1. The Breakfast Club
What do you get when you mix detention and a group of kids with nothing in common? A fantastic classic. This is probably John Hughes’s most famous film, and for good reason too. In this movie, the beauty queen, the nerd, the rebel, the jock and the basket case all come together and learn about each other’s lives.
2. Palo Alto
Based on James Franco’s short story collection Palo Alto, this is Gia Coppola’s debut film. The movie follows a group of kids, all whom are very different from each other. Although the movie is slightly anti-climatic, the art of this movie is that it is very slice of life-esque. Not to mention the cinematography is beautiful, resembling the style of Sophia Coppola.
3. Mean Girls
This movie is a classic chick-flick, and everyone has probably seen it at least once. Although the movie is an exaggerated and unrealistic portrayal of high school, the quotable dialogue and the over-the-top characters still make this movie a fun guilty pleasure.
4. Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartwarming and emotional drama about friendship. Unlike many novel adaptations, this movie does justice to the novel. This comes as no surprise because the author, Stephen Chbosky is the director as well. Carried by an excellent cast (Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller) this movie is a must see.
5. Freaks and Geeks
Although Freaks and Geeks is a TV show, this show portrays a pretty accurate portrayal of high School life. The characters are all unique and real. The wide range of characters allow any viewer to relate with one of them. Unfortunately this show only lasted for one season, but includes many young A-list actors including James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. Directed by Judd Apatow, this show will have you laughing and crying along with the characters.