Film 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. 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 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 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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cybercow93 added Prep School Carly Schroeder, Taylor Lambert, Ben Bellamy

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser 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 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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Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett 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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Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg The Emperor's Club is a 2002 American drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and stars Kevin Kline. Based on Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief," it tells the story of a prep ...more

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Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal 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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Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield 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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Sean Astin, Louis Gossett, Jr. 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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Alec Baldwin, Amy Smart, Richard Jenkins 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) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
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Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Cary Elwes 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 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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Blackcoats Daughter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
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Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli 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 World War I, it focuses on ...more

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Mike Williams Mendes added 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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Mike Williams Mendes added The Tribe Alexander Panivan, Alexander Osadchiy, Rosa Babiy The Tribe is a 2014 Ukrainian drama film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Starring Grygoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova and Roza Babiy. The film is set in a boarding school for deaf children, ...more

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

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Ian Steaman added Judd Nelson, Andrew Dice Clay, Gordon Jump 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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Preppie Connection is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Prep School
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Kirsten Dunst, Hayden Christensen, Rachael Leigh Cook 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 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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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Guy Kibbee 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 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

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Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Thandie Newton 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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Prep School Kelly LeBrock, Evan Ross, Edmund Entin

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Zero for Conduct Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon Zero for Conduct is a 1933 French featurette directed by Jean Vigo. It was first shown on 7 April 1933 and was subsequently banned in France until 15 February 1946. The film draws extensively on ...more

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Brent Carver, Gary Farmer, Marcel Sabourin Lilies is a 1996 Canadian film directed by John Greyson. It is an adaptation by Michel Marc Bouchard and Linda Gaboriau of Bouchard's own play Lilies. It depicts a play being performed in a ...more