10 Best High School Romance Movies

Saturday, July 23 by Mike Harris

The ten bes high school romance movies are, well, not particularly the best movies of all time. Teenage romance is by nature a cheesy genre. The movies in it are generally either sugary sweet or completely outlandish. But, as those at the box office know, these same qualities make high school romance movies a guilty pleasure for many. So, since you’re going to do it anyway, indulge your taste for cheese with these high school romances that have a little substance.

  1. “Napoleon Dynamite” Viewers who don’t like uncomfortable scenes probably won’t enjoy this deadpan style story of a high school nerd. In it the central character unwittingly finds himself in a budding relationship with the neighbor girl. Their interactions are painful to watch at first, but grow in a pretty endearing way as the movie goes on.
  2. “Say Anything” This high school romance brought the iconic image of John Cusack and a boom box into American pop culture. Sure, it’s overdone. But the earnest way in which it was written and acted has obviously made quite an impression on many.
  3. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” When this classic high school comedy is remembered, the relationship between Matthew Broderick’s Ferris and Mia Sara’s Sloane is often glossed over in favor of the film’s more outrageous exploits. Regardless, Ferris and Sloane had great chemistry throughout.
  4. “Dazed and Confused” The focus of “Dazed and Confused” isn’t so much on a single relationship as it is on the efforts of all high schoolers to find one. Whether it be the naive freshmen or the unsure, angst ridden seniors, behind the weed induced haze of the movie is plenty of young, unrequited love.
  5. “10 Things I Hate About You” A genuinely funny and well acted high school romance movie is hard to come by. “10 Things I Hate About You” is one of them. Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger made for a believable and relatable high school couple. Maybe it’s because they had the exact same hair.
  6. “Twilight” Though it’s gotten more than its fair share of criticism, the sheer popularity of “Twilight” is undeniable. The horror-tinged high school romance is bursting from the seams with cheesiness. But it’s not the kind of cheesiness that will stop you from watching the movie. You’ll just hide the case instead of keeping it with the rest of your movie collection.
  7. “American Pie” Besides being a fantastic raunchy comedy, “American Pie” actually does come close to accurately capturing the frustration of hormone filled teenagers. The fact that one of many relationship storylines involves intimacy with baked goods is certainly a bonus.
  8. “Sixteen Candles” High school romance movies rarely achieve the level of teenage awkwardness that “Sixteen Candles” does. From panty stealing to exceedingly uncomfortable comments from grandma, Molly Ringwald’s character endures a terrible birthday; until the movie's dreamlike end, that is.
  9. “Grease” Olivia Newton John and John Travolta are best remembered to this day for their musical exploits in “Grease.” It’s a sort of “Romeo and Juliet” for the 50's era, and has become something of a classic since.
  10. “Cruel Intentions” For a high school romance, this movie has a very cynical point of view. Nonetheless, through all the snide dialogue and reprehensible actions, you somehow do end up rooting for the womanizing bad boy in disguise. 
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