The 7 best grad school movies of all times
If a pristine glazed donut makes you think of Brendan Frasier and Joe Pesci in "With Honors," then you likely hold classic college movies near to your heart. But what about those movies focusing on graduate-school living and the difficulty of appearing classically sharp while subsisting on a penny-pinching budget? Why does a character named "Booger" receive all of the hooplah while graduate-school movies garner the attention of day-old French fries in the campus cafeteria? It's time to dust off the brush off and pay homage to the seven best grad school movies of all times.
7. "Patch Adams" (1998) (PG-13)
Though criticized as being overly sentimental, this drama, based on the real life of Hunter 'Patch' Adams, delivers a dose of syrupy inspiration. Patch Adams, played by comedic genius Robin Williams, attends (and gets kicked out of medical school) for wanting to treat his medical patients with a different kind of medicine: humor.
6. "Legally Blonde" (2001) (PG-13)
When Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, discovers that being Miss Tropic and the president of her sorority isn't enough to keep her boyfriend in tow, she plans to get him back by following him to Harvard Law School. There, she discovers her own legal savvy. Witherspoon won the MTV Movie Award for best comedic performance for her over-the-top delivery of Elle Woods in this fun and fashion-forward comedy.
5. "Flatliners" (1990) (R)
You won't easily forget the cast of this intense thriller about a group of medical school students who become involved in an experiment to create near-death experiences. The results haunt them in unexpected and terrifying ways. The cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin.
4. "The Paper Chase" (1973) (PG)
This classic, comedic drama features Timothy Bottoms as a Harvard Law School student who will go to great lengths tor receive his professor's approval. John Houseman earned an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role as the impossible-to-please law professor.
3. "Rounders" (1998) (R)
Mike, played by Matt Damon, is a reformed poker player who is content to focus on his law school studies and his girlfriend until his old friend 'Worm' needs his help. Worm, played by Edward Norton, drags Mike back into the world of high-stakes poker to pay off loan sharks in this dark crime-driven drama.
2. "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) (PG-13)
This award-winning biopic features Russell Crowe as mathematician and Nobel prize winner John Nash. The film captures a brilliant man's life-long struggle with schizophrenia, first as as a graduate student at Princeton and then throughout his career as a professor. The film received an Oscar for best picture in 2002 along with three other Oscars and four nominations.
1. "Good Will Hunting" (1997) (R)
Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, is on probation and working as a janitor at MIT when a renowned mathematics professor discovers Hunting is more gifted than any of his graduate students. Psychologist Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, tries to help Hunting heal from an abusive childhood and find direction in his life. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck received the Oscar for best screenplay and Williams won the Oscar for best supporting actor while the film received seven additional nominations.