Glee devotees have gotten a lot of mileage out of re-watching the show. However, if they’re looking for something similar, they could see these films.
The first season of Fox’s Glee aired in 2009 and was an immediate hit. The show is based on the glee club of a small Ohio town. Initially, the glee club isn’t the most popular hangout in this high school, but as the plot unfolds, the school’s class system breaks down, making it possible for anyone who wants to join to do so. One of the series’ greatest assets is its stellar cast, which features a number of triple threats who are equally adept at entertaining viewers through their acting and singing abilities.
Despite the fact that the show ran for six seasons and is now available to watch on Netflix in its entirety, here are a few other shows worth checking out in between binge-watching sessions.
1. Pitch Perfect
This franchise’s first film will appeal to any Glee fan. When Beca starts college, she’ll have to audition for the Barden Bellas, an all-girl acapella group.
Beca struggles at first to find her place in this new group, but she eventually does, and she ends up helping her fellow female singers win the big acapella competition. As with Glee, there’s plenty of great singing in this film, as well as some entertaining mash-ups.
There’s a good chance thatGlee was influenced by the cult classic filmFame, which is about a New York performing arts high school. In 2009, a new cast of triple threat teenagers remade this classic musical film, and it was a lot of fun.
If you’re a performer, you’ll be inspired by the level of talent on display inGlee and in both the original and remake versions ofFame.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
Because there are so many variables and characters to write into a high school setting, this is a good theme to use time and time again.
Using the high school class system and the way teenagers relate to one another has long been a classic storytelling tool; these well-known high school themes and characters are at the heart of the film 10 Things I Hate About You. Fans of Glee will enjoy the film’s musical number.
4. High School Musical
In this series, the glee club has a deep love for musicals, and many well-known Broadway tunes can be heard frequently throughout the six seasons. To see a young Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in a musical, watch High School Musical, starring the same passion.
No popular musical is used in this film; instead, it creates its own, and many great original songs are performed throughout the film.
5. The Breakfast Club
This is yet another film that delves deeper into the issues surrounding high school power dynamics. This is a must-see if you enjoy the way Finn and Quinn and the other popular students find their place in the glee club and learn to get along and appreciate one another.
They discover that they aren’t as different as they thought when they find themselves in Saturday detention with the outcast, the rebel and the popular girl.
If you’re a Glee fan and haven’t seen this 2003 campy musical film, put it on your watchlist immediately.
Featuring a young Anna Kendrick, this film is based on the true story of a Berkshires summer camp for aspiring performers. The film features a fantastic cast and a few memorable musical numbers that will have you crying just as hard as all of Rachel Barry’s performances on Glee combined.
7. Raise Your Voice
Hilary Duff plays an aspiring singer in this film about adolescence who has to overcome numerous obstacles in order to achieve her goals.
Fans of Glee will enjoy this film for the same reasons they enjoyed the show’s real and difficult storylines about navigating life and adolescence.
But the character of Terri, played by Hilary Duff, also faces a family tragedy, which nearly convinces him to give up on his dreams.
8. The Last Song
Miley Cyrus plays Ronnie in this Nicholas Sparks love story. Ronnie has always had great musical talent, but she’s refusing to use it or share it because she’s a rebellious adolescent.
When Ronnie meets Will and falls in love with him, she begins to soften and change. This film, like Glee, relies on music to bring together two young people and help them understand their feelings for one another.
9. Easy A
Glee not only dealt with the difficult issues that teenagers face, but it also produced some of the most memorable musical numbers in television history.
Easy A, the Emma Stone-Penn Badgely teen romantic comedy, is a must-see for your next movie night if you’re looking for some high school humor. There’s also a song and dance number in this movie.
10. A Star Is Born
Fans return to rewatch all six seasons of Glee because of the wealth of talent that the show showcased. A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga as Ali and Bradley Cooper as Jackson, is a must-see if you want to see that level of talent onscreen.
This film’s original music was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 and is incredible, as is Ali and Jackson’s on-screen chemistry.
In addition to writing, Mel Hall is a blogger who enjoys all things cinema, tv, and theater. There are times when Mel prefers to stay at home and read a good book rather than go to the movies or binge-watch the newest hit streaming series from the convenience of their own couch.