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Top 10 Must-Watch High School/College Movies Like American Pie

Updated on May 27, 2018
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Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.

American Pie is one of the first movies that got me into the teen comedy. It brought more dirtiness and crudity to this genre. The high-school comedies were never the same again.

One thing is sure; this movie is not for the intellectuals. It’s just about having a few good laughs at the stupidity and naivety of teenagers. If you’re a teen, you can relate to it. If not, movies like American Pie would remind you of your teenage years. Either way, you’re going to have a lot of fun with these films. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at some of the similar movies.

These movies like American Pie are either similar in terms of humor or storyline, sucking us into their worlds for a few hours.

Can’t Hardly Wait - An entertaining film like American Pie

The plot revolves around a group of friends partying hard on the day of the completion of exams. Of course, it doesn’t turn out the way they’d have like it to.

‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ sticks to a very popular formula that makes teen comedy such a hit amongst youngsters. Clearly, it’s targeted at a younger audience. Don’t look for any profound or hidden message in this movie, for there is nothing to find. It’s just one plain, entertaining movie - Nothing more or less. It does what it’s supposed to do – entertain the audience for a couple of minutes.

With an entertaining plot and a strong cast, this movie reminds you of 80’s teen comedies. This is one of the biggest compliments a modern movie can get. If you’re looking for some good teen comedy movies like American Pie, you should go for Can’t Hardly Wait.

Road Trip - One of the best comedy movies like American Pie

This is a story about Josh, a guy who makes a mistake of mailing a video of a random hookup to his LTR girlfriend. When he along with his buddies start travelling 1800 miles just to make sure she doesn’t see the video, they embark upon the adventure of their lives. You’ll enjoy the road trip for sure.

From that point on, Road trip takes the same old formula that makes teen comedies such a popular hit, and shakes it up to serve something that’s more refined and a little bit wittier.

The characters develop throughout the movie. The most memorable one is the transformation of Kyle, who becomes one of the most likeable and genuine characters from a nerd.

Yes, Road Trip is filled with crude sexual jokes, but aren’t teen movies this way? There is no denying the fun factor here. Just don’t choose this movie for a date night.

American Pie 2

You are looking for some movies like American Pie. Why not give its sequel a go? All 4 high school friends are closer to each other than ever. When they reunite in a beach house to hold the biggest ever party, things don’t go as planned.

If you loved the pacing, humor and rhythm of the original movie, you’re only going to love American Pie 2 for what it has to offer. Remember the scene where Jim’s is caught masturbating by his father? There is no respite for him in the sequel as well. This time around, things are taken to the next level as his dad walks in while he is having sex.

This s just to give you an example of how awkward, crude and dirty this movie can get just for a few more chuckles. Intellectuals, look the other way. If you are looking to find the meaning of life in this movie, you’re going to be disappointed. It has nothing else to offer other than a good dose of humor.

American Pie movies would always stay one notch ahead of other teen comedies because of the originality and professionalism that stems from every scene. Yes, there are tons of sexual jokes and double meaning comments, but it has its heart in the right place.

I’m not going to as far as to say whether American Pie 2 movie toppled the first, but it lived up to its name, which is saying a lot.

Project X - One of the best sexual movies like American Pie

The plot revolves around 3 high school boys who decide to throw a big party to up their social status amongst everyone. Things begin to get out of control as the word of party spreads around.

Those criticizing this movie need to understand that it’s not targeted at everyone. People around 15-26 are going to like this movie more than people of other age groups. It’s pretty clear that this movie is targeted at a young audience.

There is a lot of sex, drama and drugs. I warned you. It’s not a movie you’d wanna watch with your kids or family.

The ending is a little bit predictable, but aren’t all teen comedies are the same way? You don’t want certain movies to be unpredictable or ambiguous with its endings, especially the comedies and romantic movies. In this light, they did a great job with the ending. You can see it coming from miles away, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

Don’t pay attention to the negative reviews. You’d be missing out on a lot.

Scary Movie - A slasher movie like American Pie

You’d have to give credit to the 1996’s teen slasher ‘Scream’ for reinstating this genre. Tons of slasher comedies have been released since then, but they’re seldom any good. ‘Sacry Movie’ on the other hand manages to stand on its own with a strong storyline and a talented young cast.

The plot revolves around a group of teenagers, who accidently ran over a man one year ago. Fast forward one year, they find themselves being stalked and chased by a random serial killer. Apparently, he knows what happened last summer.

It’s one of those I-know-what-you-did types of horror movies that keeps you on the edge of your seat until credits begin to roll. Despite its crude humor and predicable plotline, you can’t help but laugh and shudder in fear at the same time as the dumb teens try to figure out what’s happening around them.

Scary Movie cashes in on the success and energy of ‘Scream’, but still manages to do justice to this genre. Just sit back and enjoy the rollercoaster ride. If you are looking for some good slasher/comedy movies like American Pie, this movie should be right up your alley.

Porky’s (1981) - One of the best classic movies like American Pie

Set in 1954, the plot follows a couple of usual high school kids whose life revolves around sex and making the life a living hell for their teachers. When they decide to help a friend lose his virginity by infiltrating a brothel, things spiral out of control.

I’d say it straight away; there is nothing classy about this movie. There is nothing sophisticated or classy about a story that revolves around virginity and brothel.

Instead, it’s funny as hell. They don’t care about the law. As long as nobody is getting hurt, everything is justifiable. It’s fun to sit back and watch them try to outsmart each other and sticking together when they’re in trouble. It reminds you of your high school days (unless you didn’t use to be like these boys at all).

That said, some events depicted in this movie are a bit over the top. But aren’t movies made for showcasing events and things that we don’t or can’t do in real life? By no means, one should take it seriously or try to connect it with real life events.

Those who had some real fun growing up would love this movie for what it has to offer.


The plot revolves around Scotty, who hits it off well with his German pen pal. He doesn’t like the idea when she invites him up for a meet up. But when Scott find out that she is smoking hot, he heads out to Germany with his 3 other friends.

Let’s just say that he wouldn’t be telling about his meeting with his german friend to anyone.

Superbad - One of the best sexually-driven movies like American Pie

Superbad is a story of 3 high school nerds who desperately wanna get laid. When they get invited to a party, the only thing remains between them and sex is getting the two girls they just met, drunk enough to wanna do it. Things get complicated when one of them runs into cops. The other two start getting anxious as their plan goes awry. Will they get laid?

Of course, the plot is pretty basic. The jokes are crude, dirty and sexual, but they make you laugh out loud, which is testimony to the originality. It’s the performances of the three leads that cements its place as one of the best teen comedies of all time.

If you love dirty and sexually driven movies like American Pie, you’d love Superbad.

Knocked Up - One of the best grown-up teen movies like American Pie

Ben Stone is a nonchalant party animal. When he hooks up with a random girl and has unprotected sex with her, he deals with the consequences 8 weeks later as she shows up at his doorstep claiming to carry his baby.

They decide to have this baby and stay together. Will Ben finally grow up and be up to the task?

There is no denying that ‘Knocked Up’ has its fair share of vulgarity. It doesn’t tries to beat around the bush either. However, don’t presume that it’s a stupid movie. Vulgarity doesn’t imply stupidity. There is a certain kind of craft and originality to a lot its sexual and offensive jokes. You can’t complain when everything makes so much sense, which makes ‘Knocked Up’ a good candidate for one of the must-watch movies like American Pie.

Surprisingly, Knocked Up is a clever, witty movie with a strong plot and some authentic acting. Most teen comedies tend to lose their way somewhere down the middle, but this one never lets up once it gets going. Despite the vulgarity ad nudity, ‘Knocked Up’ is a grown-up teen comedy everyone must watch at least once.

The Girl Next Door

A pornstar living next door. Isn’t it a dream of every guy growing up? A little bit far-fetched, but let’s be honest with ourselves here – everyone has at least given a thought of it. This is exactly what happens with our protagonist as he finds out that her smoking hot neighbor used to be a porn star.

In a world infested with bland, brain-dead teen comedies, movies like this keep the light of hope lit. It’s funny, though-provoking and even emotional at times, cementing its place as one of the most underrated movies like American Pie.


With truckloads of teen comedies unloading all the time, it’s pretty possible that I missed out on quite a few good movies similar to American Pie. Let me know about them in the comments section.


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