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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    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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    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


    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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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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    Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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    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


    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


    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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    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


    Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter

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    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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    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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    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    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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    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


    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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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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    The Paper Chase is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Movies Ever


    Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman

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    Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

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    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


    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


    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


    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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    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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    Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

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    Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Franklin Graham

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    John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Nicollette Sheridan

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    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster thrilling photo graphy

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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    Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco

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    Bing Crosby, Tuesday Weld, Yvonne Craig

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    Burt Reynolds, Seth Green, Matthew Lillard

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