This Little Miggy Stayed Home: Best High School Movies

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Best High School Movies

So the other day I was reading an article on about their top 10 all time best high school movies. They really missed the mark (according to myself and hundreds of other readers). Many people wrote in and commented on the lack of certain obvious choices left off the list, and of course on certain choices that made the list. Anyway, I'm going to post my top 10 but just for comparison's sake here is MSN's top 10 (some of these I haven't even heard of).

10. Brick (2005)
9. My Bodyguard (1980)
8. Heathers (1989)
7. Election (1999)
6. Carrie (1976)
5. Donnie Darko (2001)
4. Fast Times at Ridgmont High (1982)
3. Dazed and Confused (1993)
2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
1. Rushmore (1999)

OK, so 9 and 10 . . . I haven't even heard of. 7 and 5, I never saw, but have heard good things about both--especially Donnie Darko, I know it's sorta a cult classic. Also, the #1 pick was Rushmore. Huh? A great film, don't get me wrong . . . and while yes it does take place at a school and yes the main character is a high school student, it doesn't exactly seem to fit the classic high school genera. Dazed and Confused and Heathers . . . now these are 2 movies I can get behind . . . especially Dazed and Confused. (Missa I still remember watching this in your basement for the first time). But my main complaint with this list is there is a shocking lack of John Hugh's films. It's insulting. You can't do a best high school movie list without including some John Hugh's films. I don't care who you are. It's un-American.

So in no particular order (since I can't decide an actual order--except maybe #1, I'm pretty sure FBDO would be my #1) here are my top 10 High School flicks.

10. Pretty in Pink/16 Candles
9. Breakfast Club
8. Dazed and Confused
7. Weird Science
6. Never Been Kissed
5. Dazed and Confused
4. Goonies (maybe this isn't exactly a high school flick, but I think most the characters are that age)
3. Napoleon Dynamite
2. Better Off Dead/Can't Buy me Love
1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Honorable Mentions:
Mean Girls
Heathers (the original Mean Girls)
3 O'clock High
Back to the Future (this should probably be on the list)
Good Times . . .

OK, so there are a lot more than just 10 on there, but I had to. There are just too many good flicks. I'm sure most of these are just nostalgia choices since these are the actual movies I watched over and over again in high school, but I think considering what you actually watched in high school is part of the decision.


  1. grease is my #1 but i am a geek. love your list of movies.

  2. I agree - I think Grease belongs on a real list. Not that honorable mentions aren't honorable . . .

  3. Definitely on board with your picks. To leave John Hughs out is a gross oversight!!! Also, you were absolutely right to give honorable mention to Mean Girls and Clueless. I bow to you and your great taste in flicks!

  4. can I put in my vote for moving "better off dead" to number 1? that is seriously my favorite movie . . i know, i'm a nerd .

  5. i saw brick and that is the worst pick for a high school movie. ugh. top ten over any of the ones you picked is ridiculous. it's like a top ten list for pretentious film snobs who didn't actually go to high school or at least spent the majority of their time high in the band room.

  6. Care, that's not true...they were high in the AV room.

  7. yes, i stand corrected. good call, broek.

  8. Thanks for the movie list. Now I need to go rent like 8 movies.

    I am glad Goonies made the list even though not much of it actually happens at the school and the real "goonies" (the Coreys, Data, and chunk) are probably in middle school. My siblings and I were Goonie Junkies growing up.

  9. PS Amy...Phillip thinks you look like the girl in the center of the Pretty in Pink posterboard. He tried to convince me it was you for the last minute straight. Ha!