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So Fetch — Favorite Nineties & Early 2000’s High School Movies {Top Ten Tuesday}

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Mean Girls

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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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

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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

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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.

How do you feel about high school movies? What is your go-to feel-good movie?


  1. This list is my life. I love all of these movies (aside from Can’t Hardly Wait because I haven’t seen that one). I love Hilary Duff too! She was my rock during high school, I love all of her movies. And Drive Me Crazy and She’s All That are soooooooo good too! Now I feel like I have to watch these again…

    1. That’s so great that you love all these movies too! And Hilary Duff 🙂 I must say I don’t know any of her new music or her current tv show (I think it’s called Younger?) but I do want to check it out. And yes, seeing everyone’s lists this week is totally making me want to watch a ton of movies pretty much right now 😉

  2. Ooh fun topic. Bring It On is awesome, love that movie. Can’t Hardly Wait and Mean Girls too. Great picks. A couple of these I haven’t seen though, hmm. How did I miss She’s All That? I never saw 10 Things Either but I always liked Julia stiles. She had some good movies.

    1. Glad you like Bring It On, Can’t Hardly Wait and Mean Girls! Oh and I definitely recommend 10 Things – it’s amazing 🙂

  3. I almost never watch these kinds of movies. XD Bahah, I’m such an addict to explosions and hardcore fighting movies…buuuut, I DO ADMIT MEAN GIRLS IS THE BEST. And it’s totally iconic. I mean, everyone has to see it at least once, right?!? There are so many references to it everywhere!! And I do want to see 10 Things I Hate About You because Heath Ledger is amazing. I looooved him in Ned Kelly, aka a movie that will thoroughly break your heart and make you cry. SO GOOD THO.
    Here’s my TTT!

    1. Haha there are definitely no explosions or fight scenes in these movies (unless you’d count cat fights) 😉 But Mean Girls is indeed an iconic movie! So many years later and it is still being referenced all the time, that’s pretty powerful 🙂 Oh and I definitely recommend 10 Things – I even think it’s my favorite from the entire list! Heath Ledger is so amazing <3 Haven't seen Ned Kelly yet but I'll check it out.

  4. I love movies that are set in high schools. Most of these didn’t come out until I had long since graduated, but the themes ring true no matter how old you are. Clueless is definitely a favorite of mine. Great list!

    1. So true, even when you’re not in highschool anymore, the overall themes are still pretty relevant! And even though I’m not in highschool anymore myself, I still love them for nostalgic reasons as well 🙂

  5. YES!!! I love movies from this time period so much. I have seen and loved all of these except Raise Your Voice and Whatever it Takes. Not sure how I missed those!

    1. Glad you also love these movies! They make me feel nostalgic and always manage to cheer me up when needed 🙂 Raise Your Voice and Whatever it Takes are definitely fun movies to watch and recommended if you like the rest of the list!

  6. Oh am afraid the only movies I’ve seen from this list are Mean Girls and What a Girl wants but am happy to say I loved them both!! Gotta catch up on the rest of the movies 🙂 Nice List!

    1. Mean Girls and What A Girl Wants are two of my absolute favorites, so I’m happy to hear you loved them 🙂 If I could recommend one other movie from this list it would be 10 Things I Hate About You <3

  7. I’ve seen a few of these long back. Ones that stand out — 10 things I hate about you & Clueless. Haven’t seen Mean Girls.

    Very interesting list!

    1. Thanks! 10 Things adn Clueless are great! Hope you’ll enjoy Mean Girls when you see it.

  8. I have watched only Mean Girls. *hides in a hole* oh and also I do not really watch movies. I watched one in July and one yesterday. I am just sticking to books. And are you thinking of watching Fantastic Beasts? The actor looks really cute!!
    ? (shallow tendencies)

    1. I totally understand! I don’t watch that many movies anymore either – that’s why the movies on this list are all over 10 years old 🙂 If I watch one movie a month now it’s a lot, even though I still love movies – I just prefer reading now 🙂 BUT YES, I AM TOTALLY WATCHING FANTASTIC BEASTS IN THE CINEMA TONIGHT AND I AM SUPER EXCITED! 🙂 And yes, Eddie Redmayne is super cute 😉

  9. I’ve seen and loved almost all of these!! Clueless, Mean Girls, and Bring it On were watched many…MANY times in my house. 🙂

    1. Great, I’m happy you also love these movies! And I know, I must have also watched most of these movies so many times. Though it’s been a while now, so I should rewatch them soon 🙂

  10. I LOVE this list!! Every time Bring It On is on TV, my husband asks if we need to stop everything and watch it. And Mean Girls, I mean, come on, who doesn’t love it??

    1. THanks, I’m happy that you also like these movies! And that I’m not the only one who stops everything when they are on 😉

  11. Ohhh! I LOVE What A Girl Wants! I wish they had it on Netflix!
    Great Top Ten 😀
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I wish all these movies were on Netflix 🙂

  12. We’re the same generation, so this is my high school years in a post. 10 Things I Hate About You was just everything when I was a teenager. We miss you, Heath Ledger!

    1. Yes, watching these movies takes me right back to high school 🙂 And we do miss Heath Ledger so much!

  13. Ah amazing! I absolutely love your list! So many amazing movies from the nineties and early 00’s!
    LOVE She’s All That.

    1. Thanks! It’s been a while since I last watched She’s All That so I must watch it soon 🙂

  14. THIS LIST.

  15. THIS LIST. I love it! I probably watched it all movies there, except for Raise Your Voice, although I just added it to my to-watch list.
    High school concept can be very cliche, but I think this is what makes it so funny! My favorites from your list would be Whatever it Takes, 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That.
    I’m also a fan of She’s The Man, although it is more recent than the ones you mentioned. I always laugh so much with that movie! Again, a cliche, but still enjoyable.

    1. I know, they can be cliche and predictable and cheesy, but that only makes them so great 🙂
      And YES, I love She’s The Man! I almost added it, but I was technically no longer in high school when it came out 😉 But I still adore that movie!

  16. Oh my god, Raise Your Voice!!! I ADORE that movie to pieces. I also love so many of the other ones you mentioned here!! I love that you mentioned Drive Me Crazy. I had such an obsession with Sabrina the Teenage Witch so I wanted to watch EVERYTHING that Melissa Joan Hart was in and I found that movie and like watched it so many times haha. What A Girl wants was on TV here the other night and it was so good rewatching it.

    1. Oh yes, Sabrina the Teenage Witch! I loved that show so much and Melissa Joan Hart was the reason I watched Drive Me Crazy as well 🙂 I must have seen it a hundred times but I haven’t in a long time because I still had it on VHS and never found the DVD. *goes of to research Drive Me Crazy DVD’s right now*

  17. Great list! I feel like I’ve taken a trip to memory lane. 10 Things is one of the best films 🙂 I’ve seen most of the films in this list, and I’m going to go watch those that I haven’t.

    1. Yes, 10 Things is not only one of my favorite high school movies, but also one of my all-time favorites 🙂 This list is definitely a trip down memory lane, just putting it together made me all nostalgic!

  18. Can’t Hardly Wait made my list, too!

    1. Yes, I’m so glad you enjoy Can’t Hardly Wait too 🙂

  19. This is such a fun topic, I love it! Also, this made me so nostalgic ahah. I LOVE Mean Girls so much, it’s such a quotable movie and… I don’t know, ahah, it’s just one of these movies I love. Also, yay for Hilary Duff! I think she is great, and I love her in that new series, Younger. Are you watching it? 🙂

    1. Thanks! Mean Girls is definitely great and I love that so many years later it is still so quotable 🙂 That’s great that you love Hilary Duff too. I haven’t seen Younger yet, but I will definitely still check it out!

  20. Definitely a nostalgic trip is this list! Lots of oldie favorites including “Raise Your Voice” and “What a Girl Wants.” (The latter of which I still watch today!) “Clueless” is cute (just recently watched that one) and “Mean Girls” is one I have as yet to see. *Oops!*

    Fun list, Lindsey. Really enjoyed this cinematic trip down memory lane! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I love some good nostalgic movies 🙂 And also, I don’t watch as many movies anymore so most of my favorites are pretty old anyway 😉

  21. I have to say that I don’t think I have ever completely watched any of these movies besides Clueless. I know, haha. But I do recognize them all. 😀 That gets me some brownie points, right?

    1. Haha, that definitely counts for brownie points 😉

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