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The Best Movies About Nerds

Updated September 15, 2020 5.6k votes 631 voters 27.2k views40 items

List RulesFilms about geeks, weirdos, and big ol' nerds. Vote up the best movies about nerds.

Who doesn’t have a favorite nerd? And who doesn't have a favorite nerd movie? The best nerd movies either reminds us of a part of ourselves that we try so hard to avoid letting others see, or just make us flat out feel more secure about our own quirks and personalities! What are the best movies about nerds? This list has the best of the best movies with nerds on the big screen.

The movies on this list discuss nerds in one way or another, fore example, there are both nerd comedy movies and nerd romance movies on this list. Some of them feature classic all-time favorite nerds that will forever be in our hearts. Most of the flicks on this list are more comedy based rather than dramatic. But still, there are a few here that will satisfy your drama cravings. No matter what you want from your nerd movies, there will be something on this list for you.

This list features the best nerdy movies, including: Weird Science, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Can’t Hardly Wait, and Never Been Kissed. Vote up your favorite movie below or add a movie about huge nerds that you love, if isn't already on the list.

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    The Goonies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Breakfast Club
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Office Space
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    Office Space

    Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley

    Released1999

    Directed byMike Judge

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    Wayne's World
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    Wayne's World

    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers

    Released1992

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

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    Superbad
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    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

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    Revenge of the Nerds
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin
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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings

    Released2005

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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    American Pie
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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Spider-Man
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Young Frankenstein
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • 13
    Short Circuit
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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Weird Science
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 15
    Rushmore
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    Rushmore

    Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel

    Released1998

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Ghost World
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    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

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    Sixteen Candles
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Can't Hardly Wait
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    Can't Hardly Wait

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart

    Released1998

    Directed byDeborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

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  • 20
    Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 21
    Almost Famous
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • 22
    Lucas
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    Lucas

    Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Seltzer

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    Superstar
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    Superstar

    Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon

    Released1999

    Directed byBruce McCulloch

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    Never Been Kissed
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Paper Towns
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    Paper Towns

    Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

    Released2015

    Directed byJake Schreier

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