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The 50 Funniest Movies of All Time

23. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Director: John Landis
Writer: Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller
Stars: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Stephen Furst, Kevin Bacon, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen
Quotable: "She should be good-looking, but we're willing to trade looks for a certain...morally casual attitude."
Fun Fact: Landis' first choices for Boon (Peter Riegert) and Otter (Tim Matheson) were Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, but both were unavailable at the time.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a male college dorm room that doesn't have one of two posters on the common area wall: Scarface with the gun in his hand (for everyone who wants to be a gangsta but can't) and John Belushi's "College" picture. We prefer the Belushi poster, since, really, the fact that you're in college pretty much erases any of your potential drug-kingpin hustles.

Belushi's, of course, comes from Animal House, the most lauded and funniest of all college movies. It centers on the mischievous Deltas, a ragtag crew of frat-rejects who wage a cavalcade of anarchy on their campus, much to the dean's chagrin.

Animal House paints the collegiate experience as one full of sex, booze, and other forms of debauchery, which wasn't the case for us; unfortunately, we basically just played Xbox until the wee hours of the morning before stumbling into class rocking the same sweatpants every day. No wonder dudes live vicariously through the Belushi poster.

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