She's the Man (2006)
Ever wondered what it would be like to be the opposite sex? When Viola's twin brother has to go away, it's the perfect chance to literally slip into his shoes. It gets rather complicated when her crush's crush falls in love with her. It's a great reminder not to let society's rules define what you can achieve; plus, it stars a young Channing Tatum.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Everything a feel-good movie should be. It's hilarious, has some glorious outfits that could only have come from the '90s, and it's based on Shakespeare - so awesome. Did I mention Heath Ledger sings Can't Take My Eyes Off You? I still can't deal with the fact that my high school days didn't involve Heath Ledger serenading me …
Mean Girls (2004)
This is a must-see: Lindsay Lohan in her prime. Plus, there's Rachel McAdams and a hilarious Amanda Seyfried. It's great preparation for all students as they brace themselves for another gruelling year of high school politics. It's so fetch!
Duh! Witty, clever, funny, and with the right touch of silly-over-the-top-ness makes this coming-of-age story both entertaining and relatable. No wonder it's a cult favourite. And a young Paul Rudd? Yes, please. And I loved Brittany Murphy in this … no, these aren't tears. WhatEVER!
Fight Back to School (1991)
Stephen Chow plays a cop who goes undercover at a secondary school to fight the triads. That's a hilarious idea; but on top of the gags, the movie addresses glaring issues in our education system, like force-feeding teaching mode and suffocating school rules. School can be a real torture for some.
Dead Poets' Society (1989)
Amazing for one reason: Robin Williams. His performance was incredible and inspiring, and made every student want a teacher like him, and made every teacher want to teach like him! It's not a light-hearted movie, and it might make you cry, but it's an absolute modern classic.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Whenever it was back-to-school time, I was already planning for the following summer. And this film captures the feeling of the last day of school better than any other. It's funny, relatable, and launched the careers of Hollywood stars like Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck.
High School Musicals (2006, 2007, 2008)
Nothing cheers me up more than a musical, except … a series of musicals! The singing and dancing in the movies is impressive, plus the star students inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone and not "stick to the status quo".
Billy Madison (1995)
This movie isn't a traditional back-to-school movie as the main character is a 27-year-old slacker. He has to re-do all his elementary and secondary school classes in order to take over his family's business. It's far-fetched, but Adam Sandler is at his best, and he'll leave you in stitches.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
My favourite one is not so much about going to school, but getting out of it. The dude goes to crazy lengths to skip school but shows that you can still make a day off a very educational experience.
Bring It On (2000)
The sort of film that gives non-Americans a completely stereotyped view of high school, but does so proudly, tongue firmly stuck in cheek. It taught me two life-changing things: cheerleaders are really, really great athletes - who knew? - and "spirit fingers, SPIRIT FINGERS!" Brilliant.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
An earnest coming-of-age film about a troubled teen who doesn't fit in. I empathise because I was a transfer student twice. I'm not sure I'd want the guidance of two crazy seniors like Emma Watson and Ezra Miller though!