We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 college movies of all time. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Pitch Perfect (2012) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
Beca is a freshman at Barden University who’s convinced to join The Bellas, an all-girls a cappella group in desperate need of a reboot. Their rivals, the all-male Treblemakers, are favored to win the national singing competition, but Beca has a few tricks up her sleeves.
Director: Jason Moore
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson
9. Animal House (1978) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes
The original frat comedy finds Delta Tau Chi fraternity about to be expelled from Faber College. The Dean enlists the obnoxious white boy frat to help get rid of them, but the Delta House has other plans. It’s a classic frat vs dean story that’s been copied dozens of times since.
Director: John Landis
Starring: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce
8. Accepted (2006) 37% at Rotten Tomatoes
After being rejected for every school he applies for, a high school senior creates a fictional one. Soon students are lining up to enroll at the South Harmon Institute of Technology, and they have to make it look like a real school. This gets more and more difficult as the semester rolls on, but the life lessons learned in this unorthodox college are priceless for the students attending.
Director: Steve Pink
Starring: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively
7. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002) 19% at Rotten Tomatoes
Van Wilder is the most popular guy on campus, but he’s been there for seven years. He spends most of his time partying and refuses to graduate. A young journalism student named Gwen helps him understand his fears and sets him on a path to future success.
Director: Walt Becker
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson
6. How High (2001) 27% at Rotten Tomatoes
Stoners Jamal and Silas smoke some weed that gives them visions of of their dead friend. He helps them ace their college entrance exams and lands them in Harvard. They’re fish out of water and hated by the old guard, but they still find success using their natural skills and aptitude for sports and weed.
Director: Jesse Dylan
Starring: Method Man, Redman, Lark Voorhies
5. Road Trip (2000) 57% at Rotten Tomatoes
Josh and Tiffany are childhood sweethearts, but when Josh accidentally makes and mails a sex tape of him with a blonde girl, he sets out on a road trip with his friends to stop her from seeing it. Laughs ensue as the classic college road trip unravels.
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Tom Green
4. Old School (2003) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Mitch’s girlfriend cheats on him, he gets a house on a college campus. Soon he and his friends are reliving their glory days by starting a fraternity, much to the chagrin of the school’s dean, played by PCU‘s slimy midget Jeremy Pivens.
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn
3. Higher Learning (1995) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two decades before Dear White People shined a light on race relations in the U.S., Singleton’s Higher Learning set the bar. This movie has all the elements of racial and sexual tension experienced by college students both today and yesterday. It’s a true classic from the 90s, still unmatched today.
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport
2. The Social Network (2010) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Mark Zuckerberg is a Harvard student working on a social networking site while in college. It later becomes Facebook, one of the most powerful companies on the planet. Of course, that type of success comes with attacks from nearly everyone involved in the site’s early years.
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
1. Revenge of the Nerds (1984) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes
Gilbert and Lewis are nice guys, but seen as nerds and constantly harassed by the jocks. They decide to join a fraternity to defend themselves and show that technology and science can overcome pure brawn. It’s a very 80s movie that’ll leave you laughing even today.
Director: Jeff Kanew
Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong