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While movies are meant to entertain the audience, sometimes there’s a message thrown in there. The schools in these movies were nearly falling apart until one inspirational person came along to change everything. Check out our list of the 15 best struggling high school movies.

Lean On Me

He’s starred in over 100 movies but none more memorable than Lean On Me. Eastside High School was one of the worst schools around until Morgan Freeman’s Joe Clark became principal. The 1989 film was loosely based on the story of the real life Joe Clark who revived the dying Paterson, NJ school that was in danger of being taken over unless the students raised their test scores. Waving a baseball bat on the steps of his school, Freeman uttered one of the most classic lines from the film: “They used to call me Crazy Joe. Now they can call me Batman!”

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