5 Movies To Watch Before You Graduate High School


Don't miss out on these 5 great teen movies that everyone should see at least once before they graduate high school! Is your favorite on the list?

I love teen movies, and sometimes it is hard to narrow down to things like these 5 Movies To Watch Before You Graduate High School.  I love fun movies, romantic movies, comic themed movies, sci-fi movies and of course horror movies, but these are five of my favorites.  I’ll be honest, all of these are a bit deeper and have more meaning.  I think they are important to watch so you can be a better adult as you leave home and go to college.

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5 Teen Movies To Watch Before You Graduate High School

Dead Poet’s Society:  Some people don’t understand why this is so popular.  I get it.  The movie isn’t just about a teacher and some kids.  It’s about understanding, love, acceptance and encouragement. We all need somebody in our corner.  This movie reminds me of my best friends and the people who are always encouraging me no matter what.

Good Will Hunting:  If you are from a family that struggles to make ends meet, or just isn’t all that wealthy then this movie is one to watch.  It kind of proves that even when you don’t have a lot of money or things, you still have a chance at life.  Someone without all the extras in life managed to be  genius.  It’s just a pretty amazing story and is encouraging.

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To Kill A Mockingbird:  You might have to read the book in literature or English classes, but watching the movie is a must.  It is old, and it is in black and white, but it is a great movie about race and judgment.  It’s sad that we still have people who don’t like each other because of the color of their skin, and if you live somewhere that it is still an issue you understand how sad it is.

The Giver:  I loved this movie when it came out.  It is all about seeing the world through new and fresh eyes.  It’s great for those who feel like people just don’t understand that we can still make a difference.


The Breakfast Club:  Our parents may have worn weird clothes, but this movie really is cool. It’s a great choice, because it reminds you that weird person next to you on the bus may have a bigger story than you realize.  You just can’t judge people on appearances.

These teen movies to watch before you graduate high school are all about learning to accept the people around you and not make quick judgments.  As an adult, especially in college, you’ll encounter a lot more people from various walks of life. This will prepare you to understand them for who they are and not what they look like, how much money they have or where they are from.

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Do you have any favorites you think belong on the list of teen movies to watch before you graduate high school? Tell me in the comments!

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27 thoughts on “5 Movies To Watch Before You Graduate High School

  1. This is a great list of movies. I have seen some of them. I love love love The Breakfast Club! One of my favorite movies, ever!

  2. The Breakfast Club is one of the greatest movies of all time. It should be on everyone’s watch list.

  3. I am a big fan of John Hughes films, so I would throw Pretty In Pink in the mix as well. I think it is a great one for teens about to graduate to watch as well.

  4. These are all classics that I think everyone should watch at some point in their life. I love all of them!! Great list!

  5. Ah! The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite movies ever! It’s such a great movie that seriously every high school student just has to see!

  6. I’ve seen all of these except for The Giver. I’ve read the book though! Breakfast Club is a favorite of mine.

  7. What a great list and Good Will Hunting…well it still makes my skin tingle as Robin Williams was BRILLIANT in that movie! I love to Kill a Mockingbird and it is important children also learn about that time in history too!

  8. I’ve seen one of five. Not so great, I know. 😉 I did love it though (Mockingbird).

  9. I love all of these movies and I totally agree kids need to watch them! I would definitely recommend Dead Poet’s Society! It’s the best!

  10. The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite movies ever. I remember watching it over and over when i was a kid. Weird Science was another good one.

  11. These are great movies to watch before you graduate High School. I remember watching The Breakfast Club with my Sister when we were younger.

  12. All of these movies are awesome! Hmm, if I were to add anything to the list it would probably be “Mean Girls” and “Easy A” – both of them are about changing yourself to fit in with other people and then finding out that you don’t have to. 🙂

  13. I can’t believe I haven’t seen any of these movies. I will have to make sure I watch some of these.

  14. I think my graduating son has only watched one of these. The last one is one of my favorite movies.

  15. All of these are great choices! I think Mean Girls is a good one to watch because that can still happen in college. Plus, it’s just a fun movie.

  16. I’m pretty sure I Watched all of them in high school actually! We watched the Dead Poets SOciety IN School!!

  17. I remember watching To Kill A Mockingbird in school, I think I was the only one excited to watch a Black and White movie back then.

  18. I don’t think I’ve seen Dead Poet’s Society in its entirety…I might have to go back and revisit that movie. OMGoodness..the Breakfast Club is one of my all-time favorites.

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