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1. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.6
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78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 149,391 | Gross: $7.99M

2. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 954,289 | Gross: $210.61M

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 496,813 | Gross: $290.01M

4. Halloween (I) (2018)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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67 Metascore

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney

Votes: 95,819 | Gross: $159.34M

5. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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60 Metascore

A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 160,447 | Gross: $90.82M

6. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 184,978 | Gross: $48.96M

7. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 154,390 | Gross: $33.80M

8. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 86,332 | Gross: $27.09M

9. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 75,801 | Gross: $115.00M

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 427,221 | Gross: $17.74M

11. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

6.9
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64 Metascore

A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell

Votes: 186,510 | Gross: $44.54M

12. Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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57 Metascore

A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Votes: 68,663 | Gross: $40.47M

13. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

5.9
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53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 126,692 | Gross: $35.27M

14. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.8
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63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 200,195 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Sky High (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.1
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62 Metascore

Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 73,111 | Gross: $63.95M

16. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.2
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56 Metascore

The adventures of a 12 year old who is fresh out of elementary and transitions to middle school, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year.

Director: Thor Freudenthal | Stars: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn

Votes: 39,227 | Gross: $64.00M

17. Teeth (I) (2007)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.4
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57 Metascore

Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein | Stars: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman

Votes: 39,576 | Gross: $0.35M

18. The Boy Next Door (2015)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

4.7
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30 Metascore

A woman, separated from her unfaithful husband, falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett

Votes: 35,270 | Gross: $35.39M

19. Goosebumps (2015)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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60 Metascore

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee

Votes: 74,096 | Gross: $80.08M

20. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

5.8
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34 Metascore

While attending his brother's wedding, a serial womanizer is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone, Michael Douglas

Votes: 78,629 | Gross: $55.25M

21. Grease Live! (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 140 min | Musical, Romance

7.3
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After enjoying a summer romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High. There Sandy must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies in attempt to win Danny's heart again.

Directors: Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski | Stars: Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer

Votes: 8,042

22. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry

Votes: 18,706 | Gross: $6.67M

23. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 61,054 | Gross: $3.95M

24. The Peanuts Movie (2015)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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67 Metascore

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their archnemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Director: Steve Martino | Stars: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi

Votes: 39,615 | Gross: $130.18M

25. Drive Me Crazy (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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42 Metascore

Nicole and Chase used to be BFFs, then junior high happened. The high school centennial dance is coming but Nicole gets dumped. So does Chase. They stage a relationship to get at their exes. They visit each other's worlds. Love in the air?

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Stephen Collins, Mark Metcalf

Votes: 17,185 | Gross: $17.85M

26. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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82 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 17,565 | Gross: $14.10M

27. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 7,905

28. The New Kids (1985)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.0
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A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Shannon Presby, Lori Loughlin, James Spader, John Philbin

Votes: 2,195 | Gross: $0.20M

29. All I Wanna Do (1998)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

6.7
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60 Metascore

In the 1960s, a group of friends at an all girls school learn that their school is going to be combined with a nearby all boys school. They concoct a plan to save their school while dealing with everyday problems along the way.

Director: Sarah Kernochan | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Lynn Redgrave, Gaby Hoffmann, Rachael Leigh Cook

Votes: 6,262 | Gross: $0.97M

30. House of D (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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33 Metascore

By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams, Anton Yelchin

Votes: 8,515 | Gross: $0.37M

31. Dream a Little Dream (1989)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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32 Metascore

An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Corey Feldman, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, Meredith Salenger

Votes: 5,891 | Gross: $5.55M

32. StarStruck (2010 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Music

6.1
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Jessica Olsen was expecting a normal trip to California with her family to visit her grandma. However, she agrees to join her older sister to find the famous pop star, Christopher Wilde.

Director: Michael Grossman | Stars: Sterling Knight, Danielle Campbell, Maggie Castle, Brandon Mychal Smith

Votes: 11,580

33. Admission (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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48 Metascore

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

Votes: 32,068 | Gross: $18.00M

34. Angus (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he's got to get his act together with the help of his best friend.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Charlie Talbert, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, Perry Anzilotti

Votes: 6,043 | Gross: $4.82M

35. Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Woods | Stars: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta, Kerry Walker

Votes: 2,883

36. Princess Protection Program (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.6
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A princess whose country has been invaded goes into hiding in Louisiana, where she has to learn to act like an ordinary teenager.

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Nicholas Braun, Molly Hagan

Votes: 19,799

37. Natural Selection (2016)

101 min | Drama, Thriller

5.1
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As the new kid, a shy high school senior finds himself tormented by all his peers except one, but his new friend has a dark, infectious outlook.

Director: Chad L. Scheifele | Stars: Mason Dye, Ryan Munzert, Anthony Michael Hall, Katherine McNamara

Votes: 1,652

38. Peyton Place (1957)

Approved | 157 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 4,835 | Gross: $25.60M

39. Heaven Help Us (1985)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Andrew McCarthy, John Heard, Mary Stuart Masterson

Votes: 3,747 | Gross: $6.07M

40. Good News (1947)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Patricia Marshall, Joan McCracken

Votes: 2,259

41. Minutemen (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.8
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A comedy/sci-fi/adventure about three high school kids who invent a 10 minute time machine to spare others just like them from the humiliation they've endured.

Director: Lev L. Spiro | Stars: Jason Dolley, Luke Benward, Nicholas Braun, Chelsea Kane

Votes: 4,944

42. Read It and Weep (2006 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.5
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A shy and retiring high school student develops a peculiar alter ego that changes her life forever.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Kay Panabaker, Danielle Panabaker, Alexandra Krosney, Marquise C. Brown

Votes: 4,801

43. Legally Blondes (2009 Video)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

3.7
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Moving from England to California, the youngest cousins of Elle Woods must defend themselves when their schools reigning forces turn on the girls and try to frame them for a crime.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: Milly Rosso, Becky Rosso, Christopher Cousins, Brittany Curran

Votes: 4,646

44. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013)

TV-Y | 72 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.2
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Via a magic mirror, Twilight Sparkle travels into an alternate universe in order to recover a crown that was stolen from the Crystal Empire. Upon her arrival she is horrified to learn that she has turned into a human.

Directors: Jayson Thiessen, Noelle Benvenuti | Stars: Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain

Votes: 4,407

45. Class Reunion (1982)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

4.8
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Lizzie Borden High's class of 1972 are going through the motions at their tenth-year reunion, until deranged alum Walter Baylor, driven insane by a sadistic senior-year prank, escapes from ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Miller | Stars: Gerrit Graham, Michael Lerner, Fred McCarren, Miriam Flynn

Votes: 1,829 | Gross: $10.05M

46. High School U.S.A. (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy

5.7
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Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

Director: Rod Amateau | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Todd Bridges, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 1,072

47. It Runs in the Family (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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44 Metascore

This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Rory Culkin

Votes: 4,468 | Gross: $7.38M

48. Get Real (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

Director: Simon Shore | Stars: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart

Votes: 11,884 | Gross: $1.20M

49. The Rose Tattoo (1955)

Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan, Ben Cooper

Votes: 3,206

50. Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | 126 min | Musical, Romance

6.7
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On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendleton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 3,224



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