Since everyone will be heading back to school in a couple of weeks, we thought it would be appropriate to compile a list of great movies all about the trials and tribulations of high school.

Before you go back to school you need to be prepared. You need your books and supplies but you also need to be in the right mind-set to face the halls of high school.

Below are 20 films that deal with high school angst, relationships and academic struggles.

Over the next couple of weeks top up on your pop culture knowledge and get in a high school state of mind by watching a selection of these high school films, that claim to define several generations.

1. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Need to learn how to seize the day? Well take a class with Professor John Keating (Robin Williams) and get inspired.

2. Mean Girls (2004)

Walk the halls of high school with Caddie Herron (Lindsay Lohan) and Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in Tina Fey’s masterpiece about plastic girls, take-downs and The Burn Book.

3. Grease (1978)

The tale of goody toe shoes (Olivia Newton -John) and a bad boy greaser ( John Travolta) who sing and dance their way through their senior year.

4. The Karate Kid (1984)

The ultimate outsider tale, The Karate Kid  doesn’t focus much on high school but it sure will inspire you to fight for your goals.

5. Clueless (1995)

A high school drama based on Jane Austen’s Emma – pretty much sums up every high school girls dream movie.

6. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The ultimate rag tag high school movie – who knew Saturday detention could change lives and be so much fun.

7. 10 Things I hate about you (1999)

Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, it’s funny, heartfelt and proves Health Ledger was a genius.

8. Remember the Titans (2000)

This enlightening film tells the true story of a racially integrated Football team in 1971 and their newly appointed African-American Coach.

9. Say Anything (1989)

Star-crossed lovers and an iconic boom box scene,  this film led to several John Cusack fan clubs being formed.

10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Not the best film in terms of motivation, but it still provides plenty of laughs and Ferris Bueller’s day is certainly unforgettable.

11. Friday Night Lights (2004)

An American football movie set in Odessa (Texas), it follows the players as the fight for the championship and deal with the pressure from the small town to win.

12. Superbad (2007)

Not for the faint of heart Superbad is a hilarious comedy that established Jonah Hill as one to watch, add to that Mclovin, Michael Cera and Seth Rogan’s script – enough said.

13. School of Rock (2003)

More focused on middle school than high school, this film demonstrates all Jack Black has to offer from his musical skills to his hilarious comedic acting.

14. Rushmore (1998)

Wes Anderson’s take on the coming of age film, that offers Bill Murray as a father figure turned nemesis.

15. Back to the Future (1985)

This film combines high school with time travel and Michael J. Fox in his most iconic role.

16. American Pie (1999)

American Pie is a rather raunchy and sometimes insanely ridiculous film series, but it is good for a laugh.

17. Sixteen Candles (1984)

Molly Ringwald shines in one of her most well-known films, a forgotten birthday and unrequited love story what more could you want?

18. Juno (2007)

The film that launched Ellen Page’s career, Juno certainly deals with some major issues like teen pregnancy and adoption. On the bright-side it is hilarious and you can’t help but love Juno, quirks and all.

19. 21 Jump Street (2012)

A remake of the Johnny Depp TV classic, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return to high school as undercover cops and have to deal with how much things have changed. Keep an eye out for 22 Jump Street due to be released this year.

20. Election (1999)

Delve into the dark world of high school politics with Reese Witherspoon and Mathew Broderick.

There are so many other High School movies that could have made this list.

What is your favourite high school movie?

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