Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air heralds the arrival of fall, which also brings with it the end of summer vacations and the anticipated/dreaded return to school for kids of all ages everywhere. In celebration of (or commiseration for) that fact, we’ve put together the 25 best back-to-school movies to experience during study hall, in between homework assignments, or just whenever you need a hit of nostalgia.
But this isn’t just any list of random school-related movies. These 25 films will take you on a journey from grade school all the way through to college and beyond. Yes, now that you’ve matriculated at Collider University, you can follow along with this syllabus guiding you step by step through the best school movies that Hollywood has to offer, from the 2006 delight Akeelah and the Bee, to new classics and old favorites set in high school and college, to teacher-centric films like Mr. Holland’s Opus; we haven’t forgotten the educators in our favorite back-to-school films. So check out our list and then watch the films so you can move to the head of the class. Even if you’ve seen them all, you might learn a thing or two along the way!