25 Funniest Movies Ever Made About College

8 Aug, 2011  |  Written by  |  under Recreation

A funny movie can help relieve the stress of a student’s college life. However, despite the fact that college life really can be funny, we had to reach to find 25 funny movies ever made. Beginning in 1932 with the Marx Brothers, you can end a full week’s worth of movies with the latest film, Accepted, from 2006. The movies on this list are compiled in alphabetical order.

  1. AcceptedAccepted (2006): A funny movie for nerds, providing an ideal situation where a high-school slacker creates an imaginary college for himself and his friends called the South Harmon Institute of Technology.
  2. Back to School (1986): Rodney Dangerfield plays a wealthy yet uneducated father who joins his struggling son at college. A great foil for Dangerfield, who rates as a classic comedian, specializing in slapstick.
  3. Dead Man On Campus (1998): If you think you can get straight A’s after your roommate commits suicide, then watch this comedy. Josh Miller (Tom Everett Scott) and Cooper Frederickson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) search for a classmate with a death wish and then try to force the issue with objects such as knives, razor blades and ropes.
  4. Fandango (1985): Five best friends on the road become involved with adventures and women that only the young can endure. “It’s the stuff legends are made of, son.” Kevin Costner stars in the least serious role of his acting career.
  5. Horse Feathers (1932): This is the Marx Brothers’ fourth comedic masterpiece, following Animal Crackers. Groucho, as the headmaster of a prestigious school, stops at nothing to win a coveted football game. Chico and Harpo are at their best as a pair of mischievous con men, while Thelma Todd shines as campus harlot, Connie Bailey.
  6. How High (2001): What’s a college film without beer or pot? This film focuses on the latter mood-altering drug as Redman (as Jamal King) and Method Man (as Silas P. Silas) play two potheads that fertilize marijuana with the ashes of their deceased buddy.
  7. How I Got Into College (1989): Watch this romantic comedy with the girlfriend, as it is just fluffy fun. But, there is genuine chemistry between Jessica Kailo (a young, perky Lara Flynn Boyle) and Marlon Browne (Corey Parker).
  8. Johnny Be Good (1988): A teen comedy about a high-school quarterback pursued by crazed college recruiters. Saving grace for those viewers who hate this film is that it stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Uma Thurman.
  9. Legally Blonde (2001): An inoffensive, lighthearted and funny film for women and a daw-dropping ogling film for men as they watch Reese Witherspoon as a major in fashion marketing who applies to Harvard and is accepted. All in all, an amusing film that can pleasantly waste a few hours for you.
  10. LoserLoser (2000): This film is a romantic comedy starring Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari and Greg Kinnear. It is about a small town teenager who is accepted into New York University and must cope with the pressures of college life and the big city. Often rated as a loser, this film would fall at the bottom of the list of 25 if this list wasn’t in alphabetical order.
  11. Making the Grade (1984): A typical guy-on-guy film without the nerdiness, but with plenty of old-school pranks. Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) is a rich, prep school kid who rarely attends class and has been expelled from numerous prep schools. He gets mixed up with a con artist and things fall apart. This film is notable for marking the first appearance of the Andrew Clay’s “Dice” persona.
  12. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978): On the surface this movie seems filled with gross humor. However, even literary types can be impressed that the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
  13. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002): Van Wilder is a guy who has been at his college for seven years. He spends most of his time throwing parties and “fund raisers.” When his father decides that it’s time for tough love, he doesn’t pay his tuition. So Van becomes a professional party thrower.
  14. Old School (2003): You can watch part one of this full-film movie at this link to decide whether or not this film is hilarious. Old School is all about returning to college, since it is, after all, the best years in a person’s life. This group, led by stars such as Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn

    and Jeremy Piven, start a fraternity even though they aren’t students.

  15. PCU (1994): PCU attempts to win the title of ultimate college satire. Freshman Tom Lawrence (Chris Young) helps the film along by insulting every possible group and clique on a campus visit. Impossible to explain, yet easy to watch, Lawrence becomes embroiled in an anti-PC environment and a war to regain fraternities within this scenario. A box-office crash, this movie has become a cult flash.
  16. Real Genius (1985): A 15-year-old science prodigy assigned to work on a classified laser project includes an early performance by critically acclaimed actor Val Kilmer as genius slacker, Chris Knight. Featuring witty writing, a hilarious climax and raucous college humor, the film also stars William Atherton as Knight’s vengeful nemesis, Jerry Hathaway.
  17. Revenge of the Nerds (1984): Nerd buddies Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert Lowell (Anthony Edwards) combat jock and frat boys over a fraternity home. Funny to everyone except jocks and frat boys.
  18. Road Trip (2000): Follow a group of four college buddies who drive across the country to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a girl friend. Some humor is hit or miss, depending on the your taste, but the premise is funny overall. Mixed reviews for the cast, especially for MTV’s Tom Green.
  19. Slackers (2002): Watch those geeks — they’ll catch you cheating just as you’re ready to graduate. That’s what happens in this film, when Ethan Dulles (Jason Schwartzman) catches one of the three friends cheating and blackmails the trio unless they try to hook him up with his dream girl, Angela Patton (Jaime King).
  20. Son In Law (1993): Rebecca Warner (Carla Gugino), a sheltered valedictorian from a quiet South Dakota farming town, who heads off to UCLA and culture shock. But, she soon adapts and learns that her former life isn’t all it’s meant to be…so she recruits Pauly Shore to accompany her during a Thanksgiving trip back home.
  21. Spring Break (1983): This comedy stars David Knell and Perry Lang, two nerds who book a room at an inexpensive hotel in Fort Lauderdale during spring break. A coming-of-age movie, this film still remains funny, especially when considering the antics that were considered risque almost three decades ago.
  22. The Nutty Professor (1963): Even after almost half a century, this classic film remains one of the funniest college movies around. Nerdy professor Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis) drinks a special serum and becomes a cool, womanizing hipster named Buddy Love.
  23. The Sure ThingThe Sure Thing (1985): College freshman John (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Meanwhile, Allison, a cute girl at Gib’s college has also decided to head out to California to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell..
  24. The Twonky (1953): A professor soon discovers that his new television can walk and perform a variety of functions, including dishwashing, vacuuming, and card-playing.
  25. With Honors (1994): Brendan Fraser plays Monty, a Harvard student on the brink of graduating with honors, pending the approval of his senior thesis. Fate sends his thesis into the hands of a homeless man, who charges Monty with tasks to retrieve the paper. More profound than the typical college comedy.