Tossin’ It Out There: What are YOUR favorite movies involving School?

It’s September! School is back!

NOTE: I’m allowed to be enthusiastic because I no longer GO to school.

Except through the magic of movies of course! There are hundreds of millions of movies that are set in and around schools (That’s mathematics right there people, that’s how I counted them all). Comedies, Romances, Dramas, Horror movies… you name it, pretty much any kind of movie ever been set in, around and about schools.

From Kindergarten Cop to Animal House, school movies can take you from the beginning to the end of the educational spectrum. Pre Schools, Grade Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges. The magical medium has visited them all. From the Serious (The Paper Chase) to the completely not serious (Class of Nuke ‘Em High), from the dramatic (Dead Poet’s Society) to the sophomoric (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), School is a setting and a subject covered by an enormous range of films.

So, in honor of my niece’s first day of Kindergarten (go get ’em Squirt), what are your favorites? (I think I’m getting the idea people “Can’t pick just one” LOL)  

“And another thing, Vonnegut! I’m gonna stop payment on the check!”


86 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What are YOUR favorite movies involving School?

  1. Gonna throw this in a completely different direction: Finding Nemo.

    The tension between a child struggling to break free and a parent that won’t let go, centered around the First Day Of School.

    • I might have been harder on this selection… But as you can see, we NEED a different direction around here.

      LOL. Plus the last time I made a ruling I was overturned by the mob. Stupid FACTS.

      So, yeah! Finding Nemo. Fish are friends and not food!

  2. oh, hell no. You call out Weird Science but allow Nemo???? I really don’t see the hostility. Just some good back and forth bantering. Isn’t that what this site is all about? And now you have me craving sushi. Dammit men and women…….

    • Cats and Dogs, living together!! What kind of outfit is it you’re running??

      Listen. I called out Weird Science. I got Oingo Boingoed.

      So at least for the rest of this topic, it’s anything goes! What’s your favorite School Movie? Debbie Does Dallas. Well, ok, she was a Cheerleader, it’s all good. What’s your favorite school movie? Pink Floyd’s the Wall. Ok, there were kids getting ground into meat, it’s all good.

      You see what I’m saying Diggs, it’s ALL good right now.

  3. Dead Man on Campus – Yes, it’s a terribly cheesy movie. But it came out right when I was starting college, so it gets huge nostalgia points. I am always able to watch it and laugh, completely unaware of how terrible it probably is.

  4. Looks like everyone already mentioned the good ones (Fast Times, Nerds, etc.). However, I don’t think I saw Old School in the mix. Frank the Tank struck a chord – “actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond”. Some pretty funny scenes I could identify with.

  5. Fogs,
    Sorry for delaying a response to this question…I love and agree with much of what has been said. As an educator, I would be lying if I didn’t say that I have cried during Lean on Me (Several Times!)- but a movie that I don’t believe I’ve seen here, covers the same ground with the healthiest dose of cheese available in a “school” movie- I of course am referring to JIM Belushi’s epic performance in The Principal- You got the motorcycle riding, drunk and disorderly (after a bar fight with his ex’s lawyer- where he trashes the dude’s car with a bat) RIck Latimore- Didn’t check IMDB for the spelling- thrown into the inner city school where he (along with Louis Gosset Jr.) has to clean up the place and beat the snot out of some wayward students- Who can forget the scene after his motorcycle gets trashed. Esai Morales and some of the other Latino students rebuild the Bike with lots of flair (in the form of big flames on the gas tank) and give him the “El Principal” helmet- If that’s not enough, you got Rae Dawn Chong – nuff said. Great film- cheese and all!

    • Oh. That’s a cheese-tastic classic!!
      Oh yeah. I haven’t seen it in awhile, probably like close to ten years… but I remembered it being funny, so I hit IMDb up quick for a quote.

      “Lighten up! Have some courage. Brave it through a little bit. Knives only hurt if they go through you. Urine only smells if you don’t clean it up. Come on!”

      LOL!!! AS an eductator, if someone REALLY said that to you, you’d quit right? I know I would!!

      Not to sidetrack us here, but I suddenly feel surprised that no one mentioned the Tom Berenger beauty “The Substitute”. LOL. Oh yeah.

    • Heathers was great. I think at the time it really stood apart, too. It was not your typical school movie, that’s for sure.

      I’m a big Napolean Dunamite fan too. One day that movie will get my “Movie That Everyone Should See” treatment here… 😀

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Anything in the John Hughes ‘stable’ Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Pretty in Pink, and of course Ferris.
    School was nothing like this when I went, I went to school in the UK for one but did go around the time these films were made. But hey you didnt ask which ones were the most realistic to me, you asked which were my favourite. These are my choices and they are timeless.

    • Yeah, I agree I think they ARE timeless.

      Funny you say School was nothing like that. I wonder if things really are that different between the UK and the USA. Because to me, the Hughes movies are so great because they’re so relatable… That kids were feeling, “I know someone just like that” And “I know exactly how she/he feels”

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