5 Movies to Watch if You’re a Graduating Senior

Graduation is right around the corner which can bring several mixed feelings to graduating seniors: excitement, anxiety and uncertainty. No matter what you are feeling as graduation approaches, spend some time reflecting on your days in school through these films that shed light on transitioning into the next chapter of life. 


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As high school seniors Amy (Kaitlyn Denver) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are preparing for their bittersweet graduation, they begin to realize that they spent the past four years strictly focused on academics. As a way to make up for lost time, Amy and Beanie try to have the best night of their high school experience on the night before graduation by hitting the town and attending lavish parties. If you need a good laugh with your friends, be sure to watch “Booksmart” and join in on the chaos of an unforgettable night. 

“Booksmart” is available to stream on Prime Video and Apple TV. 

2. “Lady Bird”

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This beautifully directed coming-of-age film follows a teenager (Saoirse Roman) through her senior year of high school as she deals with a rocky relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), trying to fit in and starting college. “Lady Bird” portrays the raw struggles that come with being a young adult trying to navigate the uncertainties that come with moving on to the next chapter of life. 

“Lady Bird” is available to stream on Hulu, Disney+ and HBO Max. 

3. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

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High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is exceptionally gifted at the art of skipping class. Before graduation, Ferris and his friends Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara) want to have an unforgettable day filled with adventure in an effort to finish their senior year on an exciting note by exploring downtown Chicago. This classic film is a must-see for graduating seniors as you begin to reminisce on the last days of school. 

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is available to stream on Paramount +.

4. “The Breakfast Club”

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Five seniors from different social groups are all required to attend a Saturday detention where they are being supervised by an overly-authoritative principal. In an effort to escape detention, they all have to set aside their differences and work together to make the best of detention. A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal make “The Breakfast Club” another classic must-see for seniors, and illustrates the benefits of working with others despite your differences as you move into the next chapter of life.

“The Breakfast Club” is available to stream on Prime Video and Apple TV. 

5. “Pitch Perfect”

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If you’re graduating from college or entering your first year, this musical comedy is a fan favorite that will make you want to binge the whole series. Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a college student who finds herself mixed into a group of girls with a wide range of bold personalities. The only thing the girls have in common is their passion for acapella singing. As Beca makes it her duty to bring the group to the top, the memories and friendships they make along the way are unforgettable — and hilarious. 

“Pitch Perfect” is available to stream on Hulu. 

As graduation approaches for all you seniors, gather up your friends, reminisce on your favorite memories during the past couple of years and try giving these films a watch. Congratulations class of 2023!

By Madison Schauer

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