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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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    Old School
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    Old School

    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg

    Released2003

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Revenge of the Nerds
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

    Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Good Will Hunting
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    National Lampoon's Animal House
    572
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Back to School
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    Back to School

    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Released1986

    Directed byAlan Metter

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    National Lampoon's Van Wilder
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    144

    National Lampoon's Van Wilder

    Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid

    Released2002

    Directed byWalt Becker

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    The Waterboy
    282
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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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    Accepted
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    Accepted

    Blake Lively, Jonah Hill

    Released2006

    Directed bySteve Pink

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    Road Trip
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    Road Trip

    Amy Smart, Andy Dick

    Released2000

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Road Trip is a 2000 American road-comedy film written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Rudy
    272
    134

    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    22 Jump Street
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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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    Legally Blonde
    269
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    PCU
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    PCU

    David Spade, Jeremy Piven

    Released1994

    Directed byHart Bochner

    PCU is a 1994 American comedy film written by Adam Leff and Zak Penn and directed by Hart... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Monsters University
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    Monsters University

    Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2013

    Directed byDan Scanlon

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  • 15
    Pitch Perfect
    206
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

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    Real Genius
    198
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    Real Genius

    Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase

    Released1985

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

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    Scream
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    Scream

    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 18
    Dead Poets Society
    143
    81

    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • 19
    The Social Network
    225
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    The Social Network

    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    American Pie
    378
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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

    American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Beautiful Mind
    75
    32

    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Scream 2
    64
    38

    Scream 2

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox

    Released1997

    Directed byWes Craven

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    St. Elmo's Fire
    153
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    St. Elmo's Fire

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1985

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Wonder Boys
    110
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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes

    Released2000

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Son in Law
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    Son in Law

    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser

    Released1993

    Directed bySteve Rash

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