“Bring It On” (2000) stars Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union squaring off as leaders of battling cheer squads. And while it’s a favorite of cheerleaders everywhere, it’s one of many teen flicks featuring cheerleaders that — after a hard day of dance, work or cheer — will make for a relaxing guilty pleasure.
”Man of the House” (2005)
Tommy Lee Jones stars as a police officer in charge of protecting cheerleaders after a devastating incident. Of course, they’re a spirited bunch.
“Varsity Blues” (1999)
In a Texas town, James Van Der Beek’s character is a second-string quarterback who has to step. As he discovers the power of being the starting QB, he also dates the head cheerleader.
In this classic movie musical, the good girl (Olivia Newton John) is a cheerleader who falls for a bad-boy greaser (John Travolta).
”Fired Up!” (2009)
Who needs football camp when you can go to cheerleading camp? Two popular guys find out just how hard cheer life is.
”The Hot Chick” (2002)
Just before cheerleading competition and prom, Rachel McAdams’ character finds herself stuck int he body of Rob Schneider.
“American Cheerleader” (2014)
In this documentary, two high school teams are vying to win the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.
”Not Another Teen Movie” (2001)
After so many movies about teens came out in the 1990’s, this satire movie followed standard high schoolers — including, of course, a cheerleader.
”The Replacements” (2000)
Along with the football team, cheerleaders went on strike in this comedy where the squad is replaced by strippers.
“John Tucker Must Die” (2006)
John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) has girlfriends in different social circles — including the head cheerleader — hoping they don’t find out about each other. Spoiler alert: His plan doesn’t work.
“Gotta Kick it Up!” (2002)
This movie, starring America Ferrera, follows a squad on their way to competition after learning a new way to win: Latin rhythms!
“The Beaver” (2011)
Jennifer Lawrence is a high-school cheerleader who falls in love with a boy with a dad who communicates through a puppet.
“I Love You, Beth Cooper” (2009)
Hayden Panettiere plays the most popular girl in school — and also a cheerleader — who falls in love with the geeky valedictorian.
“Bring It On: All Or Nothing” (2006)
Speaking of Hayden Panettiere: After the success of “Bring It On” in 2000, there were several follow up films. While most are duds, we like the third in the series starring Panettiere.
“Jennifer’s Body” (2009)
Megan Fox plays a high school cheerleader who becomes possessed and starts killing the guys in school.