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The Best Movies About Prep School

Updated January 5, 2021 986 votes 444 voters 44.5k views59 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter...  more
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  • School Ties2
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    School Ties

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Mandel

    School Ties is a 1992 sports film directed by Robert Mandel starring Brendan Fraser, Matt...  more
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  • Scent of a Woman3
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    Scent of a Woman

    Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1992

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the...  more
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  • The Emperor's Club4
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    The Emperor's Club

    Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    The Emperor's Club is a 2002 American drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and stars Kevin...  more
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    Mona Lisa Smile

    Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Newell

    Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in...  more
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  • Toy Soldiers6
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    Toy Soldiers

    Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr.

    Released1991

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Toy Soldiers is a 1991 American action drama film directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr., with a...  more
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  • Class7
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    Class

    Rob Lowe, John Cusack

    Released1983

    Directed byLewis John Carlino

    Class is a 1983 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by Lewis John Carlino, starring...  more
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  • Prep School8
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    Prep School

    Carly Schroeder, Taylor Lambert

    Released2015

    Directed bySean Nichols Lynch

    Prep School is a 2016 American sports drama film directed by Sean Nichols Lynch. When the star...  more
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews,...  more
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  • Another Country10
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    Another Country

    Colin Firth, Rupert Everett

    Released1984

    Directed byMarek Kanievska

    Another Country is a 1984 British romantic historical drama written by Julian Mitchell,...  more
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  • Nicholas Nickleby11
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    Nicholas Nickleby

    Anne Hathaway, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2002

    Directed byDouglas McGrath

    Nicholas Nickleby is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Douglas McGrath. The screenplay...  more
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  • Outside Providence12
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    Outside Providence

    Alec Baldwin, Amy Smart

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Corrente

    Outside Providence is a 1999 American film adaptation of Peter Farrelly's 1988 novel of the...  more
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  • The Tribe13
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    The Tribe

    Alexander Panivan, Alexander Osadchiy

    Released2014

    Directed byMyroslav Slaboshpytskiy

    The Tribe is a 2014 Ukrainian drama film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The film is set...  more
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  • Making the Grade14
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    Making the Grade

    Judd Nelson, Andrew Dice Clay

    Released1984

    Directed byDorian Walker

    Making the Grade is an American film which was released in 1984. It was directed by Dorian...  more
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  • Never Let Me Go15
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    Never Let Me Go

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2010

    Directed byMark Romanek

    Never Let Me Go is a 2010 British dystopian science fiction drama film based on Kazuo...  more
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    Flirting

    Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Duigan

    Flirting is a 1991 Australian coming of age comedy drama film written and directed by John...  more
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  • Innocence17
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    Innocence

    Marion Cotillard, Corinne Marchand

    Released2004

    Directed byLucile Hadžihalilović

    Innocence is a 2004 French mystery drama film written and directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović,...  more
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  • Prep School18
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    Prep School

    Kelly LeBrock, Evan Ross

    Directed byJerome Elston Scott

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  • The Hairy Bird19
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    The Hairy Bird

    Kirsten Dunst, Hayden Christensen

    Released1998

    Directed bySarah Kernochan

    The Hairy Bird, also released under the titles Strike! in Canada and All I Wanna Do in the...  more
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  • Tart20
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    Tart

    Mischa Barton, Lacey Chabert

    Released2001

    Directed byChristina Wayne

    Tart is a 2001 coming of age film starring Dominique Swain, Bijou Phillips, and Brad Renfro....  more
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  • Diabolique21
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    Diabolique

    Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates

    Released1996

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    Diabolique is an 1996 American thriller directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by...  more
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    Chasing Holden

    Rachel Blanchard, nm0702809

    Released2001

    Directed byMalcolm Clarke

    Chasing Holden is a 2001 crime and drama film written by Sean Kanan and directed by Malcolm...
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    Au revoir, les enfants

    Irène Jacob, François Berléand

    Released1987

    Directed byLouis Malle

    Au revoir les enfants is an autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by Louis...  more
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  • Bad Education24
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    Bad Education

    Gael García Bernal, Pedro Almodóvar

    Released2004

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

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  • Boys25
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    Boys

    Winona Ryder, John C. Reilly

    Released1996

    Directed byStacy Cochran

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