By Evie Melvin
Movies are what carry students through weekends and late nights. Without movies, we would have nothing to procrastinate with, and what fun is that. Movies have come a long way and they will always evolve. Being a highschooler, you’ll tend to want to watch something that reminds you of yourself. So here are 10 movies you should watch.
“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
This movie is a classic. It is centered on a girl and a boy. Kat Stratford, played by Julia Stiles, is known as the shrewd. No one can tame her, but the boys want to. The boys want her little sister, Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik). Kat is the key to setting her sister free into the world of dating. So the boys of her high school devise a plan, that includes Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to tame Kat.
This is a movie about love and high school. Cher Horowitz, or Alicia Silverstone, is a high school teen that basically gets what she wants. She has the hottest guy in her school wanting her, but she doesn’t date high school boys. In this movie, you go on a journey with her to find her love and appreciation for everything she already has.
“A Cinderella Story” (2004)
As you can tell by the title, this movie is basically an updated cinderella tale. The main character, Samantha (Hilary Duff), is torchered by her step mother and sisters. All she wants is a normal life and the boy of her dreams. The one she has been talking to daily. But when she finds out that Austin Ames, aka Chad Michael Murray, is the one that she has been chatting, her perspective changes. She has to dig deep to really truly understand the jock.
“The Princess Diaries” (2001)
Focused on a young teenage girl named Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway), she is seen as nothing special in her private school. She lives with her art crazy mother and thinks she is doomed to ever be popular. Everything changes when her grandmother, Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews), tells her she is the Princess of Genovia. Then suddenly, everything begins to change in her boring life.
Grease is a classic old high school film. It starts off with Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny Zuko (John Travolta) having an amazing summer together, only to be cut short by Sandy moving back to Australia. Things change when Sandy’s parents decided to stay in America, but Danny is different now. With Sandy going back to school with Danny, he acts more and more different and bad. She wonders if a good girl like her can ever survive with a bad boy like him.
“The Kissing Booth” (2018)
In this movie you will meet Elle Evans (Joey King) and Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney). These two have been best friends since the beginning of time. There is only one problem, Elle has a major crush on Lee’s older brother. These two have set rules, and one of them is no dating the others siblings. Can Elle keep a friendship while trying for her crush?
“The Breakfast Club” (1985)
This movie is about five completely different high school students, that just so happen to have detention on the same day. Coming from different lifestyles they learn more and more about each other on that Saturday.
“Pretty in Pink” (1986)
Coming from almost nothing, Andie (Molly Ringwald) is an outsider at her high school. She never goes out and never sees anyone. Her friend Duckie (Jon Cryer), one of the few, has a major crush on her, but she doesn’t want anything to do with him. When Blane (Andrew McCarthy), the rich kid, asks her out, she has no idea what to do. Will she keep him around, or will she think she is not good enough for him.
“Sixteen Candles” (1984)
Samantha (Molly Ringwald) is a young teenage girl about to hit her peak age of 16. She expects nothing less than extraordinary for her birthday, but come to find out her whole family forgets. Throughout this movie she pines over an upperclassmen named, Jake (Michael Schoeffling). She is wants him, but what concerns her is that her youth and inexperience will ruin it for her.
“Can’t Buy Me Love” (1987)
Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) is in love with a popular girl named Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson). Ronald just wants to be seen as someone popular. When Cindy ruins her mother’s designer dress, Ronald sees the perfect opportunity. He agrees to pay for a new undestroyed dress, if Cindy will act as if they are dating. Will this gain his popularity, or will it destroy any friendships he already had?