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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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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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#111 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #1,018 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #96 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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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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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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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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#1,185 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #176 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #126 of 992 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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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#60 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #14 of 493 The Funniest '90s Moviesfeaturing 'American Pie' Is A Nightmarish Vision Of Late '90s High School Life

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
teddybear1029 added 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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#335 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #1,426 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #310 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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American Pie 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Movies Ever
VFBundy added 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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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 18 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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#35 of 304 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #72 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songsfeaturing The Best Songs in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2

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

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 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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#207 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #669 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #321 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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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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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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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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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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