Labor Day Weekend is nearly here, and that means one last trip to the beach, cooler temperatures and of course, the start of a new school year. Young people all over the world dread this time of year. Saying goodbye to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer where the most strenuous thing you have to do is coordinate what time you're meeting your friends at the pool isn't easy.
Luckily, we have Netflix to make it all better, as it always does. Plenty of movies and TV shows have documented the weird and wonderful high school and college experience. Take a look at some of the best that Netflix has to offer to help you binge-watch your way to a successful school year.
1. "The Breakfast Club" (1985)
Saturday morning detention really brings out the teen angst, doesn't it?
2. "Breaking Away" (1979)
The protagonist of this movie, Dave, doesn't attend college per se, although living in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana and trying to woo an Indiana University student helps give him a taste of the collegiate experience.
3. "Carrie" (1976)
High school can be pretty scary, especially when you have telekinetic powers, and your classmates dump pigs' blood on you at the prom.
4. "Clueless" (1995)
Think watching Iggy Azalea's music video for "Fancy" is just as good as watching "Clueless" in its entirety? As if!
5. "The Craft" (1996)
This underappreciated gem is "Mean Girls" or "Heathers" with witchcraft. What could be better than that?
6. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)
We all wish we could play hooky and be as cool as Ferris.
7. "Footloose" (1984)
High school would be nothing without dancing.
8. "Freaks and Geeks" (1999)
Even though Judd Apatow's beloved short-lived series with a star-studded cast takes place in 1980, it evokes the feelings of high schoolers of all generations.
9. "Glee" (2009-2012)
It's high school... with song!
10. "The Graduate" (1967)
This classic film tells the tale of what post-college life can be like. All you need to remember is one word: plastics.
11. "Grease" (1978)
So you've probably seen "Grease" before, but the greatest musical about high school that ever was and probably ever will be is always worth another viewing.
12. "Heathers" (1989)
Before "Mean Girls," there was "Heathers," a much darker comedy about how messed up high school can be.
13. "High School Musical" (2006)
"Grease" for the tweenage set. The sequel is on Netflix too in case you want to keep the good times rolling.
14. "Mean Girls" (2004)
This movie is one of the most iconic for the Millennial generation because it is a hilarious and accurate representation of high school power dynamics.
15. "The Paper Chase" (1973)
It's difficult to attend Harvard Law School, especially when you're dating the daughter of your toughest professor.
16. "Pretty in Pink" (1986)
Come for the wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance between Andie (Molly Ringwald) and Blane (Andrew McCarthy). Stay for Duckie and Jon Cryer's performance of one of the best musical moments in film ever.
17. "Saved by the Bell" (1988-1992)
High school never looked more fun than with this perky group of youngsters at Bayside High.
18. "Say Anything" (1989)
Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" playing from a huge boombox is the perfect soundtrack to forbidden love.
19. "School Daze" (1988)
This Spike Lee film explores the social dynamic at an African-American college.
20. "She's All That" (1999)
Recalling this "Pygmalion" story set in high school just makes us want Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook back in our lives.
21. "Superstar" (1999)
This full-length movie featuring Molly Shannon's Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher character from "Saturday Night Live" is pretty ridiculous, but so is high school sometimes.
22. "The Wonder Years" (1988-1992)
This coming-of-age story will make you nostalgic for high school.