It’s back-to-school season! Whether you’re heading back to class as a student, prepping as a teacher, ushering your kids off to school after a too-long summer break, or totally done with school, there’s no better time to host a school-themed movie night.
Here are some of our favourite flicks about the lives (and love lives) of students and teachers.
Think your love life is bad? Crushing on your teacher is unrequited love at its worst.
Never Been Kissed.
It is, however, totally okay to be hot for your teacher if you’re the same age.
10 Things I Hate About You.
It’s time to brush up on your Shakespeare — and this retelling of Taming of the Shrew, starring a swoon-worthy bad-boy Heath Ledger, is one of our faves.
Can’t Buy Me Love.
Moral of the story: Money can’t buy love, but it can buy you enough time with a cheerleader for her to discover that beneath your nerdy exterior is the heart of a hunk.
Mr. Holland’s Opus.
This one’s mandatory viewing for music teachers everywhere. It’s a story of love, family and legacy. Keep Kleenex nearby.
Good Will Hunting.
A troubled M.I.T. janitor with a brilliant mind faces his demons — including his pattern of sabotaging relationships — in this moving film written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Back to the Future.
Marty McFly is on a mission to make sure his parents fall in love — before he was born. If you haven’t seen this yet, stop everything and enjoy immediately.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Because nothing beats skipping class with your crush.
Harry Potter — all of them.
Growing up, falling in love, learning the art of transfiguration. This now-classic coming-of-age series is boarding school at its most magical.
College life never sounded so great.
Honourable mentions: Grease, Footloose, Clueless, Mean Girls, The Breakfast Club and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
What’s your favourite school-themed movie?