Time flows with the ease of change. The change which time bears may yield a fruitful delicacy or make you travel through an eccentric Pandora’s box. A kid who has passed out from school joins college with the ambition to succeed in life. It is one of the most challenging phases in a person’s life. For this article purposes, I have assumed that a college student is not only the one who is studying in an actual college, but also one who has entered into a new phase in his/her life, regardless of the age. The beauty of the confusion that life offers, especially in that young adult age, can never be understood completely, but it can always be embraced with a sympathetic touch; the touch that the visual art of cinema offers. Following is the list of top college movies ever made. Bear in mind that since each individual’s psyche is unique, his/her movie choices and experience may vary. You can watch some of these best college movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
17. Pitch Perfect (2012)
‘Pitch Perfect’ is one of the best college flicks of this decade. The film tells the story of a girl who joins her college’s singing group and later, they decide to challenge their male rivals in a high profile competition. While the story may not seem particularly original, the film is surely entertaining. It keeps things simple and despite its formulaic approach, it manages to impress us with its performances and overall simplicity of the plot. The film received high praise from critics and is also one of the most commercially successful musical comedies of all time.
16. The Graduate (1967)
Although the title may make it look like the classic college flick, ‘The Graduate’ is more of a rom-com than anything else. The film revolves around Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who is confused in life and doesn’t really have any aim or ambitions. His life gets complicated when he gets involved in a sensuous affair with the wife of his father’s business partner. But later, he also falls for the woman’s daughter. Starring a young Dustin Hoffman in the lead role, the film laid the foundation for the rom-com genre. Certain parts of the film may look a tad bit dated, but even more than 5 decades later, it still comes off as way better than some of the contemporary flicks from the genre.
What’s most striking about the film is its incredibly nuanced exploration of youth, infatuation and romance. The comic elements are delicious and surprisingly works well even today. It adopts a satirical tone that makes for a highly entertaining experience. Most people in their early 20s could easily relate to the naive, innocent Benjamin. There’s something so universal about his character that makes him so endearing. The final scene where he, along with his girlfriend, run into the street from the wedding and take a bus is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable film endings of all time. Hoffman’s acting in the final few moments is incredible, as the film leaves the viewers to ponder over the frightening beauty of uncertainty. ‘The Graduate’ is undoubtedly one of the greatest films of all time.
15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is the ultimate introvert film. It centers around Charlie, an introverted teenager who faces various kinds of struggles in high school but ultimately realize how important friendships are in life. The performances are truly amazing, especially that of Ezra Miller’s. It’s one of those few films that takes the subject of high school life seriously and treats it in a manner that is more respectful than some of the other flicks that merely use the setting to create comedic elements. It’s exactly the kind of movie that you need to watch if you’re down and are in desperate need of a warm hug.