American Pie is a film that defined teenage comedies and established a model that would be followed throughout the next decade and even longer.
It is THE comedy movie that people have been turning to for years, and with those who grew up watching it, it is still the number #1 choice of a funny movie. The plot is something that every teenager can relate to, finishing high school and wanting to spice it up and have a good time.
It is the celebration of entering adulthood in the funniest way possible, and that is what made this movie such a hit that it spawned 8 sequels, the latest of which came out in 2020. Obviously, if you want more of the same, there are those.
But, the sequels are not the only fun movies like the original American Pie. Instead, there are 15 others that you should consider watching.
If you are wondering which ones, below I’ve hand picked the best. Let’s dive right in.
Road Trip (2000)
You didn’t have a real American college experience if you never went on a road trip with a few friends. If we add a race against time to get to the post office and steal a sex tape that was accidentally sent to the cheating freshman’s girlfriend, you actually get a pretty amusing story.
While romance is not exactly the dominant theme of this movie, comedy definitely is, and that is what puts Road Trip on my list.
The film stars Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seann William Scott, DJ Qualls, Paulo Costanzo, Rachel Blanchard, and others.
The Hangover (2009)
It is customary to have a wild and memorable stag party before one’s wedding, but if you wake up without any memories, you know you overdid it a bit.
If the groom is missing, on top of it, then you know you overdid it a lot. So, while the party was definitely memorable, the groomsmen of Hangover had to discover it the hard way by retracing their own steps and discovering what kind of mayhem their drunken selves caused the night before.
The Guardian called it “really very funny an awful lot of the time, as well as bizarrely gripping,” and I cannot help but agree.
The film stars Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Mike Tyson, and others.
Scary Movie (2000)
Scary Movie is a cult classic almost as much as American Pie itself. It takes the same group of people, a bunch of students, but it puts them in a much different setting.
Instead of seeking a way to lose their virginity, these students need to survive a serial killer who aims to get them all and anyone else who gets in their way.
While this is a parody of a horror movie, Scream, it uses satire, parody, and dark humor on a completely different level than any movie before it.
The film stars Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, Carmen Electra, Dave Sheridan, Jon Abrahams, and others.
Sideways starts like a movie about a single-guy bonding experience, the last one that Miles and Jack will have before Jack gets married. However, while their trip to wine country was meant to have them connect and enjoy wine, as Miles wanted, Jack is actually after one last fling before getting married.
The trouble starts after the pair connects with two girls, who soon discover that Jack is engaged. As you can imagine, this makes the trip a lot more interesting and unpredictable.
The film stars Paul Giamatti, Sandra Oh, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Jessica Hecht, and others.
Like American Pie, Superbad also follows a few high school students who are about to graduate. Also like American Pie, the main goal is to get a bunch of alcohol, get drunk, and hopefully kickstart their sex lives.
The trouble is, one of the friends falls in with two cops who are determined to show him a good time. If watching debauchery that leads into deeper trouble is what you liked in American Pie, Superbad is definitely a film for you.
The film stars Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, and others.
Being smart and successful is what opens many doors in the grown-up world, but for teenagers, it can lead to missing out on some of the best moments and experiences of the teenage years. At least, this is the conclusion that academic overachievers Amy and Molly came to as their graduation drew closer.
To make up for lost time and experiences, they decided to go all out and cram four years of fun into one night. As you can imagine, things quickly get out of control.
The film stars Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Gordon, Diana Silvers, and others.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
It is a hot summer day in 1981, and the summer camp is about to end. However, the counselors still have a lot of unfinished business to wrap up before everyone can leave.
In other words, they will be busy and distracted as the pent-up sexual frustrations, pending separations, and unresolved stress all decide to explode among the campers and counselors alike.
Add the last-day talent show, and you have a recipe for disaster which is, of course, only fun if you are a viewer.
The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, and others.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Andy reached 40 without ever being intimate with anyone in his entire life. Once his friends find out, they decide that it is time to get involved.
The first step is to try and make Andy feel (and be) less awkward around female customers. However, things get more complicated when he meets a local shop owner Trish, and the two end up in a tentative romance.
While the film is not exploding with hormones like American Pie, The 40-Year-Old Virgin is definitely a great watch with a talented cast.
The film stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Catherine Keener, Leslie Mann, Romany Malco, and others.
When a lonely boy, John Bennett, wished for a friend, even if that meant his teddy bear coming to life, the last thing he expected is for it to actually happen. Ted becomes a national hit, but 30 years later, he is still around, and he and John are still the best of friends.
That becomes a bit of an issue for John’s girlfriend, Lori, as all that John and Ted care about is drinking beer and getting high. In the end, Ted will have to be the one who will help John finally grow up.
The Guardian summarized it by saying that it is a “stoner fantasy comedy which is cynical and lethargic, sour and dour; it is misanthropic, crass, facetious, offensive, immature and very funny.”
The film stars Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Giovanni Ribisi.
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Geeky college students may be used to being picked on by the cool kids, but even they have their limits.
When they get kicked out from their dormitory after Alpha Betas confiscated the building (as they accidentally burned down their own), and then continue to humiliate the nerds who were forced to relocate first to a gym and then to a run-down house, the nerds decide that it is time for revenge.
The film stars Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Julia Montgomery, Donald Gibb, and others.
What is a wannabe college student to do after receiving countless college rejection letters? Try again next year? Look for a job? No, the answer is, clearly, to open his own university.
This is exactly what Bartleby Gaines and his like-minded friends decide to do when he found himself in the mentioned situation. Contrary to expectations, however, their school starts doing a bit too well, which attracts the attention of the real schools as well as the authorities.
The film stars Justin Long, Blake Lively, Maria Thayer, Jonah Hill, Hannah Marks, and more.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
By 2001, the success of American Pie spawned tons of similar movies, to the point where every cliche and convention of the genre so commonplace that people loved to hate them.
This is exactly what Not Another Teen Movie is doing as well, showing no mercy while it roasts the entire genre with over-exaggerations, super-generic plot, and all the stereotypes of the genre.
The film stars Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, Mia Kirshner, Eric Jungmann, Jaime Pressly, Lacey Chabert, and others.
Winter Break (2003)
College years are the years of fun, drinking, wild parties, and an occasional test, according to most of the movies on this list so far. However, what happens after graduation? What should the students actually do with their lives?
This is what four college graduates are trying to figure out on the slopes of Colorado. Of course, while they are trying to come up with the answer, they once again find themselves in some rather amusing situations.
The film stars Eddie Kaye Thomas, Milo Ventimiglia, Maggie Lawson, Wendi Kenya, Anna Faris, and others.
American Wedding (2003)
As mentioned earlier, American Pie has plenty of sequels, one of which stands out the most, and that is American Wedding.
The last film that features the original cast for a long time, American Wedding is the movie in which Jim finally gets to marry the love of his life, Michelle. However, despite being grown-ups now, he and his friends have yet to learn how to stay out of trouble.
The film stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, and more.
The Girl Next Door (2004)
Matthew is an overachiever and a perfect student, but that also means that he never really lived life. Sheltered and protected from the world, he unexpectedly falls for a beautiful and seemingly innocent new neighbor, Danielle.
However, his sheltered existence spins out of control when he finds out that she is a former porn star. Despite this, he allows her to help him emerge from his shell and discover that sometimes, it is worth taking risks for the person you love.
The film stars Elisha Cuthbert, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Paul Dano, and others.