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The Best Movies About Nerds

Updated December 18, 2020 4.7k votes 648 voters 28.3k views93 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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  • Weird Science1
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • The Goonies2
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Back to the Future3
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Breakfast Club4
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Wayne's World5
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    Wayne's World

    Alice Cooper, Mike Myers

    Released1992

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

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  • Office Space6
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    Office Space

    Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley

    Released1999

    Directed byMike Judge

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  • Superbad7
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    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

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  • Revenge of the Nerds8
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin9
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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings

    Released2005

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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  • American Pie10
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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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  • Role Models11
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    Role Models

    Elizabeth Banks, Louis C.K.

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Wain

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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids12
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • WarGames13
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Short Circuit14
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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Real Genius15
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    Real Genius

    Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase

    Released1985

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

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  • Sixteen Candles16
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Can't Hardly Wait17
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    Can't Hardly Wait

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart

    Released1998

    Directed byDeborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

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  • Almost Famous18
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    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring...  more

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  • Superstar19
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    Superstar

    Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon

    Released1999

    Directed byBruce McCulloch

    Superstar is a 1999 comedy film and Saturday Night Live spin-off about a quirky, socially...  more
  • Lucas20
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    Lucas

    Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Seltzer

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  • Never Been Kissed21
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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  • Paper Towns22
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    Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

    Released2015

    Directed byJake Schreier

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  • Rocket Science23
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    Rocket Science

    Anna Kendrick, Jonah Hill

    Released2007

    Directed byJeffrey Blitz

    Rocket Science is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz, and...  more
  • Speech & Debate24
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    Liam James, Sarah Steele

    Released2017

    Directed byDan Harris

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  • It's Kind of a Funny Story25
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    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    Emma Roberts, Viola Davis

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Fleck, Anna Boden

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