17 films about cheerleaders and a cheerleader at school

If you think that cheerleading is just a hobby of girls waving pompoms during halftime matches, then you are mistaken! While stunt performance is associated with shows, it is first and foremost a serious sport. And many people were involved in this sport in the USA – from President Franklin Roosevelt to Madonna and Meryl Streep. Our today’s selection contains films about cheerleaders that will introduce you closer to the heroines who can dance, line up in pyramids and win medals.

The Secret Life of Cheerleaders (2019)

In the center of the plot of the new movie is the teenager Ava Scott, who has just moved to a new city with her mother. In order to find friends faster, the girl tries herself in the school cheerleading team, especially since the heroine is an excellent dancer. At the audition, Ava meets the beautiful and popular Katrina, the captain of the cheerleading team. And although the acquaintance of the girls goes on a good wave, Ava quickly realizes that a ruthless manipulator is hiding behind a sweet smile.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Denise Richards, Savannah May, Alexandria DeBerry…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 5.3


Experienced Cheerleaders (2019)

This feature film about cheerleaders is a funny comedy about the life of resilient women of advanced age. Martha moves to live in a nursing home. Being an introvert, she is not enthusiastic about meeting her neighbors and participating in various activities. However, here the heroine meets Cheryl, who pulls her out of her gloom and convinces her to take up cheerleading along with other members of their community.

Original title:
Poms

Genre:
Drama, comedy, sports

Actors:
Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


How dare you (TV series 2019 – 2020)

Friends Addie and Beth are in their senior year . The girls have been friends since childhood and play cheerleading together. Everything changes when a new coach arrives. A strong-willed and courageous leader quickly overturns her usual way of life. Winning the respect of other members of the team, she brings discord into the friendship of our heroines. At the same time, an unexpected murder puts the whole city on the ears, and the police investigation affects both the new coach and all the cheerleaders.

Original title:
Dare Me

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
Willa Fitzgerald, Erisen F. Gardiola, Marlo Kelly …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7


Zombies (dialogue: 2018 and 2020)

An American film about cheerleading is a colorful youth musical with dances from the Disney Channel. In a small town, there was an explosion at a chemical plant. This resulted in half of the citizens becoming zombies , while the other half erected a wall to protect themselves. Years passed, scientists managed to return the infected to a more or less normal way of life. And now the city was stirred up by the news – the dead were allowed to study at school along with people. This is where Zed and Addison meet, a zombie soccer player and a local cheerleader who are destined to unite the two worlds.

Original title:
ZOMBIES

Genre:
Musical, melodrama, family

Actors:
Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Trevor Tordjman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Cheerleader (2017)

Young Hikari Tomonaga transfers to high school and joins a local group of cheerleaders. It’s not that Hikari really likes sports, she just wants to support a friend. However, the coach of the sports club suddenly announces that the team will participate in the championship in America. Schoolchildren go on a long journey to make their dream come true.

Original Title :
ChiaDan

Genre:
Drama, Comedy, Sports

Actors:
Suzu Hirose, Ayami Nakajo, Hirona Yamazaki…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 6.5


Come on, keep it up! (TV series, 2015)

Next on the list of the best cheerleading movies is a highly rated TV series dedicated to today’s high school students. The action takes place against the backdrop of two competing schools. In public, portraying love, mutual assistance and friendship, young people – members of a sports team and cheerleaders – step by step go to victory. Meanwhile, hypocrisy, betrayal and meanness reign within the walls of the educational institution.

Original title:
Balchikhage gogo

Genre:
Drama, comedy, sports

Actors:
Cha Hag-young, Choi Dong-moon, In Gyo-jin…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.4


Bella and the Bulldogs (TV series 2015 – 2016)

The main character of the film is a cheerleader who dreams of playing real football . And one day she gets that chance. Bella performs well on the field and receives an offer from the coach to join the boys’ training. For the sake of her dream, she has to overcome distrust, ridicule and misunderstanding of her peers, becoming a full member of the team. And also keep friendship with the girls from the support group.

Original title:
Bella and the Bulldogs

Genre:
Comedy, family, sports

Actors:
Breck Bassinger, Coy Stewart, Jackie Radinski …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Light it up! (TV series, 2013 – 2018)

The heroines of this series about cheerleaders are not just school dancers, but a cheerleading squad for a professional NBA team. In the center of the plot are several friends – the modest but talented Asha, the domineering egoist Elena, the insidious seductress Kyle and the administrator of the group Raquel. What the girls are doing on stage can drive anyone crazy. However, few people know about the behind the scenes of big-time sports and stubborn hard training, and a movie about incendiary bright girls will just open this veil.

Original title:
Hit the Floor

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Katherine Bayless, McKinley Freeman, Lil J…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1


Hellcats (TV series, 2010 – 2011)

Law student Marty Perkins is left without a scholarship, and the girl’s precarious financial situation makes it impossible to pay for her education. The only option not to leave the educational institution is to join the Hellcats cheerleading team. The heroine faces a difficult choice – either to fly out or become part of the team, over which she recently laughed.

Original title:
Hellcats

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Alison Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Matt Barr …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.7


Light it up this summer! (2009)

High school football stars Sean and Nick are tired of spending every summer at the training camp in a purely male company. This year, the guys decided to run away from the football players to the cheerleading camp, posing as cheerleaders. At first, on the minds of friends, there was only a desire to break away among the beauties in short skirts. However, the situation changes when Sean falls in love with the captain – the beautiful Carly. It looks like the friends will have to get in the game for real and help the girls win in the upcoming competitions.

Original Title :
Fire Up!

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:
Nicholas D’Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


The Story of the Weird Teen (2009)

The dramatic film tells about a cheerleader and her relationship at school with a difficult teenager Thayer. Amber is a popular cheerleader who constantly worries about her reputation. Thayer is a weird freak that no one understands. Only poetry in creative writing classes brings children together, exposing the vulnerable and unhappy soul of a young man who yearns for freedom. And it makes Amber look at the world differently.

Original title:  
Teenage Dirtbag

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Scott Michael Foster, Noah Higesh, Chris Ellis…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:  
12+


The Fab Five: Texas Cheerleading Scandal (2008)

Not all cheerleaders are sweet and good-natured girls. The heroines of our film are known and feared by the whole school. Cruel, arrogant, without any norms and rules, they are ready to go over their heads in order to achieve their goal. Defiant behavior, rudeness, drinking and parties – everything gets away with the girls and is covered by the director of the school. However, the arrival of new cheerleading coach Emma Carr changes things. Will the newcomer be able to bring her wards to their senses?

Original title:
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal

Genre:
Drama, Biography, Sports

Actors:
Jenna Dewan, Ashley Benson, Aimee Spring Fortier…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.9


Ready? Well! (2008)

The plot of an interesting film about gymnastics and cheerleading develops in a small provincial town in the United States. The single mother works as an assistant at a local TV station. It is not easy for her to feed herself and the child after a difficult separation from her husband. And the smart and talented son Josh pleases, but also puzzles. Instead of boyish entertainment, the child prefers the company of girls, and instead of freestyle wrestling, he dreams of doing cheerleading. How to be a mother? To follow the lead of society or to give the child freedom of choice?

Original Title :
Ready? OK!

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Kali Rocha, Carrie Preston, Sam Pancake …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6


Cool and Chicks (2005)

Who would have known that the cool Sheriff Sharp would have to live with noisy cheerleaders. The fact is that the girls witnessed the murder and now they are in danger. A deadpan ranger, armed with a revolver and a sharp word, becomes an undercover trainer. At first, fans do not take a serious man very cordially and try to annoy him in every possible way, but when a real danger looms on the horizon, they will have to reconsider their behavior.

Original title:
Man of the House

Genre:
Comedy, Action

Actors:
Tommy Lee Jones, Cedric “The Entertainer”, Christina Milian …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Slap Her She’s French (2002)

The day of the school smart girl and head cheerleader Starla is planned to the minute. The girl dreams of becoming a TV presenter and does everything to achieve her dream. However, suddenly on her way there is an obstacle in the form of an exchange student – the Frenchwoman Genevieve. At first, the new girl behaves with restraint and tries in every possible way to please our queen. But it soon becomes clear that this is just a screen. The modest girl transforms into a real bitch and begins to methodically destroy Starla’s life.

Original title:
Slap Her, She’s French!

Genre:
Melodrama, Comedy

Actors:
Piper Perabo, Jane McGregor, Trent Ford …

Country:
Germany, UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Sugar and Pepper (2001)

According to the plot of the film, the popular high school cheerleader Diana finds out that she is pregnant from her star boyfriend, the school team defender Jack. Young people are immediately kicked out of their homes and now they have to survive on one guy’s salary. However, Diana’s friends from the cheerleading community are ready to help their captain. Together they decide to rob a bank , but it turns out that their plan has already become public.

Original title:
Sugar & Spice

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Melissa George…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
0+


Bring It On (film series, 2000 – 2017)

Torrance becomes the new captain of a tough cheerleading team, and she is confident in her chances of winning the national championship for the sixth year in a row. However, the girl soon finds out that rival cheerleaders have stolen their dance number. And then there’s the boyfriend went to college, and one of the girls got a leg injury. Will the heroine of the film be able to withstand all the difficulties and lead her team to victory?

Original title:  
Bring It On

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, sports

Actors:  
Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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