Here’s a list of some of the most popular flicks on college campuses; owning at least one of these babies is sure to make your room the place to be on any Saturday night!
1. Animal House
Although this film probably did not invent the concept of rowdy, half-naked fraternity pranks, it certainly elevated it to an art form. John Belushi gives an unforgivable performance as ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, the human incarnation of life in a fraternity. Others such as Kevin Bacon and Donald Sutherland complete the cast.
2. Wet Hot American Summer
It’s almost guaranteed that you will not be in college more than five minutes before someone begins to quote from this hilarious camp farce. A favorite on the most college campus, Wet Hot American Summer tells the story of the last day at a summer camp, and the quest of Coop (Michael Showalter, Stella ) to win the heart of Katie (Marguerite Moreau, The OC ). Ridiculous, off-the-wall, and full of amazing one-liners, it’s a must-own for any college student.
3. Super Troopers
Who knew the lives of Vermont State Troopers could be so thoroughly entertaining? A favorite late-night movie, Super Troopers has everything a college student would want: a trailer full of pigs, police rivalries, and more handlebar mustaches than you can shake a nightstick at. Written, directed and starring relative unknown Jay Chandrasekhar, this movie will be sure to leave you laughing.
4. Napoleon Dynamite
Three words: Vote For Pedro.
5. The Godfather
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that almost every college student this side of the Atlantic has either owned, seen, or can quote this film. Celebrated for its originality and its power, this film has stood the test of time and became one of the top three films of all time. The story of the Corleone family during the height of the New York mob scene is moving, at times frightening, and always entertaining. Cast includes Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront), Al Pacino ( Scarface ) and Diane Keaton ( Annie Hall ).
6. The Princess Bride
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Chances are, you’ve heard this line at least fifty million times from people who absolutely love this movie. Well, you’re in college now; time to see what all the fuss is about. Once you’ve seen this piece of romantic/ adventurous/comedic perfection, you’ll be quoting it too. Starring Cary Elwes ( Saw ) and Robin Wright-Penn ( I Am Sam ), with a special appearance by Billy Crystal ( When Harry Met Sally ).
The only rags-to-riches story to ever involve a desk covered in cocaine, this film is a favorite among college guys and gals. Featuring a young and tough Al Pacino, Scarface tells the story of a Cuban immigrant determined to make it in the Land of Opportunity by becoming the largest drug lord ever. But remember kids, do not do drugs — let Al Pacino do them for you.
8. The Breakfast Club
This movie is definitely the ultimate 80’s teen dramedy. Five high school students meet in detention and spend a day learning about each other and themselves. Featuring Emilio Estevez (that guy from Mighty Ducks ), Molly Ringwald ( Sixteen Candles ) and Anthony Michael Hall ( Edward Scissorhands ), The Breakfast Club reassures everyone that a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal can become friends.
9. The Graduate
This movie is so great, I’ll let the quotes speak for themselves:
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”
“So old Elaine Robinson got started in a Ford.”
… ‘Nuff said.
10. Annie Hall
This movie is widely acknowledged to be Woody Allen’s masterpiece. It’s the story of a neurotic New Yorker obsessed with death (Allen) and his love affair with the charming Annie Hall (Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give ). Fun Fact: Diane Keaton, who at the time of filming was romantically involved with Allen, was born Diane Hall, and her nickname was Annie!
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