College was a very important and fun time in the lives of a lot of people, and it is something that they will never forget the rest of their lives. College movies have become a very popular genre because they allow everyone to relive their time in college. While there are several great college movies, these are the five most popular and best movies about college.
It is virtually impossible to have a list of the greatest college movies without including “Animal House”. “Animal House” is one of the funniest movies ever made, and it is the sole reason why the college movie genre exists. If it was not for the success of “Animal House”, then most of the movies on this list would probably not have been made. “Animal House” was released in 1978, and it starred John Belushi in the prime of his career. The film follows a group of fraternity members as they take on the dean of their school. “Animal House” became so popular because it was one of the first films to show the crazy antics that happen at college.
“Old School” was released in 2003, and the film follows three men in their thirties as they attempt to create their own fraternity. “Old School” starred Luke Wilson, Will Farrell and Vince Vaughn, and the film helped turn all three actors in to major movie stars. “Old School” became such a popular movie because almost everyone could relate to the film. Everyone gets tired with their life and wishes they could just go back to the partying of college.
Revenge of the Nerds
“Revenge of the Nerds” is another classic comedy film that revolved around students in college. “Revenge of the Nerds” follows a group of nerdy kids as they attempt to make a group of fraternity members pay for harassing them. This film makes the list because it is one of the funniest movies ever made, but it has also developed a major cult following throughout the years. Many people could relate to the harassment of the nerds while in school, so “Revenge of the Nerds” remains a very popular movie today. The film was such a success that it has spawned three sequels.
The Social Network
“The Social Network” is one of the few college movies that is not a comedy, but that does not stop it from being an amazing movie. “The Social Network” was released in 2010, and it was able to receive eight nominations at the Academy Awards. The film was able to win three of these awards, and it was also able to take home four Golden Globe Awards. There just is not a better display of film-making in the college movie genre than “The Social Network.” The film’s plot revolves around the creation of Facebook, so the film should continue to remain extremely popular due to the success of the website.
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Back to School
“Back to School” is a college comedy film starring the iconic Rodney Dangerfield at the peak of his career. Watching this film will prove to anyone exactly why Rodney Dangerfield was one of the greatest comedians of all-time. “Back to School” was released in 1986, and the film follows a father who goes to college to show his son how he should be spending his time in college. “Back to School” features one of the best messages in a college movie beneath all of the silly humor.
College movies will continue to be made for the foreseeable future, but it is going to be hard to top these five classics.
Author BIO: Amanda Duncan is a career counselor and guest author at CollegeDegreeSearch.net.