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50 Best College Movies of the Last Five Decades

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College movies are a cinema staple, delivering those who attended college doses of nostalgia and those who didn’t plenty of drama, comedy, and general mishaps to hold their interest. Films with college as the backdrop often focus on characters who are learning what it means to be an adult for the first time, and these stories rarely feature a smooth journey.

50 best college movies
Lawrence Turman

Stacker gathered popular college movies from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, pulling each film’s audience-based IMDb rating and critic-based Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating. All relevant movies were then ranked based on the Stacker Score metric, which weighs both the IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes measurements equally. The top 50 are presented here and ranked from worst to best. While college isn’t always the focus of the films on this list, it is the setting at the very least. Also included are details about how the film and its creators have impacted college students and culture at large.

The oldest movie on this list was released in 1971 and the youngest was released in 2016. Several are based on books, some won or were nominated for Oscars and other awards, and one was deemed “too controversial” to be shown in Italian theaters. Another film is a part of one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time and one much-loved animated movie even managed to make the top 20. More than one sequel impressively earned a place on this ranking when the original film did not.

During a time that college looks like it never has before because of a global pandemic, read on to find out where you can find some welcome nostalgia with the 50 best college movies.

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#50. 21 (2008)
Columbia Pictures

50. ’21’ (2008)

– Stacker score: 51.5
– IMDb rating: 6.8
– Tomatometer: 35

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, 21 follows the story of a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who, in order to earn money to pay for medical school, joins a secretive club of brilliant students being trained by a professor in the art of card-counting. The group runs into trouble when they win big at a Las Vegas casino. Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Bosworth left critics with mixed reviews, but the movie was a box office success.

#49. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
Columbia Pictures

49. ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ (1985)

– Stacker score: 54
– IMDb rating: 6.4
– Tomatometer: 44

In this classic 1985 “Brat Pack” coming-of-age film, a group of recent Georgetown University graduates struggle with adulthood. The all-star cast features Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, and Demi Moore. Friendship is a major theme in the film, and the college friends continue to support each other through all their misadventures. The theme song even became a #1 hit on the Billboard charts.

#48. Orange County (2002)
Paramount Pictures

48. ‘Orange County’ (2002)

– Stacker score: 54
– IMDb rating: 6.2
– Tomatometer: 46

A smart high school student’s (Colin Hanks) acceptance into Stanford University is put in jeopardy when his guidance counselor sends the wrong transcript in with his application. The high-achieving student spends the rest of the film trying to prove he truly is a top applicant, with hilarious help from Jack Black. Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling it a “happy project” with stars of Hollywood’s next generation.

#47. The Program (1993)
Touchstone Pictures

47. ‘The Program’ (1993)

– Stacker score: 54.5
– IMDb rating: 6.4
– Tomatometer: 45

This 1993 film, starring Halle Berry and Omar Epps, follows college football players as they try to cope with the pressures of playing at a top university. Some sink into the allure of steroids or hard drugs, while others turn to alcohol to relieve the stress. A controversial scene, in which the movie’s hero lies down in the middle of traffic, was removed from the film after several teenagers tried it and were either injured or killed.

#46. The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Kingsgate Films

46. ‘The Rules of Attraction’ (2002)

– Stacker score: 55
– IMDb rating: 6.7
– Tomatometer: 43

The Rules of Attraction is a black comedy about the incredibly privileged students of fictional Camden College and their empty lives. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film received relatively poor reviews, some noting its failure to adequately adapt the story for the screen.

#45. Smart People (2008)

45. ‘Smart People’ (2008)

– Stacker score: 56
– IMDb rating: 6.2
– Tomatometer: 50

A depressed, estranged Carnegie Mellon literature professor (Dennis Quaid) begins a relationship with one of his former students (Sarah Jessica Parker). When his adoptive brother (Thomas Haden Church) shows up on his doorstep, he realizes he needs to make some life changes and reconnect with his children (Elliot Page, Ashton Holmes). Reviews were mixed.

#44. Eurotrip (2004)
Dreamworks Pictures

44. ‘Eurotrip’ (2004)

– Stacker score: 56
– IMDb rating: 6.6
– Tomatometer: 46

After being dumped by his girlfriend, a recent high school graduate goes on an epic trip to Europe with his friends. Matt Damon went to college with the writers of Eurotrip, and agreed to make a cameo, singing “Scotty Doesn’t Know” in what would become one of the most famous scenes in the movie.

#43. PCU (1994)
Twentieth Century Fox

43. ‘PCU’ (1994)

– Stacker score: 56.5
– IMDb rating: 6.6
– Tomatometer: 47

A high school senior visits the fictional Port Chester University for the weekend and gets a taste of politically correct campus life while staying at the wildest house on campus. The film is notable for its anti-establishment message and its cast of classics: Jeremy Piven (pre-Entourage), David Spade, and Jon Favreau.

#42. Higher Learning (1995)
Columbia Pictures

42. ‘Higher Learning’ (1995)

– Stacker score: 57
– IMDb rating: 6.5
– Tomatometer: 49

In this John Singleton-directed ensemble film starring Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Jennifer Connelly, and Laurence Fishburne, a diverse group of freshmen at Columbus University learn about life and cope with sexual assault, racism, and violence on campus. Fishburne won an NAACP Image Award for his work in the film. When Higher Learning was released in 1995, violence plagued the cinemas showing the film during its opening week, resulting in two deaths. The conflicts the characters experience on-screen are eerily similar to the real-life issues prevalent on college campuses today.

#41. American Pie 2 (2001)

41. ‘American Pie 2’ (2001)

– Stacker score: 58
– IMDb rating: 6.4
– Tomatometer: 52

The second film in the American Pie comedy film series, American Pie 2 finds the friends reuniting at the beach the summer after their first year of college. The now-iconic awkward and hilarious series—which launched the careers of Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan, among others—was a hit among high school and college students. It became one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time and has had a big influence on the genre.

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#40. Fandango (1985)
Warner Bros.

40. ‘Fandango’ (1985)

– Stacker score: 58.5
– IMDb rating: 6.7
– Tomatometer: 50

Set in 1985, Fandango is about five college friends from the University of Texas—led by a young Kevin Costner in one of his first film roles—who embark on a road trip across the Mexican border before facing their post-graduate futures. The film garnered a cult following, and fan groups still hold yearly Fandango gatherings to tour shooting locations. The film itself was made by a University of Southern California student named Kevin Reynolds, who reportedly originally called it “Proof.” Steven Spielberg saw it, liked it, and decided to fund a feature-length version.

#39. 100 Girls (2000)
Dream Entertainment

39. ‘100 Girls’ (2000)

– Stacker score: 59.5
– IMDb rating: 5.9
– Tomatometer: 60

A college student gets trapped in an elevator with a woman during an electricity blackout. He then tries desperately to find her, because he believes she is his “dream girl,” despite having never seen her face. Emmanuelle Chriqui, Katherine Heigl, and Jaime Pressly costar.

#38. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
Universal Pictures

38. ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (2016)

– Stacker score: 59.5
– IMDb rating: 5.7
– Tomatometer: 62

In the sequel to Neighbors, a sorority replaces the rowdy fraternity in the house next door to a married couple. The girls prove even worse neighbors, and the husband and wife team up with the president of the fraternity, their former nemesis, to bring them down. The film did poorly in theaters, making less than half the money the original raked in during opening weekend.

#37. Spring Breakers (2012)
Muse Productions

37. ‘Spring Breakers’ (2012)

– Stacker score: 60
– IMDb rating: 5.3
– Tomatometer: 67

Spring Breakers tells the tale of four college students who rob a restaurant to get enough money for their spring break trip. They’re arrested while partying in Florida, but get bailed out by a drug dealer and join him in a crime-fueled spree.

#36. Road Trip (2000)
Dreamworks Pictures

36. ‘Road Trip’ (2000)

– Stacker score: 61
– IMDb rating: 6.5
– Tomatometer: 57

A group of college students embarks on a wild road trip from New York to Austin, Texas, to save their friend’s relationship. It opened to mixed reviews, but reached #3 at the box office and grossed a grand total of $119 million.

#35. Glory Road (2006)
Walt Disney Pictures

35. ‘Glory Road’ (2006)

– Stacker score: 64
– IMDb rating: 7.2
– Tomatometer: 56

The new basketball coach at Texas Western leads the first all-Black starting line-up to the NCAA National Championship, an unheard-of achievement in the 1960s. Glory Road was loosely based on the true story of the 1966 Texas Western Miners.

#34. Legally Blonde (2001)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

34. ‘Legally Blonde’ (2001)

– Stacker score: 65
– IMDb rating: 6.2
– Tomatometer: 68

A seemingly stereotypical sorority girl enrolls in Harvard Law School—”What? Like it’s hard?”—to try and win back her ex-boyfriend. The 2001 film was hugely popular, inspired a sequel, and can even be credited for inspiring some women to pursue their law school dreams. Reese Witherspoon said starring in Legally Blonde motivated her to create more feminist movies, and the film cemented her status as a bankable star.

#33. Old School (2003)
Dreamworks Pictures

33. ‘Old School’ (2003)

– Stacker score: 65.5
– IMDb rating: 7.1
– Tomatometer: 60

An attorney (Luke Wilson) moves into a new house near a college campus and tries to get his life back together after a bad breakup. His two best friends (Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn) join him, and the trio opens a new fraternity in an attempt to relive their glory days. Old School gained a massive cult following after its release, and helped launched the careers of Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory) and Elisha Cuthbert, among other co-stars.

#32. Damsels in Distress (2011)
Westerly Films

32. ‘Damsels in Distress’ (2011)

– Stacker score: 66
– IMDb rating: 5.7
– Tomatometer: 75

Three girls endeavor to change the male-dominated environment of their college campus, and rescue their classmates from depression. Damsels in Distress is different from most movies in its genre, opting for main characters that spew lines from classic literature instead of referencing pop culture or browsing social media.

#31. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Twentieth Century Fox

31. ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ (1984)

– Stacker score: 68
– IMDb rating: 6.6
– Tomatometer: 70

A group of geeky college students is thrown out of their dorm by the Alpha Betas after their fraternity house burns down. Forced to live in dumpy quarters, the nerds reach their breaking point and plot revenge. The 1984 comedy inspired three sequels, and foreshadowed the modern trend of nerds becoming mainstream in pop culture.

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#30. Neighbors (2014)
Good Universe

30. ‘Neighbors’ (2014)

– Stacker score: 68
– IMDb rating: 6.3
– Tomatometer: 73

A young couple moves in next door to a fraternity house and initially tries to get along with the cool fraternity president, played by Zac Efron. A war erupts, however, when they call the cops on the students during a raucous party. The raunchy comedy has echoes of the hard-partying fraternity scenes made famous by Animal House.

#29. Liberal Arts (2012)
BCDF Pictures

29. ‘Liberal Arts’ (2012)

– Stacker score: 68.5
– IMDb rating: 6.7
– Tomatometer: 70

A man in his 30s falls for a college student when he returns to his alma mater in Ohio for a professor’s retirement party. Liberal Arts expresses a nostalgic view of college, notably through the protagonist who hasn’t been truly happy in his lackluster life since he graduated. This aligns with the popular trope that college is the happiest four years of one’s life.

#28. Drumline (2002)
Fox 2000 Pictures

28. ‘Drumline’ (2002)

– Stacker score: 69.5
– IMDb rating: 5.7
– Tomatometer: 82

Drumline is about a talented Harlem street drummer, played by Nick Cannon, who enrolls in a Southern university. The protagonist struggles with his new surroundings as well as the fierce competition to be bandleader.

#27. Like Crazy (2011)
Paramount Vantage

27. ‘Like Crazy’ (2011)

– Stacker score: 69.5
– IMDb rating: 6.7
– Tomatometer: 72

While attending college in Los Angeles, an American (Anton Yelchin) falls in love with a woman from London (Felicity Jones) who violates the terms of her visa, forcing her to return to England. The pair struggles with maintaining a long-distance relationship, but keep returning to each other. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance when it premiered in 2011, and won praise from critics.

#26. Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Killer Films

26. ‘Kill Your Darlings’ (2013)

– Stacker score: 70
– IMDb rating: 6.5
– Tomatometer: 75

Kill Your Darlings is a biographical drama about a murder involving legendary beatniks Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. John Krokidas’ debut film follows the young poets during their college years, when Allen Ginsberg, played by Daniel Radcliffe, is a freshman at Columbia University.

#25. Real Genius (1985)
Delphi III Productions

25. ‘Real Genius’ (1985)

– Stacker score: 71.5
– IMDb rating: 7
– Tomatometer: 73

Two highly intelligent college roommates team up on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Conflict ensues when they learn the CIA intends to use their technology as a weapon. The goofy comedy received positive critic reviews and was one of the first films to be promoted online.

#24. A Coffee in Berlin (2012)
Schiwago Film

24. ‘A Coffee in Berlin’ (2012)

– Stacker score: 73.5
– IMDb rating: 7.4
– Tomatometer: 73

An aimless law school dropout spends a fateful day wandering around Berlin, attempting to make sense of life. The black-and-white German film had a limited release in the United States, and won a slew of European awards, including the German Film Award for Best Feature Film.

#23. Mistress America (2015)
Fox Searchlight Pictures

23. ‘Mistress America’ (2015)

– Stacker score: 74.5
– IMDb rating: 6.7
– Tomatometer: 82

A lonely college freshman living in New York City gets pulled into the exciting antics of her adventurous stepsister. The quirky comedy, originally released in Brazil, explores the millennial generation’s relationship with meaningful work environments and their desire for upward mobility.

#22. Back to School (1986)
Orion Pictures

22. ‘Back to School’ (1986)

– Stacker score: 75
– IMDb rating: 6.6
– Tomatometer: 84

A concerned father (Rodney Dangerfield) enrolls himself in college to encourage his son to attend, but the uneducated, self-made millionaire faces trouble when he learns how to manipulate the system a little too well. The 1986 Dangerfield comedy is consistently remembered as a classic back-to-school film.

#21. L'auberge Espagnole (2002)
Bac Films

21. ‘L’auberge Espagnole’ (2002)

– Stacker score: 75
– IMDb rating: 7.3
– Tomatometer: 77

In L’auberge Espagnole, a French university student moves to Barcelona to improve his Spanish language skills, and has a life-changing experience living in a house full of international students. Cédric Klapisch reportedly wrote the script in less than two weeks, and shot the film in Barcelona on a lightweight digital camera.

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#20. Pitch Perfect (2012)
Brownstone Productions (II)

20. ‘Pitch Perfect’ (2012)

– Stacker score: 75.5
– IMDb rating: 7.2
– Tomatometer: 79

College freshman Beca isn’t sure where she fits in on campus, until she joins an all-girl a cappella group and becomes immersed in crushing the competition. The female-driven movie was a huge success, grossing $113 million worldwide. To nobody’s surprise, it also had the best-selling soundtrack of 2013, and a single that rose to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, launching a full-on franchise. Pitch Perfect also helped college a cappella groups reach newfound popularity in the mainstream.

#19. Monsters University (2013)
Pixar Animation Studios

19. ‘Monsters University’ (2013)

– Stacker score: 76
– IMDb rating: 7.3
– Tomatometer: 79

In this animated hit, Mike Wazowski enrolls in Monsters University to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a Scarer, and enters into a rivalry with natural-born Scarer Sulley. The Pixar team painstakingly detailed their animation of a college campus, and went on visits to Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of California, Berkeley. They even created a fake website for the university.

#18. Rudy (1993)
TriStar Pictures

18. ‘Rudy’ (1993)

– Stacker score: 76.5
– IMDb rating: 7.5
– Tomatometer: 78

In the iconic 1993 film Rudy, a high school student dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame, but he doesn’t have the grades or money to attend. When his best friend dies, Rudy overcomes obstacles to gain admission to Notre Dame and stubbornly works his way onto the football team. Considered one of the best sports movies of all time, it was inspired by the life story of Notre Dame walk-on Dan “Rudy” Ruettiger.

#17. Love & Basketball (2000)
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

17. ‘Love & Basketball’ (2000)

– Stacker score: 77
– IMDb rating: 7.2
– Tomatometer: 82

Love & Basketball follows two childhood friends, Monica and Quincy, who both endeavor to play professional basketball. The two begin to fall in love as they grow older, but their diverging paths threaten their relationship. Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film had a lasting impact on sports and romantic comedy genres, as well as minority representation on-screen.

#16. The Sure Thing (1985)
Embassy Pictures

16. ‘The Sure Thing’ (1985)

– Stacker score: 77
– IMDb rating: 7
– Tomatometer: 84

College freshman Gib (John Cusack) road trips all the way to California to meet a girl after repeatedly striking out with the women at his own college. On the way, Gib and his passenger, Alison, fall in love. Rob Reiner directs, and Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins, and Nicollette Sheridan co-star in the film Roger Ebert dubbed “a small miracle.”

#15. The Great Debaters (2007)
Harpo Films

15. ‘The Great Debaters’ (2007)

– Stacker score: 77.5
– IMDb rating: 7.6
– Tomatometer: 79

A professor starts a debate team at a predominately Black college in 1935, and his band of intellects becomes the first Black debate team to challenge Harvard’s champions. The film is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson and the debate team at Wiley College.

#14. Wonder Boys (2000)
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

14. ‘Wonder Boys’ (2000)

– Stacker score: 77.5
– IMDb rating: 7.4
– Tomatometer: 81

An English professor copes with his wife leaving him, writer’s block, and the many complex problems of his students. After initially performing poorly at the box office, Wonder Boys re-opened in 15 theaters nationally in November 2000. It went on to secure three Oscar nominations, winning the award for best original song.

#13. 22 Jump Street (2014)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

13. ’22 Jump Street’ (2014)

– Stacker score: 77.5
– IMDb rating: 7
– Tomatometer: 85

In the sequel to 21 Jump Street, police officers Schmidt and Jenko go undercover at a local college. The film includes some commentary on the changing views of gender and sexuality on college campuses. Overall, the movie received positive critic reviews and praise for being a successful comedic sequel, which traditionally have a tendency to flop.

#12. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Annapurna Pictures

12. ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ (2016)

– Stacker score: 78
– IMDb rating: 7
– Tomatometer: 86

Set in 1980s Texas, a college freshman meets his new baseball teammates and finds a life of disco, parties, and generally unsupervised youth. The film is based on director Richard Linklater’s own college experience as a ballplayer in Texas.

#11. Adventureland (2009)

11. ‘Adventureland’ (2009)

– Stacker score: 78
– IMDb rating: 6.8
– Tomatometer: 88

During the summer of 1987, a recent college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) plans to travel around Europe before attending graduate school, but is instead forced to take a job at the local amusement park. Expecting the worst, he is pleasantly surprised when he finds love with a co-worker.

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#10. The Paper Chase (1973)
Twentieth Century Fox

10. ‘The Paper Chase’ (1973)

– Stacker score: 78.5
– IMDb rating: 7.2
– Tomatometer: 85

A first-year Harvard law student struggles to keep up with the demands of the school’s stern contracts professor, and makes the situation worse by dating the professor’s daughter. The film is based on the hit novel The Paper Chase by John Osborn Jr., inspired by his own time as a Harvard Law student. The film received good reviews and was later made into a TV series.

#9. Starter for 10 (2006)
BBC Films

9. ‘Starter for 10’ (2006)

– Stacker score: 78.5
– IMDb rating: 6.7
– Tomatometer: 90

Produced by Tom Hanks, Starter for 10 is a 2006 British comedy-drama about a working-class student who tries out for a popular TV show called University Challenge during his first year at Bristol University. Based on a book of the same name by David Nicholls, the movie earned good reviews for a charming, authentic depiction of the British university experience.

#8. The Freshman (1990)
TriStar Pictures

8. ‘The Freshman’ (1990)

– Stacker score: 79
– IMDb rating: 6.5
– Tomatometer: 93

In The Freshman, an NYU film student (Matthew Broderick) accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather. The movie was well-received by critics, although in real life The Godfather, Marlon Brando (who co-stars as a parody of himself), apparently deemed it a flop. It was the first role he’d had since the 1980 film The Formula.

#7. Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Embassy Pictures

7. ‘Carnal Knowledge’ (1971)

– Stacker score: 79.5
– IMDb rating: 7
– Tomatometer: 89

Released in 1971, Mike Nichols’ iconic Carnal Knowledge follows the lifelong sexual development of two men who first become friends as college roommates. The film, which stars Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Rita Moreno, and Ann-Margret, was deemed “too controversial” for its exploration of chauvinism and male psychology to be shown in Italian theaters. A theater operator in Georgia was even taken to the Supreme Court for screening the movie. Still, it was nominated for a number of awards and is still considered to be a classic.

#6. Animal House (1978)
Universal Pictures

6. ‘Animal House’ (1978)

– Stacker score: 83.5
– IMDb rating: 7.6
– Tomatometer: 91

Animal House is the classic college comedy about a disreputable fraternity at fictional Faber College that throws outrageous parties and continually challenges the authority of the disapproving dean. John Belushi’s famous role as Bluto significantly influenced the comedy genre, and the movie profoundly impacted the image of the college lifestyle in popular culture. The Animal House portrayal of competitive Greek life and wild, nonstop partying has been replicated in numerous teen movies, including Neighbors, Accepted, and Old School.

#5. The Graduate (2001)
Lawrence Truman Productions

5. ‘The Graduate’ (2001)

– Stacker score: 84.5
– IMDb rating: 8
– Tomatometer: 89

In Mike Nichols’ seminal film The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman plays a recent college graduate who is seduced by a bored housewife while he’s home for the summer, struggling with what to do next in life. The award-winning film became a classic for its relatable depiction of young adulthood, and for capturing the mood of the 1960s college generation, marking a shift in Hollywood and society alike. The movie’s soundtrack, by Simon & Garfunkel, also made waves: It was the first time a film had featured a popular rock group’s previously recorded music. College students then and now still repeat some of its most famous lines, such as “wood or wire?” and “one word: plastics.”

#4. American Graffiti (1973)
Universal Pictures

4. ‘American Graffiti’ (1973)

– Stacker score: 85
– IMDb rating: 7.5
– Tomatometer: 95

In a nostalgic look at 1960s teenagers, George Lucas’ iconic American Graffiti follows high school graduates as they cruise down California streets and live it up on their last day of summer vacation. It was almost a TV movie, until Francis Ford Coppola signed on as a producer shortly after the release of The Godfather and secured more funding. American Graffiti was nominated for four Oscars, including best director.

#3. The Social Network (2010)
Columbia Pictures

3. ‘The Social Network’ (2010)

– Stacker score: 86.5
– IMDb rating: 7.7
– Tomatometer: 96

Based on the real-life story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network follows the creation of the life-changing social media site while Zuckerberg was a student at Harvard. The film opened with positive reviews, and Harvard students at the time enjoyed the movie’s depiction of life at the university, overall viewing it as a relatable account. The Social Network took home three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, though Zuckerberg wasn’t pleased with some of the liberties the filmmakers took with his story.

#2. Whiplash (2014)
Blumhouse Productions

2. ‘Whiplash’ (2014)

– Stacker score: 89.5
– IMDb rating: 8.5
– Tomatometer: 94

Whiplash tells the story of a talented young drummer studying at a competitive music conservatory, where he’s physically and mentally abused by a respected professor intent on pushing his students to greatness. While abusive band director Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons, was met with some criticism, Whiplash was nominated for five Academy Awards (including the 2015 Best Motion Picture of the Year) and won three. Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) said his own high school music experience inspired the film, and he used the movie to take the competitive environment to the extreme.

#1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

1. ‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997)

– Stacker score: 90
– IMDb rating: 8.3
– Tomatometer: 97

Boston native Matt Damon co-wrote and starred in the award-winning Good Will Hunting, a film about a man with the IQ of a genius who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and receives life guidance from a psychologist. It catapulted Damon and writing partner Ben Affleck to stardom, earned Robin Williams his sole Oscar, and became director Gus Van Sant’s most profitable film to date, banking $263.5 million worldwide. Still wildly popular among Boston college students more than 20 years later, universities screen Good Will Hunting during welcome-week events and residents visit filming locations around the city.

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