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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 House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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359 104
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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361 115
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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261 102
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Back to School Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison

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284 112
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Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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292 130
American Pie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
American Pie Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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241 148
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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221 115
Rudy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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169 105
Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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

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The Waterboy Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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178 157
The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
The Social Network Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

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PCU David Spade, Jeremy Piven, Jon Favreau filmography

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187 123
Accepted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Accepted Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Diora Baird

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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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PeteBoyle added Monsters University Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

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136 110
Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
teddybear1029 added 22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah

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78 36
The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
wiabux added The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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91 65
American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
VFBundy added American Pie 2 Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

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21 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
21 Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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Son in Law Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino

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Dead Man on Campus Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Jason Segel

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77 103
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How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

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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
bojanthebest added Necessary Roughness Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

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The Paper Chase Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman

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51 105
Slackers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Slackers Cameron Diaz, Laura Prepon, Jaime King

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

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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

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Orange County is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
wiabux added Orange County Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, Jack Black

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41 88
With Honors is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
With Honors Brendan Fraser, Joe Pesci, Patrick Dempsey

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EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
sally added EuroTrip Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg

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61 127
American Pie Presents: Beta Ho... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
American Pie Presents: Beta House Eugene Levy, Robbie Amell, Rachel Skarsten

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Mona Lisa Smile Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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The Freshman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
The Freshman Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
wiabux added The Great Debaters Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
The Absent-Minded Professor Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

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Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
wiabux added Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile Eugene Levy, Jessy Schram, Christopher McDonald

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God's Not Dead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
God's Not Dead Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Franklin Graham

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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The Sure Thing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
The Sure Thing John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Nicollette Sheridan

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George Lucas in Love is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
George Lucas in Love Lisa Jakub, Martin Hynes