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Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. (Read More)

Themes:fashion
Mood:affection, satire
Locations:school
Characters:daughter, lawyer, teacher, teenager
Period:1990s
Story:playing footsie, makeover, teenage daughter, school teacher, dumb blonde, blonde stereotype, gym teacher, high school boy, high school girl, teacher student relationship, high school student, reference to pippi longstocking, older person playing teen, reference to tony curtis, reference to the rat pack, reference to billie holiday, reference to claude monet, cartoon on television, knee high socks, social consciousness

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, 'Brian Johnson (XIV)' (qv) and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:high school, high school boy, high school girl, teacher student relationship, high school student, coming of age film, popular girl, opposites attract, popularity, teen comedy, makeover, locker, teen movie, teen angst, virgin, dysfunctional family, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, title spoken by character

The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne her father and grandmother want her to be. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:school teacher, gym teacher, popular girl, friendship between girls, popularity, makeover, locker, teen romance, teen movie, camera shot of feet, debate, high school, teen angst, reference to william shakespeare, classroom, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, based on novel

Mean Girls (2004)
Comedy

Mean Girls (2004)

Her parents being zoologists, homeschooled Cady Heron lived in Africa for 15 years. Attending a Chicago public high school for the first time, she starts out by befriending the "best people you will meet", Janis, a supposedly lesbian girl; and Damian, a boy "too gay to function". Cady is warned to avoid the "worst people you will ever meet", the Plastics--a clique comprised of three girls: Gretchen Wieners, a girl who's rich because her father invented toaster strudel; Karen Smith, the "dumbest girl you will ever meet"; and Regina George, the unofficial leader and the meanest one. She becomes a hit with the Plastics and eventually assimilates into the clique, only for Janis to ask her sabotage them. After conflicts involving Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels, Cady later becomes tied between being part of them or sabotaging them. Whilst eventually becoming one, she sabotages them. She tricks Regina into eating fattening candy bars that she claims will make her skinny, tries to break her and Samuel up, and tries to turn her fellow Plastics, Karen and Gretchen against her. Will she be caught? Will she become too Plastic and become the fourth Plastic? (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school, clique, high school boy, high school girl, teacher student relationship, high school student, older person playing teen, popular girl, teen comedy, locker, teen movie, teen angst, gay teenager, schoolgirl, mini skirt, classroom, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Adapted from William Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew," 10 Things I Hate About You starts off with Cameron, new student at Padua High, sitting in the office of the quirky guidance counselor Ms. Perky. He is then shown around the school by Michael, who will become his best friend. During his tour is when Cameron first sees Bianca Stratford, a beautiful sophomore with one problem: she isn't allowed to date. And neither is her "shrew" sister, Katarina, a senior who loves indie rock and feminist prose and hates conformity. But Kat and Bianca's father alters his house rule: now, Bianca can date... as long as Kat has a date, too. Now, in order for Cameron to date Bianca, he has to find someone to date Kat. So Michael helps him enlist the help of pretty-boy/jerk/model Joey Donner, tricking him into thinking that *he* will get to take Bianca out if he pays someone to take out Kat. His choice: Patrick Verona, a bad-boy with a mysterious reputation--some say he ate a live duck once, others that he lit a state trooper on fire, and even more claim that he had a brief porn career. Will Patrick win Kat's heart? Will Cameron win Bianca's? Or will everything hit the fan...? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:daughter, teacher, teenager
Period:1990s
Story:teenage daughter, high school boy, high school girl, high school student, modern day adaptation, shakespearean quotation, clique, opposites attract, teen comedy, teen romance, teen movie, single father, high school, teen angst, reference to william shakespeare, classroom, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, party

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. This is why Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:high school, high school girl, teacher student relationship, high school student, clique, friendship between girls, popularity, teen comedy, teen movie, gay teenager, mini skirt, virgin, classroom, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, party

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. (Read More)

Mood:affection
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school, high school boy, high school girl, teacher student relationship, high school student, popularity, teen comedy, teen movie, teen angst, classroom, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age

A Walk To Remember (2002)
Drama, Romance

A Walk To Remember (2002)

In North Carolina especially in Beaufort a prank on a guy goes wrong and puts the student in the clinic. Carter, a famous student with no plans for the future, is held responsible and forced to join in after-school community service activities as consequence, which include starring as the lead in the play. And participating in these activities is Jamie Sullivan, the reverend's daughter who has great ambitions and nothing in common with Landon. When Landon decides he wants to take his activities seriously, he asks Jamie for help and begins to spend most of his time with her. But he starts to like her, that he did not expect to do. They relationship, much to the chagrin of Landon's old popular friends and Jamie's strict reverend father. But when a heart-breaking secret becomes known that puts their relationship to the test, it is then that Landon and Jamie realize the true meaning of love and fate. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:daughter, teenager
Story:teenage daughter, high school boy, high school girl, high school student, ends with wedding, clique, opposites attract, teen romance, teen movie, single father, high school, teen angst, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, based on novel

Freaky Friday (2003) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Romance

Freaky Friday (2003)

The wide generation gap between Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna is more than evident. They simply cannot understand each other's preferences. On a Thursday night they have a big argument in a Chinese restaurant. Both receive a fortune cookie each from the restaurant owner's mother which causes them to switch bodies next day. As they adjust with their new personalities, they begin to understand each other more and eventually it's the mutual self-respect that sorts the things out. (Read More)

Mood:affection
Characters:daughter, teenager
Story:teenage daughter, high school student, shakespearean quotation, reference to shakespeare's hamlet, makeover, happy ending, teen movie, camera shot of feet, high school, teen angst, dysfunctional family, los angeles california, female protagonist, teenage girl, based on novel, f rated

American Pie (1999)
Comedy

American Pie (1999)

Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of spreading rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always ends up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? Or will they learn something much different? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Period:1990s
Story:high school student, coming of age film, teen comedy, teen movie, high school, teen angst, mini skirt, virgin, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party, title spoken by character

Valentine's Day (2010)
Comedy, Romance

Valentine's Day (2010)

More than a dozen Angelenos navigate Valentine's Day from early morning until midnight. Three couples awake together, but each relationship will sputter; are any worth saving? A grade-school boy wants flowers for his first true love; two high school seniors plan first-time sex at noon; a TV sports reporter gets the assignment to find romance in LA; a star quarterback contemplates his future; two strangers meet on a plane; grandparents, together for years, face a crisis; and, an "I Hate Valentine's Day" dinner beckons the lonely and the lied to. Can Cupid finish his work by midnight? This is why Valentine's Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school teacher, blonde stereotype, high school student, beverly hills california, high school, virgin, classroom, los angeles california, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, f rated

Ghost World (2001)
Comedy, Drama

Ghost World (2001)

This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems relating to people and they spend their time hanging around and bothering creeps. When they meet Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old 78 records, Enid's life will change forever.

Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:high school, teacher student relationship, high school student, coming of age film, teen movie, teen angst, mini skirt, drawing, dysfunctional family, los angeles california, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party, f rated

Superbad (2007) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy

Superbad (2007)

Seth and Evan are best friends, inseparable, navigating the last weeks of high school. Usually shunned by the popular kids, Seth and Evan luck into an invitation to a party, and spend a long day, with the help of their nerdy friend Fogell, trying to score enough alcohol to lubricate the party and inebriate two girls, Jules and Becca, so they can kick-start their sex lives and go off to college with a summer full of experience and new skills. Their quest is complicated by Fogell's falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan. If they do get the liquor to the party, what then? Is sex the only rite of passage at hand? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school, high school boy, high school girl, party, teen comedy, bong, teen movie, shopping mall, teen angst, mini skirt, drawing, classroom, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, one word title

Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. (Read More)

Mood:affection
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:coming of age film, happy ending, teen movie, high school, teen angst, no opening credits, blonde, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, title spoken by character, one word title

La Vie D'adele (2013)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:school teacher, high school student, high school, schoolgirl, drawing, no opening credits, classroom, female protagonist, teenage girl, coming of age, party, f rated

Legally Blonde (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle Woods ('Reese Witherspoon' (qv)) has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner ('Matthew Davis (I)' (qv)) from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. Growing up across the street from 'Aaron Spelling' (qv) might mean something in LA, but nothing to Warner's East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall. Elle must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities everyday. This is why Legally Blonde (2001) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Themes:fashion
Locations:school
Characters:lawyer
Story:blonde stereotype, teen comedy, teen movie, los angeles california, blonde, female protagonist, based on novel

Bad Teacher (2011) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:school teacher, gym teacher, bong, high school, mini skirt, classroom, blonde, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, surprise ending, party, f rated

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:coming of age film, popularity, teen movie, tennis, high school, teen angst, virgin, classroom, title directed by female, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party, based on novel, f rated

The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Themes:fashion
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school teacher, teacher student relationship, schoolgirl, classroom, los angeles california, title spoken by character

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Period:1990s
Story:high school, teacher student relationship, high school student, reference to billie holiday, stepbrother stepsister relationship, teen movie, reference to william shakespeare, gay teenager, virgin, classroom, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party, based on novel

Dead Poets Society (1989) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Drama

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. This is why Dead Poets Society (1989) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school teacher, teacher student relationship, teen movie, teen angst, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, title spoken by character

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:teenage daughter, blonde stereotype, high school, no opening credits, dysfunctional family, classroom, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, title spoken by character, one word title, f rated

American Beauty (1999)
Drama, Romance

American Beauty (1999)

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change for Lester when he falls in love at first sight with Janie's more experienced classmate, Angela Hays. Both Janie and Angela can see Lester's sexual infatuation with Angela, who courts such attention from any man as a sign that she is model material, she having once appeared in Seventeen and it a career to which she aspires. Lester's infatuation with Angela gives him a reenergized view on life, where he openly doesn't care anymore what anyone thinks about what he does, anyone except Angela. This infatuation coincides with the Fittses moving in next door: homophobic disciplinarian US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts who rules the house with a military fist (that fist being both figurative and literal), his semi-comatose wife Barbara Fitts, and their bright and quietly subversive eighteen year old son Ricky Fitts, who openly abides by his father's rules while behind the scenes lives by his own quite different perspective. Much like Lester's infatuation, Ricky immediately becomes infatuated with Janie, he who considers girls like Angela as ordinary. The entry of Angela and the Fittses into the Burnhams' lives ultimately leads to each of the players confronting what is truly in his or her heart. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:school
Characters:daughter, teenager
Period:1990s
Story:high school, high school student, teen romance, teen angst, schoolgirl, mini skirt, virgin, no opening credits, dysfunctional family, blonde, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, surprise ending, f rated

Project X (2012)
Comedy

Project X (2012)

It's Thomas Kub's 17th birthday and all he wants to do is throw a small party with some friends to help raise his social status and maybe even get lucky. But when his best friend Costa starts calling radio stations and putting ads up on Craigslist, you can be sure that this party is going to get really out of hand really fast. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school, cellular phone, popularity, teen comedy, teen movie, party, title spoken by character

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:teacher student relationship, high school, classroom, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party, based on novel

Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama, Music, Romance

Dirty Dancing (1987)

In 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner. She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to, who with and worse - that he funded the illegal abortion. He bans his daughter from any further association with "those people". In the first deliberately willful action of her life, Baby later sneaks out to see Johnny - ostensibly to apologize for her father's rudeness - and ends up consummating her relationship with Johnny. A jealous fellow vacationer sees Baby sneaking out of Johnny's bungalow the next morning, and in an act of retribution, tells management that he is responsible for a theft the evening before, knowing he would not furnish his real whereabouts. This is why Dirty Dancing (1987) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Characters:daughter, teenager
Story:teenage daughter, opposites attract, happy ending, teen romance, teen movie, camera shot of feet, blonde, female protagonist, teenage girl, coming of age

She's The Man (2006)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

She's The Man (2006)

Here's the thing! Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks "If you can't join them, beat them". So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys' soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:modern day adaptation, teen comedy, makeover, teen romance, teen movie, high school, reference to william shakespeare, mini skirt, female protagonist, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:coming of age film, bong, teen movie, high school, virgin, los angeles california, blonde, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley.

Mood:satire
Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:popular girl, shaved head, teen movie, high school, drawing, classroom, cell phone, teenage boy, title spoken by character

Pleasantville (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Pleasantville (1998)

David Wagner is a kid whose mind is stuck in the 1950s. He's addicted to a classic 50's sitcom television show called "Pleasantville". Pleasntville is a simple place, a place where all of its citizens are swell and simple-minded folks, a place where the word "violence", and life outside of Pleasantville, is unbeknown to its inhabitants; things are perfect down in Pleasantville. One evening, the life of David and his obnoxious sister Jennifer take a bizarre turn when an eccentric repairman hand them a supposed magical remote. After a quarrel between the siblings, they inexplicably zap themselves into the world of "Pleasantville". Now, David and Jennifer must adjust to a 50s lifestyle of repressed desires and considerably different societal values while trying to find their way home. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Period:1990s
Story:high school student, teen comedy, teen movie, high school, no opening credits, classroom, teenage boy, teenage girl, title spoken by character

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? This is why Juno (2007) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:lawyer, teacher, teenager
Story:high school student, teen comedy, teen movie, shopping mall, high school, teen angst, classroom, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, title spoken by character, one word title, f rated

It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010)

Craig is a high-school junior, in the gifted program, infatuated with his best friend's girl. When he realizes he's suicidal, he checks himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital, thinking they'll do an observation, help him, and send him home in time for school the next day. Once in, however, he must stay for a week; the juvenile ward is being renovated, so he's in with adults as well as a few youths. Bobby, a man with a young daughter, shows him around; Craig notices Noelle, about his age. He tries to keep his friends from finding out where he is. Little things: he draws, goes to therapy, sings, helps Bobby rehearse an interview. Is this the stuff of insight? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:daughter
Story:generation x, teen movie, high school, drawing, teenage boy, party, based on novel, f rated

Back To The Future (1985) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Back To The Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school student, teen comedy, teen movie, shopping mall, high school, jeep, teen angst, dysfunctional family, teenage boy, teenage girl, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Grease (1978)
Musical, Romance

Grease (1978)

A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny from the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:opposites attract, makeover, locker, teen romance, teen movie, debate, high school, teen angst, los angeles california, blonde, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, one word title

21 Jump Street (2012)
Action, Comedy, Crime

21 Jump Street (2012)

In high school, Schmidt ('Jonah Hill' (qv)) was a dork and Jenko ('Channing Tatum' (qv)) was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:high school, teacher student relationship, high school student, clique, popularity, gay teenager, cell phone, coming of age, surprise ending, party, title spoken by character

Dazed And Confused (1993)
Comedy

Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to. This is why Dazed And Confused (1993) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:high school, clique, bong, teen movie, teen angst, classroom, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Billy Madison (1995) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy

Billy Madison (1995)

Billy Madison is a 27 year-old man whose father Brian is the head of a major hotel chain. Even though he is groomed to replace his father who is about to retire, Billy is extremely immature and unmotivated in life. When Brian considers making Eric Gordon (whom Billy despises) his new replacement, Billy decides to prove to his father that he is capable of taking over. He must repeat grade school all over again (2 weeks for each grade) in order to take over the hotel empire. The further Billy progresses, the more Eric tries to derail Billy. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:school teacher, teacher student relationship, high school, classroom, title directed by female, party

17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

17 Again (2009)

At 17 Mike O'Donnell is on top of the world: he's the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But at what's supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she's pregnant. Mike decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her, so she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he's happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump, and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned's house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:daughter, teenager
Story:high school, high school student, teen movie, teen angst, no opening credits, los angeles california, teenage boy, coming of age, party

13 Going On 30 (2004)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

13 Going On 30 (2004)

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew. (Read More)

Themes:fashion
Locations:school
Story:wardrobe, ends with wedding, coming of age film, teen movie, high school, teen angst, party, female protagonist, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, teenager
Story:skateboarding, high school, classroom, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, party, title spoken by character, one word title

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. This is why Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school girl, high school, coming of age film, skateboarder, falling down stairs, mini skirt, cell phone, teenage girl, coming of age, party

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teenager
Story:high school, high school student, teen comedy, bong, cell phone, teenage boy, teenage girl, surprise ending, title spoken by character

Remember Me (2010)
Drama, Romance

Remember Me (2010)

A romantic drama set in New York City during the summer of 2001, where Tyler, a rebellious young man, meets Ally through a twist of fate. Her spirit helps him heal after a family tragedy, though soon the circumstances that brought them together threaten to tear them apart.

Locations:school
Characters:daughter
Period:1990s
Story:mugging, loss of mother, schoolgirl, drawing, classroom, blonde, surprise ending, party

Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Never Let Me Go (2010)

As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Period:1990s
Story:teacher student relationship, classroom, teenage boy, teenage girl, based on novel, f rated

Beauty And The Beast (2017) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Story:wardrobe, opposites attract, happy ending, single father, falling down stairs, reference to william shakespeare, loss of mother, drawing, no opening credits, female protagonist, coming of age, surprise ending, party, title spoken by character

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. This is why The Reader (2008) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:lawyer, teacher, teenager
Period:1990s
Story:playing footsie, teacher student relationship, high school, classroom, blonde, teenage boy, teenage girl, coming of age, based on novel

The Addams Family (1991)
Comedy, Fantasy

The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams step out of 'Charles Addams' (qv)' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? (Read More)

Characters:daughter, lawyer
Period:1990s
Story:reference to shakespeare's hamlet, opposites attract, shaved head, dysfunctional family, surprise ending

Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Characters:daughter, teenager
Story:triple f rated, falling down stairs, teen angst, no opening credits, female protagonist, title directed by female, teenage girl, coming of age, surprise ending, title spoken by character, one word title, f rated

Kindergarten Cop (1990) is one of the best movies like Clueless (1995)
Comedy

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

John Kimble is a tough city cop who's been on the trail of drug dealer Cullen Crisp for years. He finally tracks Crisp down but it seems the only person that can testify against him is his ex-wife. The problem is she's disappeared and all Kimble knows is the name of the school in Oregon where her son attends. When things don't quite go to plan, Kimble finds he has to go undercover on his toughest assignment yet - Kindergarten teacher! (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher, lawyer
Period:1990s
Story:school teacher, teacher student relationship, shopping mall, classroom, los angeles california, surprise ending, party

Cruel Intentions (1999)
Drama, Romance

Cruel Intentions (1999)

Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are seductive, manipulative step-siblings who get what they want when they want it. Kathryn makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must bed Annette, daughter of the headmaster at their school, before the end of summer break. Annette has stated that she would wait until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian's vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he'll never have. Also in play is Cecile, a naive girl whose mother had enlisted Kathryn to help her fit in at her new school. However, Kathryn (with Sebastian's help) plans to ruin Cecile's reputation as revenge on Kat's ex-boyfriend, who left her for Cecile. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:daughter
Story:virgin, modern day adaptation, teen movie, teen angst, mini skirt, teenage boy, teenage girl, based on novel

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