I’m glad EW decided back-to-school was a good time to create a list of The 50 Best High School Movies. Let’s face it: Adult life is just high school without cafeteria trays or a summer vacation. Also, I pretty much agree with the list itself — glad we found room for Brick, Hoop Dreams, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, and Flirting as well as the usual John Hughes movies. (Speaking of which, what’s Sixteen Candles, shown, doing all the way down at No. 49?) My quibble: Movies have often been a safe place for our most rebellious and violent high school fantasies to play out, but maybe in the post-Columbine era, our listmakers were a bit squeamish about including such movies as Over the Edge, Elephant, The Basketball Diaries, Light It Up, If…, Toy Soldiers, The Chocolate War, The Secret Lives of Altar Boys, and Blackboard Jungle. (Then again, we did include Rebel Without a Cause, Heathers, and Carrie.)
Did all of your favorites make the grade, or did some get left back? Pass us a note in study hall, or let us know below.
addCredit(“Sixteen Candles: Everett Collection”)