There are certain movies about high school that we can ALL agree are classics (Mean Girls, Clueless, The Breakfast Club, etc.) but there are a few hidden gems out there that don’t get nearly as much love as they should.
Take for instance, the 2000 movie Whatever It Takes starring James Franco. It’s a “modern” day take on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale, which is basically two guys scheming to win the girls of their respective dreams. It also stars a pre-Breaking Bad Aaron Paul and has a Titanic-themed prom. ALSO, Colin Hanks plays a high schooler who brings a divorcee to said prom which is basically the funniest thing we can think of.
In addition to that, we came up with 14 other high school movies that people always seem to forget about. Click through the gallery below to see what we’re talking about! Do you agree that these movies are totally underrated? Tell us in the comments section!
1. Whatever It Takes
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2000
STARS: James Franco, Shane West, Marla Sokoloff, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (from She's All That) and a pre-Breaking Bad Aaron Paul.
PLOT: A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale aka guys scheming to get the girls of their dreams.
2. The Hot Chick
RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2002
Stars: Rachel McAdams in her breakout role, Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence
PLOT: A body-swap comedy where the most popular girl in school trades places with a sloppy criminal.
3. Drive Me Crazy
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 1999
STARS: Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Ali Larter
PLOT: Melissa and Adrian play neighbors (and former BFFs) who pretend to date so they can make their respective crushes jealous.
4. Here On Earth
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2000
STARS: Leelee Sobieski, Josh Harnett, Chris Klein
PLOT:"A rich college kid is taught a lesson after a joy ride ends up destroying a country restaurant."
Photo: FOX 2000 Pictures
RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2002
STARS: Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby
PLOT: "A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences."
Photo: 20th Century Fox
6. John Tucker Must Die
RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2006
STARS: Jesse Metcalf, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel
PLOT: "Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken."
Photo: 20th Century Fox
7. Sky High
RELEASE DATE: July 29, 2005
STARS: Michael Angarano, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nicholas Braun
PLOT: "Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being."
8. Sugar & Spice
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2001
STARS: Marley Shelton, Mena Suvari, James Marsden, Marla Sokoloff
PLOT: "A popular high school cheerleader becomes pregnant with the star quarterback's child, only to find herself turning to crime to support the lifestyle she wants to live."
Photo: New Line Cinema
9. Orange County
RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2002
STARS: Colin Hanks, Jack Black
PLOT: "A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler."
10. Camp Nowhere
RELEASE DATE: August 26, 1994
STARS: Christopher Lloyd, Jonathan Jackson, Andrew Keegan, Jessica Alba
PLOT: OK, so this movie is technically about high schoolers who tricked their parents into sending them to a summer camp where they get to do whatever they want, but we just couldn't NOT include.
Photo: Hollywood Pictures
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 1995
STARS: Kathy Bates, James Van Der Beek, Charlie Talbert, Ariana Richards
PLOT: "A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he's got to get his act together with the help of his best friend."
Photo: Atlas Entertainment
12. Bring It On
RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2000
STARS: Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford
PLOT: "A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships."
Photo: Beacon Communications
13. The Perfect Score
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2004
STARS: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Bryan Greenberg
PLOT: "Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores."
Photo: Paramount Pictures
14. The Faculty
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 1998
STARS: Josh Hartnett, Jon Stewart, Usher, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek
PLOT: "Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurances."
Photo: Dimension Films
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 1999
STARS: Rose McGowan, Judy Greer, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz
PLOT: "Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jaw-breaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong."
Photo: Crossroads Films