Back to School
Movie Recommendations

All of these films or television series are set at least partially in a school, college, or university.


Accepted. PG-13. 2006. DVD Comedy

Akeelah and the Bee. PG. 2006. DVD Drama

All I Wanna Do! PG-13. 1998. DVD Comedy

All You’ve Got. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

American Pie. R. 1999. DVD Comedy

Annapolis. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

Animal House. R. 1978. DVD Comedy

Art School Confidential. R. 2006. DVD Comedy

ATL. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

Baby It’s You. R. 1983. DVD Comedy

Back to School. PG-13. 1986. DVD Comedy

The Basketball Diaries. R. 1995. DVD Drama

The Battle of Shaker Heights. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

The Bells of St. Mary’s. Not rated. 1945. DVD Comedy

Beverly Hills 90210 (television series). Not Rated. 1990-2000. DVD 791.4572 BEV TV

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. PG. 1988. DVD Comedy

Billy Madison. PG-13. 1995. DVD Comedy

Blackboard Jungle. Not rated. 1955. DVD Drama

The Breakfast Club. R. 1985. DVD Drama

Bring It On. PG-13. 2000. DVD Comedy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not rated. 1997-2003. DVD 791.4572 BUF TV

Carrie. R. 1976. DVD Horror

Center Stage. PG-13. 2000. DVD Drama

Charlie Bartlett. R. 2007. DVD Comedy

Clueless. PG-13. 1995. DVD Comedy

Coach Carter. PG-13. 2005. DVD Drama

Cooley High. PG. 1975. DVD Comedy

Cry Baby. PG-13. 1990. DVD Comedy

Dangerous Minds. R. 1995. DVD Drama

Dawson’s Creek (television series). Not rated. 1998-2003. DVD 791.4572 DAW TV

Dead Poets Society. PG. 1989. DVD Drama

Degrassi Junior High (television series). Not Rated. 1987-1991. Youth DVD

Degrssi, The Next Generation (television series). Not rated. 2001-. DVD 791.4572 DEG TV

Drillbit Taylor. PG-13. 2008. DVD Comedy

Drumline. PG-13. 2002. DVD Drama

Election. R. 1999. DVD Comedy

Elephant. R. 2003. DVD Drama

The Emperor’s Club. PG-13. 2002. DVD Drama

Facing the Giants. PG. 2006. DVD Drama

Fahrenheit 451. Not Rated. 1966. DVD SF/Fantasy

Fame. R. 1980. DVD Musical

Fast Times at Ridgemont High. R. 1982. DVD Comedy

Felicity (television series). Not rated. 1998-2002. DVD 791.4572 FEL TV

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. PG-13. 1986. DVD Comedy

Finding Forrester. PG-13. 2000. DVD Drama

First Daughter. PG. 2004. DVD Comedy

Flirting. R. 1991. DVD Drama

Foxes. R. 1980. DVD Drama

Freaks and Geeks (television series). Not rated. 1999-2000. DVD 791.4572 FRE TV

Freedom Writers. PG-13. 2007. DVD Drama

Friday Night Lights. PG-13. 2004. DVD Drama

Friday Night Lights (television series). Not rated. 2006-. DVD 791.4572 FRI TV

Get Over It. PG-13. 2001. DVD Comedy

Glee (television series). Not rated. 2009-. DVD 791.4572 GLE TV

Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Not rated. 1939. DVD Drama

Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Not rated. 2002. DVD 791.4572 GOO TV

Gossip Girl. Not rated. 2007-. DVD 791.4572 GOS TV

Grease. PG. 1978. DVD Musical

The Great Debaters. PG-13. 2007. DVD Drama

Gregory’s Girl. PG. 1981. DVD Comedy

Half Nelson. R. 2006. DVD Drama

The Harry Potter series. PG and PG-13. 2001-. DVD SF/Fantasy and Youth DVD

The History Boys. R. 2006. DVD Comedy

Hometown Legend. PG. 2002. DVD Drama

Homeless to Harvard. Not rated. 2003. DVD 791.4572 HOM TV

Hoosiers. PG. 1986. DVD Drama

How She Move. PG-13. 2008. DVD Drama

How to Deal. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

John Tucker Must Die. PG-13. 2006. DVD Comedy

Kindergarten Cop. PG-13. 1990. DVD Comedy

Lean On Me. PG-13. 1989. DVD Drama

Legally Blonde. PG-13. 2001. DVD Comedy

Little Men. PG. 1998-1999. DVD 791.4572 LIT TV

Lucas. PG-13. 1986. DVD Comedy

Mean Girls. PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy

Mona Lisa Smile. PG-13. 2003. DVD Drama

My So-Called Life (television series). Not rated. 1994. DVD 791.4572 MY TV

Mr. Holland’s Opus. PG. 1995. DVD Drama

Murder by Numbers. R. 2002. DVD Drama

Music of the Heart. PG. 1999. DVD Drama

Napoleon Dynamite. PG. 2004. DVD Comedy

Never Been Kissed. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy

The New Guy. PG-13. 2002. DVD Comedy

90210 (television series). Not rated. 2008-. DVD 791.4572 NIN TV

"O". R. 2001. DVD Drama

The O.C. (telvision series). Not rated. 2003-2007. DVD 791.4572 OC TV

October Sky. PG. 1999. DVD Drama

Old School. R. 2003. DVD Comedy

One Tree Hill (television series). Not rated. 2003-. DVD 791.4572 ONE TV

Orange County. PG-13. 2002. DVD Comedy

The Paper Chase. PG. 1973. DVD Drama

Pay It Forward. PG-13. 2000. DVD Drama

Peggy Sue Got Married. PG-13. 1986. DVD Comedy

The Perfect Score. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Pretty in Pink. PG-13. 1986. DVD Drama

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. PG. 1969. DVD Drama

The Prince & Me. PG. 2004. DVD Drama

Radio. PG. 2003. DVD Drama

Red Dawn. PG-13. 1984. DVD Drama

Remember the Titans. PG. 2000. DVD Drama

Revenge of the Nerds. R. 1984. DVD Comedy

Rock 'N' Roll High School. PG. 1979. DVD Comedy

Rocket Science. R. 2007. DVD Comedy

The Ron Clark Story. Not rated. 2006. DVD 791.4572 RON TV

Rudy. PG. 1993. DVD Drama

Rushmore. R. 1998. DVD Comedy

Save the Last Dance. PG-13. 2000. DVD Drama

Saved! PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy

School Daze. R. 1988. DVD Comedy

The School of Rock. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

School Ties. PG-13. 1992. DVD Drama

She’s All That. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy

She’s the Man. PG-13. 2006. DVD Comedy

Sixteen Candles. PG. 1984. DVD Comedy

Slackers. R. 2001. DVD Comedy

The Slaughter Rule. R. 2002. DVD Drama

Sleepers. R. 1996. DVD Drama

Smart People. R. 2008. DVD Comedy

Some Kind of Wonderful. PG-13. 1987. DVD Drama

Son of Rambow. PG-13. 2007. DVD Comedy

Stand and Deliver. PG. 1988. DVD Drama

Starter for 10. PG-13. 2006. DVD Comedy

Step Up. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

Stomp the Yard. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

Strangers With Candy. R. 2005. DVD Comedy

Superbad. R. 2007. DVD Comedy

Swimfan. PG-13. 2002. DVD Drama

Sydney White. PG-13. 2007. DVD Comedy

Take the Lead. PG-13. 2006. DVD Drama

Taps. PG. 1981. DVD Drama

10 Things I Hate about You. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy

That '70s Show. Not rated. 1998-2006. DVD 791.4572 THA TV

To Sir, With Love. Not rated. 1966. DVD Drama

Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Not rated. 1971. DVD 791.4572 TOM TV

The Trouble With Angels. PG. 1966. DVD Comedy

Undeclared (television series). Not rated. 2001-2002. DVD 791.4572 UND TV

Underclassman. PG-13. 2005. DVD Comedy

Up the Down Staircase. Not rated. 1967. DVD Drama and VHS Drama

Van Wilder. R. 2002. DVD Comedy

Varsity Blues. R. 1999. DVD Drama

Veronica Mars (television series). Not rated. 2004-2007. DVD 792.4572 VER TV

Whatever It Takes. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy

Wonder Boys. R. 2000. DVD Comedy