School movies

School Me asks: What’s your favorite school-related flick? Sidney Poitier’s To Sir With Love, which I’ve never seen, gets a lot of mentions.

I’m not sure what I’d say. Stand and Deliver? I’m more likely to rewatch School of Rock. I do have a weakness for The Blackboard Jungle. Glenn Ford plays the teacher; Poitier is a tough but redeemable student.

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  1. Hey, what about “Teachers” with Nick Nolte and Jud Hirsch?? That’s a classic!

  2. What about Goodbye, Mr. Chips?

  3. 3 O’Clock High. A great little film seen by dozens.


  4. Eric Brown says:

    I always liked _The Substitute_.

  5. Michael Lopez says:

    Dead tie between “To Sir With Love” and “The Breakfast Club”.

  6. This isn’t a movie, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer does a fantastic job of showing that high school is hell.

  7. “O” is a high-school version of “Othello,” with the title player being a basketball player instead of a general. There’s also “10 things I hate about you,” a high-school version of “Taming of the Shrew.”

  8. Jason Bontrager says:

    “Real Genius” or “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” or “Sky High”:-)

  9. Jason: “Real Genius” was set in a college, not a HS. 🙂

  10. Pending the movie version of “Our School”, one can have toetapping fun finding the comprehensive high school issues showcased in “High School Musical” — inner circles of students, disconnected staff, ineffective administration, isolated parents — all to a glossy, cheerful, happy storyline. and the songs and dance numbers are genuine fun.

  11. Rushmore

  12. Leslie,
    Your age might be showing here: Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a movie before it was a TV series. It came out in 1992 and starred Kristy Swanson as Buffy.

    So you were correct about putting Buffy in there after all!

  13. I’ve always been partial to “Heathers”…

  14. 30 Year Veteran says:

    1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

  15. Alex Bensky says:

    As a former substitute teacher I loved the scenes in “The Substitute” and its sequels where the hero beats up the disrespectful students.

    By the way, no one seems to have mentioned “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” I loved it, and I don’t even like rock music.

    There’s also “If.”