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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    Love Story is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal

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    Lisa Jakub, Martin Hynes

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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    American Pie Presents: The Nak... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Movies Ever

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    Eugene Levy, Jessy Schram, Christopher McDonald

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    Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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    Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

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    Eugene Levy, Robbie Amell, Rachel Skarsten

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


    Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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    Brendan Fraser, Joe Pesci, Patrick Dempsey

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    Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

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    The Rules of Attraction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder

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    The Paper Chase is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman

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    Cameron Diaz, Laura Prepon, Jaime King

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    Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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


    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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


    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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    Dead Man on Campus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Jason Segel

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    Son in Law is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah

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

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    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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


    Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter

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    Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Diora Baird

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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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    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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


    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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


    Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Sophia Bush

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    Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel

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    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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


    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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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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    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell

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    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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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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