Top 12 Best College Movies !

College is the most impressionable time in one’s life, at least for the financially successful, loan-securing, and pretty ambitious among us. This phase is pretty much memorable because it’s the first feeling of freedom as most people get apart from home, their parents, and from everything that has surrounded them for the initial 18 years of their lives. Scriptwriters and filmmakers look for such college concepts to compose what they had ever been through.

These Hollywood makers make movies about how it’s like to pursue a qualification in liberal arts, how they do sex a bunch, make friends, or develop a huge battle with the mean fellowship. Such college-based movies give us such a nostalgic feel that takes us back to our college time. So if you want to revive those beautiful moments again, then here we are with the best college dramas ever made in Hollywood.

Which is the best 90’s College Based Movie?

Real Genius (1985) is the best 90’s College Based Movies directed by Martha Coolidge.

Which is the latest College Based Movie?

Life of the Party (2018), as directed by Ben Falcone.
After a sudden breakup, Deanna (McCarthy) finds herself suffering a mid-life crisis and decides to enroll in college.

12. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Produced by: Lawrence Bender
Release Date: December 5, 1997
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard (Dune), Minnie Driver
Production Companies: Miramax, A Band Apart
Budget: 1 crore USD
Box Office: 22.59 crores USD
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

Matt Damon, a native of Boston, co-wrote and played the lead in “Good Will Hunting,” an award-winning movie about a man with a genius IQ who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and gets life advice from a psychologist. It propelled Damon and his writing partner Ben Affleck to fame won Robin Williams his only Academy Award nomination, and have become director Gus Van Sant’s highly grossed movie to date, grossing $263.5 million in total. Universities broadcast “Good Will Hunting” during welcome-week activities, and locals visit filming locations across the city, which is still hugely popular among Boston college students more than 20 years later.

11. The Social Network (2010)

Directed by: David Fincher (Love Death and Robots)
Produced by: Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti
Release Date: November 12, 2010
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures
Budget: $40 million 
Box Office: $224 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

“The Social Network,” based on the true story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, explores the genesis of the life-changing social networking site while Zuckerberg was a Harvard student. The movie received favorable reviews upon its initial release, and Harvard students at the time praised the film’s portrayal of undergraduate life, calling it a relatable story. “The Social Network” won three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, despite Zuckerberg’s dissatisfaction with some of the liberties used with his storyline by the producers.

10. Old School (2003)

Directed by: Todd Phillips
Produced by: Daniel Goldberg, Joe Medjuck
Release Date: February 21, 2003
Starring: Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell (Dead to Me), Vince Vaughn (Immoral Compass)
Production Companies: The Montecito Picture Company
Budget: $24 million
Box Office: $87 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

What’s it all about: This is one of the best college comedies deconstructing what college is all about, and this one assumes that college is only great in retrospect, with the bright tint of nostalgia and obscuring the truth. A guy (Luke Wilson) abandons his cheating wife and transfers into a house next to a college campus. His associates offer him a wild party, and Wilson’s character is directed to move because the house is zoned for students-only housing. They make the home a frat house, i.e., party center. Wilson and Vaughn use the short return to university life to start their lives, while Ferrell, as Frank the Tank, encompasses it fully and looks foolish in the whole movie. It’s Ferrell’s breakout movie role and symbolic of the characters he’d masterfully and frequently play the immature idiot who is unaware of his mediocrity.

9. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Directed by: Jeff Kanew
Produced by: Ted Field, Peter Samuelson
Release Date: July 20, 1984
Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley
Production Companies: Interscope Communications
Budget: $6-8 million
Box Office: $60.4 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

What’s it all about: It’s a classic story of good versus bad, or rather the two traits of the student-life color as ‘80s pop culture would have it: jocks and nerds. The film’s plot chronicles a society of nerds at the fictional Adams College seeking to stop the ongoing torment by the jock fraternity, the Alpha Betas, in addition to the latter’s sister sorority, Pi Delta Pi.

The nerds (Lewis, Gilbert, Dudley) are social dropouts who wear pocket fronts and high-water pants. The nerds from their quasi-fraternity, and later the jocks hold on trying to turn with the nerds as they are jocks, and that’s what jocks do. But by the end, how nerds take over the game and their collaboration with the jocks are quite fascinating to look ahead, which will take you to the time where pole apart people sometimes lead to the best people you will ever meet.

8. Legally Blonde (2001)

Directed by: Robert Luketic
Produced by: Marc Platt, Ric Kidney
Release Date: October 5, 2001
Starring: Reese Witherspoon (From Scratch), Luke Wilson, Selma Blair (Another Life), Matthew Davis
Production Companies: Type A Films, Marc Platt production
Budget: $18 million
Box Office: $141.8 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

What’s it all about: Reese Witherspoon had been in a few big films before the college-set Legally Blonde — like Election, apparently the best high-school movie ever produced. Witherspoon represents Elle Woods, a sorority girl who tries to win her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III by acquiring a Juris Doctor honor at Harvard Law School. In the process, she overcomes stereotypes toward blondes and triumphs as a prosperous lawyer through calm self-confidence.

Everyone starts to fall in love with her as she nailed her mark of really funny mixed with her attractive personality. Elle soon meets Warner but finds he is engaged to his former girlfriend, Vivian Kensington, who thinks Elle a fool. Later, Elle tells him that she plans to practice for one of her professor’s internships, but Warner taunts her that she is draining her time because she is not intelligent enough. Realizing that Warner will never get her back or take her sincerely, Elle finds motivation to justify herself by pulling hard and demonstrating her knowledge of the subject.

7. Neighbors (2014)

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Produced by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Release Date: May 9, 2014 (United States)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron (High School Musical), Rose Byrne (Physical)
Production Companies: Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe
Budget: $18 million
Box Office: $270.7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

What’s it all about: This is a college-adjacent drama about a young family which is unlucky enough to live next to a frat house. College is a foam of life, and it turns out that college buddies act that way even when they’re communicating with the real world. The outcome: A fellowship of jerks, populated by the similarities of Zac Efron and Dave Franco, wages war with Seth Rogen (Pam and Tommy) and Rose Byrne, adults who need to get some sleep and live their nights in peace and not have to attend parties or deal with dumb fraternity jokes. The overall story revolves around the differences of opinion between college students and their neighbors, making the movie more interesting with lots of comedy cracks.

6. Real Genius (1985)

Directed by: Martha Coolidge
Produced by: Brian Grazer (On Pointe Docuseries Producer)
Release Date: August 7, 1985
Starring: Val Kilmer (Willow), Gabe Jarret
Production Companies: Delphi III Productions
Budget: $8 million
Box Office: $13 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

What’s it all about: Remember fun Val Kilmer, an actor on his weird wavelength high before Christopher and Nicolas Cage grew walking memes? He’s the best and eternally was in this comedy. Kilmer plays the role of Chris Knight, a chilled-out guy, even a super-genius finishing up his way at a prestigious scientific institute but declining to burn out on the enormous pressure to help an evil educator.

The film is set on Pacific Tech, a science and engineering university like Caltech. The Order star Chris Knight (Kilmer) is a genius in senior year serving on a chemical laser. A new student, Mitch Taylor (Jarret), is on campus and is teamed up with Knight to work on the project. It’s an irrational, sci-fi take on college, but his overall college experiences make the movie most joyous to watch.

5. Damsels in Distress (2012)

Directed by: Whit Stillman
Produced by: Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer
Release Date: April 6, 2012 (United States)
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody (Shazam), Analeigh Tipton
Production Companies: Sony Pictures Classics
Budget: $3 million
Box Office: $1.3 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

What’s it all about: The great Whit Stillman utilizes his weird erudition to college, where there is a small association of women. Newly transferred college-junior Lily becomes buddies with Violet, Heather, and Rose, a clique that works the campus’s suicide prevention center. Throughout the film, the four girls date less engaging men to help the men’s self-esteem; they try to clean up the “unwashed” Doar Dorm; they clash with the director of the campus newspaper The Daily Complainer, who wants to shut down the “elitist” Roman letter fellowships; and finally, they try to begin a new dance fashion, called The Sambola! As depicted in the movie, all such situations make it a worth watch and give you a total college life experience.

4. Wonder Boys (2000)

Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Produced by: Curtis Hanson, Scott Rudin
Release Date: February 25, 2000
Starring: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire (Civil War Movies star), Frances McDormand(The French Dispatch)
Production Companies: BBC FILMS
Budget: $55 million
Box Office: $33.4 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

What’s it all about: It’s the rare college movie ever produced from the point of view, but not from a student; it’s from a college professor. Michael Douglas(The Kominsky Method) plays Grady Tripp’s role, the be-scarfed idea of a Serious Writer leaning on his laurels and his tenure by barely developing creative writing at a small Northeastern liberal arts school. (Also, Pittsburgh has grown to be the most attractive college town in the world.)

Of course, the sequel to his Great American Best-seller is an out-of-control disorder, and his brilliant scholars are outpacing him, and that freaks him out. This movie depicts how a college professor tries to overcome his writer’s block and finish his novel while dealing with divorce, his affair with the chancellor’s wife, a thieving student, and his publisher. Wonder Boys shows what it’s like to be old and fade away in a place that is all about the future and potential.

3. 22 Jump Street (2014)

Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller (Executive Producers of Bless the Harts Season 3)
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill
Release Date: June 13, 2014 (United States)
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum (Step Up High Water), Peter Stormare, Ice Cube
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Budget: $50–84.5 million
Box Office: $331.3 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

What’s it all about: Surprisingly, a sequel to a remake/comic story of a bad ’80s TV show would examine one of the most delicate and perhaps relatable parts of college life:

22 Jump Street is an American buddy action comedy movie directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The series to the 2012 movie 21 Jump Street is based on the same name’s television series. The plot follows police officers Schmidt and Jenko as they go undercover at a college to find a new drug supplier. How, by the end, Jenko realized Schmidt that he still wants to be a police officer as he believes their differences help their partnership, and how they are claiming to have a new mission undercover at a medical school made the movie full of suspense and full of comedy.

This film received positive reviews, with some critics calling it one of the best comedy sequels of all time, and grossed $331 million worldwide.

2. Animal House (1978)

Directed by: John Landis (Coming to America)
Produced by: Matty Simmons, Ivan Reitman
Release Date: July 28, 1978
Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson (Virgin River 2), John Vernon
Production Companies: Universal Pictures
Budget: $3 million
Box Office: $141.6 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

What’s it all about: There have been many frat movies since Animal House came out in 1978; some of them were produced, like Animal House, under the “National Lampoon” banner. Animal House caught the unbridled crudity of Greek college life and the National Lampoon journal at its height. There’s also that picture where the white fraternity guys run away from scary African-American people who are scary because they are African-American, besides Bluto’s Peeping Tom antics and the “funny twist” about how one persona has been leading on an affair with a 13-year-old girl makes the whole movie very engaging by the end. The whole movie goes around a trouble-making fraternity whose members challenge the dean’s authority of the fictional Faber College.

1. Dear White People (2014)

Directed by: Justin Simien
Produced by: Effie Brown, Ann Le
Release Date: October 17, 2014 (United States)
Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson (Creed III), Teyonah Parris
Production Companies: Code Red Films
Budget: $1 million
Box Office: $5.4 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

What’s it all about: In 2014, writer/director Justin Simien created a layered, masterful comedy about phylogenetic politics and identity issues on a college campus that also predicted what would play out in various ugly and unexpected ways in the real-world post-2016. Dear White People, answer to a club’s astonishingly insensitive “blackface” party. And the school is already emotional (if not combative) to such things because of a college broadcasting show called “Dear White People” in which a host (played by the now-ubiquitous Wanda Vision star- Tessa Thompson) deftly spit white people for cultural contribution. The movie revolves around a campus culture conflict between blacks and whites at an overwhelmingly white school that comes to a head when the humor magazine staff stages an offensive Halloween party. It is equal parts satisfying, unbearable, and hilarious.


Whether you graded five or 25 years ago, you always hold a special place for those times of growth in your heart. Luckily, these college movies draw out feelings of nostalgia onto you in just one hour or less. Some on this record are hilarious masterpieces and fun sing-along movies, while others are straight-up scary thrillers or full of mind-twisting suspense. But it doesn’t matter in which state you are, in a state to watch a parody or drama, all of these movies have one major side impact: Nostalgia.

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