Someone who yearns to be back in college will genuinely realize how amazing that time was in their life and how beautiful are the many memories they had created. After all, they don’t call college years “the best years of your life” for no reason.
Late-night cramming sessions, hanging out at the library and quad, or even just waking up early to go to class, college is a whirlwind of emotions and an experience of a lifetime. It may be one year since you left college or twenty-five years, but you always have a special place in your heart for it.
The list of movies we’ve created has all of those raw emotions that bring you back to the college dorms in an hour or two-hour-long ride. You will enjoy these movies regardless of your age. These movies are hilarious classics and fun sing-alongs, or even mind-blowing thrillers and dramatic comedies. We’ve got something from every genre. It doesn’t matter what you are up for watching because all of these movies have one element in common, and that’s nostalgia.
Prepare a tissue box and carry on!
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Austin
Yes, we were serious when we said sing-along flicks had made it to the list. Pitch Perfect is a delightful and warm watch, with stellar performances by Anna Kendrick and co-actors in a world of competitive Acappella that hits all the right notes. The all-female Bellas that team up, despite their differences, build a strong storyline teeming with friendship, love, pride, and phenomenal songs. The story may appear silly and odd at times, but the exceptional writing makes it a funny movie that everyone loves.
Dear White People (2014)
Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Brandon Bell, Dennis Haysbert
Dear White People is also a top-rated series on Netflix, and if that is one of your favorites, this film is a must-watch. The film follows the lives of four black students at Winchester University. In the movie, a protest ensues in the wake of an African-American-themed party at a white fraternity house. What follows is Sam White’s (Tessa Thompson) accounts of racial differences that people face in the university. Its bold and unburdened storytelling is a treat to watch.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Holland Taylor, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Cardellini
Yes, the movie is a little extra for how easy they show it is to get into Harvard (we wish!), but the movie is still popular among suckers for romantic comedies.
Elle (Reese Witherspoon) gets heartbroken when her boyfriend splits up with her, and she follows him to college in hopes of winning him back. What ensues is a charming comedy about fitting in, and the quirky characters in the movie save the predictive storyline.
The Great Debaters (2007)
Starring: Denzel Whitaker, Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollette
This historical drama, unlike the others on the list, is based on a true story. A poet and professor, Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington), starts a young debate team in a predominantly black college in Texas. This team goes on to compete with Harvard, and what follows is an inspiring story of resilience in the face of hardships and social oppression. The story is set in the 1930s and is an essential watch for everyone.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegart, Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hulce
The movie may be one of the oldest movies on our list, but one can’t talk about the most popular movies about college without thinking of this iconic movie. Set in 1962 in the frat-tastic Faber College in Faber, PA, we are introduced to the Delta Tau Chi fraternity, which boasts of campus rejects and students who should’ve graduated a long time ago. The college dean is optimistic he may finally get the boys to leave campus this year, but the boys have something else in mind. Chaos ensues, and that makes this movie timeless and THE most popular college movie ever.
22 Jump Street (2014)
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Tatro
The sequel to the hilarious and famous 21 Jump street is as funny, if not more, than its predecessor. Channing Tatus and Jonah Hill are the two cops going undercover again, this time intending to catch drug dealers at a local college. While the two aren’t originally college goers, the movie’s friendship mishaps and warmth make it as good as another college flick. We stan!
Goodwill Hunting (1997)
Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver
A mature audience will fully appreciate the oscar-winning movie Goodwill Hunting. It is a compelling story about a brilliant young man who has a troubled past.
After Will (Matt Damon) gets in trouble for attacking a police officer, Sean Maguire (late Robin Williams), his therapist, teaches him lessons that he carries with himself forever. This movie is a roller coaster of emotions and as good as it can get.
Starring: Nick Cannon, Zoe Salanda, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts
This romantic drama is about a Harlem street drummer played by Nick Cannon, who gets recruited to play in a band by a band director at one Southern university on scholarship. He expects to lead the band’s drumline but soon discovers that it takes a lot more than talent to reach the top. This fun movie makes viewers question social roles and makes marching band geeks look more incredible and fun than ever!
Starring: Justin Long, Blake Lively, Jonah Hill, Lewis Black, Kellan Lutz
Many of us are aware of how horrifying the process of applying to colleges can be, especially when you don’t get selected in any of the colleges you apply to. This is the exact situation that Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) finds himself in. He doesn’t want to disappoint his parents and thus decides to create his own college. The school he invents then acts as a refuge to all other college rejects who don’t wanna accept that they were campus rejects, and what follows is a delightful story about dealing with rejection.
The Roommate (2011)
Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Alyson Michalka
The Roommate is our only thriller on this list and boy! Is it a heart-stopping one! In the movie, Rebecca (Leighton Meester) develops a friendship with her roommate Sara (Minka Kelly). However, what starts as a beautiful friendship soon develops into a toe-curling and disturbing obsession for Rebecca. Watch this movie at your own risk!