12 Popular Movies That Boomers Confirm They Were Shockingly Shown at School

Written By CJ Ervin

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Have you ever been shown a film in school that later you thought was odd? I’ll go first. They showed us Grease in high school. Considering the lyrics to the song “Greased Lightening” (among other things), I found that an odd choice. After someone asked an online community of boomers what movies they were shown in school, these are the top-voted.

1. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Romeo and Juliet
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Every high schooler knows the Shakespearean romantic tragedy about two young lovers from opposing families. One former student remembers having to take home a permission slip for the onscreen nudity, while others did not need parental permission.

2. Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land (1959)

Donald in Mathmagic Land
Photo Credit: Buena Vista Film Distribution.

Donald embarks on an adventure where he discovers the importance and usefulness of numbers in our everyday life. On this journey through numbers, Donald learns that numbers and shapes are ingrained in our day-to-day activities.

3. The Red Balloon (1956)

The Red Balloon
Photo Credit: Films Montsouris.

The Red Balloon is a 34-minute short film that follows a boy and a newly discovered sentient balloon. This movie details the events as this mute balloon trails this little kid all around Paris and the escapades they get into.

4. Psycho (1960)

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

After a secretary embezzles over $40,000 from her employer’s client, she goes on the run and winds up at a remote hotel. Here she meets the peculiar young man who runs the hotel. From here, things take a horrible twist for the worst.

5. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

All Quiet on the Western Front
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

This epic anti-war film depicts the mental, physical, and emotional tolls war has on a person. This picture follows a group of German schoolboys who are convinced by their extremely patriotic teacher to join the fight that was World War I. Through the eyes of these young men, we see the nuances and tragedies of war and how they affect everyone.

6. Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)

Where the Red Fern Grows
Photo Credit: Crown International Pictures.

Where the Red Fern Grows shows the story of an ambitious young man and his journey to coming of age. The young boy is in pursuit of the ownership of his own red hound. He saves up his money and gets himself two puppies in Oklahoma.

7. Little Big Man (1970)

Little Big Man
Photo Credit: National General Pictures.

After word spreads about a 121-year-old man, an oral historian learns of the only white man to survive the Battle of the Littlehorn. This centenarian tells stories of being rescued by the Cheyenne, working for General Custer, being a gunslinger, and a snake oil salesman.

8. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

The Apple Dumpling Gang
Photo Credit: Buena Vista Distribution.

The plot tells the story of a group of bandits known as the Apple Dumpling Gang and their hijinks. A smooth gambler by the name of Russell Donovan is manipulated into watching over a group of orphans. But to his benefit, the three kids that Russell is watching strike gold.

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Photo Credit: EMI Films.

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are sent on a mission by God to search for the Holy Grail. On their perilous journey, they encounter the Black Knight, the Black Death, and a three-headed giant.

10. Fail Safe (1964)

Fail Safe
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

During the Cold War, U.S. bomber jets were equipped with a fail-safe box that alerted the crew whether to drop a bomb or not. A major technical malfunction sends the signal to drop a load on Moscow. Can the President of the United States avert all-out nuclear war before it’s too late?

11. Shane (1953)

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

A mysterious and exhausted gunslinger rides into a Wyoming town in hopes of leaving the cowboy life behind. Aside from falling in love with a farm owner’s wife, this gunslinger has to battle with the idea of getting back into the life or leaving it behind for good.

12. Cat Ballou (1965)

Cat Ballou
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

When a hired gun kills her father, Cat Ballou goes from schoolteacher to outlaw on the hunt for revenge. Cat strikes out at the land development company responsible for her father’s death, only to get tangled up in a corporate scheme.

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Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Ghost Patrick Swayze Demi Moore
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

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