A Definitive List of the Best College Movies
These films run the gamut from legendary love stories and frat house comedies to relatable tales of post-grad struggles.
This tearjerker stars Ryan O'Neal as a wealthy Harvard undergrad and Ali MacGraw as a working-class Radcliffe student who fall in love and marry despite their parents' wishes. The story, and the iconic 1970s costumes, have made this film a classic.
Reese Witherspoon stars as a sorority girl from Los Angeles who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School, and, against all expectations, graduates at the top of her class.
National Lampoon's Animal House
Long considered one of the best comedies ever made, this movie follows the escapades of a misfit fraternity that wreaks havoc after their frat is placed on probation.
The Way We Were
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford star as a Marxist activist and an athletic WASP who first meet during college but reunite and fall in love years after graduation.
A recent college graduate, played by Dustin Hoffman, is seduced by an older woman and ultimately ends up falling for her daughter.
Revenge of the Nerds
This 1984 movie follows a crew of computer science students who stand up to a group of bullying fraternity bros.
Based on the 1963 novel by Mary McCarthy, The Group follows eight graduates from Vassar College's class of 1933 as they navigate life in New York City after university. The film starred a young Candice Bergen and Jessica Walter.
Michael Douglas appears in this movie as a college professor who is struggling to finish his novel. Tobey Maguire and Katie Holmes play his students.
St. Elmo's Fire
Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and Andrew McCarthy front this Brat Pack movie which tells the story of Georgetown grads who struggle to adjust to post-collegiate life.
The Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis plays an awkward college professor who discovers a serum that makes him handsome.
This crazier-than-fiction film chronicles the wild escapades of four friends who travel through Europe during their last summer before college.
Breakout star Greta Gerwig plays a lost college graduate living in New York City who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. She ends up returning home when she can no longer afford to pay her rent.
Good Will Hunting
An M.I.T. professor and a therapist (Robin Williams) mentor the school's young janitor (Matt Damon) after discovering that he's a self-taught genius.
Into the Wild
The film, based on the nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer, follows Christopher McCandless, an Emory graduate who leaves the life he has known to travel across America and the Alaskan wilderness.
Mona Lisa Smile
An outspoken young professor (played by Julia Roberts) begins teaching at Wellesley College in the 1950s and encourages her students to aim for more in life than marriage.
Pitch Perfect 1, 2, and 3 (which hits theaters later this year) follow a college a capella group as the members compete in competitions at their school and abroad.
Take Me Home Tonight
Though filmed in 2010, the movie takes place in 1988 and chronicles the hijinks of recent college graduates who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives.
The Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg in this dramatic retelling of Facebook's tumultuous inception. Sean Parker, the social platform's first president, is portrayed by Justin Timberlake.
Lena Dunham’s first film tells the story of a recent graduate who is dumped by her boyfriend and moves back in with her parents after she struggles to adapt to life after graduation.
The volatile relationship between a jazz student (Miles Teller) and his abusive instructor (J.K. Simmons) earned Whiplash three Academy Awards and multiple nominations.
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