15 High School Movies That People Always Forget About

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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.

Photo: Sony

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.

Photo: Touchstone

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.

Photo: FOX

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

5. Swimfan

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."

Photo: Disney

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."

Photo: MTV

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

11. Angus

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

15. Jawbreaker

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

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  • Jazzy

    John Tucker Must Die was my ish

  • Sammy

    I loved the Bring It On movies!

  • Brittany

    Camp Nowhere is about Jr. High kids.

  • Nandini