10 hugely entertaining high school movies you can watch on Netflix
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There’s something about high school movies that people truly love, even if their teenage years have been behind them for some time.

Is it nostalgia? Is it the social cliques, adolescent chaos and relatable characters? Regardless, there’s something for everyone on Netflix – whether you were the queen bee, the spunky non-conformist, or the weirdo loner.

Clueless (1995)

The quintessential teen movie of the ’90s, Clueless follows Cher (Alicia Silverstone) a good-natured, but spoilt, popular girl, as she plays matchmaker to her teachers, makes over the school’s ugly duckling, and tries to find love. Co-stars include a fresh-faced Paul Rudd as Cher’s stepbrother, and Brittany Murphy in an early role. The film has more wit and charm than any Iggy Azalea video – that’s for sure.

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (1986)

John Hughes’ classic is an escapist flick about the ultimate sick day. Ferris (Matthew Broderick) is a cocky, charming high school student with a plan to take his best friend’s father’s Ferrari and spend the day living the high life in Chicago. However, both his school principal and his older sister (Dirty Dancing‘s Jennifer Grey) trail closely behind, obsessed with catching him out. Being one of the most iconic teen films ever made, you’ll recognise some of the one liners and scenes even if you haven’t watched it before.

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Another film from director John Hughes, Pretty In Pink sees poor, unpopular girl Andie (80’s teen idol Molly Ringwald) in a love triangle as she falls for popular rich kid Blane (Andrew McCarthy), and realises feelings for her childhood friend Duckie, played by Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer. Duckie steals the show at some points, especially during the hilarious lip sync scene as he pines for Andie. If you enjoyed Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club, then you’ll love Pretty In Pink.

Whip It (2009)

Ellen Page plays shy misfit, Bliss, who is not the pageant winning beauty queen her mother wants her to be. Bliss secretly tries out for a local roller derby, and turns out to be a natural, but now both sides of her life are now on a collision course. Directed by Drew Barrymore, this film doesn’t play to many of the tropes you’re used to seeing in teen movies. Expect twists and turns.

Teen Wolf (1985)

Growing up is hard enough, never mind when you’re a werewolf. Scott (Back to Future star Michael. J Fox) is struggling to get noticed by the prettiest girl in his school, and his basketball team isn’t going anywhere. However, that is until he discovers he is a werewolf – and is catapulted to the top of the school pecking order. Teen Wolf is a light-hearted comedy with plenty of laughs. Also: van surfing. Ignore the MTV TV series reboot, this is the real deal.

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Romy (Oscar winner Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow, at the height of her Friends fame) are two twenty-somethings that have known each other since they were oddballs in high school. When Romy hears about their upcoming high school reunion, the girls devise a plan to make their classmates think they’re successful business women. Directed by The Simpsons writer David Mirkin, many critics called this film a female version of Dumb & Dumber, but its wacky humour has earned it status as a cult movie on its own merits.

Ghost World (2001)

Based on the 1997 graphic novel of the same name, Ghost World follows the life of two pessimistic underachievers as they finish high school. Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are struggling to fit into adult life when they come across the lonely Seymour (Steve Buscemi). Ghost World is essentially a film about a small group of people who don’t really fit in, choosing to see through everyone else’s facades from the fringes of society.

Say Anything (1989)

Say Anything is a teen romcom about the ambitious, but underachieving, Lloyd (John Cusack) and Diane, the girl of his dreams (Ione Skye), as they try to be together despite social pressures and Diane’s overprotective father. When Diane receives a scholarship for an English university, she must make the decision between her boyfriend and her family. If cheese is your thing then Say Anything will be right up your street.

Heathers (1988)

Heathers is a black comedy that plays on many of the common tropes of high school movies, but adds a macabre twist. Veronica (Winona Ryder) is determined to get in with the popular girls at her school (all of which are named Heather), but decides that the only way to overthrow them and take their place is to murder them. Veronica and sociopathic boyfriend (Christian Slater) begin to climb their school’s social ladder, killing anyone who gets in their way. It’s Clueless meets Scream.

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

Rounding off this list is a film which parodies common elements found in all the other films above. Not Another Teen Movie is a parody film from a time when they were still funny. Released in the America Pie era of high school flicks, Not Another Teen Movie hilariously rips teen romcoms and coming of age dramas to shreds (“she has a ponytail and glasses!”).

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