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The Best Movies About Ivy League Schools 

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Updated May 18, 2020 1k votes 338 voters 47.5k views 30 items

List Rules Movies about or set at Ivy League schools. Vote up the best Ivy League films.

College days are some of the best (and worst) times of our lives. There’s nothing more exciting than making it out of high school alive, moving out of the parent’s house, drinking at parties all night, and you know, going to class (most of the time). Ivy League schools are the most prestigious in America, and while many students dream about attending, few are accepted each year. What are the best movies about Ivy League schools? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list have been ranked as the all time best movies about Ivy League schools. Many of the movies featured here were filmed on location at one of the Ivies. There are a variety of genres represented, so there's sure to be an option for whatever you're feeling like watching.
 
This list features the best movies about Ivy League schools including, The Social Network, Legally Blonde, The Skulls, and Good Will Hunting. Vote up the best movies about the Ivy League below or add one you love that isn't already on the list, then be sure to check out our list of good college movies.

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Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Fincher

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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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Ivy League Schools
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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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Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Luketic

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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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Ivy League Schools
GunturPrima added Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: 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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Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman

Released: 1973

Directed by: James Bridges

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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Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Landis

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whatShudMyNameB added Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Diora Baird

Released: 2006

Directed by: Steve Pink

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Malin Åkerman, Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson

Released: 2000

Directed by: Rob Cohen

The Skulls is a 2000 American psychological thriller film starring Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker and Leslie Bibb, directed by Rob Cohen. Its plot is based upon some of the conspiracy theories ...more

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Mandel

School Ties is a 1992 sports film directed by Robert Mandel starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp. ...more

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With Honors Brendan Fraser, Joe Pesci, Patrick Dempsey

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alek Keshishian

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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Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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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Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Makarand Deshpande

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker

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Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Dowling, Vic Gatto

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kevin Rafferty

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Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams

Released: 2014

Directed by: Justin Simien

Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. The film focuses on black students attending a college in America and stars Tyler James ...more
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Admissions Christopher Lloyd, Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Melissa Painter

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Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Beals, Chloë Sevigny

Released: 1998

Directed by: Whit Stillman

The Last Days of Disco is a 1998 sardonic comedy-drama film written and directed by Whit Stillman and loosely based on his travels and experiences in various nightclubs in Manhattan, including ...more
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Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

Released: 1986

Directed by: Savage Steve Holland

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Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen

Released: 1986

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward

Released: 2006

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi

Released: 2006

Directed by: Chris Robinson

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Sean Astin, Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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John Cho, Jerry Mathers, Sung Kang

Released: 2003

Directed by: Justin Lin

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The American Ruling Class Kurt Vonnegut, Pete Seeger, Bill Bradley

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Kirby

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Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

Released: 1994

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

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