- Blackboard Jungle(1955). An idealistic English teacher (Glenn Ford) in a high school in the ghetto is challenged by juvenile delinquents. Look for a young Sidney Poitier.
- Bye Bye Birdie(1963). A teenager from Sweet Apple, Ohio (Ann-Margret in her first role) wins a national contest to give army draftee/rock star Conrad Birdie a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also stars Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, and Paul Lynde.
- The Trouble with Angels (1966). Hayley Mills and June Harding play two trouble-making girls at a convent school who seriously test the patience of the Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell). This touching movie with its surprise ending is a lot of fun.
- To Sir, With Love(1967). Sidney Poitier is a teacher in an inner-city London school who teaches his rebellious students how to survive after high school. Great song by Lulu.
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(1969). Based on the Muriel Sparks novel, the film stars Maggie Smith as an eccentric school teacher at a girls boarding school in 1930s London.
- American Graffiti(1973). Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, and Candy Clark star as teenagers in 1962 enjoying their last summer night before college.
- The Paper Chase(1973). Timothy Bottoms is a Harvard law student trying to survive his first year without antagonizing his law professor (John Houseman), a task complicated by the fact that he's fallen in love with the professor's daughter (Lindsay Wagner).
- The Breakfast Club (1985). John Hughes' classic movie about a group of teenagers spending a day of detention together.
- Dead Poets Society(1989). Corny, yes, but this enjoyable flick features Robin Williams as an English teacher at a New England boys boarding school in the 1950s who inspires his pupils to live life to the fullest.
- Good Will Hunting(1997). Robin Williams is back playing a therapist, who, while helping a troubled, young math genius (Matt Damon) heal, comes to terms with his own painful past.
- October Sky (1999). Based on the book, Rocket Boys, Jake Gyllenhaal is the young Homer Hicks, a boy fascinated by rockets in Coalwood, West Virginia in the late fifties.
- Never Been Kissed(1999). Drew Barrymore, a reporter researching a story on contemporary teens, returns undercover to her old high school.
- Legally Blonde(2001). To get her boyfriend back a jilted sorority girl (Reese Witherspoon) goes to Harvard Law School.
- School of Rock (2003). A ne'er-do-well substitute teacher (Jack Black) teaches some musically talented elementary students the gospel of rock and roll.
- Mean Girls (2004). In order to get into the Plastic clique, a new student (Lindsay Lohan) must become as shallow and mean-spirited as the popular girls.
- Sky High(2005). Will Stronghold, son of the two most powerful superheroes, attends an elite school for superhero offspring; unfortunately, he has no superpowers of his own.
Friday, September 16, 2011
With the autumnal equinox just a week away and most schools back in session, it's time to face it: Summer's over. Rather than mourn its passing, pop some corn, pour some apple cider, and put a good school movie in your DVD player. Following is a list of sixteen of the best: