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The Best High School Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good High School movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best High School movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Boyhood

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7.9/10
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79/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. A Brighter Summer Day

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8.4/10
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67/100
Released: 1991
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.70 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. The Official Story

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7.8/10
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65/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
History, Drama

What it's about: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1983. In the last and turbulent days of the military dictatorship, Alicia, a high school history teacher, begins to ask uncomfortable questions about the dark origins of Gaby, her adopted daughter.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Hoop Dreams

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8.3/10
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72/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, fuboTV, Showtime & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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5. The Class

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7.5/10
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65/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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