Nowhere is the grade through high school experience better captured than on film. From Mean Girls to Ferris Bueller, here is the SheKnows look at the Top 10 Back to School Films to ease the passing of summer into school.
SheKnows Entertainment tributes the best films capturing school days as another generation heads back to the halls of education. From Election to Remember the Titans, there are films on our back-to-school list for everyone in the cornucopia of school characters that we all graduated from into life.
Get ready to send those kids back to school, here are the ten best movies to put you in the mood, as if the daily quiet isn’t enough to get you excited!
10. Mean Girls
Tina Fey combines with Lindsay Lohan and a gem is created. Mean Girls arrived in 2004 and prompted a national discussion about the treatment of our daughters in the nation’s public schools.
A stellar cast including Fey, Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Lacey Chabert inhabit their roles as if they were born to play them.
Lohan’s Cady Heron had spent her life in the jungles of Africa and after landing in the world of The Plastics (the popular girls) at your average American high school, the wilds of Africa seem tame to Heron.
As Heathers did before, Mean Girls strikes that balance between the delicate balance of the popular girl’s clique and every other girl in the high school curious what goes on in that inner circle. And most importantly, how do we destroy it!
Watch for Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith!
9. Friday Night Lights
Peter Berg directed this tense, perfectly paced film about how back to school means back to the gridiron in the state of Texas.
It is rare to find a high school movie with such heart. Even harder still is discovering a modern day-set football movie that explores the emotions behind the grunts on the field. Friday Night Lights is a powerhouse film on so many levels. Billy Bob Thorton gives the performance of his decade as the coach whose determination for winning is only eclipsed by his marvel at the town’s passion for his team.
Based on the book by H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights heads inside the huddle to get the real worlds experienced by today’s teens. The relationships, hopes and dreams of an entire generation is captured in Friday Night Lights. This is a film that can be watched over and over.
Having Bissinger’s book as a starting point allows this film to become one of the best school-centered films of all time. Bissinger lived what we see on screen and every ounce of passion that is exhibited on film stems from a real-life experience too real to script.
Friday Night Lights packed such a punch that it made its way onto the small screen with a show that has not earned high ratings, but has garnered raves.
8. Ten Things I Hate About You
Looking for the movie that made Heath Ledger a star?
Look no further than this fantastic update of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
Ten Things I Hate About You is also the perfect school movie because, through Shakespeare, shows an audience about the lunacy that is the world of cliques. Watching Ledger and Julia Stiles’ romantic high school banter is pure delight.
Knowing the material is culled from the man who wielded the English language better than anyone is priceless.
The best scene in the entire film is when Ledger jumps up on the bleachers and delivers Franki Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.
It is a moment Heath Ledger fans will treasure forever.
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