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1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 269,092 | Gross: $190.24M

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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64 Metascore

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 582,405 | Gross: $317.58M

3. 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: 155,789 | Gross: $33.80M

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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63 Metascore

An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris

Votes: 504,212 | Gross: $261.99M

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.9
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82 Metascore

It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 500,820 | Gross: $249.36M

6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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

7.3
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 275,174 | Gross: $38.18M

7. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 80,554 | Gross: $1.11M

8. Cutting Class (1989)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

4.4
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A murderer is loose in a high school in this 'whodunit' movie.

Director: Rospo Pallenberg | Stars: Donovan Leitch Jr., Jill Schoelen, Brad Pitt, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,042

9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 295,238 | Gross: $70.14M

10. 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: 86,763 | Gross: $27.09M

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: 187,416 | Gross: $44.54M

12. Up the Down Staircase (1967)

Approved | 124 min | Drama

7.4
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The experiences of a young female English teacher in an inner-city New York high school.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Patrick Bedford, Sandy Dennis, Eileen Heckart, Ruth White

Votes: 1,754

13. Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.0
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A close knit group of six friends try to make it through their teens while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Votes: 29,246

14. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy

5.7
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32 Metascore

A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 92,102 | Gross: $38.25M

15. Grease 2 (1982)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

4.4
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52 Metascore

An English student at a 1960s American high school has to prove himself to the leader of a girls' gang whose members can only date greasers.

Director: Patricia Birch | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Maxwell Caulfield, Lorna Luft, Maureen Teefy

Votes: 30,885 | Gross: $15.17M

16. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

5.6
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48 Metascore

A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.

Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 37,629 | Gross: $16.62M

17. Hannah Montana (2006–2011)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Family, Music

4.9
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Adventures of a teenage pop star who keeps her identity secret from even her closest friends by using a disguise on-stage.

Stars: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus

Votes: 34,382

18. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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36 Metascore

A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary

Votes: 30,070 | Gross: $31.62M

19. Wild Child (2008)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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A rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father.

Director: Nick Moore | Stars: Emma Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Richardson, Lexi Ainsworth

Votes: 46,214 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore Preparatory School is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 159,446 | Gross: $17.11M

21. Encino Man (1992)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

5.8
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25 Metascore

When they find a frozen caveman in their back yard, two high school outcasts thaw him and introduce him to modern life while he in turn gets them to actually enjoy life.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward

Votes: 35,317 | Gross: $40.69M

22. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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77 Metascore

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris

Votes: 14,941 | Gross: $13.99M

23. Hiding Out (1987)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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47 Metascore

A stockbroker on the run from the mob decides to hide out from them by enrolling as a student in high school.

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Jon Cryer, Keith Coogan, Annabeth Gish, Oliver Cotton

Votes: 2,943 | Gross: $7.02M

24. Popular (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two girls who despise each other, due to being on opposite sides of the "popularity fence", are forced together upon learning that their parents are getting married.

Stars: Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, Tamara Mello, Christopher Gorham

Votes: 5,788

25. Never Been Kissed (1999)

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

6.0
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60 Metascore

A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

Votes: 78,668 | Gross: $55.47M

26. Tamara (2005)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.1
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34 Metascore

Tamara, an unattractive girl, who is picked on by her peers returns after her death as a sexy seductress to exact revenge.

Director: Jeremy Haft | Stars: Jenna Dewan, Katie Stuart, Chad Faust, Bryan Clark

Votes: 9,313 | Gross: $0.17M

27. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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66 Metascore

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 12,049 | Gross: $16.80M

28. Dangerous Minds (1995)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

Votes: 45,442 | Gross: $84.92M

29. The Quiet (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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29 Metascore

Following the unexpected death of her father, a deaf and mute teenager moves in with her godparents, where she discovers the cruel behavior of their daughter may be indicative of a dark secret within the family.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan

Votes: 14,807 | Gross: $0.38M

30. Degrassi High (1987–1991)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.1
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The lives and trials of students of a city high school.

Stars: Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Maureen Deiseach, Angela Deiseach

Votes: 2,488

31. Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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27 Metascore

Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux

Votes: 15,963 | Gross: $35.66M

32. The Cheetah Girls (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

4.8
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Four teens aim to take the world by storm with their music.

Director: Oz Scott | Stars: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Houghton, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan

Votes: 6,569

33. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 54,610 | Gross: $91.06M

34. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.6
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58 Metascore

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean

Votes: 18,901 | Gross: $0.00M

35. Get Over It (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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52 Metascore

A high school senior's girlfriend breaks up with him. His friends try to make him think of something else. His friend's sister Kelly helps him with the school musical. Spending time with Kelly has an effect.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Melissa Sagemiller, Sisqó

Votes: 17,257 | Gross: $11.56M

36. Carrie (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both her classmates and her domineering, religious mother.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, Rena Sofer, Kandyse McClure

Votes: 9,030

37. McFarland, USA (2015)

PG | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.4
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60 Metascore

Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross-country team and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts

Votes: 32,448 | Gross: $44.47M

38. What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

Not Rated | 24 min | Comedy

6.9
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A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry

Votes: 2,699

39. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Music

4.6
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33 Metascore

A teenage girl is convinced that her home city revolves around her until her family packs up and moves to the suburbs, where she finds herself competing for attention.

Director: Sara Sugarman | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Adam Garcia, Glenne Headly

Votes: 26,216 | Gross: $29.33M

40. 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: 17,246 | Gross: $17.85M

41. Rebelde (2004–2006)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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Six teenagers with different lives and personalities attend a prominent private school with only one thing in common: their vocation and passion for music.

Stars: Anahí, Dulce María, Alfonso Herrera, Christopher Von Uckermann

Votes: 2,879

42. 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: 2,259 | Gross: $0.20M

43. Boston Public (2000–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity.

Stars: Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald, Fyvush Finkel, Chi McBride

Votes: 5,125

44. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
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The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 1,022

45. 96 (II) (2018)

158 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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Two high school sweethearts meet at a reunion after 22 years and reminisce about their past over the course of an evening.

Director: C. Prem Kumar | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Trisha Krishnan, Varsha Bollamma, Adithya Bhaskar

Votes: 11,998

46. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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Sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, Sabrina Sawyer discovers on her 16th birthday that she's a witch.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Sherry Miller, Charlene Fernetz, Michelle Beaudoin

Votes: 6,259

47. Speak (2004)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama

7.3
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After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

Director: Jessica Sharzer | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Dick Hagerman, Allison Siko

Votes: 23,578

48. Mr. Young (2011–2013)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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A fourteen-year-old kid named Adam Young graduated college when he was nine. He got a job at Finnegan High School as the science teacher. His best friend Derby and older sister Ivy go to ... See full summary »

Stars: Brendan Meyer, Matreya Fedor, Gig Morton, Emily Tennant

Votes: 1,121

49. O (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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53 Metascore

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 18,676 | Gross: $16.02M

50. 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: 7,944



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