Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of the 50 Best High School Movies in their September 15, 2006 issue. Descriptions were derived from the original source. The ranked list represented a wide range of sex drama movies of the best high-school films that will be enjoyable, as the magazine article described, for “reliving our worst teenage traumas, from classrooms and cafeterias to pep rallies and senior proms. This dean’s list of films captures those memorable years of promiseand pimples.
The Greatest Films” site has selected as the “100 Greatest Films”. Young love – especially when it’s with the star of the football team – can make a girl crazy. In pre-Depression, small-town Kansas, good-girl Natalie Wood is so tortured by her sexual urges for beau Warren Beatty and conflicting pressure to be moral that she attempts suicide after a school dance and ends up in a sanitarium. It’s the ultimate depiction of overwhelming first love, and – sorry, religious right – a chilling PSA against the dangers of teen abstinence. But when your entire family forgets your birthday, it only makes that day worse. The awkwardness is all hilarious, though, especially watching a young Joan Cusack attempt to use the water fountain in orthodontic head gear.
Every generation has its variant on the girl-dresses-as-boy, girl-as-boy-falls-for-boy, boy-freaks-out tale. And this immensely fun, if minor, romp from the ’80s perfectly captures the decade’s raunch-lite spirit and funky fashion sense. As the cross-dresser caught in the middle, Joyce Hyser’s aspiring journalist learns the hard way that there’s more to being a dude than just stuffing a tube sock down your pants. Still, this sleeper hit succeeds because it manages to mock and celebrate high school geekdom with a bone-dry, unsentimental tone. Wryly tender and respectfully told, director John Duigan’s coming-of-age romance is a warm and fuzzy confection that stops short of being icky.