By Rick Gonzales | Published
Who doesn’t love to turn back the clock and go the nostalgic route when searching for a movie to watch? It could be the return to yesteryear and summer vacations or a fun coming-of-age story.
Or it could also be a return to those teenage years and the highs and lows of high school. Well, you don’t have to look any further than Netflix to run it back to your high school days and enjoy a good teen movie.
Best High School Movies on Netflix
Dope tells the coming-of-age story of Malcolm, a geeky African American kid who is skillfully trying to navigate life in his tough Inglewood, CA neighborhood. He is a senior in high school and has his sights set on attending Harvard.
So, while juggling preparing for the SATs and putting together his college applications, he must also deal with the local thugs and drug dealers. A random invite to an underground party leads Malcolm and his friends to more trouble (and fun) than they have ever seen.
Shameik Moore is Malcolm in a film that also stars Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, and A$AP Rocky.
Watch Dope on Netflix.
Senior Year (2022)
When Stephanie Conway was in high school in 2002, her plan to become one of the cool kids was complete. She was a popular cheerleader with sights on becoming prom queen.
But a cheerleading accident puts her in a coma, one she doesn’t wake up from for 20 years. Having never finished high school, Stephanie decides she wants to go back to complete her senior year, as a 37-year-old.
Mixing old school with new, Stephanie takes the brunt of most of the jokes, but just might finally make it through senior year. Rebel Wilson stars in this fun high school movie.
Watch Senior Year on Netflix.
Easy A (2010)
Emma Stone stars in Easy A, a high school movie comedy that has Stone playing Olive, a clean-cut girl where a little white lie (or two) she tells changes her entire high school existence.
In order to get out of a dreaded weekend camping excursion, Olive lies to her best friend. Then, when her best friend returns and presses Olive for details on her weekend, she fibs about losing her virginity to a college boy.
Her reputation goes from non-existent to tramp overnight. Instead of fighting it, Olive decides to cash in on her popularity by stitching a red A to all of her clothes, just like in the novel, The Scarlett Letter. It’s a high school comedy with many “ups and downs.”
Watch Easy A on Netflix.
Mean Girls (2004)
Based on the 2002 Rosalind Wiseman novel, Queen Bee and the Wannabees, Mean Girls is a high school movie that tells the story of Cady Heron, a 16-year-old who has spent most of her youth overseas and in homeschooling.
Life for Cady changes drastically when she finally hits public school, learning the ins and outs of high school social cliques, how to deal with school bullying, and numerous other traumatic high school experiences.
Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady with a cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried (her first starring role), Lizzy Caplan, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler.
Watch Mean Girls on Netflix.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Probably the most classic of all the high school teen movies is the 1985 John Hughes comedy, The Breakfast Club. The hit movie stars Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson as five teens from different high school cliques who meet one day during Saturday detention.
The film’s voice-over describes them as “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.”
The five teens run the gambit of emotions and hijinks while dealing with their authoritative vice-principal Richard Vernon (the wonderful Paul Gleason), who is running the Saturday detention.
Watch The Breakfast Club on Netflix.