We love college movies! From the hilarious to the inspiring, we’ve picked our top ten favorites. From the classically wild frat party, to the studious nerd in search of cool, to the people who fight through tough challenges to get their degree, we love them all!
So grab some popcorn during a study break and load up these favorites.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
The classic college frat movie of the 70s follows the pledges of Delta House as their frat fights Dean Wormer for the right to stay on campus. Directed by John Landis
this film stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Reigert, Karen Allen, and a young Kevin Bacon if you watch carefully.
Back to School (1986)
Worried his son won’t attend college, a self-made millionaire who never had a formal education enrolls in college himself—and learns it’s more work than he thought. This goofy movie includes the famous quote, “And so, to all you graduates, as you go out into the world, my advice to you is … Don’t go! It’s rough out there! Stay in school!”
School Daze (1988)
Spike Lee’s classic look at social and political life at a historically African-American college using a familiar story: a student lacking in cool seeks to pledge the most popular fraternity. Tackling subjects ranging from student activism to hazing to the tricky relationships people have in college, this is an excellent look at college experience.
This movie is all heart! It follows the story of Rudy, a determined young man who wants to play college football for Notre Dame. Despite being told he’s too small to play at the college level, Rudy persists. A great movie about perseverance and commitment, it will charm you.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Featuring one of Robin Williams’ best performances, this film which brought Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to prominence centers around a brilliant math student and the psychologist who helps him deal with the emotional trauma of his past.
Legally Blonde (2001)
After being dumped by her boyfriend as he heads off to law school, a fashion-obsessed sorority queen decides to go to pack up and attend Harvard Law to prove she’s nobody’s fool. Hilarious and insightful, this one’s a modern classic.
A classic fish-out-of-water movie, this movie tells the story of a young Harlem street drummer getting recruited to play in the drum line of a college marching band at a southern university. This movie will get you on your feet cheering.
Old School (2003)
In this hysterically funny movie, three old college buddies find themselves dissatisfied with adult life, so they attempt to recapture the glory of their college days by opening a fraternity on the campus of their alma mater. Featuring a breakout star turn by Will Ferrel.
The Social Network (2010)
A fictionalized look at the birth of Facebook on Harvard’s campus in 2003, this riveting movie features an incredible script by Aaron Sorkin. A fascinating look at what has led to an incredible revolution in communication and community.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
A comedy for music lovers, Pitch Perfect tells the story of the Bellas, an all-girl acapella college singing group, as they face off their male rivals. Full of quirky characters and pitch perfect one-liners, this movie is a blast (and Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t bad either!).
What’s your favorite college movie? Let us know!