25 best school movies ever

Election (1999)

Mathew Broderick stars in this novel adaptation which centres around a high school election as a teacher who tries to sabotage a vindictive student's campaign.

It's easy enough to hate Reese Witherspoon's character and you'll want her to lose as much as Broderick does – especially after she gets his buddy fired for having an affair. Not your ordinary house of learning then.

If… (1968)

Receiving an X certification upon its release due to its disturbing portrayal of public school brutality in the 60s, this oddly titled film follows the struggle of three non-conforming students who struggle against the oppression of a bunch of nasty prefects called the whips.

Surreal (flicking between black-and-white and colour sequences due to time constraints on location) and often violent, it's regarded as one of the best British-made films of all time.

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The Children's Hour (1961)

Released in the UK as 'The Loudest Whisper,' this flick sees Audrey Hepburn open a private girls' school, only to be accused of being in a lesbian relationship with a fellow teacher.

Sounds steamy, but it's all just a lie cooked up by a kniving student to ruin her teachers' reputation. More than enough reason for a detention, if you ask us.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club follows five typical student stereotypes stuck in a Saturday detention at their school who are charged with writing an essay about who they think they are. After lots of arguing and a few scuffles, they realise they're a lot more alike than they think. An 80s classic from writer-director John Hughes – the man who gave us Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty In Pink.

Les Quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows) (1959)

François Truffaut went from film critic to iconic director with his debut feature, a semi-autobiographical account of a troubled youngster who runs wild and is sent to a reform school.

Truffaut pioneered many editing techniques and narrative tricks – like the infamous, ambiguous freeze-frame that closes the film – marking the beginning of the French New Wave cinema movement.

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