When thinking of classic films that shed light on the high school experience, hits like American Graffiti (1973), Grease (1978), and Carrie (1976) likely come to mind.

In this article, we’re taking a look back at the most popular movies that teenage audiences would have connected with between 1950 and 1979 – across North America and internationally.

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

West Side Story (1961)

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Lolita (1962)

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

To Sir, with Love (1967)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

American Graffiti (1973)

Cooley High (1975)

Carrie (1976)

Animal House (1978)

Grease (1978)

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)