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The Best College Movies Ever

Updated January 10, 2021 14.4k votes 2.0k voters 121.9k views141 items

List RulesFilms 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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    Old School

    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg

    Released2003

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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  • Good Will Hunting3
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • National Lampoon's Animal House4
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Back to School5
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    Back to School

    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Released1986

    Directed byAlan Metter

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    Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid

    Released2002

    Directed byWalt Becker

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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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    Accepted

    Blake Lively, Jonah Hill

    Released2006

    Directed bySteve Pink

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    Road Trip

    Amy Smart, Andy Dick

    Released2000

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Road Trip is a 2000 American road-comedy film written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong and...  more
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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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  • Rudy11
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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  • Legally Blonde12
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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    PCU

    David Spade, Jeremy Piven

    Released1994

    Directed byHart Bochner

    PCU is a 1994 American comedy film written by Adam Leff and Zak Penn and directed by Hart...  more
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    Monsters University

    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2013

    Directed byDan Scanlon

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    Real Genius

    Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase

    Released1985

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

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    The Social Network

    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Pitch Perfect17
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an...  more
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  • St. Elmo's Fire18
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    St. Elmo's Fire

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1985

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • A Beautiful Mind20
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    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • Son in Law21
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    Son in Law

    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser

    Released1993

    Directed bySteve Rash

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  • Wonder Boys22
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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes

    Released2000

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

    Released2008

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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  • Dead Man on Campus25
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    Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1998

    Directed byAlan Cohn

    This filmd is a 1998 dark comedy film starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tom Everett Scott. It...  more
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