15 College Movies to Watch on Netflix While You Procrastinate in the Library
Whether you're inspired by Elle Woods going from fashion major to Harvard Law graduate in Legally Blonde, or Mark Zuckerberg inventing Facebook during his sophomore year of college then proceeding to drop out in The Social Network, there's no denying that college is an unpredictable time full of self-discovery, exciting adventures, and lifelong friendships. These 15 movies give us all the drama, comedy, and romance marked by the four years of college, and now they're all available to stream on Netflix. Relive your college days, watch the stories that take place in the fictional universities you wish you could apply to in real life, and don't forget to BYOB to this Netflix viewing party.
Even though college senior Jamilah has just received her acceptance letter to Harvard Law, the biggest challenge ahead of her is teaching the white girls of Sigma Beta Beta how to dance. Hoping to win the Steptacular dance competition, Jamilah comes to the rescue of the rhythmically challenged sorority in the name of sisterhood and her school's tarnished reputation.
Receiving rejection letter after rejection letter, Bartleby Gaines fears he won't be college-bound come September. With no prospects on the horizon, he decides to take matters into his own hands by opening up his own university. Creating a website, hiring a fake dean, and setting up shop in an abandoned building, Bartleby and a group of college rejects become students at the South Harmon Institute of Technology.
A preacher's son and basketball player, CJ embarks upon his first year of college, away from his protective family and familiar Christian bubble. When CJ meets Marcella, a cheerleader and first-generation college student, he's introduced to a new reality that tests his devout faith.
The New Romantic
Aspiring journalist and college senior Blake Conway is nearing graduation, and is terrified of her boyfriendless, student-debt-filled future. Determined to win a highly-coveted journalism grant with a standout submission, Blake documents her experience as a sugar baby while simultaneously paying off the loans she's racked up through her four years of college.
Into the Wild
An honors student and top athlete at Emory University, Christopher McCandless has carved out a promising future for himself. But when Christopher graduates from college, he does the unexpected. Giving up everything including his trust fund, credit cards, and all his material possessions, Christopher hitchhikes to Alaska in search of fulfillment through a solitary life in the wild.
A two-week snapshot of a six-year relationship, 6 Years tells the story of Melanie and Dan as they approach their college graduation. Facing unexpected career opportunities and a new chapter of life, the once easy-going relationship of the young couple begins to unravel into violence and volatility.
It's fall 1981, and a young Barack Obama is beginning his junior year at Columbia University. Juggling school, friendships, and his own familial struggles, Barry deals with the complexities of race and identity as a New York City college student.
The Last Summer
A group of high school friends who end up at different colleges are on the precipice of adulthood — or somewhere in between adulthood and adolescence. Through new adventures, old relationships, and connected paths, the friends figure out that anything is possible, and life is unpredictable.
Rebecca can't wait to become BFFs with her freshman roommate Sara, a young design student from Iowa who arrives in LA, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Just as the two of them are becoming close, Sara begins to meet other people, much to Rebecca's disappointment. When Sara eventually decides to move in with her new boyfriend, it's the last straw for Rebecca, who has become dangerously consumed by jealousy.
Insecure and poor, Ivy League freshman Nick Cooper doesn't think he's frat boy material. To his wealthy roommate Billy, however, he's the perfect pledge. Convinced it's a good idea to rewrite his college reputation while he still can, Nick unwittingly loses himself to the superficial, manipulative ways of fraternity culture.
Tessa Young is a hardworking student and predictable good girl, and even though she's leaving for her first semester of college, she can't help but look forward to coming home to her high school sweetheart. But when Tessa meets Hardin Scott, everything she thought wanted for herself and for her future unexpectedly takes a 180-degree turn.
Rang De Basanti
In this musical dramedy, a group of friends at Delhi University are cast in a British docudrama about India's revolution against British rule in the 1920s. As filming progresses, their patriotism awakens, and they slowly turn into the freedom fighters they portray in the film.
In this coming of age comedy, two teenage girls fall into a kindred spirit friendship as they navigate crowded parties with fake IDs followed by drunken Lyft rides home, all while counting down the 89 days until orientation.
The Social Network
In this biographical drama, college student and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg builds a social network from his dorm room that takes the Harvard community by storm and eventually turns into Facebook.
An accomplished fashion major and the president of her sorority, Elle Woods believes she's reached her full potential as the future Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But when Warner decides he's too good for a dumb blonde like Elle, she is determined to prove him wrong by getting into Harvard Law. "What, like it's hard?"