31 Cheerleading Movies and Shows: A List For Cheer Fans!


If you love cheerleading, than this article is for you. We list the best cheerleading movies and shows for cheer fans!

31 cheerleading movies and shows for cheer fans

Cheerleading is a SPORT! Anyone who thinks otherwise has never been a competitive cheerleader. It is absolutely brutal and grueling. You need to be a gymnast, an acrobat, a dancer and an in shape athlete in order to compete in cheer competitions. Don’t believe me? Watch the Netflix show “Cheer“, and tell me those gals (and guys) are not supreme athletes! I dare you.

With that rant out of the way, growing up in the world of competitive cheer, cheerleading was my life, my identity! When the movie “Bring it On” came out, I was obsessed. I literally watched it every chance I could!

If you, too, love cheerleading, than this article is for you. Below are the best cheerleading movies and tv shows for cheer fans!

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Who is this list of cheerleading movies and shows for?

  • Cheerleaders, of course
  • Sleepover party with friends
  • Anyone who loves a good cheer-tastic movie
  • Past cheerleaders who are feeling nostalgic for their cheer days

What information is provided about each cheer movie in this selection?

  • The movie title and release year of the movie
  • Movie Image
  • Director
  • A list of actors in the movie
  • Genre
  • The MPAA rating
  • Link to the movie in IMDb – For movie reviews, where to stream, ratings, trailers and lots more.
  • A movie summary

Cheer Movies

1. Bring It On (2000)

  • Director: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku
  • Genre: Comedy, Sport
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

This iconic movie is like the Holy Grail of cheerleading films. It’s got rivalry, epic routines, and cheer drama galore. Follow the Toros and their quest for glory. It’s the one that started it all, and you’ll be chanting “Brr… it’s cold in here” before you know it!

And of course, all the “Bring it On” franchise movies should be on your watch list!

2. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

  • Director: Jamie Babbit
  • Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb
  • Streaming FREE on Tubi

Prepare for a quirky, satirical take on the cheer world. Follow Megan, a cheerleader in denial, as she navigates a conversion therapy camp. It’s a hilarious journey filled with love and self discovery. A must watch for those who like a unique twist on the cheer theme.

3. All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

  • Director: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
  • Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler
  • Genre: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb
  • Streaming FREE on Tubi

If you’re into supernatural twists, this is your jam. It’s cheer meets the undead, and it’s a wild ride. These cheerleaders have some seriously killer moves! Just be ready for some unexpected supernatural cheerleading mayhem.

4. Fired Up! (2009)

  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

Two high school dudes crash the cheerleading camp, thinking it’s a dream come true. But what they find is more than they bargained for. It’s a goofy comedy that’ll have you in stitches. Great for those who love a mix of sports and humor.

5. Death of a Cheerleader (2019)

  • Director: Paul Shapiro
  • Cast: Aubrey Peeples, Morgan Taylor Campbell, Sarah Dugdale
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: TV-14
  • IMDb: imdb
  • Streaming FREE on Tubi

This one’s a bit darker, diving into a murder mystery in a high school setting. When a cheerleader’s obsession goes too far, it leads to some pretty intense consequences. If you like a dash of suspense with your pom-poms, give it a shot.

6. Sugar and Spice (2001)

  • Director: Francine McDougall
  • Cast: Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Mena Suvari
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

In this movies, cheerleaders turned bank robbers. These high school cheerleaders cook up a plan to get rich, and it’s a hilarious ride. Think cheer moves meet heists!

7. Cheer Squad Secrets (2020)

  • Director: David Langlois
  • Cast: Margaret Anne Florence, Kelly Hope Taylor, Robert Palmer Watkins
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: TV-14
  • IMDb: imdb

This film goes behind the scenes of a college cheer squad. Expect secrets, rivalry, and all the drama you’d imagine in a cheer squad. If you’re all about the cheer world’s not so glittery side, this is your pick.

8. Jennifer’s Body (2009)

  • Director: Karyn Kusama
  • Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb

It’s not your typical cheerleading movie, but it’s got Megan Fox and a devilish twist. When Jennifer becomes a man eating demon, it’s up to her BFF to stop her. Its a supernatural cheerleader thriller with some dark comedy.

9. Going for Gold (2018)

  • Director: Clay Glen
  • Cast: Kelli Berglund, Emily Morris, Terry Rogers
  • Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: imdb

If you’re into dance and cheer combo, this one’s for you. Follow a young cheerleader who moves to Australia and gets into competitive dance. Expect plenty of drama, friendships, and wowing routines.

10. Gotta Kick It Up (2002)

  • Director: Ramón Menéndez
  • Cast: Camille Guaty, America Ferrera, Jhoanna Flores
  • Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
  • Rating: TV-G
  • IMDb: imdb

A group of middle school girls takes on cheerleading to uplift their community. This Disney Channel original movie brings the feels and showcases the power of teamwork, determination, and of course, some great dance moves.

11. The Cheerleaders (1973)

  • Director: Paul Glickler
  • Cast: Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, Jovita Bush
  • Genre: Comedy, Sport
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb
  • Streaming FREE on Tubi

Alright, let’s rewind to the ’70s, where this cult classic took the cheer world by storm. It’s got high school cheerleaders, a bit of scandal, and a whole lot of groovy vibes. Get ready for a retro cheer adventure!

12. Spirit Camp (2009)

  • Director: Kerry Beyer
  • Cast: Roxy Vandiver, Julin, Jordan Elsass
  • Genre: Horror, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb

This one is a wild mix of horror and cheer, a combo you never knew you needed. A cheer camp turns into a scream camp, and it’s a slasher fest with pom-poms. If you’re up for some spooky cheer, give it a go!

13. American Beauty (1999)

  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb

While not a cheerleading movie per se, it does feature a memorable cheer routine! This one’s more about suburban secrets and mid life crises, but it’s worth watching just for that cheer scene.

14. Man of the House (2005)

  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Christina Milian, Kelli Garner
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

Tommy Lee Jones becomes an unlikely cheer dad when he’s assigned to protect a group of college cheerleaders as an undercover agent. It’s a hilarious mix of cheerleading and crime solving, and it’s a whole lot of fun.

15. Cheerleader Camp (1988)

  • Director: John Quinn
  • Cast: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb

Another ’80s gem, this one takes us to a cheer camp where, surprise surprise, things take a gruesome turn. It’s a mix of laughs, screams, and cheer routines. Perfect for those who like a dash of horror with their spirit fingers.

16. The Replacements (2000)

  • Director: Howard Deutch
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton
  • Genre: Comedy, Sport
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

Imagine a bunch of misfits and has beens becoming a replacement football team with cheerleaders to match. It’s a laugh out- oud, underdog story with some quirky cheerleading moments. Keanu Reeves as a quarterback? You gotta see it!

17. Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal (2008)

  • Director: Tom McLoughlin
  • Cast: Jenna Dewan, Ashley Benson, Aimee Spring Fortier
  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Rating: TV-14
  • IMDb: imdb

Based on a true story, this one delves into the world of high school cheerleading, where ambition turns into a scandal. It’s got all the elements of drama and suspense that’ll keep you hooked.

18. Just One of the Girls (1993)

  • Director: Michael Keusch
  • Cast: Corey Haim, Nicole Eggert, Cameron Bancroft
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

Here’s a classic ’90s tale of mistaken identity where a teenage boy has to dress up as a girl to join the cheerleading team. It’s a recipe for hilarious chaos, and you’ll find yourself cheering for the underdog.

19. Gimme an F (1984)

  • Director: Paul Justman
  • Cast: Stephen Shellen, Michael Zelniker, Mark Keyloun
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb

A group of misfit cheerleaders takes on the college cheer competition. Think of it as a mix between “Revenge of the Nerds” and cheerleading. It’s an ’80s comedy that’s sure to make you smile.

20. Cheerleader Massacre (2003)

Cheerleader Massacre (2003) Directed by Jim Wynorski
  • Director: Jim Wynorski
  • Cast: Tamie Sheffield, Charity Rahmer, Erin Byron
  • Genre: Horror, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • IMDb: imdb

If you’re a fan of slasher flicks, this one’s for you. A group of cheerleaders on a weekend getaway faces a deadly threat. It’s a horror comedy with all the cheerleader clichés turned up to eleven. A perfect pick for a spooky movie night with your squad.

21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

  • Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui
  • Cast: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens
  • Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: imdb

Before Sarah Michelle Gellar’s iconic TV series, there was the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This ’90s gem features a high school cheerleader with a stake, ready to take on blood sucking foes. It’s a witty and fun flick that’ll have you rooting for the cheerleader who slays more than just routines.

22. American Cheerleader (2019)

  • Director: James Kicklighter
  • Cast: Cami Branson, Bill Hancock, Chelsey L. Dunbar
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • IMDb: imdb

This one takes a real life look into the world of cheerleading, following the journey of cheerleaders from all walks of life. It’s a documentary that’s sure to inspire and give you a newfound appreciation for the sport.

Cheer TV Series

23. Cheer (2020)

  • Cast: Monica Aldama, Jerry Harris, Gabi Butler
  • Number of Seasons: 1 season (2020)
  • Genre: Documentary, Reality
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • IMDb: imdb

If you’re all about the real deal cheerleading action, “Cheer” is your go to show. It’s a docuseries that takes you behind the scenes of the Navarro College cheer squad, showcasing the sweat, tears, and jaw dropping stunts. You’ll root for the team members and their charismatic coach, Monica.

24. Dare Me (2019)

  • Cast: Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen F. Guardiola, Marlo Kelly
  • Number of Seasons: 1 season (2019)
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • IMDb: imdb

“Dare Me” takes cheerleading and adds a dash of mystery and suspense. Set in a small town, this show follows the competitive and sometimes ruthless world of high school cheerleaders. It’s a rollercoaster of secrets, power plays, and friendships. Get ready for a cheerleading experience that’s anything but ordinary.

25. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (2006-Present)

  • Cast: Kelli Finglass, Judy Trammell, Jay Johnson
  • Number of Seasons: Ongoing (2006 – present)
  • Genre: Reality, Sport
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • IMDb: imdb

If you’re a fan of the iconic Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, this one’s a touchdown. “Making the Team” offers a look into the grueling audition process and the lives of the hopeful cheerleaders. With seasons spanning over a decade, it’s a cheer journey that’s still going strong.

26. The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders (2019)

  • Cast: Denise Richards, Savannah May, Alexandria DeBerry
  • Number of Seasons: 1 season (2019)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: TV-14
  • IMDb: imdb

This one’s all about the secrets lurking beneath the cheer uniforms. A new girl, a cheerleader, and a dash of mystery make for an intriguing high school drama. If you love a mix of cheer and teen suspense, this is one to add to your watchlist.

27. Hit the Floor (2013-2018)

  • Cast: Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Taylour Paige
  • Number of Seasons: 4 seasons (2013-2018)
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Rating: TV-14
  • IMDb: imdb

“Hit the Floor” combines the worlds of professional basketball and cheerleading. This drama series showcases the intense competition and drama behind the scenes. With four seasons to dive into, it’s a binge worthy blend of sports, dancing, and cheer antics.

28. Hellcats (2010-2011)

  • Cast: Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones
  • Number of Seasons: 1 season (2010-2011)
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Rating: TV-14
  • IMDb: imdb
  • Streaming FREE on Tubi

“Hellcats” brings together the worlds of college cheerleading and drama. Follow the journey of Marti, a law student turned cheerleader, as she navigates the ups and downs of the cheer world. With a mix of humor and heart, it’s a must watch for cheer fans.

29. Cheer Up (2015)

  • Cast: Jung Eun-ji, Lee Won-keun, Cha Hak-yeon
  • Number of Seasons: 1 season (2015)
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • IMDb: imdb

This K drama follows the story of a high school cheerleading club and their quest to win a national competition. Expect all the feels, including romance and the power of teamwork. “Cheer Up” is a heartwarming series that’ll have you cheering for the characters.

30. Cheer Squad (2016)

  • Cast: Ali Moffatt, Mackenzie Small, Carly Henderson
  • Number of Seasons: 2 seasons (2016-2017)
  • Genre: Reality, Sport
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • IMDb: imdb

If you’re into the world of competitive cheerleading, “Cheer Squad” is a perfect pick. This reality series gives you an inside look at the life of the Great White Sharks, one of the world’s top cheerleading teams. It’s a mix of drama, rivalry, and awe inspiring routines.

31. I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again (2018)

  • Cast: Nastia Liukin, Jamie Eason, Kelly Plunkett
  • Number of Seasons: 1 season (2018)
  • Genre: Reality
  • Rating: TV-G
  • IMDb: imdb

This reality show takes adults on a journey to regain their high school cheerleader physiques. It’s a mix of fitness, self discovery, and nostalgia. If you’re looking for inspiration to get back in shape and feel like a cheerleader again, this is your go to series.

BONUS Cheerleading Movies Streaming FREE on Tubi

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#1 Cheerleader Camp
The Cheerleader Murders
Cheerleader U
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

Thanks for reading this article for cheer movie and series inspiration!

If you’re looking for more teen movies and shows, than checkout our other articles for teens!

We also have an article on the 100 Best Family Movies for Movie Night you can checkout next!

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