1. Animal House (R-1978) – This film centers around the brothers of the Delta House at Fabor College in 1962. These fraternity brothers, seen as the fraternal rejects on campus, are known for their mischief and misbehavior. The comedy that ensues in this film instills it as in instant college classic. Although this movie was not nominated for any major awards Jon Belushi puts in arguably the best performance ever for a college student and solidifies this movie as a go to college film for generations to come.
2. Old School (R-2003) – Luke Wilson stars a Mitch, a businessman that is down on his luck after finding out his wife cheated on him. To cheer himself up Mitch rents a house on the campus of local Harrison University. Mitch’s friends Beanie (Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell) throw Mitch a housewarming party to take Mitch’s mind of his wife. This results in Mitch’s house becoming one of the biggest party houses on the nearby college campus. Dean Gordon Pritchard is upset with this news and makes it a point to rid the three of them from campus. Directed by Todd Philips (The Hangover) this film provides many laughs as well as quotes to solidify it as a solid college film.
3. Van WIlder (R-2002) – This raunchy comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a 7th year college student named Van Wilder. In his 7th year at Coolidge College, Van falls in love with school newspaper reporter Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid). The only problem is that Gwen is dating one of the most successful men on campus. Throughout the course of the movie Van and a number of other supporting characters create unrealistic laughs and make for a classic college film.
4. Good Will Hunting (R-1997) – This film may not be your typical college flick, but is a masterpiece none the less. Matt Damon stars as a 20 year old janitor at MIT. A MIT math professor puts an almost impossible math problem on a hallway blackboard that Will solves anonymously. The professor tracks Will down and offers him a solution to his criminal ways. Will must participate in math sessions and must also see a therapist weekly. Will eventually creates a strong bond with his therapist Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) and changes his life forever. This film won two Oscars for best writing (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck) and best supporting actor (Robin Williams).
5. Rudy (PG-1993) – This inspirational underdog flick stars Sean Astin as Daniel Ruettiger or “Rudy”. Rudy is an underprivileged yet determined football player that aspires to be on the University Of Notre Dame’s football team. After a while of working out with the team and emphasizing his extreme desire to play he is then granted a spot on the team. This classic movie will have you cheering for the underdog all the way to the end.
6. The Social Network (R-2010) – This movie is about the life and times of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). The film starts from Zuckerberg’s time at Harvard University and his brilliant idea with roommate and best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) to create a new social networking site at Harvard. The story then escalates from there with the ultimate creation of the popular website Facebook. This film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards including best picture in 2010.
7. 21 (PG13-2008) – 21 centers around, Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a struggling math major at M.I.T. Ben is not struggling academically, but actually financially and will be kicked out of M.I.T. if he cannot pay his tuition. Ben links up with his math professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) and a group of other math geniuses that travel to Las Vegas on the weekends to count cards and win unheard of amounts of money in blackjack. After a while of winning Ben starts to get caught up in the money, looses sight of his sole goal to pay for college, and ultimately has to make a choice if counting cards in Las Vegas is the right thing for him to keep doing.
8. Hoosiers (PG-1986) – Set in the 1950s Gene Hackman stars as an unemployed college basketball coach that gets a chance to coach a small-town high school basketball team. The team is not very talented at first, but ultimately bonds together through the guidance of assistant coach and former alcoholic named Shooter. The team ultimately plays well enough to earn a spot in the state playoffs with the goal of winning the state championship. This film was nominated for two Oscars including best original score and best supporting actor.
9. Pitch Perfect (PG13-2012) – This film portrays a freshman named Beca (Anna Kendrick) persuaded to attend Barden University. Beca’s father, a teacher at the school, convinces Beca to join a club and if she does not enjoy it she can eventually transfer. Beca then joins an a cappella music group that embarks on a journey to win the National a cappella championship. Along the way Beca experiences the many hardships of being involved on a team, but ultimately learns from her experiences. The movie provides plenty of laughs, music, and singing to add to its impressive storyline.
10. A Beautiful Mind (PG13-2001) – Set in the 1950’s this movie is based on a true story of College Professor John Nash (Russell Crowe). Nash develops the idea of “game theory” which catapults him into the national spotlight including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. So much that Nash is recruited by the CIA to break complicated code. However, along the way the slightly troubled Nash deals with many personal problems that push him to the brink of insanity. This phenomenal film won 4 academy awards including best picture, best screenplay, best supporting actress, and best director.