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The Best College Movies Ever  

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List Rules 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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Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones
Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band, was written by Tina ...more
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more
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Slackers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Cameron Diaz, Laura Prepon, Jaime King
Slackers is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Dewey Nicks and stars Jason Schwartzman, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, and Michael Maronna.
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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard
A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more
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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
wiabux added Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more
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EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
sally added Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg
EuroTrip is a 2004 American-European teen comedy adventure film written by Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, and directed by Schaffer. The film stars Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, ...more
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Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Krmickey97 added Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen
Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, with Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and ...more
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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham
Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more
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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen
The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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The House Bunny is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Krmickey97 added Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Anna Faris
The House Bunny is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Fred Wolf, written by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz, and starring Anna Faris as a former Playboy bunny who signs up to be the ...more
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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Krmickey97 added Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more
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Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder
The Rules of Attraction is a 2002 black comedy film written and directed by Roger Avary, based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, ...more
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Necessary Roughness is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
bojanthebest added Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland
Necessary Roughness is a 1991 sports comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti in his final film. The film stars Scott Bakula, Héctor Elizondo, Robert Loggia, and Harley Jane Kozak. Co-stars ...more
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Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman
The Paper Chase is a 1973 film starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman, directed by James Bridges. Based on John Jay Osborn, Jr.'s 1970 novel, The Paper Chase, it tells the ...more
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Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and ...more
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With Honors is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
With Honors Brendan Fraser, Joe Pesci, Patrick Dempsey
With Honors is a 1994 comedy-drama film starring Joe Pesci and Brendan Fraser. The film was directed by Alek Keshishian, who has more famously directed music videos for Madonna and Bobby Brown.
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Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas
Wonder Boys is an American 2000 comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. The film was based on the novel of the same title by Michael Chabon. Michael Douglas stars as ...more
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American Pie Presents: Beta Ho... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Eugene Levy, Robbie Amell, Rachel Skarsten
American Pie Presents: Beta House is a 2007 American teen comedy film released by Universal Pictures. It is the third spin-off in the American Pie film series and the sequel to American Pie ...more
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Eugene Levy, Jessy Schram, Christopher McDonald
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile is a 2006 American teen comedy film released by Universal Pictures. It is the second installment in the American Pie Presents series and fifth installment ...more
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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Krmickey97 added Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more
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Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal
Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more
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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Krmickey97 added Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman
The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular ...more
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The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Amit SIngh added Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
thrilling photo graphy The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first ...more
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Scary Movie 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Krmickey97 added Anna Faris, Tim Curry, James Woods
Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American horror comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and the second film in the Scary Movie franchise. Four teens are tricked by their professor into visiting a ...more