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Top 50 teenage/high school movies

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by cougargirl, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    Have at it. I've only seen 30 of the top 50, including Mean Girls! ;D


    Entertainment Weekly recently compiled a list of the top 50 high school movies of all time. In what EW called a list of “beloved flicks about the traumatic teen years,” The Breakfast Club unexpectedly toppled fan favorite Fast Times at Ridgemont High for the top spot.

    We see it as we want to see it — in the simplest terms, the most convenient definition: The Breakfast Club is the best high school movie of all time. It may lack the scope of its peers — the drinking, the driving, the listless loitering in parking lots — as well as any scenes that actually take place during school. But if hell is other people — and high school is hell — then John Hughes is the genre's Sartre, and this is his No Exit.

    Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald managed to make the top 50 list an astounding three times.

    50. Splendor in the Grass 1961
    49. Sixteen Candles 1984
    48. Just One of the Guys 1985
    47. Napoleon Dynamite 2004
    46. Flirting 1992
    45. My Bodyguard 1980
    44. Can't Hardly Wait 1998
    43. Stand and Deliver 1988
    42. Fame 1980
    41. Can't Buy Me Love 1987
    40. Risky Business 1983
    39. The Virgin Suicides 2000
    38. Bye Bye Birdie 1963
    37. Friday Night Lights 2004
    36. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
    35. Brick 2006
    34. Get Real 1999
    33. Hoop Dreams 1994
    32. Scream 1996
    31. The Karate Kid 1984
    30. Bring It On 2000
    29. Gregory's Girl 1982
    28. Back to the Future 1985
    27. To Sir, With Love 1967
    26. Pretty in Pink 1986
    25. Hoosiers 1986
    24. Rushmore 1998
    23. Cooley High 1975
    22. American Pie 1999
    21. Grease 1978
    20. Dead Poets Society 1989
    19. The Last Picture Show 1971
    18. Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979
    17. Peggy Sue Got Married 1986
    16. Lucas 1986
    15. Carrie 1976
    14. Donnie Darko 2001
    13. High School 1968
    12. Mean Girls 2004
    11. Say Anything 1989
    10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986
    09. Election 1999
    08. Boyz N the Hood 1991
    07. Clueless 1995
    06. American Graffiti 1973
    05. Heathers 1989
    04. Rebel Without A Cause 1955
    03. Dazed and Confused 1993
    02. Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982
    01. The Breakfast Club

  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    No Porky's? No Valley Girl? I cry foul. The top two are solid, tho. And nice to see Lucas make it. The best movie John Hughes never made.
  3. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    I've only seen 26 of them, but much love for getting Donnie Darko up high. Great call.

    Is Back to the Future really a "high school movie?" I took that to mean something that at least tangentially involves school. I guess flashing back to a dance makes it one...
  4. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    Breakfast Club ahead of American Graffiti?
    Breakfast Club would rank behind about 35 movies on this list.
    At least.
    Risky Business ... Gregory's Girl ... Hoop Dreams ... Fame.
    These movies dwarf Breakfast Club.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    I love Breakfast Club, but Fast Times should be the runaway No. 1...

    Absolutely, Back to the Future is a HS movie...
  6. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    Breakfast Club is not only in its right place here, it's among the best movies I've ever seen, period, for accomplishing what it set out to do.

    Fast Times was it for me before Breakfast Club came out. I think it's a perfect 1-2.
  7. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    I agree with shotty. I think Breakfast Club hit so many true, right notes.
  8. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

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  9. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    36 for me, and fine with breakfast club -- but sixteen candles needs to be higher

    (and where's one crazy summer? or better off dead?)
  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    I'm with shotty on this one, too. Fast Times and Breakfast Club have to be 1-2 ... and doesn't really matter on the order ...
  11. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    The movies which I think got sold a little short here:


    Ferris Bueller.

    Risky Business.

    Sixteen Candles.

    And one which I was pleasantly surprised to even see on the list, but it should really be even higher ... The Virgin Suicides.

    hoops dead on about One Crazy Summer, too.
  12. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Re: Top 50 teenage movies

    Fast Times captured high school far, far better than Breakfast Club. It's not even close.

    And I graduated from high school the year Breakfast Club came out.
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