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Old 09-08-06, 03:38 PM
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EW's Top 50 High School Movies

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
9. Election 1999
8. Boyz N the Hood 1991
7. Clueless 1995
6. American Graffiti 1973
5. Heathers 1989
4. Rebel Without a Cause 1955
3. Dazed and Confused 1993
2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982
1. The Breakfast Club
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Rushmore? I don't think I know anyone else in life that has seen that movie besides me.

Where is that football movie from the mid ninties? Where the chick puts whip cream on her good stuff and Dawson tell's his dad "I don't want your life!" I can't remember the name of it. When I was in high school that was everyones favorite movie.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
hat football movie from the mid ninties? Where the chick puts whip cream on her good stuff and Dawson tell's his dad "I don't want your life!" I can't remember the name of it. When I was in high school that was everyones favorite movie.
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Two things:

1) Sixteen Candles should at least be in the top ten IMO.

2) I've never heard of Boyz N The Hood referred to as a high school movie before.

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Predictable...but the list isnt bad
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Glad to see Rock N Roll High School up there but i would add Class of 1984 to the list.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Rushmore? I don't think I know anyone else in life that has seen that movie besides me.
You're kidding right?

Boyz N the Hood and Harry Potter are curious entries but all in all, not a bad list.

Can't Hardly Wait is one of the worst movies of all time. I think any one of us could write something 10 times better then that waste of celluloid. I've seen better film on teeth.

Saxon

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I too would move Sixteen Candles up a few decades. At least top 20 and certainly not second to the last.
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Poor Tom. Risky Business probably would have landed in the top 10 had this list been made 5 years ago.

And no License To Drive.
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Three O'Clock High deserves a mention.
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Placing Sixteen Candles #49 instead of in the top 3 makes this list a fucking joke.
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Glad to see Lucas on there.
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What was the criteria about this list? The characters had to be in high school? It had to appeal to high school kids?
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No Three O'clock High? They can take that list and wipe off their dick with it.
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Overall, that is a decent list, but no Teen Wolf, Starship Troopers, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

If you like similar movies to this list, check out Cheats (2002). It may not be top 50 worthy, but I thought it was really funny, and no one seems to have seen it.

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Starship Troopers? I think I can understand why they didn't choose that one. Sure there's school scenes but come on.
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Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson
Placing Sixteen Candles #49 instead of in the top 3 makes this list a fucking joke.
God, you can say that again! Like most "lists", this is bullshit too. And I agree with others who thought "Three O'Clock High" should be on there.

Still reeling that "Sixteen Candles" was at the bottom of this list.
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They should do an International top 50. Wonder how many Japanese movies would make the list!
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Shouldn't Better Off Dead be on this list somewhere?
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When I first saw the list, I went looking for Sixteen Candles. I'm glad I'm wasn't the only one disturbed at how low it listed.
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Yeah, list is bogus. No Some Kind Of Wonderful either.

Originally Posted by BuddyRevell
No Three O'clock High? They can take that list and wipe off their dick with it.
Couldn't have said it better!
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Look everyone is going to have their differences to this list but overall i think it's not bad
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Still don't know how "Better Of Dead," a seminal teen movie is nowhere to be found. But "Get Real" is?
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Originally Posted by Obey The D
2) I've never heard of Boyz N The Hood referred to as a high school movie before.
My guess: by about #45 they were starting to run out of high school movies, period.

I mean when I think of great high school movies, I could probably only come up wit about 10.

What's the point of making a list if it includes virtually every movie you could think of in that category?

What next, the 'top 50 War of 1812' movies?
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Porky's not mentioned?

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