Don’t you wish your life was a stream of never-ending college movies? You know, those scenes where they party for weeks on end without ever getting tired, meet the love of their life, and then ‘find themselves’? Yeah, no, those aren’t realistic scenes at all. Firstly, you may party for weeks on end, but you will get tired, and you probably won’t ‘find yourself’ because you are too busy panicking about your Dutch exam tomorrow. But hey, we can dream, right?
College movies are always fun to watch, no matter what stage of life you are in. If you’re an incoming freshman, watching college movies might make you excited in anticipation for all the new people you’ll meet. Likewise, if you're already in college, you might watch them with apprehension and come to the conclusion that they are all way too optimistic. Furthermore, if you’ve just graduated, you may either look back with happiness in your heart or a bad taste in your mouth…
Either way, watching college movies can be really fun! There are some classics that never get old, and some that you just need to watch to call yourself a true college student. So, grab your pizza, get your roommates, and start watching these 10 must-see college movies!
College movies you need to see
1. Legally Blonde
Reese Witherspoon plays a blonde, LA sorority girl that manages to get herself a spot at Harvard Law School with the aim at graduating top of her class. She follows her ex-boyfriend to the prestigious school to try and get their proposal back on track. Dumb blondes aren’t so dumb now, are they.
2. Animal House
After their college fraternity is placed on probation, a group of frat brothers need to navigate their way through possible dissolution. The Dean hires the opposing fraternity to help get the Delta Tau Chi House eliminated. Consequently, the frat brothers make it their mission to take on the system and win the battle.
Miles Teller stars as a talented drummer enrolled in a music school, who’s ambition is to rise to the top of his class. He gets tutored by a hard-core instructor, and becomes more and more obsessed with being the best. Somewhat of a commentary on the benefits and dangers of ambition, this is a nice alternative to the usual sorority house college flicks.
4. The Graduate
This is a classic within the realm of college comedy-dramas. Benjamin Braddock, played by a young Dustin Hoffman, has recently graduated from college and is now at odds about what he wants to do next. What does he want to do with his life? Where is his ambition heading? Probably things you might be thinking of or might have heard from others. Benjamin eventually ends up being seduced by an older woman, but falls in love with her daughter. All in all, this is a great classic for any college student to watch.
5. The Internship
This is not a college movie per say, but it’s pretty close. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play middle-aged businessmen who have recently lost their jobs, and have realized they need a new venture. Without being technologically adept whatsoever, they score a coveted internship at Google. The movie follows them as they try to navigate their new place in among younger generation. Even though it’s not about college, it’s still a hilarious movie with some nice morals for the end of the day.
6. Revenge of the Nerds
One of the best 80s college movies, Revenge of the Nerds tells the story of geeky college students who get in trouble with fraternity brothers. They are thrown out of their dorms and recurrently humiliated by the Alpha Betas, and plot their sweet, sweet revenge.
Justin Long plays a high school senior who has just gotten the latest in a long pile of college rejection letters. To avoid his parent’s disappointment, he decides to open his own university: the South Harmon Institute of Technology. He builds it’s own websites, hires a fake dean, and move to an abandoned building. But then the trouble starts when people try to gain admittance to the bogus college.
8. The Social Network
Ah, the birth of Facebook. This college movie has become somewhat of a modern classic, with Jesse Eisenberg playing Mark Zuckerberg. This movie follows along the start of Facebook, from its early beginnings to two lawsuits. Even though this movie might not be very factual, it’s still an entertaining watch and a look at modern-day ambition.
9. Goodwill Hunting
In this movie, Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon), is a genius janitor working at MIT. When he is discovered solving a graduate-level math problem, Professor Lambeau decides to teach him. However, Will is then arrested and must receive therapy from Dr Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams.
10. Pitch Perfect
And finally, freshman Beca thinks she doesn’t want to join any clubs when she comes to her new college for the first time. However, she is discovered to be a great singer, and sort of involuntarily becomes a member of the women’s Acapella group. She starts taking a leading role by using new, unconventional methods for the group to reach their potential. This is a really funny film that is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud.
Did you get your popcorn ready? These college movies are certain to make you laugh, cry or reflect on your own college experience. So, what are you waiting for? Get to watching?
What are your top 10 college movies? Let us know!