Only A Real '90s Kid Can Name These High School Movies!

High school can be one of the most exciting and – of course, at times – one of the most dramatic periods of a person’s life. This is undoubtedly what makes high school the perfect backdrop to set a movie. The 1990s, in particular, seemed to have a slew of movies that were aimed at this demographic, and they came in all shapes and sizes. These included movies anywhere from the scary movies Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer – both of which went on to launch massively successful franchises – to such one-off hit romantic comedies including She's All That and Clueless.

Of course, movies that reflect on these teenage years were also popular both before the '90s, as well as after. So for this quiz, we’ll be taking a look at some of the biggest high school movies of all time. While all of these movies may take place in a similar setting, they’re often about much more than just what transpires between homeroom to after-school activities. Instead, many of them are heartfelt and hilarious (and sometimes hair-raising) representations of what it can mean to grow up.

So let’s see how many of these classic high school movies we can name!

Question 1

Name this high school movie.

One of the most popular (and quotable) teen comedies of all time, this 2004 film was written by SNL-star Tina Fey. The film stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, a teenager who was previously homeschooled before ending up in a high school that is “ruled” by a clique of mean-spirited girls known as The Plastics (Wikipedia).

Question 2

Name this high school movie.

This 2000 teen comedy follows a competitive cheerleading squad who must scramble to come up with a new routine after discovering their original one was plagiarized. This was one of the first big films for a number of actresses, including Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, and Gabrielle Union. The film was followed by two DVD sequels (Wikipedia).

Question 3

Name this high school movie.

This teen comedy remains popular two decades after its release thanks to not only the clever writing, but the cast – which was made up of a number of up-and-comers. For instance, the film was headed-up by Heath Ledger and Julie Styles, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik helped fill out the supporting cast (Wikipedia).

Question 4

Name this high school movie.

This 2007 teen comedy was based on the real-life experience of writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. However, while Rogen originally planned on playing the on-screen version of Seth, he was too old for the part by the time the opportunity came around. Therefore, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera were cast as the leads (Wikipedia).

Question 5

Name this high school movie.

Often considered one of the greatest movies about being a teenager that has ever been made, this 1985 film is about five teenagers who must spend a Saturday in detention. While they all seem very different on the surface, they eventually come to discover that they have a lot in common (Wikipedia).

Question 6

Name this high school movie.

While this 1996 film would eventually serve as the source of the parody film, Scary Movie, this thriller was already very much a send-up of the genre in its own right. The film was directed by Wes Craven, who had already helmed a number of classics in the genre, including A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wikipedia).

Question 7

Name this high school movie.

Released in 1999, this teen comedy had one of the more cliched premises in the genre, which involved a “nerdy” girl getting a makeover and becoming one of the more popular girls in high school. Of course, that didn’t stop the film from being a huge box office success (Wikipedia).

Question 8

Name this high school movie.

Though it was released in 1993, this film was actually set in the 1970s, where it follows a number of middle and high schoolers on their last day of school before summer vacation. The film starred a number of up-and-comers, including Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Milla Jovovich. It was written and directed by Richard Linklater (Wikipedia).

Question 9

Name this high school movie.

After breaking big in 2007’s Superbad, Emma Stone quickly established herself as a leading lady. She headed up this 2010 comedy, which was inspired by the 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter. The film was a box office success, grossing $75 million against an $8 million budget (Wikipedia). Do you remember the name?

Question 10

Name this high school movie.

When he first began to rise to prominence, Zac Efron starred in many movies that were set within the world of high school. As he got older, he would also do the same for college films. But do you remember the name of this 2009 film, where Matthew Perry played his on-screen counterpart (Wikipedia)?

Question 11

Name this high school movie.

Many films have been made about high school football, and many of them also happen to take place in Texas. This 1999 teen comedy/ drama is no exception. The film starred James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, and Jon Voigt, and it was a hit amongst audiences despite only lukewarm reviews (Wikipedia).

Question 12

Name this high school movie.

John Hughes wrote and directed many teen movies throughout the 1980s. Many of them had their fair share of comedy sprinkled in amongst the drama, though this was definitely one of the director’s lighter affairs. It follows a teen as he takes a much needed day off from school (Wikipedia).

Question 13

Name this high school movie.

Much like scary movies, teen comedies are one of those genres that are often plagued with tropes and cliches. This 2001 movie used those patterns to their advantage by making a parody of the entire genre. While the film performed well at the box office, critics largely gave the movie mixed reviews due to its off-color humor (Wikipedia).

Question 14

Name this high school movie.

One of the biggest teen actors of the early 2000s, Hilary Duff rose to prominence thanks to her leading role on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. However, Duff quickly made a transition to the big screen, where she appeared opposite Chad Micheal Murray in the 2004 teen comedy/ romance movie (Wikipedia).

Question 15

Name this high school movie.

This 1998 teen comedy takes place entirely during a high school graduation party, with the tone of the film largely being a throwback to the high school comedies of the previous decade. Some of the biggest names to come out of the movie included Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Wikipedia).

Question 16

Name this high school movie.

After rising to fame thanks to her leading role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in some of the biggest movies of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. One of which included this 1999 teen drama, which she starred in alongside Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon (Wikipedia).

Question 17

Name this high school movie.

One of the more underrated teen comedies of the 1990s, this film revolves around a high school election that gets wildly out of hand. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, and Chris Klein, among others, and the movie currently holds an impressive 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (Wikipedia).

Question 18

Name this high school movie.

Sean Penn is largely known for playing gritty and intense characters. However, one of his early roles found him playing the slacker of this 1982 comedy. The film was written by Cameron Crowe, who would later go on to direct his own teen comedy with 1989’s Say Anything, which also received overwhelmingly positive reviews (Wikipedia).

Question 19

Name this high school movie.

The theme of many teen comedies often involves teenagers not understanding their parents, and vice versa. So in this 2003 film, a disobedient daughter and her uptight mother end up switching bodies over the course of one day. The film stars Jaime Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as the lead characters (Wikipedia).

Question 20

Name this high school movie.

Based on the true story of a Texas high school football team, this film not only captured the exhilaration of playing high school sports, but also the pressure and heartbreak that can come with it. The movie was so well received that it was eventually turned into a popular TV series (Wikipedia).

Question 21

Name this high school movie.

One of the most popular musicals of all time, this teen comedy was released back in 1978 to instant success. Though it was made on a budget of only $6 million, the film went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide. It stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as the romantic leads (Wikipedia).

Question 22

Name this high school movie.

Few teen comedies get as dark as this 1988 film. The film follows Veronica Sawyer who gets partnered up with the school outcast, J.D., and together the two ended up knocking off the most popular girls in school – who all just so happen to go by the same name. So does that clue you in as to the title of this movie (Wikipedia)?

Question 23

Name this high school movie.

Most high school movies usually star actors who are well into their 20s. But this Disney Channel film actually had a number of stars who were teens at the time. A few of them have even gone on to become A-listers, including Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. The film was followed by two sequels (Wikipedia).

Question 24

Name this high school movie.

High school can be an awkward time for many – though we doubt it gets as awkward as this 2004 film, which starred Jon Heder as the title character. Made on a measly budget of just $400,000, this indie teen comedy was a massive hit, grossing $46 million worldwide and earning cult classic status (Wikipedia).

Question 25

Name this high school movie.

One of the biggest female leads of the 1990s and 2000s, Drew Barrymore headed up this 1999 teen comedy. If she wasn’t exactly a teenager at the time, well, that was kind of the point, as this film follows a reporter who goes undercover as a high schooler (Wikipedia). Sound familiar?

Question 26

Name this high school movie.

Though it might not be as popular today as some of the other teen comedies that were written by John Hughs, this film is still very much respected in its own right. The leading performance by Molly Ringwald, coupled with the film’s soundtrack, were just two of the standouts of this 1986 picture (Wikipedia).

Question 27

Name this high school movie.

Before he was heading up one action movie after the next, Tom Cruise starred in his fair share of movies aimed at teenage audiences. One of which came with this 1983 film. The story follows an overachieving high schooler who cuts loose when his parents go away on a trip (Wikipedia).

Question 28

Name this high school movie.

While most actors make their film debut, it’s usually in a supporting capacity. However, Jason Schwartzman’s debut came with this 1989 comedy, where he was cast to play the leading character of Max Fischer. The film was only a modest box office success, though it earned acclaimed for Schwartzman (Wikipedia).

Question 29

Name this high school movie.

Most have probably seen this iconic shot from this 1989 romantic teen comedy. However, how many have actually sat through this classic movie? The film follows the unlikely relationship between an outsider with idealistic dreams and a hard-working valedictorian set on success. John Cusack and Ione Skye star as the film's leads (Wikipedia).

Question 30

Name this high school movie.

One of the most popular teen comedies of the 1990s, this film was loosely based on the classic Jane Austen novel Emma. The film follows an upper-class student who tries to set two of her teacher’s up in order to get a better grade in each of their classes (Wikipedia).

Question 31

Name this high school movie.

After Viola Hastings finds herself unable to play soccer, she decides to pose as her brother and enter his school, where she joins the male soccer team. The film stars Amanda Bynes in the leading role, while Channing Tatum plays her on-screen love interest. The movie was loosely based on the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night (Wikipedia).

Question 32

Name this high school movie.

While it may not be as popular as many of the other scary movies aimed at teenagers throughout the ‘90s, this thriller has earned somewhat of a cult following over the years thanks to many of its up-and-coming actors. The film follows a high school that is slowly being taken over by parasitic aliens (Wikipedia).

Question 33

Name this high school movie.

Based on the popular teen drama novel of the same name, writer Stephen Chbosky was also responsible for bringing his story to the big screen with this 2012 adaptation. The film tackles some of the darker subject matter of growing up, and the film was well received by both critics and audiences alike (Wikipedia).

Question 34

Name this high school movie.

Most movies aimed at teens are either comedies, thrillers, or romances. But this 2005 film interestingly combined the unlikely genres of teen drama and neo-noir. The film follows a teenage “detective” who is trying to uncover what happened to his missing ex-girlfriend. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who would later go on to work with writer-director Rian Johnson again (Wikipedia).

Question 35

Name this high school movie.

One of the biggest cult movies of all time, this 2001 drama follows a mentally-troubled teen as he seeks to prevent the end of the world. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal in one of his first leading roles. Though originally a box office disappointment, the film remains popular amongst many today (Wikipedia).

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