10 of the Best Movies About College Life
Psyched about heading to college? Get your friends together, grab a few snacks, and celebrate your future college life! We’ve rounded up ten of our favorite movies about the quintessential college experience — they may not all be entirely true to life, but isn’t there always a little fact in the fiction. We just hope you don’t end up with a Bluto wannabe as your roommate.
This clever comedy, starring up-and-coming actors Justin Long and Jonah Hill, is about what happens when a student doesn’t get into his favorite college: he decides to create his own. It may not exactly be credible, but you’re bound to find plenty of laughs in this lighthearted film.
Dead Man on Campus (1998).
In this dark comedy, two students on the verge of failing go looking for a suicidal roommate to exploit a little-known campus rule: any student whose roommate commits suicide will receive perfect grades for the semester. As you might imagine, things don’t go exactly as planned.
Road Trip (2000).
Starring Tom Green (whatever happened to him?) and a host of other notable names, this movie takes on the legendary college tradition of the road trip, filled with plenty of gross-out humor.
Revenge of the Nerds (1984).
This classic film of the 1980s is one championed by geeks and nerds everywhere. If your dream is to start the next Google, this is the movie for you.
Van Wilder (2002).
This National Lampoon film about a guy who spends seven years at college majoring in partying is full of fun.
Old School (2003).
This hilarious film, starring Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn, is about what happens when three middle-aged men try to recapture their college glory days.
Animal House (1978).
One of the all-time college classics, this movie frightened parents everywhere with its portrayal of hard-drinking and partying college students. As you’ll notice when you arrive at school, John Belushi is the official mascot of college boys everywhere—it’s time to get acquainted.
This gross-out college comedy features Jeremy Piven in a starring role, well before he entered the limelight for his infamous agent role on Entourage.
American Pie 2 (2001).
American Pie was a classic high school comedy, and its first sequel follows the whole gang to college for even more hilarious and often disgusting humor.
Technically, this is a TV show, not a movie—but we needed to include it anyway. Created by Judd Apatow (the director of 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up), and starring now-famous actors like Jason Siegel and Seth Rogen, this short-lived series offers an offbeat, sentimental, and hilarious look at college life that looks a lot like the real thing.