The Best College Movies Ever

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List Criteria: Films about / set in college or featuring university students, classes, dorms, etc.

Any true college student should watch each of these college movies at least once. However we recommend watching each movie several times in order to be able to quote them on command. Some are so classic they're being made into musicals. These are the best college movies ever and they feature things that every college student would understand: booze, ditching class and chasing the opposite sex. These are movies every college student should see at least once. If you are out of college and you miss it, these films about college life may just transport you back to your student days. These are the best college movies ever.

What is your favorite university film? Also be sure to see Ranker's list of All College Movies.
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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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    Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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    Old School is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Old School Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell

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    Back to School is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Road Trip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Road Trip Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel

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    Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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    American Pie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    National Lampoon's Van Wilder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    National Lampoon's Van Wilder Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Sophia Bush

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    The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    The Waterboy Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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    The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    The Social Network Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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    PCU is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    David Spade, Jeremy Piven, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Diora Baird

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    Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter

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    St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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    Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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    American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    American Pie 2 Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    21 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    21 Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Son in Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino

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    Dead Man on Campus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Jason Segel

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    22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah

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    How High is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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    Drumline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    Necessary Roughness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Necessary Roughness Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

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    The Paper Chase is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Cameron Diaz, Laura Prepon, Jaime King

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    Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Wonder Boys Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

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    Brendan Fraser, Joe Pesci, Patrick Dempsey

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    The Rules of Attraction is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    The Rules of Attraction Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder

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    Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Mona Lisa Smile is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Mona Lisa Smile Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    Eugene Levy, Robbie Amell, Rachel Skarsten

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    Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

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    American Pie Presents: The Nak... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Eugene Levy, Jessy Schram, Christopher McDonald

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    The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    The Great Debaters Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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    Love Story is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal

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    EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    EuroTrip Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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    The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    The Absent-Minded Professor Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

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    Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Franklin Graham

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    The Sure Thing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    The Sure Thing John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Nicollette Sheridan

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    The Fast and the Furious Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster thrilling photo graphy

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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    Spring Breakers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Spring Breakers Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco

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    Michelle Williams, Anna Friel, Anna Popplewell

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    Bing Crosby, Tuesday Weld, Yvonne Craig

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