So you’re back at school and you’re probably in one of three states.

If you’re in the first state, you just cannot wait for a brand new day of school. You’re going to barge through those front gates with your massive school bag full of books, 1.5L Pump bottle, and a big old smile on your face like you’re an extra from a Disney Channel show. Summer was great and all, but school is just the greatest!

If you’re in the second state, you probably read that last paragraph and judged that imaginary person with the cynicism of a hardened 80-year-old who constantly starts sentences with “back in my day” and loathes anyone who so much as dares smile or “enjoy life.” You’re probably dreading every minute that ticks by as you sit in class waiting for the day to end.

But chances are you’re in the third state, somewhere between preppy extra and 80-year-old-in-a-16-year-old-body. You’re kind of happy to be back at school, but the summer holidays are just so great you wish they never had to end.

So, let’s ease the transition with some movies about high school and all its wonders! (or that at least have some mention of high school anyway.)

The following ten movies will make you laugh, cry, scream, think and hopefully make the transition back to learning a little bit easier.


#1. 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, so your English or Drama teacher will thoroughly endorse your consumption of this media product. It stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. New student Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) is in love with the pretty and popular Bianca. He attempts to get “bad boy” Patrick (Ledger) to date Bianca’s ill-tempered sister, Kat (Stiles), in order to get around her father’s strict rules on dating.


#2. Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused will take you back in time to the start of summer break for a group of 1970’s American high school students, as they go about enjoying their first night of freedom. Now you might be thinking “What cheek! This movie just rubs in the fact that the holidays are over!” But trust me, this movie is a laugh riot.


#3. High School Musical

The one requires no plot explanation. Is it a high quality film that will be appreciated for its avant-garde style and brave direction in storytelling? No. But, it has a number of tunes that will make the most depressed heart skip a few beats. Plus, there’s the nostalgia value. This move is ten years old this year!


#4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

This is the movie that will make you cry. But it will also make you laugh, especially with a running gag about pillows. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl centres on the life of Greg Gaines, a high school senior who has gone about his life trying to be on good terms with everyone at his school, while being close to no one. Earl is his only friend (although Greg prefers the term co-worker) whom he makes hilarious knock-offs of well-known films with. But once a girl by the name of Rachel is diagnosed with cancer and Greg’s mum forces him to hang out with her, things change.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is probably the best movie of 2015. Watch it.


#5. Easy A

Easy A tells the story of Olive (Emma Stone) whose once flawless reputation goes down the toilet, thanks to the gullibility of the student body and their propensity to gossip. Having taken a break from the whole social structure of high school, Easy A will help you get to use to it all once again. Or it will make you thank the heavens that your high school/life bears no comparison.


#6. Napoleon Dynamite

Gosh! If you’re looking for a quirky take on high school, Napoleon Dynamite is it. Plus, it’s a good movie for finding people you should be friends with if you’ve started at a new school. If they say they love Napoleon Dynamite, befriend them for life. Never let them go. If, however, they state their absolute distaste for such “trash”, stay far, far away from them. (I’m joking of course, but seriously, how can you hate Napoleon Dynamite?)


#7. Donnie Darko

If you’re not exactly excited about being back at school, at least you don’t have recurring visions of a giant man/bunny named Frank. Donnie Darko, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, sees his character plagued by visions of Frank. The disturbing man/bunny manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. This movie will leave you thinking “What the heck did I just watch? I must watch it again!”


#8. Rebel Without a Cause

If anything, this movie will teach you not to play a game of chicken. You know, for all those times someone in the hall challenges you to a game of chicken. Rebel Without a Cause really is a great film, though, capturing the challenges that come with the transition to adulthood.


#9. Scream

Again, if you’re not happy to be back at school, at least there isn’t a murderer in a ghost face mask, killing off your friends while continually taunting and trying to kill you, too. The thing about Scream, though, is that not only will it have you glued to the screen as you wait to see what happens next, it’s also very, very funny.


#10. Bring It On

It feels right to bookmark this list with two late-90s teen comedy classics, and Bring It On is definitely up there with the best of them. The plot is clichéd, but the movie makes up for it in hilarity. Maybe it will even inspire you to become a cheerleader? No? Okay.