No matter your age, there’s always one high school movie that sticks out as a pivotal moment in movie viewing pleasure. High school movies reach cult status for various reasons, but beyond the coming-of-age story that they tell, they can relate to multiple facets of one’s life, or can act as a nostalgic picture that reminds us just how much you grow up after those four defining years.

There aren’t many high school movies that are being nominated for Academy Awards (though there are some) but that doesn’t mean their importance to us is unheard. Whether it be funny one-liners that catch our attention, a stellar acting performance that paves the way to further success, or just a relatable storyline that we can continually connect with, high school movies are some of the best examples of films that stand the test of time. Whether the story follows a group of teens in the ‘80s or recent years, high school is a rough place to find oneself, but pushes us to do so nonetheless. So here’s our top 10 best high school movies of all time ranked, the movies that we can always go back to and thankfully recall that those four years eventually come to an end.

#10 Easy A
Now Oscar-nominated actress Emma Stone was just taking center spotlight in the 2010 teen comedy Easy A, and not only was the film topped by Stone’s comedic and powerful performance, but it also gave a glimpse into high school culture in the more modern world. Bullied and ridiculed by the majority of her high school class, Emma Stone’s Olive Penderghast uses the rumor mill to her advantage and helps out a whole slew of socially struggling students. Partially inspired by the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel The Scarlet Letter, Olive sews a red letter A to all of her clothing, and walks the halls owning her ‘slut-shamed’ name.

The film explores many of the difficult aspects of high school life, in particular bullying, ranging from student’s being made fun of for their sexuality, weight or social status. Olive presents herself as a grounded individual trying to help the underdogs of the school, all while allowing her name to be driven through the dirt. Like any good high school movie though, Olive has her own personal journey throughout and of course ends on the note of young romance with the female protagonist finally getting together with her longtime crush.

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