Boarding school life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant boarding school life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, emotional, stylized, harsh and entertaining films and TV shows about / with boarding school life, youth, boarding school, school, coming of age, teacher, mentor, friendship, childhood and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as boarding school life: House of Anubis (2011), Dead Poets Society (1989), Wild Child (2008), Rebelde Way (2002), The Chorus (2004), Cracks (2009), Before the Fall (2004), The Lover (1992), Loving Annabelle (2006), School Ties (1992).

List of boarding school life movies

House of Anubis (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
Story: House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and Belgium. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, light
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: boarding school life, school, friends, teenage life, young heroes, disappearance, investigation, riddles and clues, youth, amateur detective, boarding school, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, intellectual, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poet, teaching the ways of the world, poetry, teacher, youth, dedicated educator, coming of age, friendship, philosophy, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 6.1
 45K
Wild Child (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Rebellious 16 year old Poppy from Mailibu is sent to an English boarding school. Realising her Father isn't coming back to rescue her she tries to get expelled.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, sweet ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boarding school, school, friendship, teenage life, teenage love, boarding school life, teenager, teenage girl, prank, love and romance, fish out of water, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california, london, canada
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 7.3
 2K
Rebelde Way (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Argentina
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Rebelde Way is a Martín Fierro Award—nominated Argentine soap opera created and produced by Cris Morena. It originally aired from 26 May 2002 to 18 December 2003. The series was broadcast in many countries worldwide, including Peru, Germany, ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, romantic, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: high school life, teenage love, boarding school life, love and romance, friendship, teachers and students, teenage life, boarding school, music band, social relations, music, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Returning for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts, Harry is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students – ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: witch, wizards and magicians, school, supernatural ability, young heroes, magical, chosen one, boarding school life, best friends, supernatural, prophecy, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1994, year 1995, year 1996 ...
Place: england, london, europe, scotland
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 7.9
 52K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, music, teachers and students, teacher, friendship, singer, musician, friends, children, changing lives, abuse ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, england
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 6.7
 18K
Cracks (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, school, teachers and students, mental illness, coming of age, lesbian relationship, teenage life, power relations, obsession, teenage crush, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, spain
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Harry starts his fourth year at Hogwarts, competes in the treacherous Triwizard Tournament and faces the evil Lord Voldemort. Ron and Hermione help Harry manage the pressure – but Voldemort lurks, awaiting his chance to destroy Harry and all that ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, stylized, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: magical, chosen one, school, wizards and magicians, friendship, witch, boarding school life, supernatural ability, boarding school, curses spells and rituals, family, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1994, year 1995, 1990s
Place: england, europe, london
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Belgium
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A teenager finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures intent on destroying them.
Style: exciting, gothic, atmospheric, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, time travel, adventure, boarding school life, riddles and clues, imaginary, destiny, youth, fantasy world, monster, invisibility, time loop ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: england, wales, europe, florida
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Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, boarding school life, boarding school, german, youth, anti semitism, pow, nazi germany, boxing, family relations, nazi, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, ukraine, cape town south africa, washington d.c. ...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black – and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.
Style: stylized, exciting, twists and turns, entertaining, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, magical, friendship, good versus evil, young heroes, boarding school life, school, chosen one, witch, family, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1994, 1990s, year 1993
Place: europe, england
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he ...
Style: exciting, touching, twists and turns, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: witch, good versus evil, school, wizards and magicians, chosen one, friendship, supernatural ability, magical, curses spells and rituals, best friends, fantasy world, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1991, year 1992, 1990s
Place: england, europe
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Ignoring threats to his life, Harry returns to Hogwarts to investigate – aided by Ron and Hermione – a mysterious series of attacks.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: witch, magical, wizards and magicians, chosen one, school, supernatural ability, boarding school life, best friends, giant, curses spells and rituals, friendship, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1993, 1990s, year 1992
Place: england, europe, london
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: As Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as 'Property of the Half-Blood Prince', and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, stylized, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: witch, young heroes, wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, school, chosen one, boarding school life, good versus evil, magical, werewolf, betrayal, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996, 1990s
Place: england, europe, london
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 6.9
 17K
The Lover (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, Vietnam
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings ...
Style: sexy, sexual, serious, psychological, erotic ...
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, fall in love, love affair, interracial relations, lust, lolita, older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, opposites attract, age difference, true love ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: vietnam, asia, france
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Loving Annabelle (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly though when sexual chemistry appears between her and the Head of ...
Style: touching, semi serious, erotic, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, lesbian, forbidden love, teachers and students, lgbt, love affair, school, boarding school life, college life, couples, gays and lesbians, friends ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne
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 6.9
 20K
School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, coming of age, boarding school life, friendship, preparatory school, football, sport, working class, teenage life, society, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
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 7.8
 33K
Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: disturbing, serious, emotional, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, rebelliousness, boarding school life, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, violence, bully, humiliation, hardcase students, child abuse, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a ...
Style: bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: boarding school life, beating, poetry, reformatory, discipline, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, orphan, gory, clergy, school, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe, spain
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The Moth Diaries (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA, Ireland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?
Style: gothic, serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: vampire, boarding school, schoolgirl, supernatural, mysterious character, boarding school life, friends, youth, obsession, danger, social relations, female friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: canada
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 5.8
 20K
St. Trinian's (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When their beloved school is threatened with closure should the powers that be fail to raise the proper funds, the girls scheme to steal a priceless painting and use the profits to pull St. Trinian's out of the red.
Style: witty, humorous, funny, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boarding school, school, family relations, teachers and students, teenage life, youth, rivalry, friendship, boarding school life, culture clash, transformation, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, england, london
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 6.9
 29K
Oliver Twist (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child abuse, orphan, kidnapping, thief, redemption, friendship, orphanage, injustice, boarding school, boarding school life, danger, lifestyle ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1830s, 18th century, 1930s
Place: london, europe, england
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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: teachers and students, self discovery, boarding school, teaching the ways of the world, optimism, teacher, teenage life, boarding school life, dedicated educator, friendship, childhood, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, clever ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: boarding school life, cheating, reunion, greek, hypocrisy, senator, confession, coming of age, boarding school, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: washington d.c., pennsylvania, new jersey
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Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: boarding school life, german, friendship, nazism, betrayal, anti semitism, jewish, resistance, auschwitz, wartime life, priest, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, paris france, vichy, jerusalem ...
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 6.5
 60K
The Awakening (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost.
Style: suspenseful, scary, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, investigation, teacher, boarding school life, haunted by the past, boarding school, haunted house, children, classroom, estate, fear ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one
Place: england, europe, london
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Boarding School (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When troubled 12-year-old Jacob Felsen is sent away to boarding school, he enters every kid’s worst nightmare: a creepy old mansion, deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers. As events become ...
Style: suspense, harsh, rough, emotional, scary
Plot: corporal punishment, boarding school, boy, child abuse, life is a bitch, boarding school life, moral ambiguity, lifestyle, brutality, betrayal, violence, compassion ...
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King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: island, punishment, prison life, sexual abuse, boarding school life, violence, escape, suicide, beating, riot, humiliation, juvenile detention ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, japan
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 5.9
 5K
Goats (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Having a self-absorbed New Age mother and an estranged father means 15-year-old Ellis Whitman has grown up relying on an unconventional guardian: a goat-trekking, marijuana-growing sage called Goat Man. So when Ellis decides to leave the alternative ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, light
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, teenage life, parents and children, eccentric family, family relations, youth, fall in love, roommate, father son relationship, divorced parents, boy girl relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona, usa
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 5.9
 3K
Tanner Hall (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls.
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, coming of age, innocence lost, teenage life, school, youth, social relations, teachers and students, power relations, friends, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
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