College is a time to grow, learn and… emulate the greats? Of course it is! Hollywood films have been glorifying the college experience for generations. From the newfound independence to the forum-type classes, every high school student couldn’t wait to move to universities after seeing any of the top 10 college movies.
- Animal House – In 1962, the Delta house is the worst fraternity at Faber College, and Dean Wormer is determined to expel them for good, if only he can stop their hilarious hi-jinks from continuing. In the words of Dean Wormer, “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
- PCU – After pawning off a visiting high school senior on his housemate, Droz, a seven-year student at Port Chester University goes about his daily activities, which include disrupting a political rally and throwing meat at vegans. Most memorable is the worldly advice Droz gives to Tom, his visitor: “Well, here’s all you need to know. Classes: nothing before eleven. Beer: it’s your best friend, you drink a lot. Women? You’re a freshman, so it’s pretty much out of the question. Will you have a car? Someone on your floor will. Find them and make friends with them on the first day.”
- Old School – After a bad break up with a cheating girlfriend, Mitch moves into a house on a college campus, a perfect solution to the problem his friends currently face: how to reclaim their college years while still being adults. As they create their own fraternity of students and middle-aged men, Mitch and his friends remind audiences of the glory days of college, “because this is a very big idea my friends. We’re talking about a non-exclusive egalitarian brotherhood where community status and more importantly age have no bearing whatsoever.”
- Revenge of the Nerds – This 1984 classic shows the degrees of vengeance nerds will go to to get back at the jocks who humiliate them. The high-tech warfare waged by Gilbert and Lewis at Adams College is just what’s needed for nerds everywhere to take back their freedom from the hands of all jocks. Jocks beware: “Those nerds are a threat to our way of life.”
- Back to School – “When I used to dream about going to college, this is the way I always pictured it.” This is what Thornton Melon states just as he’s about to embark on his college experience – with his son! When millionaire Thornton Melon enrolls at university with his son, as a way to convince him that college is a good idea, no one expected him to become the Big Man on Campus, but is that the best way to pass college?
- Rudy – Rudy spent his whole life dreaming about leaving his small mill town to play football for Notre Dame. Unfortunately he’s smaller than all of the other players, and his athletic skills are considered sub par. Rudy knows that “having dreams is what makes life tolerable,” and with endless energy and determination, Rudy makes his dreams become reality as he gets the chance of his lifetime to play for the Fightin’ Irish.
- Dead Man on Campus – Cooper and Josh are in danger of flunking out of college. When they hear about an urban legend implying that any student whose roommate commits suicide receives straight A’s due to their grief, the twosome goes on a man hunt looking for the perfect roommate. Eventually, just like every other college student, they learn that “there’s only one thing that can save you now. You need to study.”
- Legally Blonde – After being dumped by the love of her life for not being serious enough, Elle Woods decides to show her ex just how wrong about her he is – by getting into Harvard Law School! Warner is surprised to see Elle at Harvard, not believing that she, of all people, would get in. When Elle glibly responds with, “What? Like it’s hard?” everyone knew she’d be the top dog in her graduating class. Though Harvard is a far cry from Beverly Hills, Elle is determined to come out on top.
- Road Trip – Josh and Tiffany have been together practically forever, but when he makes an inappropriate tape with another girl and accidentally mails it to his girlfriend, hi-jinks ensue. Josh and his friends decide that that only way to stop Tiffany from seeing that tape is to take a road trip and get to the video before she does. Guys laughed through this movie as girls wondered, “Are there any guys out there who are just normal?”
- Higher Learning – A group of students from a variety of races, religions, and backgrounds are forced to integrate as they all matriculate at Columbus University. All of them face adversity and discrimination in a multitude of forms. They learn, in the words of their professor (quoting Frederick Douglass) that “without struggle, there is no progress.”
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