome Elston Scott

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Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Thandie Newton

Released: 1991

Directed by: John Duigan

Flirting is a 1991 Australian coming of age comedy drama film written and directed by John Duigan. The story revolves around a romance between two teenagers, and it stars Noah Taylor, who ...more
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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Guy Kibbee

Released: 1939

Directed by: Busby Berkeley

Babes in Arms is the 1939 American film version of the 1937 Broadway musical of the same name. The film version stars Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, ...more
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Walter Brennan, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea

Released: 1936

Directed by: William Wyler

These Three is a 1936 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian Hellman is based on her 1934 play The Children's Hour. A 1961 remake of the film directed by Wyler ...more