Which Decade Had the Best High School Movies? It's '80s vs. '90s vs. 2000s vs. 2010s!

Which era scores straight A's? And which is getting sent to detention? We're breaking it down by box office, Tomatometer and Audience Score, iconic moments and characters, and more.

by | May 12, 2021 | Comments

Which decade from the last 40 years had the fetchest high school movies? (We’re going to make this happen.) That’s what we’re deciding in a very special episode of Vs. that’s slowly walking down the stairs armed with warm apple pies, blaring boom boxes, and an occasional break of the fourth wall. How exactly, though, can you compare a decade like the 1980s, which gave us everything from Say Anything… to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to a decade like the 2010s, with its whip-smart Lady Bird and adventurous Dope? RT Contributing Editor Mark Ellis has a way… four ways in fact. In this episode of Vs. he compares each decade’s high-school movie output based on Tomatometer and Audience Scores, box office performance, memorable moments and characters, and one wild card round to declare which 10-year stretch is the movies’ equivalent to your high school’s Prom King, Valedictorian, or that ultimate hero: The Person Dating a College Guy.

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

Lionsgate Extras interviews crime drama slasher monster movies HBO versus WGN Oscar Musicals latino Broadway TV One black FX on Hulu mockumentary dragons serial killer 2018 diversity Writers Guild of America El Rey vs. IFC Films superhero GoT Creative Arts Emmys casting Binge Guide Fox News Pride Month social media Chernobyl police drama Character Guide Paramount Network ratings TCA 2017 Winter TV obituary blockbusters hidden camera Vudu dark Nominations TV Land Tomatazos summer TV football cars adenture Summer Mudbound sitcom Best Actress Valentine's Day rotten movies we love cartoon Opinion Pirates parents Amazon Studios Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Toys Mary poppins TCA Awards GIFs CBS All Access war kaiju deadpool History ITV strong female leads festival talk show Pop werewolf joker HBO Max summer preview Black Mirror Discovery Channel Prime Video robots PlayStation sports jurassic park series legend asian-american game show slashers SDCC 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Rom-Com cooking 90s indiana jones children's TV Holiday Nat Geo Schedule National Geographic comics summer TV preview 2017 scorecard IFC Avengers SXSW 2022 anime live event Year in Review target scene in color WarnerMedia 79th Golden Globes Awards italian new zealand Geeked Week The CW Tokyo Olympics Marvel Studios Endgame Pet Sematary BAFTA Bravo kong Sundance transformers Esquire Mary Poppins Returns Apple TV Plus Film Festival french streamig Infographic psycho die hard criterion CNN 2015 The Walt Disney Company Spring TV unscripted trailers remakes wonder woman reviews saw Comic Book TIFF President Amazon Spectrum Originals heist movie streaming Mary Tyler Moore golden globe awards Ovation TCA best international scary Lucasfilm VICE olympics mutant documentaries Netflix Christmas movies indie Shondaland The Witch Red Carpet Hulu Ghostbusters Song of Ice and Fire Fall TV DirecTV San Diego Comic-Con Hallmark Christmas movies Paramount Plus Classic Film Trivia Emmy Nominations ABC Family scene in color film series classics renewed TV shows 4/20 twilight Image Comics BBC America USA Network Sci-Fi mcc cinemax Crunchyroll young adult Britbox marvel cinematic universe Hallmark disaster Best Picture Disney+ Disney Plus FXX suspense Music screen actors guild SXSW Best and Worst Superheroe New York Comic Con Mystery know your critic Baby Yoda APB YouTube Red TV renewals comic books archives cancelled video witnail Nickelodeon reboot YouTube Holidays Travel Channel aliens Lifetime dreamworks Comic-Con@Home 2021 rt labs critics edition dceu 73rd Emmy Awards Star Wars Celebration Trailer Paramount Pictures Freeform kids Cannes Sundance Now IMDb TV canceled TV shows blaxploitation based on movie adaptation scene in color Amazon Prime Video anthology Sneak Peek television spanish language First Reviews X-Men TCA Winter 2020 spanish DC Comics 94th Oscars foreign true crime rom-coms NBC Dark Horse Comics Podcast book adaptation Television Critics Association cancelled television stoner AMC Masterpiece Wes Anderson prank spinoff Legendary Heroines Awards Tour Video Games 2016 posters ESPN Disney First Look spain TCM binge video on demand comedies Ellie Kemper crossover genre Turner MGM cults Best Actor canceled Country Anna Paquin Kids & Family Apple Oscars Premiere Dates 99% Interview Instagram Live toy story travel zombie DC streaming service MSNBC razzies CBS Grammys BBC One marvel comics Neflix TruTV The Walking Dead Reality Competition Spike Polls and Games revenge 24 frames GLAAD Fox Searchlight Marathons Universal docuseries live action BET space Captain marvel james bond richard e. Grant Mindy Kaling 2019 007 crime thriller action-comedy venice USA japan scene in color series green book Trophy Talk animated AMC Plus romantic comedy comic DC Universe Hollywood Foreign Press Association Western Black History Month Reality Comedy popular A24 Star Wars TBS E3 DGA Netflix Universal Pictures sag awards debate Sony Box Office E! feel good toronto elevated horror Rock Logo 2021 halloween Tumblr harry potter Tubi Photos streaming movies comic book movie breaking bad The Purge TNT LGBT Fargo Women's History Month quibi hist japanese documentary miniseries Brie Larson 21st Century Fox hispanic science fiction spider-man VOD black comedy FX discovery nature spider-verse Turner Classic Movies new star wars movies Christmas dexter Family singing competition theme song HBO Go romance christmas movies PBS Focus Features Animation Winners Musical American Society of Cinematographers cancelled TV series CW Seed Disney streaming service Teen teaser BET Awards boxoffice justice league Watching Series FOX zombies Comedy Central Tarantino fresh Starz 45 VH1 zero dark thirty stop motion rt labs See It Skip It psychological thriller OneApp Film mission: impossible Cartoon Network comiccon Rocketman Star Trek pirates of the caribbean MTV Fantasy Stephen King rt archives thriller composers art house concert news Amazon Prime Columbia Pictures Peacock high school superman Pixar chucky what to watch telelvision jamie lee curtis Hear Us Out king kong 20th Century Fox Showtime TV movies Marvel Television politics obi wan South by Southwest Film Festival Indigenous Warner Bros. Biopics hispanic heritage month Election fast and furious franchise game of thrones CMT Drama ABC universal monsters stand-up comedy ID Syfy Sony Pictures movies Elton John Pop TV name the review rotten natural history PaleyFest golden globes SundanceTV emmy awards Sundance TV king arthur nfl independent ViacomCBS biopic hollywood medical drama spy thriller Apple TV+ women Chilling Adventures of Sabrina A&E Martial Arts batman NYCC leaderboard gangster a nightmare on elm street mob Pacific Islander crime Crackle Comics on TV award winner Marvel critics ghosts basketball scary movies cops Television Academy Quiz Epix historical drama Emmys all-time Set visit festivals Awards trophy worst movies comic book movies directors Arrowverse Academy Awards Exclusive Video Shudder Certified Fresh 2020 Paramount free movies supernatural screenings YouTube Premium Cosplay Super Bowl australia NBA dogs ABC Signature The Arrangement 71st Emmy Awards laika facebook book broadcast new york worst critic resources biography movie Countdown Disney Plus 72 Emmy Awards south america RT History child's play political drama Funimation Walt Disney Pictures tv talk Superheroes HFPA films OWN Lifetime Christmas movies Best Director TV lord of the rings dramedy RT21 Calendar dc Alien BBC Thanksgiving MCU aapi doctor who sequels LGBTQ YA blockbuster Food Network cats nbcuniversal 1990s The Academy Native technology halloween tv Adult Swim Horror royal family Rocky sequel boxing Disney Channel Tags: Comedy period drama sopranos vampires target adventure godzilla Acorn TV TLC 93rd Oscars finale docudrama satire cancelled TV shows Action