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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic was a movie freebie and I decided to specify it a bit more by focusing on high school movies. Even more specific, high school movies from that time when I was in high school myself.
These are all movies that I may have watched hundreds of times. Sure, nowadays I may question my love for some of these movies. I know they are not super high quality, Oscar-worthy movies. They may be cheesy and predictable, but I can’t help but love them. They are still today my go-to feel-good movies.
So please join me on my trip to the past with these 10 movies!
10 Things I Hate About You
A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.
How do I love this movie? Let me count the ways. The Shakespeare references. The great cast. The amazing chemistry between Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. The humor. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The soundtrack. <3
She’s All That
A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school’s prom queen.
Ok, I do have several issues with the whole ugly-duckling-turns-into-gorgeous-girl-by-taking-of-her-glasses trope now, but back in 1999, I loved this so much.
Can’t Hardly Wait
Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates on graduation night.
I feel like this movie kind of flew under the radar back when it was released but I loved the whole ‘One night / multiple characters’ concept. Plus, I had a crush on Seth Green back then so that also had something to do with me loving this movie.
Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
Is there any movie more quotable than Mean Girls? I don’t think so. On Wednesdays we wear pink!
Drive Me Crazy
A high school girl must find a substitute date to escort her to the prom.
I’ve always been a sucker for the ‘opposites-attract’ trope and this movie was no exception.
What A Girl Wants
An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.
A quirky main character, great parental figures and lots of London – this is what hooked me to this movie.
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
This one feels like it’s the classic High School Movie. It’s iconic and I just can’t not include this.
Whatever It Takes
A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale.
Cheesy? Yes. Predictable? Yes.
But I’m a sucker for the falling-love-with-your-best-friend trope and this is definitely one of those.
Bring It On
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.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say I’ve seen this movie about a hundred times. Highly quotable and so funny.
Raise Your Voice
A girl from a small town heads to the big city of Los Angeles to spend the summer at a performing arts high school.
Confession time: I love Hilary Duff. I loved Lizzie Mcguire, I liked her music and I loved a lot of her movies. Raise Your Voice is one of them. Girl overcoming personal tragedy and following her dreams is another guilty pleasure trope for me.