25 best school movies ever

Fame (1980)

Fame began life as an all-singing, all-dancing movie about a bunch of students at a New York performing arts school. It went on to become a cultural phenomenon, instigating the biggest spandex, leggings and leg warmers craze the world had ever seen.

Its success has since spawned a TV series, spin-off, musical, reality show and a 2009 remake. And here's a fun fact: the screenplay was originally titled Hot Lunch, until Director Alan Parker realised there was a pornographic film with the same title.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie is the mother of all teen horror movies and remains one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel.

Timid social outcast Carrie is tormeneted by the cool kids – not surprisingly, given that her mum's the local loon and she doesn't wear cool clothes. But the bullies are given an object lesson in morality after they pull a cruel stunt at the prom – learning that Carrie is not the kind of chick you want to mess with, in an infamous blood-drenched scene.

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The Belles of St Trinian's (1954)

Homebrew gin and sports betting syndicates – it’s just another day in the classroom at St Trinian’s School for Young Ladies. But there’s a problem: the school is flat broke, can’t afford to pay the teachers and is staring closure in the face. What to do? Bet the remains of the coffers on a horse and hope for the best.

Battle Royale (2000)

42 students, three days, one deserted island. A bunch of ninth-graders have been ordered to kill each other by an authoritarian Japanese government under the Battle Royale Act, in a bid to maintain order.

It gets better… or worse. Electronic collars mean attempts to escape or refusing to take part will result in head exploding death and if more than one person is alive when the egg timer runs out, class is dismissed – with extreme prejudice. All the cliques and tensions of high school are thrown into sharp focus by the raised stakes in this very different school film.

School of Rock (2003)

What do you get when you mix a bunch of smartass prep school kids with an unemployed, overweight wannabe rocker who can’t pay the rent and appears to be high 90 per cent of the time?

A ker-azy musical comedy in which Jack Black poses as a substitute teacher as he tries to turn his class into a rock band, that’s what. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Jack Black film without the usual showcase of his musical “talents.”

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