Top 5 Inspirational Movies About College Times Every Student Should Watch

College times are busy, rich in emotions, yet hard. There’s a lot to juggle when starting university, for example, sleepless nights before exams. However, we often associate college times with new friends and endless fun at the dormitory. And watching college movies is one of the best ways to recoup or enjoy slightly forgotten vibes. Moreover, some of the films on our list are not only entertaining like gambling at 22 Bat but have empowering messages. They explore themes of academic expectations, ambitions, human relationships, and friendship. Get comfy and watch these five best movies about students and campus life. 

“Good Will Hunting” (1997)

This is one of the best motivational and educational critically acclaimed movies for students as well. The protagonist of the movie is 19-year-old Will Hunting (Matt Damon). He is almost a genius with great intellect and potential but works as a janitor at M.I.T. By chance math professor Lambeau recognizes his potential in solving mathematical problems and sends him to therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). Inspired by his hard work, an underachiever with a troubled personality Will starts being true to himself, dealing with self-doubt and fear and not escaping from his hidden talents but using them. Indeed, academic success is not only a matter of cognitive skills, it is a matter of mind and personality. 

“Legally Blonde” (2001)

Meet Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, the law student at the prestigious Harvard school. This heartwarming Rom-Com college movie delivers inspirational messages about the importance of being confident in your abilities and being true to yourself. After her boyfriend leaves her, Elle, who never thought about a serious academic career, follows him to Harvard to win him back. At Harvard, she recognizes her potential and takes her path rather than being only a “blonde” girl with a boyfriend. Her transformation is impressive and we don’t talk about style: She discovers her potential without changing herself. 

“Mona Lisa Smile” (2003)

Portrayed by Julia Roberts, Katherine Ann Watson is an art history teacher at private women’s Wellesley College. Since the film is set in the 50s, Watson starts teaching art history at college at the time of feminist movements that began to actively manifest themselves. A highly educated and intelligent woman not only helps her students understand the importance of true art but also express their opinions and seeks careers and not only marriage. Working in a collective of men who have dictatorial views on the role of women in society is tough but a courageous art history teacher helps her female students see life from a progressive point of view

“Accepted” (2006)

College movies can be inspirational, and that’s why we added his movie to our list. Aside from popular college movies, “Accepted” can teach you motivation, and courage as well as give you interesting insights into campus living. A high-school graduate Bartley Gaines (Justin Long) hopes to be accepted at at least one college but various colleges reject him. Why not create his college then?  Along with other unlucky high-school graduates who stepped behind, Gaines established his educational institution, in which students choose subjects on their own and don’t keep to conventional educational standards. 

“The Social Network” (2010)

Want to know the story of the creation of one of the most popular social networks – Facebook? Then watch this movie. “The Social Network” portrays the college years of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg. He is excellent in technical sciences, but not strong in feelings. That’s why he is dumped by his girlfriend. Wanting to take revenge on her, the guy hacks into the database of the university to create an unofficial vote for the most beautiful student. This idea is caught up by two college students (Armie Hammer), who work on an exclusive private network for students. However, with time this idea transforms into one of the world’s most famous social networks. A true story about the student who became a billionaire in just 6 years is very inspirational. A simple yet genius idea can have great potential. 


Do you want to return to your college days and feel settled into a student life? Then don’t miss the opportunity to check out these movies about students too! They won’t leave you indifferent and teach you something new. 

  • “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978).
  • “Rudy” (1993). 
  • “Waterboy” (1998). 
  • “Drumline” (2002) 
  • “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (2002). 
  • “National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze” (2003). 
  • “Old School” (2003). 
  • “The Great Debaters” (2007). 
  • “Pitch Perfect” (2012). 
  • “21 Jump Street” (2012). 
  • “The Theory of Everything” (2013). 
  • “Whiplash” (2014). 
  • “Everybody Wants Some!” (2016). 
  • “Chhichhore” (2019). 
  • “Sh*thouse” (2020). 


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