Top 11 Graduation Movies


High school graduation is one of those iconic moments in a teen’s life — it’s no surprise there are a ton of movies about the end of high school. So, put on your imaginary cap and gown — we have your top 10 graduation movies below.

Do these films make the grade? Somebody cue “Pomp and Circumstance”…


Teens played by Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, come to terms with their senior year and graduation at East High School. The thought of moving away from their friends to attend college, seems sad and maybe a little scary. Find out how these friends work it out and enjoy their last year of school as they get ready to move on.


The night after graduation is the most epic night ever for a bunch of teens played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green and Peter Facinelli, among others. Their high school problems become less important (but not easier to deal with) as the night goes on and the burgeoning question of, "What am I going to do with the rest of my life?" becomes more relevant.


After graduating from high school, Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) pursues his high school crush (and the class valedictorian) Diane Court (Ione Skye). With entirely different future plans the two meet, begin dating and soon find the summer coming to an end too quickly as Diane is ready to leave for England on a fellowship.


Fame! These talented teens know their dreams and dance, sing and act their way to the top in this movie remake set in a performing arts school in New York City.


A classic coming of age comedy where a teen reveals his love for a cheerleader named Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere), in his valedictory speech. Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) invites Beth to his place for a party they will never forget.


When smart and cute Samantha Martin (Hilary Duff) loses her father and is forced to be raised by her step-mom and live with her two step-sisters, life changes and she essentially becomes a modern-day Cinderella. And who knew she could find her true love at prom? Find out if she gets the guy on her way to following her dreams for college.


Graduation is quickly approaching. Up until now, Ferris Bueller's (Matthew Broderick) knack for cutting class and getting away with it, has become legendary at his school. As he skips out one more day, borrowing a friend's Ferrari and getting into various hijinks, high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is close on his tale ready to catch him and prevent him from graduating.


It's senior year for the independent and strong-willed, Cat Stratford (Julia Stiles), the older sister in to Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik), a gushy sophomore who wants to date the most popular guy in school. Unfortunately, Bianca cannot date until Cat does. Luckily, an admirer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, sets Cat up so he can date Bianca, unknowing of her own intentions. Find out how Cat and her love interest, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) work it all out in time for graduation.


Have you heard? Grease is the word. Join in the fun of this classic musical comedy about senior year at Rodale High School. Meet Danny Zuko (John Travolta), the leader of the T-Birds and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John), a new girl in school. Both spend an amazing summer together before senior year, only to find they are in opposite cliques at school.


It's 1962 and time to leave the nest. As teens in Modesto, California grapple with their plans to attend college, trials of love, drag racing and life rock their suburban world.


Three friends who promised to dig up a time capsule they buried as kids, get together on graduation night to find out what was inside, despite the fact that they are no longer friends and live completely different lives. Opening the time capsule inspires a trip across the country the three girls played by Zoe Saldana, Britney Spears and Taryn Manning find that they needed each others' friendship more than they could have imagined as they embark on their future goals.

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