The Perks of Being a Wallflower and 5 other High School Movies We Love

September 20, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Ask 10 people if they would want to go back to high school and they’ll probably say “No” within seconds. Let’s face it—the skin problems, the prom, grades, the “cool” kids: those were some difficult years.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in theaters September 21, captures the anguish of growing up and the need to belong. The moving tale of friendship, hope, loss, and teen-angst features Harry Potter’s Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Kate Walsh.

Turn back time and enjoy these other great high school movies on DIRECTV CINEMA™.

Ghost World
Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) just graduated from high school. One is a dark-haired cynic who enjoys dancing alone, the other, a bit more cheerful. While Enid develops a relationship with Seymour (Steve Buscemi)—a record collector twice her age—Rebecca takes steps toward a more typical teenage life.

The Breakfast Club
The quintessential 80s movie brings together the teenage stereotypes. When a nerd, a princess, a jock, a rebel, and a loner are trapped in a day-long detention inside the school library, the five strangers realize they have more in common than meets the eye. With Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, and Paul Gleason.

American Pie
For Jim (Jason Biggs), a high school senior in suburban Michigan, losing his virginity has become an obsession. But his friends Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Oz (Chris Klein), are no less anxious when it comes to sexuality. Together they make a pact: go to bed with a woman before senior prom or die trying.

Napoleon Dynamite
Probably one of the most quotable high school movies of all time, Napoleon Dynamite is an offbeat comedy about a redhead teen with an eccentric family who has trouble fitting in. Napoleon (Jon Heder) is determined to help his new friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) win the race for class president against a popular opponent.

Finally, we have to ask…