Boarding schools

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or pensions or dormitories

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1. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 31,544 | Gross: $0.23M

2. The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Julia Blake, Dorothy Bradley, Kay Eklund, Max Fairchild

Votes: 366

3. The Devil's Playground (1976)

107 min | Drama

Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is... See full summary »

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate

Votes: 908

4. Absolution (1978)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

At a Catholic public school, Benjamin "Benjie" Stanfield (Dominic Guard) is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard (Richard ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, David Bradley, Billy Connolly

Votes: 1,194

5. Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

GP | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A new school teacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his pupils, and he fears the same will happen to him.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hemmings, Carolyn Seymour, Douglas Wilmer, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 485

6. You Are Not Alone (1978)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school.

Directors: Ernst Johansen, Lasse Nielsen | Stars: Anders Agensø, Peter Bjerg, Ove Sprogøe, Elin Reimer

Votes: 3,676

7. School of Fear (1969)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama

At a boarding school for boys in Northern Germany, one student named Kurrat vanishes one night without informing anybody after having had a fight with one of the teachers. Soon, the Police ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Konrad Georg, Horst Tappert, Karin Hübner

Votes: 108

8. The Browning Version (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 4,108

9. The Browning Version (1994)

R | 97 min | Drama

On the verge of forced resignation, a strict old-fashioned teacher rethinks his life.

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Julian Sands

Votes: 2,889 | Gross: $0.46M

10. Another Country (1984)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn, Robert Addie

Votes: 5,025

11. Young Törless (1966)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz

Votes: 2,026

12. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 13,577

13. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 14,820

14. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedy Krilla

Votes: 2,226

15. Mädchen in Uniform (1958)

91 min | Drama

In a strict Prussian boarding school for girls, sensitive student Manuela von Meinhardis develops a forbidden love to one of her teachers, the compassionate Elisabeth von Bernburg.

Director: Géza von Radványi | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Romy Schneider, Therese Giehse, Blandine Ebinger

Votes: 1,188

16. These Three (1936)

Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Catherine Doucet

Votes: 2,163

17. Zero for Conduct (1933)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefebvre, Du Verron

Votes: 7,314

18. The Little Princess (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.

Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 5,325

19. A Little Princess (1995)

G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 30,523 | Gross: $10.02M

20. A Little Princess (1986– )

163 min | Drama

A young girl accustomed to living luxuriously is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her rich father is suddenly broke and dies in far-off India.

Stars: Maureen Lipman, Amelia Shankley, Miriam Margolyes, Annette Badland

Votes: 556

21. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 6,381 | Gross: $29.77M

22. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 392,111 | Gross: $95.86M

23. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

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 the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 29,187 | Gross: $4.54M

24. If.... (1968)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 20,892

25. The House That Screamed (1969)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín

Votes: 2,598

26. Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror

During summer break, two bored Catholic schoolgirls vow to become Satanists and play a series of increasingly dangerous and morbid games.

Director: Joël Séria | Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran, Gérard Darrieu

Votes: 1,958

27. The Loreley's Grasp (1973)

X | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

The legendary Loreley has been living for centuries in a grotto beneath the river Rhein in Germany. Every night when the moon is full, she turns into a reptile-like creature craving for ... See full summary »

Director: Amando de Ossorio | Stars: Tony Kendall, Helga Liné, Silvia Tortosa, Josefina Jartin

Votes: 640

28. Zombie High (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A woman begins to separate herself from her boyfriend in order to devote more time to her new environment. Soon, she notices that more students have lost their individuality and a diabolical plot fostered by the faculty begins to emerge.

Director: Ron Link | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Richard Cox, Kay E. Kuter, James Wilder

Votes: 878 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Aenigma (1987)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist, lingerie-clad coeds responsible for her condition.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler, Sophie d'Aulan

Votes: 2,034

30. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 73,064

31. Phenomena (1985)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento

Votes: 21,676

32. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 30,430 | Gross: $4.05M

33. Night School (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari

Votes: 2,111 | Gross: $1.17M

34. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 7,812 | Gross: $2.03M

35. Black Christmas (2006)

R | 84 min | Horror

22 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director: Glen Morgan | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 24,037 | Gross: $16.24M

36. Innocence (2004)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Zoé Auclair, Lea Bridarolli, Bérangère Haubruge, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 5,431

37. Cracks (I) (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

Director: Jordan Scott | Stars: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots

Votes: 18,484 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Lost and Delirious (2001)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A newcomer to a posh girls boarding school discovers that her two senior roommates are lovers.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs

Votes: 19,388 | Gross: $0.30M

39. The Moth Diaries (2011)

R | 82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

38 Metascore

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?

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Lily Cole, Anne Day-Jones

Votes: 6,124 | Gross: $0.00M

40. Tanner Hall (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

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 teenage girls.

Directors: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Fürstenberg | Stars: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson, Amy Ferguson

Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $0.01M

41. The Falling (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Anna Burnett

Votes: 5,636

42. The Beguiled (2017)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell

Votes: 46,927 | Gross: $10.58M

43. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar

Votes: 15,889 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Down a Dark Hall (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

56 Metascore

A troubled teen named Kit Gordy is forced to join the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, just to find herself trapped by dark forces around its mysterious headmistress, Madame Duret.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles

Votes: 10,594

45. Boarding School (2018)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

45 Metascore

A young boy becomes fascinated with the persona of his dead grandmother and is sent to an isolated boarding school for misfits run by a mysterious headmaster and his wife.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Luke Prael, Samantha Mathis, David Aaron Baker, Michael Wikes

Votes: 2,537

46. Zombi Child (2019)

Not Rated | 103 min | Fantasy

6.1