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The Greatest Graduation Movies to Watch in 2023

Graduation time is here. Congratulations, graduates, you did it! This list of graduation movies will give you all the nostalgia. 

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The Best Movies About Graduation

There are many fantastic movies that revolve around the theme of graduation. High School, college, classes, friendships, romance – all the best things about school. Some are oldies but goodies, some may be cringe to Gen Z, but these are some classic graduation movies.

For some more laughs, check out these funny graduation memes. And here are some proud graduation quotes and wishes for graduates.

Here are some of the best movies about graduation:

  1. The Graduate” (1967) – A classic film following the story of Benjamin Braddock as he navigates post-college life and faces the uncertainties and expectations of adulthood.
  2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) – While not directly focused on graduation, this comedy film showcases Ferris Bueller’s epic adventure on a day he decides to skip school, capturing the carefree spirit and rebellion often associated with the end of high school.
  3. Dazed and Confused” (1993) – Set on the last day of high school in 1976, this coming-of-age film follows a group of students as they celebrate the end of the school year, providing a nostalgic and humorous look at the transition from high school to summer.
  4. Superbad” (2007) – This comedy film centers around two best friends trying to navigate their way through a wild night of parties and misadventures before they graduate and head off to college.
  5. American Graffiti” (1973) – Set in the early 1960s, this film explores the lives of a group of high school graduates on their last night before heading off to college or joining the workforce, capturing the bittersweet nostalgia and uncertainty of that time.
  6. Dead Poets Society” (1989) – While not solely focused on graduation, this film takes place in a prestigious boarding school and follows a teacher who inspires his students to seize the day and embrace their passions, leading to transformative experiences and self-discovery.
  7. Pitch Perfect” (2012) – This musical comedy follows a college a cappella group as they compete against other groups in a national competition during their senior year.
  8. Can’t Hardly Wait” (1998) – Set at a high school graduation party, this film follows a group of students as they navigate their relationships and search for their futures.
  9. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (1997) – While not directly focused on graduation, this comedy tells the story of two best friends who attend their high school reunion and attempt to reinvent themselves to impress their former classmates.
  10. High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (2008) – The third installment in the popular “High School Musical” franchise, this musical follows the main characters as they navigate their final year of high school and prepare for the future. Bri
  11. Booksmart” (2019) – This comedy film revolves around two academic overachievers who decide to let loose and attend a wild party on their last night of high school, challenging their perceptions and embracing new experiences.
  12. Ten Things I Hate About You” (1999) – A twist on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” Ten Things I Hate About You focuses on the some of the best high school tropes. Outgoing Bianca can’t date until older sister, the antisocial Kat, does. It’s Kat’s senior year and all she cares about is studying and getting into her dream college. Then Patrick comes around and Kat realizes she may not be the feminist she thought she was.
  13. The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (2003) – The song “What Dreams are Made Of” is still popular now and came from The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Lizzie and her friends go on a school trip to Rome. Before long she makes the acquaintance of Paolo Valisari, a local music sensation whose duet partner looks almost exactly like Lizzie. Since Paolo and his collaborator recently feuded, Lizzie agrees to stand in for the girl at a massive concert and pretend to sing while a recording plays.

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