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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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Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland
National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more

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#170 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #10 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmsfeaturing Behind The Scenes Stories From 'Animal House' That Are Way More Insane Than The Movie

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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards
Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia ...more

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#1,018 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #96 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #105 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell
Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more

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#37 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #346 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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#140 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #221 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtrackslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Road Trip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel
Road Trip is a 2000 American road-comedy film written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong and directed by Phillips. The film, featuring an ensemble cast including Breckin Meyer, Seann William ...more

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#1,190 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #134 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison
Back to School is a 1986 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. It was ...more

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#1,038 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #134 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #229 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Sophia Bush
National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a 2002 comedy film directed by Walt Becker that stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character. The film also stars Kal Penn, Tara Reid, and Daniel Cosgrove. It ...more

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#1,454 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #640 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth
American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

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#381 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #61 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timefeaturing 'American Pie' Is A Nightmarish Vision Of Late '90s High School Life

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Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman
Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. The film is set on the campus of Pacific Tech, a technical university similar to ...more

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#732 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing 'Real Genius' Is A Bizarre Relic Of The '80s That's Way Darker Than You Rememberlisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography
Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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#430 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #285 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timefeaturing Things About The Real Rudy That The 'Rudy' Movie Purposely Misrepresents

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Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider
The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter ...more

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#73 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmsfeaturing The Most Hilarious Quotes From 'The Waterboy'listed on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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Accepted is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Diora Baird
Accepted is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Steve Pink and written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Mark Perez. The plot follows a group of high school graduates who create their own ...more

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#245 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #185 of 257 The Best Teen Romance Movies

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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

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#18 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books #389 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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David Spade, Jeremy Piven, Jon Favreau filmography
PCU is a 1994 American comedy film written by Adam Leff and Zak Penn and directed by Hart Bochner about college life at the fictional Port Chester University, and represents "an exaggerated ...more

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#565 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #540 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. Sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) decides to enroll in Harvard Law School ...more

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#279 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #161 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
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Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah
22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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#536 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #310 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow
Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal
Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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#78 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #301 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #18 of 56 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson
St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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#673 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #318 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
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Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth
American Pie 2 is a 2001 American comedy film and the sequel to the 1999 film American Pie and the second film in the American Pie film series. It was written by Adam Herz and directed by James ...more

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#1,111 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #492 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #275 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser, Carla Gugino
Son in Law is a 1993 American comedy film starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett, Tiffani Thiessen, Patrick Renna, Dan Gauthier and Dennis Burkley.

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#915 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #91 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more

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#112 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #239 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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21 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne
21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, and Aaron Yoo. The film is inspired ...more

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#44 of 53 The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories #16 of 41 The Greatest Movies About Making Money

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Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Jason Segel
This filmd is a 1998 dark comedy film starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tom Everett Scott. It centers on the urban legend that a student gets straight As if his or her roommate who take his own ...more
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Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies
How High is a 2001 stoner film starring Method Man and Redman, written by Dustin Lee Abraham, and director Jesse Dylan's debut feature film. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film ...more

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