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The Best College Movies Ever

Updated March 17, 2020 16.3k votes 1.9k voters 121.3k views120 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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    The Faculty
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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Carrie
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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    21

    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

    Released2008

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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    The Butterfly Effect
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    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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    Necessary Roughness
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    Necessary Roughness

    Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus

    Released1991

    Directed byStan Dragoti

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    Orange County
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    Orange County

    Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller

    Released2002

    Directed byJake Kasdan

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    Neighbors
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    Neighbors

    Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

    Released2014

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

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    Drumline
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    Drumline

    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    How High
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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    The Graduate
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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    EuroTrip
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    EuroTrip

    Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk

    Released2004

    Directed byJeff Schaffer, David Mandel, Alec Berg

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    Dead Man on Campus
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    Dead Man on Campus

    Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1998

    Directed byAlan Cohn

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    The House Bunny
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    The House Bunny

    Emma Stone, Kat Dennings

    Released2008

    Directed byFred Wolf

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    Zombieland
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    The Skulls
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    The Skulls

    Malin Åkerman, Paul Walker

    Released2000

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Crossroads
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    Crossroads

    Steve Vai, Jami Gertz

    Released1986

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Spider-Man 2
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    D3: The Mighty Ducks
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    D3: The Mighty Ducks

    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Lieberman

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    Mona Lisa Smile
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    Mona Lisa Smile

    Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Newell

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    Adventureland
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    Adventureland

    Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2009

    Directed byGreg Mottola

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    American Pie 2
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    American Pie 2

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released2001

    Directed byJames B. Rogers

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    The Fast and the Furious
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    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Scary Movie 2
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    Scary Movie 2

    Anna Faris, Tim Curry

    Released2001

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

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    Chasing Liberty
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    Mandy Moore, Mark Harmon

    Released2004

    Directed byAndy Cadiff

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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